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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…

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…

Virtual microbial talk

An international conference with some 230 participants from all over the world was held at the Fried…

Upcoming Events

Online Workshop

1st D-A-C-H Dictyostelium Workshop

Registration and more information: http://www.dicty-workshop.de/

Online Conference

MiCom 2021 - 8th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists

We invite you to the MiCom2021 that will – for the first time – take place as an online event. The conference traditionally features chaired sessions on these 5 research areas:


Chemical Ecology
Natural Products
Systems Biology


Each session will contain outstanding keynote lectures and a number of selected student and flash talks. In addition to all talks, workshops on diverse topics and social activities are included. As mentioned above, all this will be possible in the frame of an online event.


Submit your abstract now! Deadline: February 22, 2021.

Detailed information on the program and how to register/submit abstracts here: www.micom.uni-jena.de. Registration will be open until March 21, 2021. Feel free to contact us for any questions or check out our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook).

Online Workshop

Unconscious Bias

In this 2-hour online workshop you will learn more about unconscious biases by our Guest-Trainer Roland Engel from factor-D Diversity Consulting. He will talk about the types, functions and neuroscientific origins of unconscious biases, and how they automatically occur in all of us. With the help of practical examples and short videos you will understand how these automatic assumptions affect decision-making in the workplace and how they influence the areas of collegial cooperation, recruitment and academic supervision.

This interactive workshop will include discussions on effective methods and best-practice examples on how you can become aware of these automated decision-making processes, so that we can develop a more inclusive workplace with decisions based on evidence and facts, rather than intuitions.

All members of the Microverse Cluster are cordially invited to apply for this workshop.
Please be aware that participation is limited to 14 people and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Apply by sending an email to roman.witt@microverse-cluster.de

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.

Discover the Microverse and enjoy the microbial kitchen!