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 IV-2024

at 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)

Dr. Georg Hochberg

from Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics

Prof. Dr. Martin J. Loessner

at 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)

Bacteriophages reinvented: tiny killers, life savers and detectives

Dr. Georg Hochberg

from Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics

Dr. Georg Hochberg

from Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics

Jan Johannes Crames

from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

Biosyntheses of natural products from Proteobacteria

Dr. Georg Hochberg

from Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics

Dr. Georg Hochberg

from Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics

Dr Jennifer Kulhei

from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Future Network Talks #19

Dr. Keita Kamino

from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Efficient information usage by cells – and cell biologists

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

from Apr 24, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 26, 2024 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

from Apr 24, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 26, 2024 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

from Apr 24, 2024 09:00 AM to Apr 26, 2024 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Prof. Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers

at 01:30 PM (Local Time Germany)

New players in FtsZ-based cell division in Archaea

Alexander Balinovic

at 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)

Development and characterization of new tools for advanced SMLM imaging schemes

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upcoming Seminars & Events

Dr. Georg Hochberg

A beginner's guide to maximum-likelihood phylogenetics
Apr 15, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Apr 19, 2024 05:00 PM
ZSM (Synmikro), Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 14, Room: Small seminar room

Jan Johannes Crames

Biosyntheses of natural products from Proteobacteria
Apr 17, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Dr Jennifer Kulhei

Future Network Talks #19
Apr 19, 2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Online, Room: -

Dr. Keita Kamino

Efficient information usage by cells – and cell biologists
Apr 22, 2024 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
ZSM (Synmikro), Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 14, Room: seminar room 1, 3rd floor

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

Apr 24, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Apr 26, 2024 12:00 PM
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