Bioinformatics for Environmental Microbiology
The group is devoted to bioinformatic analysis support of research in the fields of ecology, physiology and biochemistry of microorganisms in the environment, especially in soils, plant litter, decomposing wood or in association with plants. The main emphasis is placed on the study of microorganisms involved in the decomposition of organic matter in forest litter and soil, both bacteria and saprotrophic fungi and the ecology of saprotrophic versus plant-symbiotic taxa. The description of microbial processes in the environment relies on the combination of advanced molecular methods for the characterization of the composition and function of soil microbial communities as well as the isolation and characterization of individual microorganisms. Microorgansims are also studied as potential resources for biotechnologically relevant enzymes or secondary metabolites. Methodological approaches include genomic and transcriptomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics and metabolomics.