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Small molecules control bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Antibiotics have revolutionised medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases such as cholera. But the pathogens that cause disease are increasingly developing resistance to the antibiotics that are most commonly used. Scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena have discovered a molecule that influences the antibiotic-resistance of cholera bacteria. They have published their results in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Antibiotics work in different ways. Some, including penicillin, attack the cell wall of the bacteria by inhibiting their synthesis. But the bacteria are not helpless against this attack. "We have been able to identify a small ribon…


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…

Tiny bodyguards

The bacterium Pseudomonas tolaasii triggers brown spot disease in cultivated mushrooms and thus caus…

Fungus sabotages phagocytes

When pathogens enter our body, they trigger a series of reactions: The immune system becomes active …

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MiCoCo with Christine Moisl-Eichinger

Prof. Dr. Christine Moisl-Eichinger, Center for Microbiome Research at the Medical University Graz

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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.


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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.

Discover the Microverse and enjoy the microbial kitchen!