A new Sonderforschungsbereich is being funded at HHU Düsseldorf for the next four years, focusing on communities of microorganisms. Cooperation partners are Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University, the Universities of Bielefeld and Cologne and the MPI for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. 15 of the 29 project leaders are members of the BioSC, where a large part of the necessary collaborations have been initiated.
Microorganisms live in complex communities that have a major impact on human health, for example, but also on many ecosystems. The interaction and communication of microorganisms takes place at different levels - from intracellular endosymbionts such as mitochondria and chloroplasts to intercellular communities such as the microbiome in the human gut. The new SFB initially aims to understand this „microbial networking“ in all its complexity. The knowledge gained should facilitate the targeted influencing and redesign of microbial networks and communities in the future. This should enable new applications in the fields of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology.
A large part of the collaborations that were necessary for the successful application were initiated in BioSC projects of the past years. 15 of the 29 project leaders, including SFB speaker Prof. Dr. Michael Feldbrügge and co-speaker Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke, are BioSC members:
Prof. Dr. Michael Feldbrügge, Institute of Microbiology, HHU Düsseldorf (Speaker of the SFB)
Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke, IBG-1: Biotechnology, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Co-speaker of the SFB)