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The impairment or degradation of something, such as a ship's hull or mechanical equipment, as a result of the growth or activity of living organisms.

bi′o·foul′er n.


the degradation of an artificial surface by biological growth
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These materials have been shown to reduce biofouling and to improve the performance of medical devices.
The only other potential reliability concern is biofouling and related corrosion.
Historical review of Asiatic clam (Corbicula) invasion and biofouling of waters and industries in the Americas.
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Tyler Advanced Corrosion Technologies designs and manufactures tooling to detect and characterize the organisms responsible for microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC) and biofouling.
The growth of the biofouling community on ships' hulls causes economic losses due to the increased fuel consumption required to keep the cruising speed.
However, mortalities were highest at Horseshoe Bay, and occurred mainly during periods of severe biofouling infestation at this site, particularly from settlement of barnacles on the nets.
The volume is an update and expansion of Monitoring and Remediation Wells: Problem Prevention, Maintenance and Rehabilitation (1995) by Smith, who is a hydrogeologist and environmental microbiologist specializing in the biofouling and biocorrosion issues of wells and geotechnical drains.
Prof Clare said: "The region's prominence in the field of marine biofouling, which is centred on Newcastle University and International Paint Ltd, was undoubtedly important to the success of our bid, as was the attractiveness of NewcastleGateshead and its venues.
By being able to be easily incorporated into a wide range of retail products such as filters for pitchers, coolers, refrigerators, tap, shower, counter top, under sink and prefilters to protect home reverse osmosis (RO) units from biofouling, Disruptor PAC will clearly demonstrate how nonwovens can improve water quality and help improve the quality of life for consumers around the world," Mr.