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The history and legacy of ancient dairy bacteria

Microbes and bacteria are far from enjoying a good reputation in the modern societies of the 21st century. Nevertheless, they play a vital role in our daily lives and culinary practices. For without yeasts and bacteria, a large number of our most popular food products, such as bread, cheese or beer, would not even exist. The manufacturing of dairy products, in particular, avails itself of an immense bandwidth of different bacteria which, in turn, ensure the unmistakeable flavours, textures and aromas. The donations of the year 2017 of our Supporting Members are intended to enable an exciting project on the history of the development of dairy products and their effects on the human genome. [more]

Max-Planck-Foundation

The Max-Planck-Foundation is a charitable tax-exempt foundation, independent from, but closely associated with the Max Planck Society. It is backed by an initiative of reputable private individuals, all embracing the vision of extraordinary scientific research.

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Supporting the Max Planck Society

Substantial questions, the brightest minds - and you!

Our scientists are driven to find answers to the big questions of our times. In tackling their field in scientic frontier research they need courage, talent, persistence - and your unique support!

We live in a complex world. Mankind, goods and knowledge - everthing is increasingly in motion. And the challenges we face have global dimensions and implications: healthcare, climate change, increase in population, a need to more sustainability and reasonable handling of resources. To name only a few, these are the topics driving our scientists at our more than 80 Max Planck Institutes.

Frontier research is a high risk mission, requiring high trust, too. The results are at times not predictable, nonetheless this search is what drives us to push forward and exceed boundaries of knowledge. Our researchers are pioneers in science and inspire the world with groundbreaking results.

Excellent frontier research also requires outstanding support. Donating to the Max Planck Society is more than just giving money  - our donors support cutting edge scientific results with their name and reputation. Open minded and courageous, our scientists already seek answers to questions yet to be asked. You as a donor, with with an entrepreneurial mind and spirit, are courageous and responsible. Succeeding as a visionary is part of your set of beliefs. So join us on this frontier journey, you are in best company.

 
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