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Announcement - Lise Meitner Groups

April 07, 2018
With its Lise Meitner Excellence Program, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft particularly addresses excellent female scientists in an early stage of their scientific career, who have already demonstrated a record of independent and innovative research ideas. [more]
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Archaea overcome a thermodynamic bottleneck via enzymatic channeling

April 06, 2018
Mevalonate is a starting material to synthesize many chemicals in industry; it is also the building block of the lipids from all archaea. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg and collaborators in France discovered a coupling between the two enzymes responsible for the first step in mevalonate biosynthesis in archaea. This finding explain how archaea can produce mevalonate at high rate to support their growth, and can be applied in industry to optimize mevalonate production. [more]
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Production of H2O2 from H2 and O2

March 25, 2018
Hydrogenase enzymes catalyse production and utilization of hydrogen gas, which is considered as a future energy carrier. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg and collaborators in the other institute discovered that [Fe]-hydrogenase produces H2O2 from H2 and O2. This finding is crucial to understand the catalytic mechanism of this enzyme and is also important to design new H2O2-forming catalysts. [more]
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Andreas Brune elected into the American Academy of Microbiology

March 12, 2018
Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune, Head of the Department-Independent Research Group "Insect Gut Microbiology and Symbiosis" at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and honorary professor at the Philipp-Universität Marburg, is one of two German scientists elected into the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) in 2018. He studies the role of the termite gut microbiota in the symbiotic digestion of wood and humus, focusing on the biology of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic symbionts and their interactions, the structure and functions of the intestinal ecosystem, and the evolution of its microbiota. [more]
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Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik is elected as a member of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM)

March 05, 2018
The EAM is an initiative of FEMS aimed at amplifying the impact of microbiology and microbiologists in Europe. It includes microbiologists leading in their fields and aims to promote excellence in microbiology through targeted programs and activities. [more]
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One for all: super-resolution microscopy with one universal nanobody

March 02, 2018
To make cellular structures easily accessible for super-resolution microscopy, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) in Reutlingen and the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen have developed a new strategy for dense, unobtrusive labeling of proteins. In a study now published in Nature Communications, the authors utilize an inert peptide-tag in combination with a high affinity nanobody for close-grained fluorophore tagging with minimal linkage errors. The authors expect that this approach will now become broadly applicable to visualize multiple cellular targets in super-resolution microscopy. [more]
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Call for nominations 2018 - Max Planck Directors

February 12, 2018
The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institutes are seeking nominations for Max Planck Director positions. Application deadline is April 30, 2018. [more]
 
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