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Physiology of bacteria from the carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron cycles
Hydrocarbon- and oil-degrading bacteria
The Department of Microbiology investigates the physiology and diversity of aquatic bacteria from the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron. Investigations usually include the isolation of bacteria and their study under defined conditions in the laboratory. Characterization of enrichment and pure cultures is often combined with the analysis of ribosomal nucleic acids, which is carried out in collaboration with the Molecular Ecology laboratory. Major projects are the study of the anaerobic degradation of long-lived natural products such as hydrocarbons, and electro-microbiological processes in the context of anaerobic biocorrosion of iron.