Mainz Bioaerosol Laboratory - MBAL

Fluorescence microscopy image from Matricaria chamomilla pollen. Pöhlker et al 2013, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 3369–3392
Fluorescence microscopy image from Matricaria chamomilla pollen. Pöhlker et al 2013, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 3369–3392

The Mainz Bioaerosol Laboratory (MBAL) is a close cooperation of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Johannes Gutenberg University to jointly explore and characterize the climate, health, and environmental impacts of bioaerosols in the Earth System.

 

Key Topics:

  • identity & diversity of bioparticles
  • bioaerosol sources, transport & deposition
  • water interactions, ice nucleation & bioprecipitation cycle
  • plant pathogens & human allergens
Biogeography for fungi: Fröhlich-Nowoisky et al 2012, Biogeosciences 9, 1125-1136
Biogeography for fungi: Fröhlich-Nowoisky et al 2012, Biogeosciences 9, 1125-1136

Main Methods:

  • DNA, RNA and protein analysis (Sanger Sequencing, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), LC-MS)
  • microscopy (X-ray, fluorescence)
  • fluorescence detection & spectroscopy (UV-APS, WIBS, SIBS)
  • environmental sampling (filter, impactor)
  • geo- & bioinformatics
  • atmospheric modeling

MBAL Publications

Model simulations of bacterial tracer concentrations: Burrows et al 2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys 9, 9281-9297
Model simulations of bacterial tracer concentrations: Burrows et al 2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys 9, 9281-9297
Time series of FBAP concentrations: Huffmann et al 2010, Atmos. Chem. Phys 10, 3215-3233
Time series of FBAP concentrations: Huffmann et al 2010, Atmos. Chem. Phys 10, 3215-3233

Partner Groups:

 

Contact + Coordination

Viviane Després
Institute of General Botany
Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz
E-mail: despresuni-mainzde

Janine Fröhlich,
Multiphase Chemistry Department,
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC), Mainz
E-mail: j.frohlichmpicde