The fields of microbiology and biotechnology are characterized by an increasing innovation dynamics. Research results in these scientific areas were shown to support solutions for industrial applications. Therefore, research activities of the institute of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (IAMB) are focused on industrial projects. Most of these projects were realized in cooperation with local, national, or international companies.
The Institute of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (IAMB) was founded as a cooperation between the laboratories food biotechnology, microbiology (Prof. Dr. Matthias Nagel), and bioanalytics/molecular biology (Prof. Dr. Carsten Harms). The work is focused on the following fields: search and isolation of bacteria exhibiting specific enzyme activities, isolation and characterization of enzymes with significant industrial potential, application of enzymes for production of high quality additives to enhance the bioavailability of feed ingredients, development of fermentation systems for production of probiotic feed additives from by-products of the food industry, control of pathogenic microorganisms in different feedstuffs, microbiological investigations on the microbial composition of liquid feed and development of hygiene concepts for liquid feeding systems. The following laboratory equipment is available: laboratory-scale fermenter, high-pressure and low-pressure chromatography devices, UV/VIS photometer, blotting chamber (western blotting), and equipment for application of different immunological methods. In addition, a variety of modern molecular techniques are available in the bioanalytical/molecular biological laboratory.