Research Group for Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology
Characterization of nitrogen dynamics in an aquaponic system
An aquaponic (AP) system combines a recirculating aquaculture system (production of aquatic animals, mostly fish) with a hydroponic system (production of plants) and recycles water and nutrients between these two main components. Nutrient-rich water from the aquaculture component is directed to the hydroponic component and provides nutrients for ...
Sepsis-Associated Microorganisms in Brazilian Ambulatories (SAMBA)
Fifty-six cases of bloodstream infections caused by contaminated total parenteral nutrition were recorded between November 2013 and July 2014 in four Brazilian states resulting in 15 deaths. One of the bacteria involved, albeit repeatedly causing similar outbreaks, is habitually misidentified in clinical diagnostics and still poorly characterized. ...
Food spoilage by molds is a very important issue, since molds negatively influence the food quality and safety, due to mycotoxin synthesis. Apart from being allergens or irritants, some of the health effects of mycotoxins found in animals and humans include death, identifiable diseases or health problems, or weakened immune systems. The ...
New Atlas of Mammals of Switzerland and Liechtenstein
COST Action FA1104 – Sustainable production of high quality cherries for the European market
The COST Action aims at creating a dynamic network of scientists and other professionals conducting research to improve sweet or sour cherry production in Europe, the main cherry producer. Cherries are highly appreciated fruits for their taste and nutritional properties. Their production is economically important for many fruit growers in almost ...
Comparative genomics to untangle insect pathogenicity in plant-associated pseudomonads
We study the genomes of an array of plant-beneficial pseudomonads using a comparative genomics approach. The aim is to define the potential of the different isolates as insect pathogens and as plant beneficials.
DROPSA: Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens
The DROPSA consortium will create new knowledge and understanding of the damage and losses of fruit crops resulting from pests and pathogens, with a specific focus on the new and emerging threats due to Drosophila suzukii and quarantine pathogens Pseudomonas syringae, Xanthomonas fragariae and X. arboricola. The project will deliver a cost ...
High-throughput proteomics of Thiodictyon synthrophicum strain Cad16T
Our goal is to elucidate the proteome of Thiodictyon synthrophicum, a purpur sulphur Gram-negative bacterium, by a shotgun/bottom-up nanoUHPLC-MS/MS approach to better understand its role in the Cadagno Lake ecosystem.
Genomics and transcriptomics of Erwinia and Pantoea
We study the diversity, plasmid diversity and functionality, and evolution of the invasive bacterial pathogen Erwinia amylovora, cause of fire blight disease, and all related Erwinia species. Additionally, we investigate the biocontrol bacteria Pantoea agglomerans and Pantoea vagans using genomics and transcriptomics to elucidate mechanisms of ...
Comparative genomics of the plant pathogen Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni and related xanthomonads
Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni (Xap) causes bacterial spot and canker on a wide range of Prunus spp. (e.g., apricot, peach, plum, al-mond, cherry). Outbreaks on stone fruits can result in severe economic losses to fruit quality and yield, branch/tree dieback, and orchard devastation. Xap is endemic in the USA, NZ and is a quarantine regulated ...
In-depth molecular analysis of stool and water samples collected in Kampala, Uganda
A novel approach, combining next-generation sequencing and comparison to custom databases is being tested to assess the impact of wastewater use in agriculture in the city of Kampala, Uganda. The overarching goal of this project is to bring epidemiological studies, classically targeting only one or a few pathogens to a whole new level by combining ...
MALDI-TOF MS for microorganism identification: from pattern recognition towards marker based approaches
In collaboration with Mabritec AG, we have developed a database of an unprecedented nature, the PAPMID (putative assigned protein masses for identification database). Based on over 12,000 sequences of bacterial genomes, it contains the molecular masses of the ribosomal proteins of these microorganisms and this allows for the instant identification ...
Development of a pathogen screening system for all globally relevant turf grass diseases
The objective is the development of a near real-time pathogen screening system for all globally relevant turf grass diseases using PCR-ELISA technology against a prepared array of disease specific oligonucleotide probes.