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Postal address:
Max-Planck-Institut für
terrestrische Mikrobiologie
Karl-von-Frisch-Straße 10
D-35043 Marburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (6421) 178-0
Fax: +49 (6421) 178-999

Our mission

The mission of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Terrestrial Microbiology is to understand how microorganisms function at the molecular, cellular, and community levels.
In particular, we aim to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the metabolic diversity of microorganisms, their ability to adapt and differentiate in response to changes in the environment, the mechanisms involved in cell cycle regulation and cell polarity, as well as the biogeochemical processes involved in the exchange of climatically relevant trace gases.
These analyses include all levels of microbial functions from the atomic/structural, molecular/cellular, and biochemical/physiological to the microbial community level as well as plant-microbe interactions.

The research areas covered at the MPI include:

Cellular microbiology
Molecular microbiology
Microbial biochemistry
Microbial ecology
Environmental genomics
Microbial symbiosis
Fungal biodiversity
Pathogen evolution
Plant-microbe interactions
Plant pathogens
Synthetic biology
Systems biology

Upcoming seminar

06.07.2015 13:15
Dr. Charissa de Bekker (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Unraveling the mechanisms underlying behavioral manipulation caused by a fungal parasite


Prof. Rudolf K. Thauer is FEMS-Lwoff Awardee 2015

Project Group Leader Ulrike Endesfelder elected as member of the Junge Akademie

The research project SYBORG of Tobias Erb is funded by one of the prestigious Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC)

A 'frozen reaction' as key to eco-friendly chemical catalysis

Humboldt Research Award winner joins the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Knut Drescher receives prestigious international award from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization