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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Maik Wolfram-Schauerte

at 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

From RNA and its NAD-cap: Exploring T4 phage infection from an epitranscriptomic perspective

Dr. Timo Glatter

from Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Graduate Students Mini Symposium VI - 2024

at 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)

Dr. Timo Glatter

from Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Matt Baker

from 03:00 PM c.t. to 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)

Ask the ancestors: resurrecting and re-evolving the bacterial flagellar motor

Dr. Timo Glatter

from Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Dr. Timo Glatter

from Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Dr. Timo Glatter

from Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Prof. Kelly Hughes

at 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)

The effect of tRNA structure and codon context on translation efficiency and fidelity

Johannes Schwabe

at 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

Secretion and regulation of the synthesis of exopolysaccharides in Myxococcus xanthus

Shan Jiang

at 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

Elucidate the mechanism of PhoQ inhibition by the small protein MgrB

GRK 2937 Seminar Prof. Dr. Jörg Stülke

from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

Wenhao Xu

at 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Identification and characterization of signals recognized by bacterial extracellular sensory domains

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upcoming Seminars & Events

Johannes Schwabe

Secretion and regulation of the synthesis of exopolysaccharides in Myxococcus xanthus
Jun 19, 2024 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture hall / On site

Shan Jiang

Elucidate the mechanism of PhoQ inhibition by the small protein MgrB
Jun 20, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture hall / On site

Hybrid Annual Conference of the Max Planck Sustainability Network

Jun 24, 2024 - Jun 25, 2024
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

GRK 2937 Seminar Prof. Dr. Jörg Stülke

Jun 25, 2024 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture hall

Wenhao Xu

Identification and characterization of signals recognized by bacterial extracellular sensory domains
Jun 25, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture hall / On site
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