Diana Young, MSc
After my master thesis dealing with the isolation and identification of aerobic and anaerobic fungi along one- and two-phase biogas plants, I have been working as a research associate at the Micro- and Molecular Biology department of the Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture. My main goals are to examine the presence, activity, and development of archaeal, bacterial and fungal populations in biogas production processes, as well as finding practical ways to incorporate the ligninolytic abilities of fungi to the biogas production from agricultural wastes. Within the HiPoAF project, I will focus on optimizing molecular tools to detect, identify and classify anaerobic fungi. As laboratory routine, I perform isolation and maintenance of anaerobic fungal cultures. I hope that my participation will help to develop a gradual knowledge of how to find, preserve and use further these delicate microorganisms.