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Friends and Foes - Interactions between microbes and plants

More than 4,500 people visited the first TRR356 microphotography exhibition.

04.11.2023 – 13.12.2023

Microorganisms are critical to the health of plants and thus to our food security. However, things are not always on a friendly basis. Quite contrary: on the one hand, plants can form so-called symbiotic communities with microscopic organisms that improve the plant's nutrient supply and protect it from pests; on the other hand, pathogenic microorganisms can cause massive damage to plants and turn out to be deadly enemies.

FriendsandFoes_PlakatThe exhibition "Friends and Foes - Interaktionen zwischen Mikroben und Pflanzen" presented both sides of plant-microbe interactions in a fascinating way. Researchers from TRR356 used their photographs to provide a microscopic view of biological processes that are normally hidden from the human eye. What may initially look like abstract art due to bizarre shapes, structures and garish colors, shows cellular changes, for example through defense mechanisms of plants or infection strategies of microorganisms, in large format. The exhibition explained in an understandable way for adults and children what is hidden behind the detailed images.

We were delighted to welcome more than 4,500 visitors between November 4 and December 13, 2023. Our next exhibition will follow in 2024.

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View the event on the website of the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg


Green Hall of the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg
Menzinger Straße 65
D-80638 Munich
Tel.: 089 17861-321
Fax: 089 17861-324

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