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The adhesion of organisms to surfaces in aquatic environments provides a diversity of benefits such as better access to nutrients or protection from the elements or from predation. Differences in ionic strength, pH, temperature, shear forces, and other environmental factors impact adhesion and organisms have evolved various strategies to optimize their adhesins for their specific environmental conditions. We know essentially nothing about how bacteria evolved their adhesive mechanisms to attachdoi:10.1101/2021.04.16.440180 fatcat:hrjlhccwq5g63dizx77geaibue