ITQB: Bacterial Energy Metabolism
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Currently, we investigate the molecular basis of the processes that enable a large group of bacteria to respire sulphur compounds (like sulfate and sulfite). These bacteria are ancient organisms that existed long before the appearance of oxygen on Earth, and which are ubiquitously found in the environment and in animal guts. They are implicated in a range of environmental and health issues, and are important research targets in the areas of Bioremediation, Biological Hydrogen Production, Microbial Fuel Cells, Biocorrosion, and Waste Treatment.