Success in Life is determined by the right strategy. This also applies to sporulating bacteria, as studies by our research group "Complex Adaptive Traits" headed by Ilka Bischofs revealed.
We humans need oxygen to breathe - but for many microbes it is a deadly poison. An international team, including the "Microbial Protein Structure" group headed by Dr. Seigo Shima, has now discovered how methane bacteria transform oxygen, which is so dangerous for them, into harmless water.
Using super resolution microscopy, researchers in our Department of Systems and Synthetic Microbiology, in cooperation with the University of Freiburg, were able to show how cell nuclei enlarge after division.