Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology

The main focus of our research projects is on organismic functional and physiological microbiology. Special emphasis is placed on the microbial abilities in natural environments such as soil or air. Within this frame, metal-microbe interactions as well as diversity of airborne microorganisms are of particular interest. Some results might find practical biotechnological applications.

Former Head of group: PD Dr. Helmut Brandl

Research themes:

  • Microbial solubilization of solid minerals
  • Metal mobilization and recovery from solid wastes by HCN-forming microorganisms
  • Occurrence and distribution of microorganisms in the air at indoor and outdoor locations