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Alliance of defense: bacteria join forces against a common enemy

Two bacterial species cooperate chemically with each other to fight off amoebae that generally consume them. A team of researchers from Jena has now discovered this on coorperation-based defense mechanism of bacteria. In this context, natural substances play an important role. Originally responsible for the communication and interaction of microorganisms, they can provide impulses for the development of new drugs such as antibiotics. Microorganisms naturally live in communities. They interact with each other and with their environment. Their coexistence is regulated by natural substances, small molecules that cause complex subsequent reactions through their activity. These can be very differ…

German Center for Mental Health in Central Germany gets funded

Mental health is a precious commodity. Every year, almost 18 million adults in Germany are affected …

On the cultivation of elusive microorganisms

Microverse Cluster member Christian Jogler and his colleague Muriel van Teeseling give an insight on…

Small molecules control bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Antibiotics have revolutionised medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases s…


Microorganisms in art

The fact that microbiologists are fascinated by microorganisms is probably in their nature. The beau…

Two new junior research groups

We extend a warm welcome to Amelia Barber and Martin Taubert who are each starting their own junior …

Ute Hellmich is appointed as the first professor within the Microverse Cluster

With great pleasure we announce that Ute Hellmich, currently at the University of Mainz, has accepte…

Study provides deeper insight into the regulation of bacterial toxins

In nature, different organisms often live in symbiosis - and thus benefit from each other. This also…

Antibiotics affect balance of intestinal microbiome

Treatment with antibiotics has a lasting effect on the microbiome in the digestive system. While the…

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Microbial Kitchen

Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi have a big influence on our lives. Often they appear to us as threats to our health but that is only a very narrow view on the functions and abilities of microorganisms. In fact, life would not be possible without them: a balanced microbiome keeps humans, animals, plants and ecosystems healthy. Moreover they are significant for our nutrition – humans have been using microorganisms such as yeast or lactic acid bacteria to produce food for thousands of years.

Members and friends of the Microverse Cluster and the Jena School for Microbial Communication have revealed their favourite delicious recipes which involve the activity of microorganisms. You will also find information on typical microorganisms used for food production.

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