Materials must serve their purpose safely and reliably over long periods of time. Wherever materials meet the living environment is where the Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms division engages its research. We investigate changes to materials after exposure to biological processes, and determine the effectiveness of material protection measures (biocides) using current and newly developed testing methods.

We are particularly interested in how microbes, fungi and insects degrade materials such as wood, plastics, metals or textiles, or the effects that they have on diesel, paints, lubricants and material surfaces. We identify organisms that damage materials and characterise them using traditional or molecular biological methods. We provide our clients with selected reference organisms for material degradation via the BAM webshop.

Further Information

Priv.-Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Jörg Kunte, Head of Division Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Contact Priv.-Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Jörg Kunte

Head of Division 4.1


Phone: +49 30 8104-1410