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Our vision

A microbes-zoo

for Innsbruck

A microbes-zoo in the Alps, that has never been here before! MikrobAlpina® should become a new jewel in the Alpine region. The little ones are getting big!

In MikrobAlpina, bacteria, fungi and small animals grow beyond themselves! Here you get to see which invisible life surrounds us and lives in us! I hope you will never cease to be amazed!

The creation of this website was supported by the Department of Future Strategy and Sustainability of the Tyrolean Provincial Government.The purpose of the website is to help stakeholders understand how the transfer of knowledge by MikrobAlpina promotes sustainable business in the sense of a circular economy.

The location is not fixed yet, opening is planned for 2020.

The role

of the microbes

Microorganisms are great helpers for humans and the environment. In the sensitive interaction of the organisms that populate our planet, they take on key functions.

Also in the alpine area microorganisms play an important role, they are very cold- and UV-resistant, they colonize caves, ice and snow and colour glaciers red.

We also know them as symbionts of alpine animals that could not digest their fibre-rich food without microorganisms.

Major Tyrolean companies from the pharmaceutical and food sectors use microorganisms as the basis for their business models. And finally, humans harbour ten times more microorganisms as they have body cells.

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Why?

The result is an attraction of the first order for the public and for education contracts at all levels.

MikrobAlpina strengthens the sustainable use of resources (alpine nature, water, soil). It integrates itself into the existing and strengthens the visibility of the city Innsbruck state Tirol. Strong in research and forward-looking, and at the same time close to nature. The project is long-term and based on cooperation (tourism, bio-based industries, universities and colleges). Placement services (thematic programs for school funds and organised groups), which are being continuously expanded and developed, make the exhibition attractive to regulars and repeat offenders.

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MikrobAlpina shows, …

  • How microorganisms are cultivated and used by humans.
  • How fungi contribute to alpine safety as plant symbiosis partners.
  • How fungi cause a stir in agriculturally disadvantaged regions.
  • Why fungi, that become lichens in symbioses with algae, are important bio-indicators for air quality.
  • How to use algae to obtain valuable products.
  • That microorganisms live on and in glaciers and ciliates in our waters.
  • That there are fungi-breeding ants in the Alps.
  • How microbes let fungi, bacteria and even wood shine.
  • Why chamois and ibex need bacteria and fungi for digestion
  • How the human microbiome contributes to health
  • How bacteria clean our wastewater
  • How antibiotic resistance develops and what it has to do with near-natural agriculture.
  • How microorganisms produce local specialties such as beer, wine, cheese and yoghurt.
  • How Tyrolean companies build their business model based on microorganisms.

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MikrobAlpina promises, …

  • To be a magnet for science-interested visitors.
  • To be an out-of-school place of teaching and learning for a cutting-edge field of biology and our highly sensitive Alpine habitat.
  • To provide further education opportunities for teachers.
  • To Become a place of realisation for undergraduate and graduate students of Bachelor Biology and all science masters courses, and for undergraduate students.
  • To Raise awareness of quality water, as well as careful use of resources.
  • To raise awareness of how much micro-organisms influence our lives.
  • To convey the interplay between microbes and humans.

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Who should want MikrobAlpina?

  • People who are looking for something new and future-oriented and want to expand their knowledge.
  • Institutions of further education and science education
  • Health and nature conservation organisations and authorities
  • Tourism Association (new sugar for mushroom-savvy tourists as well as nature, science and culinary lovers from everywhere)
  • Companies that live on microorganisms: pharmaceutical companies, breweries, mushroom producers, pizza manufacturers, bakeries, sewage and waste treatment companies, hygiene providers
  • Analytical laboratories, environmental technology suppliers and engineers
  • Pupils of elementary and secondary schools, who are supposed to deal with microbiological topics according to the syllabus. The small size of the organisms and technical uncertainties of the teachers have the consequence that this topic often does not receive enough attention in the classroom.