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Rolf Thauer is elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society

June 14, 2018
The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” [more]
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How a fungus protects itself from the hostile environment faced after infecting maize plants

April 27, 2018
The fungus Ustilago maydis causes maize smut disease. When infecting maize plants the fungus is recognized through the plant immune system which attacks the intruder through a cocktail of defense molecules. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg have uncovered a new mechanism that allows the fungus to protect itself from the anti-fungal activity of two proteins present in this cocktail. They show that these maize proteins do not only attack U. maydis but also other fungal pathogens that parasitize maize. Their finding provides novel insights into the amazing interplay between a pathogen and its host and offers new leads for disease intervention. [more]
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2018 Otto Bayer Award goes to Dr. Tobias Erb

April 26, 2018
Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology is honored for outstanding achievements in the field of artificial photosynthesis [more]
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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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