Projects

Current Projects

Microbial biofilm systems in the environment

Helmholtz research field: Earth and environment (POF 3)
The group is involved in the following research topics:

Topic 3 - Sustainable water resources management
- Catchment dynamics
- Aquifer ecosystems
- Groundwater ecology
- Water scarcity

Topic 4 - Chemicals in the environment
- Chemicals fate

Financed by Helmholtz Association (2014-2018)
POF III


Former Projects

In situ structure and function of biofilms with focus on carbonate mineralisation - DFG research group 571 “Geobiology of organo- and biofilms” (FOR 571), University of Goettingen, Germany. In cooperation with several research groups from the University of Göttingen, the DSMZ in Braunschweig and the MPI of Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany.
financed by DFG (2006-2008 and 2009-2011)

Controlled antifouling system from nano-composites developed for shipping (GANaS). Cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials and several SME’s.
financed by BMWi (2009-2011)

Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) experiments at the Canadian Synchrotron in Saskatoon, in cooperation with Environment Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
financed by DAAD (2008-2009)

Microbial diversity in environment and health – Microbial community functionalities: Biofilms, community development and organisational control
Helmholtz research field: Earth and environment, Program 5: Sustainable use of landscapes,
financed by Helmholtz Association (2004-2008)

Development of fluorescence lifetime imaging for studying microbial biofilms
Marie-Curie Host Fellowship: Transfer of Knowledge
financed by EC (2006-2008)

Investigation of growth and erosion in biofilm systems
Cooperation between Institute of Water Quality Control, Technical University Munich and UFZ, co-project with Fraunhofer-Institute for Biomedical Techniques, St Ingbert, Germany
financed by DFG (2005-2007)

Interaction of substrate transport and growth in biofilms II
Cooperation between IBVT, Technical University Braunschweig and UFZ
financed by DFG (2005-2007)

Laser scanning microscopy of interfacial microbial communities
Marie-Curie Host Fellowship: Training Site
financed by EC (2002-2006)

Phototrophic biofilms and their potential applications: Towards the development of a unifying concept (PHOBIA)
Cooperation between: The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Germany
financed by EC (2003-2005)

Interaction between substrate transport and growth in biofilm systems
Cooperation with Technical University Braunschweig and University of Applied Science Magdeburg, Germany
financed by DFG (2001-2004)

EPS as a multi functional component in biofilm systems
Cooperation with National Water Research Institute (NWRI), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
financed by BMBF (2001-2002)

Development and application of rRNA targeted oligonucleotide probes for the investigation of aquatic fungi in lotic systems
Cooperation with Technical University Berlin, Germany
Financed by UFZ (1999-2002)

Microbial ecology of interfaces in lotic systems
Cooperation with National Water Research Institute (NWRI), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
financed by BMBF (1999-2000)

Development and application of rRNA targeted oligonucleotide probes for the investigation of anaerobic microorganisms in aggregated microbial communities
Cooperation with Technical University Berlin, Germany
financed by UFZ (1997-2000)

Role of Fe-redox cycle in the photooxidation of organic substances
Cooperation with National Water Research Institute (NWRI), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
financed by BMBF (1998-1999)

Influence of nutrients on the degradation of pesticides in lotic biofilm systems and the effect thereon microbial community structure
Cooperation with National Hydrology Research Institute (NHRI), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
financed by BMBF (1997-1998)

Significance of river biofilms in the binding and degradation of pesticides
Cooperation with National Hydrology Research Institute (NHRI), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
financed by BMBF (1995-1996)