Welcome to the MME-Group

The main objective of our research is to evaluate the extent of genetic flow within
the natural microbial communities and the responses to environmental perturbations. State-of-the art techniques form the basis of our research and teaching.

Spildevand fra Hvidovre Hospital

Spredning af multiresistente bakterier på hospitaler er et alvorligt og meget omtalt problem. Men hvor forsvinder disse multiresistente bakterier egentlig hen? Vi har både i forskning og undervisning undersøgt spredning af antibiotikaresistens i spildevand, bl.a i slam fra Hvidovre Hospital. Fra andet slam fandt vi for nylig en coli-bakterie, der er resistent mod mindst 12 forskellige antibiotika, bl.a. de allernyeste penicilliner, de såkaldte extended spectrum ß-lactamaser (ESBL's). Specialestuderende Rikke Bergenholtz og Mikael Jørgensen arbejder på at karakterisere denne superresistente bakterie.

Waste water from Hvidovre Hospital

The spread of multi-resistant bacteria in hospitals is a serious and highly discussed topic. But what is the environmental fate of these bacteria? Through research and education we have studied the spread of resistance to antibiotics in waste water, e.g. in sludge from Hvidovre Hospital. In another sludge sample, we recently found an E. coli resistant to at least 12 different antibiotics, e.g. the extended spectrum ß-lactamaser (ESBL's). MSc students Rikke Bergenholtz and Mikael Jørgensen currently characterize this super-resistant bacterium.

From the media

The mystery of black stains on the walls of cognac distelleries

In the March issue of Microbe News Magasin of ASM, 2009 Bernhard Dixon described the work of James Scott and collegues, Toronto.
Widespread black areas on walls and roofs of cognac and armagnac distelleries in France and elsewhere are caused by a microfungus, Baudoinia compniacensis (described as Torula). The fungus is only found in that special environment and is able to utilize ethanol as carbon source and endure high temperatures. Pre-adaption to heat and ethanol induce formation of putative heat shock proteins.
The fungus has also been found in Denmark, at a roof of the Cherry Heering factory in Dalby and was isolated and described as Torula compniacensis (Kjøller 1961), which is one of the two only published registrations since the original description in 1881!


Student projects at the MME-Group