Welcome to the homepage of the LOEWE center for synthetic microbiology (SYNMIKRO)
Within the LOEWE center for synthetic microbiology (SYNMIKRO), more than 100 scientists from Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, working in more than 100 groups, explore the foundations of synthetic microbiology. Promoted by the excellence program of the state of Hessen, the center was founded in 2010. Today, SYNMIKRO is one of the largest centers worldwide in synthetic-microbiological research.
The continued use of fossil fuels as the main energy source and for the synthesis of chemicals is of concern because the amounts of easily accessible coal, gas and oil are limited. In addition, the combustion of fossil fuels is associated with the formation of carbon dioxide (CO2), whose concentration in the atmosphere has increased considerably since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
2013-10-14 At the regional iGEM Jamboree in Lyon last weekend the team from Marburg won a gold medal when competing with 59 other european teams. The team also qualified for the World Championship Jamboree that will be held on the first weekend of November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambride MA, USA.