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Friends and Foes - Interactions between microbes and plants

The microphotography exhibition in the Botanical Garden Munich starts on November 4, 2023.

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.

The exhibition "Friends and Foes - Interaktionen zwischen Mikroben und Pflanzen" presents both sides of plant-microbe interactions in a fascinating way. Researchers from TRR356 use 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 explains in an understandable way for adults and children what is hidden behind the detailed images.

The exhibition will be in German.

View the event on the website of the Botanical Garden Munich.


Admission to the exhibition is included in the regular admission ticket to the Botanical Garden.

Opening Hours

In the winter season: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., last admission at 3.30 p.m.


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







Microphotography of Lotus japonicus with Mesorhizobium loti © Dagmar Hann, LMU