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Workshop on Genomics & Bioinformatics [July 2017]
The 5th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 18-21 July 2017 (→ read more)
Joining ERA-IB consortium MetaCat [January 2017]
Since January 2017 our department belongs to the MetaCat consortium - a metagenomic collection of novel and highly efficient biocatalysts for industrial biotechnology (→ read more)
New OBAC cluster funded within ERA-IB [November 2016]
Partners form Frankfurt, Ulm, La Coruna, Gent and Göttingen will work together within the joint project 'OBAC - Overcoming energetic barriers in acetogenic conversion of carbon dioxide'. (→ read more)
FLEXIZUCKER - new BMEL funded project [October 2016]
Process engineering, enzymatic and genomic characterization of a flexible biogas production with targeted use of sugar beets (→ read more)
Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2016]
The 4th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 19-22 July 2016. (→ read more)

News (Archive)

› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2016] (→ read more)
› CDiff project elongation until 2018 [July 2016] (→ read more)
› ANTIRES - new joint project [June 2016] (→ read more)
› ProkaGENOMICS 2015 conference [Oct 2015] (→ read more)
› iGEM Team Göttingen 2015 [September 2015] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2015] (→ read more)
› RETROBIO - Successful project application within ERASynBio [March 2015] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2014] (→ read more)
› BEFmate - new joint project [March 2014] (→ read more)
› 'Roseobacter'-SFB verlängert [November 2013] (→ read more)
› Norddeutscher Wissenschaftspreis 2013 verliehen [November 2013] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [October 2013] (→ read more)
› CDiff: Start of 3.9 Million Euro project [August 2013] (→ read more)
› ERA-IB 3 consortium has started work [May 2013] (→ read more)
› Forschungsprojekt: Europäische Faulbrut bei Bienen [4. April 2013] (→ read more)
› Ministerin Wanka eröffnet neues Genomik-Zentrum [11. Januar 2013] (→ read more)
› New multilateral research project within ERA-IB [December 2012] (→ read more)
› New DFG Priority Programme: Ecosystem Nutrition [May 2012] (→ read more)
› Next Polarstern trip started in March (Puntas Arenas, Chile) [March 2012] (→ read more)
› SFB 990 (Sumatra) started / Project B02 [January 2012] (→ read more)
› Two Co-Workers left for Polarstern trip (Cape Town, South Africa) [December 2011] (→ read more)
› Not EHEC, but rather EAHEC [June 2011] (→ read more)

SFB 990 (Sumatra) started / Project B02 (January 2012)
Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)
Project group B02: Impact of rainforest transformation on phylogenetic and functional diversity of soil prokaryotic communities in Sumatra (Indonesia)

Prokaryotes are the most abundant and diverse group of microorganisms in soil. They are important for most nutrient transformations in soil and major drivers of biogeochemical cycles. In this subproject, the impact of lowland rainforest transformation on diversity and ecosystem function of soil prokaryotic communities will be investigated.
To identify changes in indigenous gene- and taxon-specific patterns and key metabolic functions accompanying rainforest transformation, comparative phylogenetic and functional profiling of soil samples from lowland rainforest, jungle rubber, rubber plantations, and oil palm plantations will be performed. For this purpose, culture-independent metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches are employed. The changes in the species richness, abundance, and distribution of phylogenetic groups and key functions of soil prokaryotic communities along transformation systems will be assessed and compared by bar-coded amplicon sequencing of prokaryotic 16S rRNA genes, and deep sequencing of mRNA (cDNA) isolated from the core sites. The functional analysis will include a general functional profile. Special emphasis will be on functions involved in the biogeochemical N cycle. Changes in diversity and abundance of genes encoding known key enzymes of the N cycle are also monitored by PCR-based approaches.
All data are correlated with soil attributes, environmental conditions, and biotic data gathered by the other subprojects. Together with joint experiments investigating the effects of gap enrichment of oil palm plantations on biodiversity and ecosystem function, the proposed project will contribute to unravel the composition and functioning of the belowground system along the different transformation systems.