List of contributors; Preface; 1. An overview of biofilms as functional communities J. Wimpenny; 2. Initial microbial adhesion events: mechanisms and implications H. J. Busscher and H. C. van der Mei; 3. Physiological events in biofilm formation D. G. Davies; 4. Environmental and genetic factors influencing biofilm structure P. Stoodley, L. Hall-Stoodley, J. D. Boyle, F. Jorgensen and H. M. Lappin-Scott; 5. Coaggregation and coadhesion in oral biofilms P. E. Kolenbrander, R. N. Andersen, K. M. Kazmerzak and R. J. Palmer, Jr; 6. Cohesiveness in biofilm matrix polymers H.-C. Flemming, J. Wingender, C. Mayer, V. Koerstgens and W. Borchard; 7. Microbial detachment from biofilms G. F. Moore, B. C. Dunsmore, S. M. Jones, C. W. Smejkal, J. Jass, P. Stoodley and H. M. Lappin-Scott; 8. Modelling and predicting biofilm structure C. Picioreanu, M. C. M. van Loosdrecht and J. J. Heijnen; 9. Microbial community interactions in biofilms P. D. Marsh and G. H. W. Bowden; 10. Microbial communities: aggregates of individuals or co-ordinated systems S. Molin, J. A. J. Haagensen, K. B. Barken and C. Sternberg; 11. Gene transfer in biofilms L. J. Ehlers; 12. Population dynamics in microbial biofilms A. J. McBain, D. G. Allison and P. Gilbert; 13. Biodegradation by biofilm communities G. M. Wolfaardt, D. R. Korber, S. Karthikeyan and D. E. Caldwell; 14. Biofilms and prosthetic devices R. Bayston; 15. Biofilms: problems of control D. G. Allison, A. J. McBain and P. Gilbert; 16. Biofilms in the New Millennium: musings from a peak in Xanadu J. W. Costerton; Index.