Dr. Anja Miltner

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
Permoserstraße 15
D-04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235 1763
Fax +49 341 235 1471

anja.miltner@ufz.de


Areas of Expertise & Research

My research focuses on the transformation of organic compounds (both natural and anthropogenic) in complex environmental systems, particular in soils. I am using incubation experiments with isotopically (both radioactive and stable) labelled compounds to trace the fate of selected compounds and to reveal microbial processes in soil. I am particularly interested in

  • heterotrophic CO2 fixation by soil microorganisms
  • contribution of microbial biomass to the formation of soil organic matter
  • reasons and consequences of limited bioavailability of xenobiotics in soil for risk assessment
  • effects of changing redox potential and water contents on the transformation of organic compounds

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2004

Senior Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

2003-2004

parental leave

2000-2003

PostDoc at the Department of Bioremediation of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig Germany

1997-2000

PostDoc at the Department of Marine Geology (Prof. Dr. Kay-Christian Emeis) at the Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemünde, Germany

1992-1997

Ph.D in Geoecology/Soil Science at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zech) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany

1985-1991

Study of Geoecology at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zech) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany

Projects

2000-2009

"Mass balance of microbial biomass contribution to the formation of refractory soil organic matter using isotope tracer techniques – (cells, cell components,CO2, and NH4) (BIOREFRAK) in the framework of the DFG priority program 1090 "Soils as source and sink for CO2 - mechanisms and regulation of organic matter stabilization in soils"

2007-2011

"Risk Assessment and Environmental Safety Affected by Compound Bioavailability in Multiphase Environments" (RAISEBIO), a Marie Curie EST action funded by the EU (FP6)

2007-2010

"Dynamic (redox) interfaces in soil - Carbon turnover in microbial food webs and impact on soil organic matter (DynaCARB) in the framework of the DFG priority program 1315 "Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soils"

2008-2012

Model Driven Soil Probing, Site Assessment and Evaluation (MODELProbe), funded by the EU (FP7)

Memberships

  • Verband für Geoökologie in Deutschland
  • Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft

