Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Max­Planck­Research Magazine

Issue 2017

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2017

Metabolism 2.0
Over 50 million genes and 40,000 proteins: combing through international databases for likely candidates, Tobias Erb and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg were faced with an overwhelming choice. In the end, the scientists picked out just 17 enzymes for the first synthetic metabolic pathway that is able to convert carbon dioxide into other organic molecules. Now they have to show that the cycle they sketched out on the drawing board also works in living cells.
Issue 2009

MPR 2 /2009

Safe Havens for Methane Eaters
Protecting the climate means also protecting the biotopes in which methane-oxidizing bacteria live.
Issue 2007

MPR 4 /2007

Unicellular Whispers
Occasionally, they can be seen with the naked eye: small orange-yellow spherical structures. Closer exam­ination reveals that they are accumulations of countless bac­teria of the genus Myxococcus.
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