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:

Fluorescence microscopy image from Matricaria chamomilla pollen. Pöhlker et al 2013, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 3369–3392
  • identity & diversity of bioparticles
  • bioaerosol sources, transport & deposition
  • water interactions, ice nucleation & bioprecipitation cycle
  • plant pathogens & human allergens

Main Methods:

Biogeography for fungi: Fröhlich-Nowoisky et al 2012, Biogeosciences 9, 1125-1136
  • 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

Participating groups:

Model simulations of bacterial tracer concentrations: Burrows et al 2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys 9, 9281-9297

Partner Groups:

Time series of FBAP concentrations: Huffmann et al 2010, Atmos. Chem. Phys 10, 3215-3233

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