Microbial Communication

If when you wake up in the morning your teeth feel sticky, this indicates bacteria that live in your mouth have formed a slimy structure called a biofilm. To do this, they engage in a very special form of communication using chemical signals. Furthermore, bacteria in the ocean communicate with one another as well as with the tiny planktonic algae which provide about half of the world´s primary production to the global carbon cycle. Our scientists are deciphering these processes in order to be able to influence them, for instance to prevent caries.


Research Projects

Finished Projects

  • Worldwide remediation of mercury hazards through biotechnology Acronym: BIOMERCURY
  • Ecology, Physiology and Molecular Biology of the Roseobacter clade: Towards a Systems Biology Understanding of a Globally Important Clade of Marine Bacteria: SFB 51 - ROSEOBACTER
  • Development of biofilm inhibitors using a systems biology approach: BIOINSYS
  • Novel screens and novel compounds - fighting biofilms with myxobacterial and fungal metabolites: MINAS MICROBIAL NATURAL PRODUCTS
  • Combating Bacterial Resistance in Europe : COMBACTE
  • Reduktion eines pathogenen, vaginalen Biofilms bei rezidivierender Bakterieller Vaginose : BIOFILME BEI BAKTERIELLER VAGINOSE
  • Medizinprodukt zur Reduktion eines pathogenen, vaginalen Biofilms bei rezidivierender Bakterieller Vaginose: BAKTERIELLE VAGINOSE
  • Fighting biofilms of Streptococci by a novel inhibitor: from bench to dental products: E:BIOFILM


Audio Podcast

  • Störfunk im Mund - Ein neuer Weg gegen PlaquePelz auf den Zähnen ist nicht nur unangenehm, sondern vor allem der Auslöser für Karies. Das einzige Mittel gegen den Bakterienangriff: Zahne putzen. Weshalb nach jeder neuen Nacht wieder Millionen Bakterien unsere Zähne besiedeln und was wir in Zukunft dagegen tun können, erklärt Ihnen Irene Wagner-Döbler. Und legen Sie die Zahnbürste schon einmal bereit...
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