Department of Environmental Microbiology
for Environmental Research – UFZ
04318 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 235 1374
Fax: +49 341 235 2274
Scientist within the "Fungal Networks" project in the research group Bioavailability of Dr. Lukas Y. Wick
PhD student within the DFG-Priority Programme 1315 “Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil”
Subject: Influences of plant litter-derived alkanes on soil microbial communities
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. H. Harms, Dr. L.Y. Wick, Dr. A. Chatzinotas
Diploma in Biochemistry, University of Leipzig;
Diploma thesis: Determination of the anaerobic phenol degradation under sulphate reducing conditions of Desulfobacula phenolica at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Dept. of Environmental Microbiology
Assessing the impacts of external disturbances (natural or anthropogentic) on the soil-borne microflora is an inspiring field of science. The versatility with which these often invisible, but numerously and diversely dominanting inhabitants of our planet respond to the most hostile conditions and shape their own environment rises new research questions every day as detailed knowlegde of the physiological and ecological principles underlying the responses of soil microbial communities is still lacking.
Determination of fungal communities at two highly contaminated field sites by qualitative and semi-quantitive molecular (F-ARISA) and physiological (ergosterol- and PLFA-measurements) phylogentic markers
Development of defined laboratory model systems mimicking the vadose soil zone for the assessment of contaminant- and bacteria-translocation by mycelial networks
Plant litter and soil type drive abundance, activity and community structure of alkB harbouring microbes in different soil compartments.
Schulz S*, Giebler J*, Chatzinotas A, Wick LY, Fetzer I, Welzl G, Harms H & Schloter M (2012) ISME J 6: 1763–1774.(*authors contributed equally)
Alkane degrading bacteria at the soil-litter interface: Comparing isolates to T-RFLP based community profiles.
Giebler J, Wick LY, Chatzinotas A & Harms H (2013) FEMS Microb Ecol. DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12097
Evaluating the assignment of alkB T-RFs and sequence types to distinct bacterial taxa.
Giebler J, Wick LY, Schloter M, Harms H & Chatzinotas A (2013) Appl Environ Microb 79: 3129–3132