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.
In 2021, the Philipps-Universität Marburg honored five young researchers with the award - among them Dr. Manuel Osorio Valeriano from the research group of Max Planck Fellow Martin Thanbichler.
Methanogenic archaea use sophisticated enzyme systems to thrive in low-energy, oxygen-free environments. Researchers at the Max Planck Institutes for Terrestrial Microbiology and Biophysics have now discovered a a giant enzyme complex that holds a key mechanism for energy conservation. Their findings, published in the journal "Science", could open up new possibilities for sustainable biotechnological development.