IMiG members work together for a better understanding of the molecular networks regulating fungal metabolism and pathogenesis using genetic, epigenetic, genomic and molecular biology methods. We are interested to identify and to characterize novel fungal metabolites and mycotoxins. Furthermore, we aim to elucidate the biological activity and mode of action of these compounds and study their ecological roles in microbial interactions, disease development as well as their detoxification in plants and animals.
The institute has a basic science focus but also aims to utilize the knowledge to develop new plant breeding strategies and bioactive substances for medical and agricultural applications.
Members of the institute teach courses from basic classical and molecular genetics to highly specialized lectures and practical courses in the field of molecular fungal genetics and genomics. Moreover, our scientists engage in public dissemination activities to present our work and its societal relevance in a comprehensive way to the general public.