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Antje Boetius receives the Federal Cross of Merit

Oct 2, 2019

On 2 October, Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and director at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, officially received the Federal Cross of Merit. At the event, Germany’s Federal President Frank-Wal...

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Bacteria make pearl chains

Sep 25, 2019

For the first time, scientists in Bremen were able to observe bacteria forming pearl chains that protrude from the cell surface. These pearl chains serve to better absorb and store substances from the environment. The researchers now present their results in the journal Applied and Environmental ...

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Forschungsmeile 2019: Come and visit our booth!

Sep 21, 2019

From 20 to 22 September is time again for the Maritime Week along the Weser Promenade Schlachte!
As in the last few years, we will introduce ourselves and our research to the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology on September 21 and 22 on the research mile, along with about another 30 resea...

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All-in-one: New microbe degrades oil to gas

Aug 20, 2019

The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may produce methane from oil by a process called alkane disproportionation. Previously this was only known from symbioses between bacteria and archaea. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine...

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