Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Collaborating Institution

At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, microbiologists, molecular biologists and biogeochemists work together to understand basic principles of marine microbial ecology. Their focus is on the anaerobic (oxygen-free) world below the sediment surface, because this is where many interesting and hitherto unknown life forms exist that play a crucial role for the coupling of element cycles – and hence for the chemistry of the oceans. The researchers at the institute cover a broad range of disciplines and areas of expertise, from microsensors to microbiology, from geochemistry to genome analysis, and from molecular ecology to mathematical modelling.