Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Every grain of sand is a met­ro­polis for bac­teria

December 05, 2017

A single sand grain harbours up to 100,000 microorganisms from thousands of species. [more]


Ancient partnership between ciliates and bacteria

July 13, 2017

Symbiotic ciliates and bacteria have a common ancestor [more]


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]


The curse of durability

May 02, 2017

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


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]


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

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]


Iron-munching microbe discovered

October 25, 2016

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


Some bacteria love their foes

June 10, 2016

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


Bacteria are individualists

May 09, 2016

Cells respond differently to lack of nutrients [more]


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

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]


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

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

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]


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]


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]


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]


How the ocean loses nitrogen

February 24, 2013

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


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]


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

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]


Strange diet for methane consuming microorganisms

November 06, 2012

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


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]


Bacterial community inside the plant root

August 02, 2012

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


Rapid coral death by a deadly chain reaction

May 23, 2012

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


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

May 04, 2012

Max Planck researchers unravel Plankton paradox [more]


A toxic menu

April 16, 2012

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


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

Bacteria forge nitrogen from nitric oxide

October 02, 2011

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


Hydrogen highway in the deep sea

August 11, 2011

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


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

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]


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]


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

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

Bacteria detoxify deadly seawater

December 11, 2008

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

Research publications 2006

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]


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]


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

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]

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