Geomicrobiology Lab

Special Equipment and Methods

  • Fermenters, used for continuous cultivation under anoxic conditions
  • Isolation of Single Colonies under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, e.g., for culturing acetogens, methanogens, and sulfate reducers
  • O2-free chamber (e.g., for handling O2-sensitive culture
  • Heatable modified Robbins Device for the investigation of biofilm settlement of thermophilic bacteria
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for microscopic identification of microbes under in situ conditions
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) determination of e.g. alcohols, sugars, amino acids
  • Gas chromatography (GC) (determination of e.g., H2, N2O, CH4, CO2)
  • Preparative centrifugation (e.g., harvesting of microorganisms)
  • Electrophoresis systems (e.g., DGGE [gene analysis], SDS [protein analysis])
  • Thermocycler for PCR (amplification of genes)
  • Phylogenetic analysis (e.g., 16S rRNA or functional genes)

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Reitner

Dr. Christina Beimforde