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Zentralinstitut für Ernährungs- und Lebensmittelforschung (ZIEL)

Abteilung Mikrobiologie
Technische Universität München
Weihenstephaner Berg 3
D-85350 Freising


The Chair for Microbial Ecology is led by Siegfried Scherer. (Department of Biosciences, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan). The Chair for Microbial Ecology is associated to ZIEL Institute for Food & Health

Fundamental research concentrates on the functional genomics and evolution of bacterial pathogens. Several research groups in the department work on Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli as well as on pseudomonads.

Applied research is performed in close cooperation with the food industry, with a focus on the biodiversity and functionality of food borne microbial consortia, including identification of bacteria and yeasts and description of novel taxa. During this research a large microbial strain collection comprising more than 12.000 strains has been compiled.

The Department of Microbiology runs a microbial diagnostics unit, connected with a consulting service for the food industry with respect tp prevention and analysis of microbiological quality assurance problems.




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Masters Project in Overlapping Genes Research Group

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The Novel Anaerobiosis-Responsive Overlapping Antisense to the Annotated Gene ECs2385 of Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai (Mai 2018)

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Thermal treatment of skim milk concentrates in a novel shear-heating device: Reduction of thermophilic spores and physical properties (Febr. 2018)

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A novel short L-arginine responsive protein-coding gene (laoB) antiparallel overlapping to a CadC-like transcriptional regulator in Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai originated by overprinting (2018)

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Comparison between Listeria sensu stricto and Listeria sensu lato strains identifies novel determinants involved in infection (2017)

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Differentiation of ncRNAs from small mRNAs in Escherichia coli O157:H7 EDL933 (EHEC) by combined RNAseq and RIBOseq-ryhB encodes the regulatory RNA RyhB and a Peptide, RyhP. (2017)

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Complete circular genome sequence and temperature independent adaptation to Anaerobiosis of Listeria weihenstephanensis DSM 24698 (2017)

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Discovery of numerous novel small genes in the intergenic regions of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai Genome (2017)

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Spoilage of Microfiltered and Pasteurized Extended Shelf Life Milk Is Mainly Induced by Psychrotolerant Spore-Forming Bacteria that often Originate from Recontamination (2017)

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Transcriptional and translational regulation by RNA thermometers, riboswitches and the sRNA DsrA in Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai under combined cold and osmotic stress adaptation. (2016)

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Comparative Bioinformatics and Experimental Analysis of the Intergenic Regulatory Regions of Bacillus cereus hbl and nhe Enterotoxin Operons and the Impact of CodY on Virulence Heterogeneity (Mai 2016)

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Acidified nitrite inhibits proliferation of Listeria monocytogenes - Transcriptional analysis of a preservation method (März 2016)

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Translatomics combined with transcriptomics and proteomics reveals novel functional, recently evolved orphan genes in Escherichia coli O157:H7 (EHEC)

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Evidence for the recent origin of a bacterial protein-coding, overlapping orphan gene by evolutionary overprinting (Dez. 2015)

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Massive horizontal gene transfer, strictly vertical inheritance and ancient duplications differentially shape the evolution of Bacillus cereus enterotoxin operons hbl, cytK and nhe (Nov. 2015)