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MICROBIOMES - MICROORGANISMS IN (DIS) BALANCE

In the new podcast episode of "Exzellent Erklärt - der Podcast", Prof. Axel Brakhage explains why an understanding of microbial balance and imbalance is so important, how humans can intervene to restore a possible disbalance and that the next antibiotic agent may be waiting to be discovered in our front garden. Listen in and find out more about our invisible companions!  

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The microscope image shows an amoeba killed by the bacteria. Source: Ruchira Mukherji / Leibniz-HKI

PNAS Cozzarelli Prize 2021 for paper on bacterial cooperation

Bacteria can defend themselves against predators by cooperating with each other. The team from Paleo…

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Amelia Barber, Junior Research Group Leader. Source: Anna Schroll/Leibniz HKI

The world of fungi: Amelia Barber new head of Junior Research Group Fungal Informatics

Dr. Amelia Barber has recently been appointed head of the junior research group “Fungal Informatics”…

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Falk Hillmann has been Professor of Biochemistry/Biotechnology at Wismar University of Applied Sciences since April 1. Quelle: Ronja Münch / Leibniz-HKI

The amoebae whisperer: Falk Hillmann appointed to professorship

As of April 1st, 2022, Falk Hillmann is the new professor of biochemistry/biotechnology at Wismar Un…

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Hyphae of Candida albicans invade human epithelial cells. Source: Ricardo Almeida / Leibniz-HKI

Candidalysin fuels inflammatory bowel disease

Individual Candida albicans yeast strains in the human gut are as different from each other as the h…

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VAAM2022 best poster awards

Congratulations to Cluster members DeDe Man and Alexander Iliou, who got prizes for best posters at …

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Pierre Stallforth in hier laboratory in the Leibniz-HKI | Source: Anna Schroll / Leibniz-HKI

Bacteria can become extinct just like saber-tooth tigers did

Pierre Stallforth has recently been appointed Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry and Paleobiotechnolo…

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Alexander von Humboldt professorship awarded to Microverse Researcher Bas Dutilh

Germany’s most valuable research award, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, was awarded to Bas…

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The pangenome - key to new therapies

Aspergillus fumigatus causes severe infections in humans. Latest bioinformatic analyses point the wa…

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Microbial Kitchen

Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi have a big influence on our lives. Often they appear to us as threats to our health but that is only a very narrow view on the functions and abilities of microorganisms. In fact, life would not be possible without them: a balanced microbiome keeps humans, animals, plants and ecosystems healthy. Moreover they are significant for our nutrition – humans have been using microorganisms such as yeast or lactic acid bacteria to produce food for thousands of years.

Members and friends of the Microverse Cluster and the Jena School for Microbial Communication have revealed their favourite delicious recipes which involve the activity of microorganisms. You will also find information on typical microorganisms used for food production.

Discover the Microverse and enjoy the microbial kitchen!