Department Environmental Microbiology

Environmental Microbiology

Our research focuses on microbial life and activities in the environment. We strive to understand the basic rules and principles that govern the functioning of microbes and microbial communities, and then apply those principles to solve pressing applied problems.

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Publications

Pathogens and Human Health: Article about the risk factors for contamination of E. coli in soil, drinking water and handwashing water and on the hands of the residents in urban Harare, Simbabwe. Article

Microbial Systems Ecology: Article about "bacterial memory" - the question whether individual bacterial cells can store information about the conditions that they encountered in the recent past, and use this information to better cope with environmental fluctuations. Article

Microbial Systems Ecology: Article about the importance of bacterial individuality: limitations in the external supply of nutrients leads to metabolic differences between individual cells, and this allows populations of bacteria to cope with environmental fluctuations. Article

Drinking Water Microbiology: A paper showing the influence of pipe material composition with respect to biofilm quantity and composition, with specific focus on flexible shower hoses.
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Microbial community assembly: Article about the "division of metabolic labor". Addresses the question of why different steps of metabolic pathways are sometimes distributed among different microbial genotypes. Article

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December 14, 2018

Eawag is taking part in the SRF and Swiss Solidarity’s (Glückskette) fundraising campaign “Jeder Rappen zählt”. The Water Wall – a self-sufficient handwashing unit and part of Eawag’s Blue Diversion Autarky project, will be stationed in the grounds of the University of Lucerne (HSLU) between 16 and 21 December. Read more

The Microbial Systems Ecology group is involved in a new collaborative reserach project to investigate aquatic microbial ecosystems.

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