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.

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

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

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

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

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