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Issue 2016

3/2016

Getting to the Bottom of the Deep Sea

The ocean is her passion, the seabed her lab bench. Antje Boetius from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen always has multiple objectives in her sights: from discovery and precautionary research to technological development and scientific communication. It’s an act that involves a lot of juggling – sometimes in rubber boots, sometimes in high heels.

Issue 2012

MPR 3/2012

The Sea as a Gene Pool
The oceans are full of bacteria. Outwardly, they all look much the same, but there are many different species living a variety of ways of life. This has led Hanno Teeling, Bernhard Fuchs and Frank Oliver Glöckner from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen to analyze bacterial diversity in the oceans with the aid of metagenomics. To do this, they first throw the whole bacterial genome into one pot, then decode the DNA molecules and sort the genetic mix back into individual bacterial groups.

MPR 1/2012

Power Plants at the Bottom of the Sea
The depths of the ocean are a hostile environment. In a bid to defy these adverse conditions, many organisms have teamed up to form close relationships called symbioses. Nicole Dubilier and her colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen keep discovering new symbioses that provide these deep-sea inhabitants with a guaranteed energy supply.
Issue 2011

MPR 3 /2011

Climate Gives Corals an Acid Bath
Life is more abundant here than anywhere else on the planet: tropical coral reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. But they are under threat – from acidification of the water.

MPR 2 /2011

Microbes in a Dissolved Environment
Huge quantities of dissolved organic carbon are drifting around in the world’s oceans, a ready-made meal for microorganisms. Yet strange as it may seem, they virtually ignore them. Thorsten Dittmar of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen wants to close this and other knowledge gaps in marine research.
Issue 2010

MPR 4 /2010

Unicellular Organisms with an Appetite for Oil
Some species of bacteria even feed on oil. Microbiologists are studying these tiny creatures that thrive in unusual habitats.

MPR 3 /2010

Marine Passion
Personal Portrait: Nicole Dubilier

MPR 1 /2010

Ideas for a Diversity Inventory
Rethinking biodiversity research.
Issue 2009

MPR 1 /2009

Researchers in Deep Water
At depths of several kilometers, unique ecosystems can be found in the so-called “cold seeps” on the ocean fl oor, the role of which is currently being researched in the context of global material cycles.
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