Institute

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Research publications

You can find more research publications messages on the website of the Institute:
http://www.mpi-bremen.de

Research publications 2017
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Ancient partnership between ciliates and bacteria

July 13, 2017

Symbiotic ciliates and bacteria have a common ancestor [more]

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Oil as energy source for deep-sea creatures

June 20, 2017

Scientists discover mussels and sponges in the deep sea which can thrive on oil with the help of symbiont bacteria [more]

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The curse of durability

May 02, 2017

Can microorganisms help combat the vast amounts of plastic being disposed of in the sea? [more]

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Periodic hypoxia in the deep sea with long-term consequences

February 10, 2017

Low bottom-water oxygen leads to more organic matter ending up on the seafloor [more]

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Sunken logs serve as habitats in the deep sea

January 27, 2017

Organisms from the nutrient-deficient deep sea depend on wood as source of energy [more]

Research publications 2016
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A new dead zone in the Indian Ocean

December 07, 2016

A new dead zone in the Indian Ocean could impact future marine nutrient balance [more]

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Iron-munching microbe discovered

October 25, 2016

Newly discovered archaebacteria converts methane into carbon dioxide with the help of iron [more]

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Some bacteria love their foes

June 10, 2016

Bacteria probably formed symbioses with protists early in evolution [more]

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Bacteria are individualists

May 09, 2016

Cells respond differently to lack of nutrients [more]

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Symbiosis with partner exchange

March 11, 2016

In worm-bacteria symbioses some microbes remain faithful to their hosts, others to their location [more]

Research publications 2015
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Nano power grids between bacteria

October 21, 2015

Microorganisms in the sea organise their power supply via tiny power-cables, thus oxidising the greenhouse gas methane [more]

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Deep-sea mussels with highly toxic tenants

September 21, 2015

Symbiosis bacteria produce a variety of toxins, which appear to save the mussels from being eaten [more]

Research publications 2014
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A day in the life of the oceans

June 20, 2014

The sea is teeming with microorganisms. But the communities they form are highly diverse, and still underexplored. [more]

Research publications 2013
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How climate change affects microbial life below the seafloor

October 21, 2013

Sediments from the deep sea give insight into the dynamics of the deep biosphere [more]

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Massive amounts of charcoal enter the worlds' oceans

April 19, 2013

Wild fire residue is washed out of the soil and transported to the sea by rivers [more]

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4,000 metres under the ice

April 08, 2013

The Arctic is one of the habitats undergoing the most radical transformation as a result of climate change. Nobody can predict the effects it will have on biodiversity in the Arctic Ocean. [more]

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Marine passion

March 05, 2013

Nicole Dubilier from the Max Planck Institute of marine Microbiology in Bremen investigates the symbiosis between bacteria and invertebrates in the deep sea. [more]

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How the ocean loses nitrogen

February 24, 2013

Scientists identify key factor controlling nitrogen availability in the ocean [more]

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Rapid changes in the Arctic ecosystem

February 18, 2013

Rapid changes in the Arctic ecosystem from surface to depth during the ice minimum in the summer of 2012 [more]

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Wood on the seafloor - an oasis for deep-sea life

January 21, 2013

Sunken woods promote the dispersal of rare deep-sea animals, forming hotspots of biodiversity at the deep seafloor [more]

Research publications 2012
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Scientists unravel the mystery of marine methane oxidation

November 12, 2012

Researchers uncover how microorganisms on the ocean floor protect the atmosphere against methane [more]

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Strange diet for methane consuming microorganisms

November 06, 2012

Methane supplies the energy for cell metabolism, but is not the carbon source [more]

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Marine research in the Brazilian rain forest

August 13, 2012

Slash and burn practice for centuries as source of stable carbon compounds in the oceans [more]

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Bacterial community inside the plant root

August 02, 2012

Plants choose the soil bacteria that they allow into their roots [more]

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Rapid coral death by a deadly chain reaction

May 23, 2012

Soil erosion in tropical coastal areas accelerates coral death [more]

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Nutrient supply after algal bloom determines the succession of the bacterial population

May 04, 2012

Max Planck researchers unravel Plankton paradox [more]

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A toxic menu

April 16, 2012

Marine worm feeds on carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide with the help of symbiotic bacteria [more]

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Chemical microgradients accelerate coral death on the Great Barrier Reef

March 27, 2012

Anoxia and toxic sulfide are a menace to coral tissue [more]

Research publications 2011
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Bacteria forge nitrogen from nitric oxide

October 02, 2011

Max Planck scientists unravel key pathway in the nitrogen cycle [more]

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Hydrogen highway in the deep sea

August 11, 2011

Max Planck Researchers discover hydrogen-powered symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels [more]

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Ocean acidification and coral reefs

June 01, 2011

Natural CO2 seeps show what could happen to coral reefs in a world of increasing greenhouse gas emissions [more]

Research publications 2010
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Oil degradation without oxygen

December 15, 2010

Some bacteria do not require oxygen to degrade crude oil. They can survive even deep within the ocean's sedimentary layers [more]

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New deep-sea hot springs discovered in the Atlantic

October 07, 2010

Hydrothermal vents may contribute more to the thermal budget of the oceans than previously assumed [more]

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Bacteria produce oxygen even without light

March 25, 2010

The molecular secrets of a bacterium which produces its own oxygen to use the green house gas methane was unravelled [more]

Research publications 2009
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Arctic bacteria - some like it hot

September 17, 2009

Surprisingly high numbers of heat-loving bacteria found in the cold Arctic Ocean [more]

Research publications 2008
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Bacteria detoxify deadly seawater

December 11, 2008

Microorganisms turn poisonous sulphide into harmless sulphur - thus protecting sea life [more]

Research publications 2006
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Professional fasters deep under the sea floor

December 05, 2006

An international team of researchers finds that natural radioactivity could provide microbes in the Deep Biosphere with vitality [more]

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Methane Devourer Discovered in the Artic

October 19, 2006

Novel methane consuming microorganisms discovered at the Haakon Mosby Mud Volcano in the Arctic deep sea [more]

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Life without a mouth, stomach, or gut

September 18, 2006

How a small worm gets by with a little help from its bacteria [more]

Research publications 2005
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Bacteria Which Sense the Earth's Magnetic Field

November 20, 2005

Max Planck researchers uncover how a nanoscale "compass" inside bacteria orients them to the Earth's magnetic field [more]