Center for Microbiome Research | Zentrum für Mikrobiomforschung


Europlanet 2024 RI

Visit our lab now!

You have a sample in which you expect microbial life and you would like to know more about it? Perfect!

Wir are one of the 24 TA2 Distributed Planetary Laboratory Facilities (DPLF) that enable the simulation and characterisation of panetary conditions and materials. More details can be found here.

Apply here and when your proposal is selected, the Horizon 2020 Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure will support you to come to Graz and get your samples analyzed. We will cover your travel, accomodation and experiments costs!

(Application) details

Details about application ("TA calls") and the entire Europlanet project can be found here!

We open our facility for your experiments!

The “center for life detection” will provide expertise in detection of microbial signatures, analysis thereof and microbial cultivation. The involved members have large experience with microbial detection and quantification in samples from extreme environments and the growth of microbial specialists in (pure) cultures (e.g. anaerobes). Specifically we offer:

Life detection in environmental and appropriate clinical samples (support in DNA extraction, selection of appropriate primers for bacteria, archaea and fungi, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), if desired in combination with propidium monoazide staining (detection of intact cells only), amplicon-sequencing and diversity data analysis, quantification of bacteria, archaea and fungi. If needed, -OMICS technologies can be applied.

• For the life detection workflow e.g. Next Generation Sequencing (Illumina MiSeq) for nucleic acid characterization, Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) for short fatty acids determination or scanning electron microscope SEM ZEISS DSM 950 for ultrastructure analysis.

Detection of microbial cells: Domain to genus-specific fluorescence in situ hybridization, probe design and selection, visualization using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM).

Cultivation of specific microbial specialists, such as anaerobes or oligotrophs for use in laboratory experiments at the host’s institution.

• Support in data analysis includes graphical display of e.g. microbial diversity and interpretation of results with respect to the metabolic capabilities of the microbiome and the possible impact on the habitat. All services will be offered to international users and all ZMF Core Facilities are open to all researchers without restrictions. The ZMF and IMRG staff will support users with protocol development, hand-on training and analyses.






Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.




Projektmitarbeiter im Team CME: Alexander Mahnert, Lisa Wink, Kaisa Koskinen, Christine Moissl-Eichinger

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