Molecular plant-microbe interactions

  • Molecular endophyte - plant interactions, Azoarcus olearius – rice model

    Molecular endophyte - plant interactions, Azoarcus olearius – rice model

    We localize tagged bacteria in roots, analyze gene expression and functions of genes for cooperation

  • Mol_Mibi

    Molecular microbial ecology: Diversity and functions of root – associated bacteria

    We analyze diversity and functions of microbes by molecular methods and cultivation

  • Rhizo

    Rhizobial symbionts for sustainable agriculture in Africa

    We characterize N2-fixing root nodule symbionts to improve sustainable plant production in Southern Africa

  • NAA

    NAA – Nucleic Acid Analysis Facility of the Faculty 2

    Led by Dr. Rolf Nimzyk, Dr. Thomas Hurek. Illumina MiSeq platform


Molecular plant-microbe interactions

Microbes are the key players for many processes on earth. Bacterial nitrogen fixation plays an important role in terrestrial ecosystems, reaching approximately the same amount of  N2 fixed which is industrially reduced as fertilizer. Our mission is to unravel the ways how plants and bacteria cooperate in beneficial interactions.


Prof. Barbara Reinhold-Hurek
Prof. Barbara Reinhold-Hurek


Group leader

Prof. Dr. Barbara Reinhold-Hurek

Phone: +49 421 218-62860

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Stefanie Haack

Laboratory of General Microbiology

Molecular plant-microbe interactions
Faculty 2, Biology, University of Bremen

Leobener Straße 5

Phone: +49 421 218-62861
Fax: +49 421 218- 2873

Homesteads in smallholder agriculture at the Kavango river
Homesteads in smallholder agriculture at the Kavango river

Bacteria for sustainable use of African teak in Africa

Our resarch in Southern Africa revealed bacterial species that may help to cultivate the popular African teak tree (Pterocarpus). This is an important contribution to more sustainable local use of the valuable timber.



Bonares project CATCHY

BonaRes: Soil as sustainalble resource for the bioeconomy

CATCHY project, part of BoNaRes

The main objective is to employ catch cropping for developing innovative farming systems to preserve and improve soil fertility. We aim to develop a better understanding of cause-effect relationships affecting soil fertility parameters, biological functions and interactions in soil and rhizosphere. This could also contribute to an enhancement of marginal locations. Therefore, the focus of CATCHY is on catch cropping considered as an essential part of an integrated concept. This functional orientation is supplemented with an agronomic and economic management interaction.


International Congress of Nitrogen Fixation

Chair of the International Steering Committee

Prof. Barbara Reinhold-Hurek

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