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Microbiology at Jena
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At Jena, research in microbiology has a long tradition. It thus was only consequent to develop a concept for modern microbiology after re-unification and re-structuring of the university. A scientific focus has been set on integrative research covering different areas of research and to introduce these concepts in teaching.

In 1993, the General Microbiology and Microbe Genetics was filled with Prof. Wöstemeyer. The group focusses on developmental genetics and phylogenetics, with special emphasis on zygomycetes.

The former Pilzkulturensammlung Weimar moved to Jena in 1998 to 2000 and was re-established as the Fungal Reference Center Jena. The scientific head, Dr. Voigt, developed the research group to a successful phylogenetics of fungi.

In 1997, Prof. Kothe was enrolled for Mikrobial Phytopathology. Her work includes fungal mating systems in white rot fungi, symbiotic interactions of fungi with plants and soil microbiology with special emphasis on heavy metal contaminated sites.

The Applied and Ecological Microbiology was added in 1998 with Prof.Diekert working in anaerobic dehalogenation and degradation capacities of anaerobic bacteria with biochemical, physiological and molecular biology approaches.
In 2004, Prof. Brakhage joined the Institute. He works mainly on molecular biology of the human pathogenen Aspergillus fumigatus. In 2005, he additionally became direktor of the Leibniz-Institute for Natural Compounds and Infection Research, Hans-Knöll-Institute.

WIth this strong and broad research environment, main aspects of microbiology in research and teaching are covered and allow us to provide a sound education for our students. The Institute of Microbiology is the largest Institute within the Biology at Jena with an unusually broad research and teaching capacity.