Mainz Bioaerosol Laboratory - MBAL

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


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



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