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ZBS 2: Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms

Holger Scholz
Klaus Heuner, Daniela Jacob


  • Organisation of the diagnostics of samples with bioterrorism suspicion within ZBS
  • Development and optimisation of microbiological, molecular biological and immunological detection systems for the identification, characterisation and differentiation of highly pathogenic microorganisms
  • Management of a culture collection with highly pathogenic and other relevant microorganisms
  • Supply of reference materials for diagnostics of relevant microbial pathogens within the framework of cooperative projects
  • Coordination and planning of proficiency test for identification of highly pathogenic bacteria in compliance to international standards described in the DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043:2010 (for more details, please see the Guide for highly pathogenic bacteria proficiency tests (PDF, 264 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.))
  • EMERGE - Efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging pathogens at EU level (see "EMERGE")
  • Research in the field of epidemiology, pathogenesis and genetics of selected highly pathogenic bacteria with a focus on B. anthracis and F. tularensis
  • Working Group “Cellular interactions of bacterial pathogens” with a focus on F. tularensis and amoebae as a reservoir for bacterial pathogens (see link under “More information”)
  • Development and testing of decontamination and disinfection processes in particular for bioterrorist attacks
  • Studies on the evidence and tenacity of highly pathogenic microorganisms under different environmental conditions
  • Operation of a BSL 3 laboratory

Date: 23.03.2021

Additional Information


Selected methods are
accredited to DIN EN ISO 15189
DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and
by Dakks

Accreditation of selected procedures according to DAkkS