Prof. Dr. Friedrich Widdel, Head of the Department of Microbiology and our institute's director from the very start, has entered his well-earned retirement. Here you will find impressions of his farewell.
For questions concerning the work of the Department of Microbiology, please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Harder.
The Department of Microbiology, which had been established in 1992 contemporaneously with the Max Planck Institute, was closed on 01 September, 2018, due to retirement of the institute’s director Prof. Dr. Friedrich Widdel.
The researchers in the Department of Microbiology investigated the physiology and diversity of aquatic bacteria involved in the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron. Investigations included the isolation of bacteria and their study under defined conditions in the laboratory. Major projects were, for example, 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.