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Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology MPI

On board the R/V SONNE, two so-called “landers” used to investigate bacterial activity in the deep-sea environment.

During two thirds of the earth's history, microorganisms were the rulers of our planet. They developed an impressive variety of species and metabolic pathways. Even today, microorganisms play a key role in the design of the earth and the climate.

At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPIMM), we are investigating microorganisms in the sea and other waters. What role do they play, what are their characteristics and how great is their biodiversity? What is the contribution of microorganisms to the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron? What does this mean for our environment and our climate? These and many other questions will be answered by researchers from around the world, engineers, technicians and numerous others at the MPIMM. Their fields of expertise range from microbiology to microsensors, geochemistry to genome analysis and molecular ecology to modeling.

The MPIMM was founded in 1992 and belongs to the Biology & Medicine section of the Max Planck Society (MPG). Since 2002, the MPIMM has been running the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic), a program for highly qualified master students and graduates of our institute and the Bremen Research Alliance partner Bremen University, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and Jacobs University.


Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen

Tel. ++49 421 2028 - 50