The Marburg team has won the 2021 iGEM competition - the young researchers were not only the Grand Prize winners but also took home many other special awards for their project ‘OpenPlast'.
Together with cooperation partner Jean-Christophe Baret, the Max Planck Director was honored for his work on the creation of new CO2-fixing enzymes and artificial chloroplasts.
Bacterial biofilms are medically relevant because they protect bacteria from immune defenses or antibiotics. A team led by Max Planck Fellow Gert Bange has been able to show how a protein interacts with DNA due to its unusual structure and thus controls biofilm formation.
When a cell divides, each daughter cell must receive a complete set of genetic information. A research team led by Max Planck Fellow Professor Martin Thanbichler has now elucidated a new role of nucleotide hydrolysis in bacterial DNA segregation.
The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial microbiology is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and, along with it, the long-standing and successful cooperation with the Philipps-Universität.