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Scientists discover new concept of bacterial gene regulation

Bacteria are always with us: These tiny organisms are found within and on our body as is the case with all animals and plants. As part of a healthy microbiome they ensure our wellbeing. But if the microbial community gets dysbalanced, infections can follow. Even in soil and water they are a crucial component of the respective environments and their functioning. Still, we are just beginning to understand these essential unicellular organisms. The Jena microbiologist Prof. Kai Papenfort and his team were able to shed more light on this subject with their latest publication in the journal eLife. They discovered a new mechanism of autoregulation during gene expression that relies on small regul…

Fungal protector against bacterial attackers

Bacteria of the genus Streptomyces produce numerous substances that ensure their survival. Azalomyci…

Program for Microverse I Symposium now online

Check this news for regular updates on our Microverse I Symposium taking place as an online conferen…

Axel Brakhage elected as Vice President of the DFG

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has two new vice presidents: during the annual general meeting,…

Felix H. Schacher

Jena start-up awarded for innovative material

The Polytives GmbH from Jena was honored as part of the IQ Innovation Award for Central Germany. It …

Water bacteria have a green thumb

Research team from Friedrich Schiller University Jena discovers new natural products that bacteria i…

Jena - a city of science in the fight against COVID-19

A small city in middle Germany is taking bold steps to overcome the current COVID-19 crisis. Jena, i…

Call for Early Career Scientists for our Cluster of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse and the Jena School for Microbial Communication …

New Emmy Noether junior research group investigates severe fungal infections

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a new Emmy Noether junior research group at the Leib…

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Virtual Meeting | Lecture halls Carl-Zeiss-Str., Jena

DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Microverse I – Joint International Symposium on Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions

The International Symposium “Microverse I – Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions” will bring together national and international scientists to discuss recent advances in microbial communication, host-microbiome interactions and environmental microbiomes. The conference will be jointly organized by the Microverse Cluster and the collaborative research centers ChemBioSys and AquaDiva as well as the consortium InfectControl.
We look forward to welcoming you for inspiring discussions and many new insights into the dynamic balance of microbial communities.

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Virtual meeting

5th International Symposium: Image-based Systems Biology (Digital IbSB 2020)

Image-based Systems Biology is a modern approach that aims to extract spatio-temporal information contained in images in a form that it can be used to model morphological, functional and dynamical aspects of biological processes. Researchers from all fields are invited to communicate their results focused on Image-based Systems Biology in order to exchange novel scientific methods and to share recent achievements from image-driven research in biology. Joint studies of experiment and theory will be highly welcomed.


Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2020


Registration deadline: August 31, 2020 (number of places is limited)


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