Research Unit

Soil microbial communities are directly linked to human health. On the one hand bacteria, fungi and archaea act as drivers for a sustainable crop production and therefore influence the quality of food. Furthermore microbes are the main actors for the degradation of xenobiotics and shape the buffer capacity of soils, which results in the protection of drinking water resources.  On the other hand soils also harbor microbes that can act as human pathogens or carry mobile genetic elements, coding for antibiotic resistance.

Global change highly influences microbial community structures and functions in soil and leads to new interaction patterns of microbiota in soil, including new invasive host - vector systems, which highly influences soil quality.  Therefore it is the aim of COMI to understand microbial response patterns towards global change in soil and to develop strategies to maintain ecosystem services.