Pneumococcal Biofilm (image) University at Buffalo Caption This SEM image shows a mature pneumococcal biofilm: the nearly round structures of S. pneumonaie bacteria are organizing together a matrix of smaller, oddly shaped material surrounding them that makes them more resistant to environmental stresses and antimicrobial agents. Credit Credit: Laura Marks Usage Restrictions This image may only be used in conjunction with news reports covering the research described in the associated press release. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.