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Microbial Ecology – interview with Marcus Horn

Microbial Ecology: Admiring the Fascinating Dance of Microbes!

Imagine this: a minuscule gram of soil teeming with astonishing microbes, engaged in a complex web of interactions that shape our ecosystems. Similar to our human world, these microscopic heroes collaborate, communicate, and form relationships.

Microbes wield an incredible potential to help us in combating micropollutants in our water bodies, which disrupt the delicate aquatic balance. Professor Marcus Horn from Leibniz Universität Hannover, through his research, delves into the processes that mold the structure and function of water bodies. By tapping into the power of microbial communities, he uncovers ingenious strategies to neutralize these threats and restore equilibrium to our waters.


Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany

IGB is Germany’s most prominent and one of the leading international research centers for freshwater. It analyzes the processes that shape the structure and functioning of water bodies and their biota and develops measures conducive to sustainable water management. IGB coordinated HypoTRAIN (Hyporheic Zone Processes – A training network for enhancing the understanding of complex physical, chemical, and biological process interactions), which has acquired a large set of data.

In Nymphe, IGB will manage and supervise the testing of biologics-based systems in the hyporheic zone test site on River Erpe, Hoppegarten, Germany.


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