Research focus

We analyze environmental drivers and feedbacks of microbial diversity at a broad range of spatial and ecological scales. This includes also rather underexplored habitats such as beech treeholes, high altitude tropical soil ecosystems (Colombian Paramo, Agroalpine Zone Ethiopia), mangrove sediments, minerals or even liquid nitrogen tanks. Plant-bacterial interactions in the rhizosphere and temporal dynamics of microbial communities on decaying piglet carcasses serve as experimental setups for biotic feedback studies.

Modern molecular high-throughput technologies are complemented by innovative cultivation techniques that include high-throughput assays, improved media, dilution culture, co-cultivation, biofilm growth and chemotaxis assays.