Welcome to the  Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Welcome to the  
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Life without microorganisms is simply impossible. Microbes were the first life forms on early Earth. They evolved the ability to capture carbon dioxide and nitrogen, providing life with energy and nutrients. Microbes also invented photosynthesis, brought oxygen to the atmosphere and gave birth to multicellularity and the evolution of higher life. Microbes are more numerous and diverse than all other living organisms and there is no ecological niche that is not covered by them. They live in constant interactions with their environment, affecting health, agricultural productivity, and the climate on a global scale.

Our mission is to understand the function, communication, and interaction of microorganisms with their environment, to describe them with mathematical models, and to modify them with synthetic biological approaches.
We specifically focus on the microbial metabolism of greenhouse gases, the synthesis and function of bioactive natural compounds, cellular communication and regulation networks, as well as their spatial and temporal organization. Our research scale ranges from the atomic level up to global ecosystems.

Together with our two affiliated centers, SYNMIKRO and the Microcosm Earth Center, MPI-TM is one of Europe’s leading Institutes in the fields of Molecular and Synthetic Microbiology, currently hosting more than 300 scientists and students from more than 35 countries.
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Graduate Students Mini Symposium VII - 2024

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Prof. Elizabeth Gillam

from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)

Looking back to the future of biocatalysis: exploring the natural and artificial evolution of cytochrome P450 enzymes to explain protein evolution and develop novel bio-bricks for synthetic biology

Prof. Navish Wadhwa

at 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)

Revving up: The dynamics of bacterial flagellar stators

René Inckemann

at 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)

Advancing chloroplast synthetic biology by developing high throughput prototyping capabilities and novel genetic tools

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upcoming Seminars & Events

René Inckemann

Advancing chloroplast synthetic biology by developing high throughput prototyping capabilities and novel genetic tools
Jul 26, 2024 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Silvia Espada Burriel

Emergent spatiotemporal structures in bacterial binary mixtures
Aug 20, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
ZSM (Synmikro), Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 14, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Dr. Martin Schleef (CEO)

Future Network Talks #21
Sep 13, 2024 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Seminar Room 3, hybrid

Dr. Hagen Richter

Future network talks #22
Sep 20, 2024 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Seminar Room 3, hybrid
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