Welcome to the  Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Welcome to the  
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

The aim of our research is to understand the diversity and function of microorganisms. They are more numerous and diverse than all other living organisms – there is no place on earth they do not colonize. There are mainly three main reasons for their success: their immense metabolic capacities, a great ability to adapt to environmental changes, and a wide range of interactions with other organisms. Whether by their indispensable role in the global cycles of matter, the conversion of atmospheric greenhouse gases or their numerous interactions with humans, animals and plants - microorganisms decisively shape life on earth.

Like all of the over 80 Max Planck Institutes, we conduct basic research, true to Max Planck`s saying: "Insight must precede application." A fundamental understanding of processes and interrelationships is prerequisite for any medical or technological innovation. We use state-of-the-art technologies in combination with computer modeling and analysis as well as synthetic biology methods.
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Kangli Guo

at 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

Impact of osmotic stressors on the metabolic activity of Methylocystis sp. strain SC2

Graduate Students Mini Symposium I 2023

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Francisco Javier Arriaza Gallardo

at 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

Identification and characterization of two radical SAM enzymes involved in biosynthesis of the [Fe]-hydrogenase cofactor

upcoming Seminars & Events

Erick Eligio Arroyo Pérez

A new factor in the regulation of polar flagellum synthesis in Vibrio parahaemolyticus
Feb 1, 2023 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Revathi Lakshmi Pulpetta

Analysis of chromosome segregation and its coordination with cell division in alphaproteobacteria
Feb 3, 2023 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Srikanth Subramanian

Pattern formation and dynamics in bacterial cells
Feb 13, 2023 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Renthof 6, Physics Department UMR, Room: Lecture hall

Graduate Students Mini Symposium II 2023

Feb 13, 2023 01:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Room: Lecture Hall / Hybrid

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Koch

Protein transport in bacteria: multiple pathways and common concepts
Mar 20, 2023 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid, Room: Lecture hall
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