METROL partner within the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) is the Research Group for Biogeochemistry - one of the core groups of the institute. Its activities focus on pathways, regulations and interactions of marine microbial and geochemical processes in sediments; carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron cycles. They will lead WP1 and will be responsible for the scientific, administrative and financial coordination of the project. Scientifically, they will participate in all work packages and thereby ensure close working contacts to all partners. Primarily, the MPI will analyze: pore water chemistry, sediment mixing and diffusion, sulfate reduction, populations of sulfate reducing bacteria, and perform experiments on the regulation of methane oxidation.
General profile of the partner
The MPI was founded in 1992 and investigates the role, diversity and features of microorganisms and their interaction with physical and chemical processes in marine habitats. Most of the research activities are dedicated to bacteria and processes mediated by these organisms in sediments – the sites with the most intense and diverse transformation processes of organic and inorganic substances in the sea. The scientific objectives of METROL are close to the main research directions of the institute, which include experimental and field measurements of biogeochemical processes and structural-functional analyses of bacterial and archaeal communities by molecular techniques. The MPI is well experienced in multidisciplinary and international projects and has organized and/or participated in research cruises in all METROL target areas.