AG Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher
Schlossplatz 8 48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-24791
Fax: +49 251 83-28371


Molecular Phytopathology and Renewable Resources

AG Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher


We are an international group of ca. 30 BSc. and MSc. students, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers as well as research technicians, with strong international and interdisciplinary links to partners from Academia and Industry, mainly in Europe, India, South Africa, and Brazil. Many of our research projects are supported financially by the European Union, such as the CARAPAX, NanoBioSaccharides and PolyModE and projects in the past and the ongoing Nano3Bio project, all aiming at understanding molecular structure/function relationships of chitosans. Currently, our main focus is on the discovery, characterization, optimization, and use of novel chitin and chitosan modifying enzymes to understand and improve bio-active chitosans for applications e.g. in plant disease protection or biomedicine. One of our European projects, ChitoBioEngineering, aiming at a biotechnologial production of chitosans, is supported financially by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF. A recent project supported by BMWi aims to understand the cellular modes of action of plant growth promoting chitosans. Financially supported by Deutsche Forschungs-Gemeinschaft DFG and University Grants Commission UGC of India, we launched, in 2009, the first Indo-German International Research Training Group on Molecular and Cellular Glyco-Sciences MCGS, together with the University of Hyderabad. In 2011, we started the first Indo-German Public-Private Partnership 2+2-project on Copper-Loaded Chitosan-Nanoparticles and Bio-Control Agents for Plant Protection, CuChi-BCA, financially supported by BMBF and Department of Biotechnology DBT of India. Our projects also profit from financial support through individual PhD fellowships from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD and from Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU.

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AG Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher
Schlossplatz 8
· 48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-24791 · Fax: +49 251 83-28371