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Michael Hoffert

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Finding and Using

Printed works relating to the Subject of Biology are primarily located in the Branch Library Heide-Süd (Ha 4). Older holdings are shelved in stacks and therefore only accessible for use in the reading room. The holdings as well as their locations can be researched via the ULB catalogues.


Current literature is largely obtained electronically (e-books, e-journals, databases) and thus is accessible within the university wifi or via VPN. Here, too, the ULB catalogues provide an entry point for research and access.

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Electronically available journals of the specific subject are indexed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).


For researching subject-specific literature you can use various databases, which can be found by researching the Database Information System (DBIS) of the ULB.

Information regarding Open Science

Open Access in Biology
Research Data in Biology

Subject-Specific Services

Specialised Information Service Biodiversity Research
NFDI4Microbiota – National Research Data Infrastructure for Microbiota Research
NFDI4BioImage – National Research Data Infrastructure for Microscopy and Image Analysis
NFDI4BioDiversität – Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Data
DataPLANT – Data in Basic Plant Research

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History and profiling of the subject

The subject of Biology can look back on a long tradition at the MLU. Initially still part of the subject of medicine, the first chair of natural history and zoology was established in 1769. Botany was first mentioned in 1698, although not as an independent chair,  in the course of the founding of the Botanical Garden as Hortus medicus. The Faculty of Agriculture, founded in the 19th century, contributed to the further development of the subject, too. Also noteworthy, is the teaching and experimental garden established on the Brocken (Harz) in 1890, which is now maintained by the botanical gardens of the MLU in cooperation with the University of Göttingen.


The Institute of Biology is currently represented by 15 professorships and includes the following areas: Genetics, Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Department of Microbiology, Plant Physiology, Zoology and Didactics of Biology. Research and teaching foci are: organismic-ecological studies (plants and insects) → see German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), as well as plant biochemistry, psychology, genetics and molecular biology → protein and RNA expertise.


The Institute of Biology offers both an undergraduate and graduate degree programme, teaching degree programme and two international graduate degree programmes (Biodiversity Science and Molecular and Cellular Bioscience). Related degree programmes are Biochemistry (undergraduate and graduate), Bioinformatics (graduate) and Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology (graduate). There are overlaps as well as cooperations with the subjects of biochemistry and biochemical technology, chemistry, physics, medicine, mathematics and computer sciences.