On this page and its associated links you will find information on SINTEF's biofouling research programme, relevant staff and the skills and services we offer.
Marine biofouling is the accumulation of benthic organisms on artificial surfaces submerged in the sea. The biofouling process generally begins with the adsorption of organic molecules to a surface and the subsequent attachment of microorganisms (bacteria, algae, etc.) that form a microbial film (biofilm). Once a biofilm is established, more complex assemblages of macro-organisms start to develop that may include algae, sessile marine invertebrates (barnacles, hydroids, mussels, ascidians, sponges, bryozoans, etc.) and associated mobile organisms (crabs, shrimps, snails, worms, etc.). The composition of biofouling assemblages and the speed with which they develop are influenced by many variables, including temperature, salinity, depth, current regime and the proximity and species composition of surrounding hard-substrate habitats.
Skills and services
SINTEF's marine biofouling group is led by experts in biofouling biology and ecology and supported by a wider team with strong capability in marine hydrodynamics, engineering, plankton biology, disease treatment technology, robotics and analytical programming.
SINTEF's biofouling group started its work in 2007 and currently consists of a core team of four scientists with a strong background in biology, ecology and hydrodynamics.
Current focus areas
SINTEF's Biofouling Group is available to assist industry clients with specific services and solutions. However, we also take a pro-active approach to developing key areas that we have identified as being in particular need of improved understanding, practices and/or technologies. The identification of such areas is usually undertaken based on our understanding of industry needs, environmental challenges, international developments and recent insights in marine and veterinary aquaculture science.
Since 2007, SINTEF's biofouling group has undertaken research in a range of subject areas:
- Patterns and processes of biofouling on salmon farms
- Net cleaning technology and practices
- Antifouling technology
- Biology of hydroids
- Practical and analytical tools for biofouling characterisation and quantification.
- Biofouling in other industries
On this page you will find recent news about SINTEF's biofouling group.