Research Department Nutrition and Food Sciences

Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2
85350 Freising

Tel.: 08161/ 71 - 2026
Fax: 08161/ 71 - 2824


Technical Microbiology

Microbes and molecules for life and food science are the driving forces for our microbiological approach in life and food science. We want to identify, monitor and understand microbes and their behaviour in food and intestinal systems as well as elucidate and control their effects on food quality and health. We use molecular biology, proteomics and metabolic analyses to study them in model systems, real foods, cell cultures and mouse models. Ultra high pressure has be come a valuable tool for us to study metabolism, gene regulation and transport. Our favourites are the development of lactic acid bacteria for starter and probiotic cultures and the control of mycotoxin producing, plant pathogenic  funghi. Typical fermented food environments studied are meat and cereal systems. As a member of the international Center of Beverage Science we share interests with brewing technologists in the development of added value and functional beverages. We feel that food science and biotechnology is real fun.