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

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Finished Projects

  • Assessment of human health impacts from emerging microbial pathogens in drinking water by molecular and epidemiological studies: HEALTHY WATER
  • Understanding the ecology and virulence of Legionella spp. populations in freshwater systems in Germany, Palestine and Israel: LEGIONELLA POPULATIONS IN FRESHWATER SYSTEMS IN GERMANY, PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
  • 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
  • Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation.: AQUAVALENS

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  • Legionärskrankheit – Wissenschaftler auf Spurensuche in der Wasserleitung Legionellen warten überall auf uns wo warmes Wasser gespeichert wird – in Wasserleitungen, Klimaanlagen, Schwimmbädern. Einige wenige dieser Bakterien können schon ausreichen, um bei uns eine schwere Lungenentzündung zu verursachen. Häufen sich Fälle – etwa in einem Einkaufszentrum oder einem Schwimmbad – gehen Wissenschaftler auf Legionellensuche. Manfred Höfle hat eine Technologie entwickelt, mit der er genau die Legionellen findet, die die Menschen krank machen. Begleiten Sie ihn bei seiner Detektivarbeit...
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