Microbial Diagnostics

Microbial pathogens find their way into our bodies in different of ways. Two important routes of transmission include food and drinking water. If a food-borne pathogen triggers an epidemic, the starting point of the chain of infection must quickly be identified to effectively curtail the epidemic. Now, HZI scientists have found a way to trace the routes of infection of bacterial pathogens that are present in our food and drinking water. Using high-resolution methods, the researchers are able to readily identify individual pathogenic bacterial strains. 

Research Projects

Finished Projects

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  • Assessment of human health impacts from emerging microbial pathogens in drinking water by molecular and epidemiological studies: HEALTHY WATER
  • Development and validation of a DNA-chip technology for the assessment of the bacteriological quality of bathing and drinking water: AQUA-CHIP
  • Soil organic matter and microbial diversity as parameters controlling important soil functions: SOIL
  • System-integrated environmental biotechnology for remediation of organically and inorganically polluted aquatic resources : AQUATIC RESOURCES
  • Marine bacterial genes and isolates as sources for novel biotechnological products: MARGENES
  • Seasonal dynamics and controlling mechanisms of bacterioplankton community structure in the Western Mediterranean Sea: BACTERIOPLANKTON COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
  • Application of molecular methods for microbial ecology and biological safety: MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
  • Exploration of Microbial diversity: MICROBIAL DIVERSITY
  • Determination of successions of bacterioplankton in lakes by comparative analysis of low molecular RNA: MOLECULAR RNA
  • High resolution automated identification of microorganisms: HRAMI 1

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  • Prof Dr Manfred Höfle

    Manfred Höfle

    Head of the Research Group Microbial Diagnostics

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