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Last update: 04 Aug 2017

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)

Research project:

ANTIRES: Distribution of antibiotic resistances in municipal wastewaters
- research cluster of academic partners in Greifswald, Berlin and Göttingen and experts from Analytik Jena AG; funded by the BMBF within its InfectControl2020 initiative

A rapidly increasing threat is arising from new or resistant pathogens and their growing global circulation that affects all areas of human life. This threat is further afflicted with a drastic lack of (new) effective drugs as well as insufficient preventive and diagnostic possibilities.

The intense use of antibiotics (AB) in agriculture and human health care results in an increasing leakage of antibiotics into the environment - a disastrous trend that provokes the development of AB resistances and the distribution of multi-drug resistant pathogens. One of the major resources for the antibiotics are contaminated wastewaters. At present, our limited knowledge on the distribution of antibiotic resistances via contaminated wastewaters needs to be improved and strategies for risk estimation should be developed. ANTIRES investigates the existence of AB resistent microorganisms and the expression of AB resistance genes in municipal wastewaters using state-of-the-art MetaOmics techniques. The integration of microbiological and biochemical methods as well as the use of cutting-edge metagenome, metatranscriptome and metaproteome analyses will allow a better understanding of the degree of contamination with antibiotics, antibiotic resistant genes as well as antibiotic resistant organisms. The collected data and diagnostic methods will lead to a better understanding of the means of distribution of AB resistances in waterbodies as well as seasonal variations. The findings will be used for the development of a rapid chip based diagnostic tool and will be helpful for a better control of the spreading of AB resistances.

For more details, please visit the InfectControl2020 homepage.

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