Beutenberg Campus/ Carl-Zeiss-Promenade

Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie – Hans-Knöll-Institut –

Ort: Leibniz-HKI Foyer, Building A1 , Beutenbergstr. 11a

The smallest have to work

Bacteria and fungi produce many compounds useful for humans and some of them even electrical Power. We show you the long way from isolating a new microorganism from nature until the pure natural product and current.

Microorganisms are living chemical factories. From simple ingredients, bacteria and fungi produce in a very short time highly complex natural products that we use as medicine, cosmetics, solvents, or for the production of our food. As a side product of the bacterial metabolism, electrical current can be produced. In our Bio Pilot Plant we develop new methodologies to obtain the desired compounds in large quantities from the microorganisms. Discover how new microorganisms are isolated from nature and transferred to laboratory culture. Get to know fermenters, which contain huge quantities of single cells doing their job. Learn about how we develop biotechnological processes to increase the quantities of new natural products, and on which projects we collaborate on with partners all around the world. Find out how much electrical potential your garden soil contains.

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The smallest have to work

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