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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 ecology and molecular genetics of food borne pathogens. Several research groups in the department work on Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, Salmonella enterica, Yersinia enterocolitica and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli.

Applied research is performed in close cooperation with the food industry, with a focus on the characterization of food borne microbes, including identifiction of bacteria and yeasts, description of novel taxa and analysis of the biodiversity of food borne microbial consortia.

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.



Draft Genome Sequence of Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus SR-86 (Nov. 2016)

Permanent colonization of creek sediments, creek water and limnic water plants by four Listeria species in low population densities (November 2016)

Draft Genome Sequence of the Xanthan Producer Xanthomonas campestris LMG 8031 (Oktober 2016)

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)

Regulation of fucose and 1,2-propanediol utilization by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (März 2016)

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

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

A sensitive and robust method for direct determination of lipolytic activity in natural milk environment (März 2016, online first)

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

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)

Chemodiversity of cereulide, the emetic Toxin of Bacillus cereus (2015)