Marine Ecology

Microbial and chemical biodiversity

Marine microbes are an important resource for bioactive compounds with tremendous possibilities e.g. for application for health and biotechnology. In the ecological context, bioactive compounds are considered to have functions in cellular communication, signalling and in the defence against predators and pathogens. Therefore, they may play a significant role in shaping interactions and forming the structure of marine communities. The genetic/genomic potential for natural product biosynthesis, the characterization of substances produced by marine microorganisms, their role in microbial interactions as well as applied aspects of natural products are within the focus of present and future research of MI.


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