Research program and interdisciplinarity - general overview PDF Print
Since the research subject of microbial impact on weathering, reactive transport and remineralization is strictly interdisciplinary, the faculty comprises two geologists, one mineralogist, one soil science expert, one chemist and two microbiologists.

Young researchers are part of the group (Prof. Gleixner, Prof. Küsel), and the group is located at the Friedrich-Schiller-University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena (Prof. Gleixner). In addition, three professors (Prof. Attinger, Prof. Langenhorst, Prof. Totsche) are associated members of the group. This interdisciplinary group of scientists renowned in their fields of expertise all focusing on mineral-microbe interactions is the result of an active structuring process of the Friedrich-Schiller-University. During the past years the Friedrich-Schiller-University clearly developed this center of excellence by actively recruiting new faculty able to add their expertise to this novel field.

The scientific environment for the research training group is excellent, since the geo-bio-interactions group has already established research in the area with additional funding from the EU (project MIRACLE for “microbial impact in radioisotope and heavy metal element cycles”) with three postdoctoral positions and several projects funded by the Federal government (BMBF “Rückbau kerntechnischer Anlagen”) to investigate the possibilities of microbially aided heavy metal and radioisotope retention and understanding processes to reduce wash-out of heavy metals and radioisotopes with surface and ground waters, as well as grants by the DAAD and DLR for international collaboration.
In addition, the priority program "Biogeochemical interfaces in soil" (Prof. Totsche) provides overlogging issues which broaden the horizon of fellows.

The newly evolving research subject is both related to acid mine drainage and staff members are part of the international network MWINE and to bioremediation of metals and radionuclides which is part of the NABIR program (U.S. Department of Energy, DOE).

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