About us

Microbes living in close association with higher eukaryotes like plants and animals are considered as the “second genome” of their hosts. Many traits provided by bacteria fungi and archaea are essential for the host and provide the basis for their fitness and development. Thus microbes are important drivers for human- and environmental health.

It is well accepted that microbes do not only interact with their host, but also form close and dense network structures amongst each other, called microbiomes. These microbiomes determine to a large stability as well as resilience towards changing conditions including stress. Thus microbiome development and structuring is a key to understand functionality of microbial communities in different (eco)system.

The Research Unit strives to elucidate general principles of microbe – microbe interactions, which occur independently from any particular environment and host. This focus will not only unravel microbial functions in different environments, where microbes play an essential role (contributing to the “red” and the “green” research fields of HMGU), but will also improve our in-depth understanding of microbiome interactions from different environments, for example how changes in the microbiomes of vegetable foodstuffs can modify the gut microflora of humans.

The planned projects are closely connected to initiatives at the Technischen Universität München. Michael Schloter is member of the central institutes ZIEL (Institute for Food and Health) as well as  HEZ (Hans Eisenmann Center for Agricultural Research) at TUM