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Akishev Y.,SRC RF TRINITI | Trushkin N.,SRC RF TRINITI | Grushin M.,SRC RF TRINITI | Petryakov A.,SRC RF TRINITI | And 7 more authors.
NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology | Year: 2012

Non-thermal plasma jet formed by self-running pulsed-periodical high-current spark generator (PPSG) was used for atmospheric pressure inactivation of microorganisms including biofilms. A distinctive feature of the PPSG is a formation of transient hot plasma clouds (plasma bullets) periodically flying out to the target. We experimented with model biofilms of E. coli and Bacillus subtilis monocultures which were grown on agar and surfaces of steel and polypropylene coupons. High efficiency of plasma inactivation was demonstrated. This effect is associated primarily with an interaction of transient hot plasma clouds with biofilms. Besides complete or partial degradation of the cell membrane, weakening of the cell wall of E.coli culture by active plasma was found. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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