The department of Microbial Ecology and Diversity aims to link key ecosystem processes to bacterial functions and evolution. The understanding of relevant drivers and feedbacks of microbial diversity has implications for ecosystem service and management. The cultivation and characterization of underexplored, but key taxonomic groups by innovative cultivation techniques extents our understanding of diversification and may yield novel applications. Further, disentangling the evolutionary mechanisms of diversification will improve the taxonomy and appropriate collection strategies (e.g., key strains).
We believe that our research has implications into policy and strategic development with respect to the Nagoya Protocol, quality management of culture collections, novel needs and products as well as management of prime terrestrial and marine habitats (soils, ocean).