Publications

Recent publications

  • Achtenhagen, J., Goebel, M.-O., Miltner, A., Woche, S.K., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Bacterial impact on the wetting properties of soil minerals
    Biogeochemistry 122 (2-3), 269 - 280
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  • Adam, I.K.U., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Degradation of 13C-labeled pyrene in soil-compost mixtures and fertilized soil
    Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 99 (22), 9813 - 9824
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  • Adam, I.K.U., Rein, A., Miltner, A., Fulgêncio, A.C.D., Trapp, S., Kästner, M., (2014):
    Experimental results and integrated modelling of bacterial growth on insoluble hydrophobic substrate (phenanthrene)
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (15), 8717 - 8726
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  • Altenburger, R., Berns, A.E., Bittens, M., Brack, W., Burauel, P., Centler, F., Daus, B., Goss, K.-U., Harms, H., Kopinke, F.-D., Kühnel, D., Liess, M., Mackenzie, K., Miltner, A., Thullner, M., Wennrich, R., Wick, L.Y., (2010):
    Chemicals in the environment (CITE). Report of the First Annual Conference of the Helmholtz research topic CITE
    UWSF 22 (4), 502 - 506
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  • Coban, H., Miltner, A., Centler, F., Kästner, M., (2016):
    Effects of compost, biochar and manure on carbon mineralization of biogas residues applied to soil
    Eur. J. Soil Sci. 67 (2), 217 - 225
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  • Coban, H., Miltner, A., Elling, F.J., Hinrichs, K.-U., Kästner, M., (2015):
    The contribution of biogas residues to soil organic matter formation and CO2 emissions in an arable soil
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 86 , 108 - 115
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  • Coban, H., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Fate of fatty acids derived from biogas residues in arable soil
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 91 , 58 - 64
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  • Girardi, C., Greve, J., Lamshöft, M., Fetzer, I., Miltner, A., Schäffer, A., Kästner, M., (2011):
    Biodegradation of ciprofloxacin in water and soil and its effects on the microbial communities
    J. Hazard. Mater. 198 , 22 - 30
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  • Girardi, C., Greve, J., Lamshöft, M., Miltner, A., Schäffer, A., Kästner, M., (2011):
    Biodegradation of ciprofloxacin and its effect on microbial communities in soil and water systems
    J. Hazard. Mater. 198 , 22 - 30
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  • Girardi, C., Nowak, K.M., Carranza-Diaz, O., Lewkow, B., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schäffer, A., Kästner, M., (2013):
    Microbial degradation of the pharmaceutical ibuprofen and the herbicide 2,4-D in water and soil - use and limits of data obtained from aqueous systems for predicting their fate in soil
    Sci. Total Environ. 444 , 32 - 42
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  • Hachicho, N., Reithel, S., Miltner, A., Heipieper, H.J., Küster, E., Luckenbach, T., (2015):
    Body mass parameters, lipid profiles and protein contents of zebrafish embryos and effects of 2,4-dinitrophenol exposure
    PLOS One 10 (8), e0134755
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  • Hagedorn, F., Hiltbrunner, D., Streit, K., Ekblad, A., Lindahl, B., Miltner, A., Frey, B., Handa, I.T., Hättenschwiler, S., (2013):
    Nine years of CO2 enrichment at the Alpine treeline stimulates soil respiration but does not alter soil microbial communities
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 57 , 390 - 400
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  • Hofmann, A., Heim, A., Christensen, B.T., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schmidt, M.W.I., (2009):
    Lignin dynamics in two 13C-labelled arable soils during 18 years
    Eur. J. Soil Sci. 60 (2), 250 - 257
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  • Hofmann, A., Heim, A., Gioacchini, P., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schmidt, M.W.I., (2009):
    Mineral fertilization did not affect decay of old lignin and SOC in a 13C-labeled arable soil over 36 years
    Biogeosciences 6 (7), 1139 - 1148
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  • Kaestner, M., Miltner, A., (2011):
    Microbial biomass – a significant source for soil organic matter
    EGU General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria, 03–08 April 2011
    Geophysical Research Abstracts 13
    European Geosciences Union (EGU), p. EGU2011-3261
  • Kaestner, M., Nowak, K.N., Miltner, A., Trapp, S., Schaeffer, A., (2014):
    Classification and modelling of non-extractable residue (NER) formation from pesticides in soil: A synthesis
    Abstr. Paper Am. Chem. Soc. 248 , 799-AGRO
  • Kästner, M., Miltner, A., (2016):
    Application of compost for effective bioremediation of organic contaminants and pollutants in soil
    Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 100 (8), 3433 - 3449
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  • Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Bombach, P., Schmidt-Brücken, B., (2009):
    "Death in soil" or what can we learn from groundwater for the genesis of soil organic matter
    Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73 (13 Suppl.), A612
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  • Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Nowak, K.M., (2016):
    Pestizide im Boden – Was bleibt von ihnen?
    Biospektrum 22 (2), 208 - 210
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  • Kästner, M., Nowak, K.M., Miltner, A., Schäffer, A., (2016):
    (Multiple) Isotope probing approaches to trace the fate of environmental chemicals and the formation of non-extractable ‘bound’ residues
    Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 41 , 73 - 82
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  • Kästner, M., Nowak, K.M., Miltner, A., Trapp, S., Schäffer, A., (2014):
    Classification and modelling of nonextractable residue (NER) formation of xenobiotics in soil — a synthesis
    Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44 (19), 2107 - 2171
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  • Kindler, R., Miltner, A., Thullner, M., Richnow, H.-H., Kästner, M., (2009):
    Fate of bacterial biomass derived fatty acids in soil and their contribution to soil organic matter
    Org. Geochem. 40 (1), 29 - 37
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  • Lammirato, C., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2011):
    Effects of wood char and activated carbon on the hydrolysis of cellobiose by β-glucosidase from Aspergillus niger
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 43 (9), 1936 - 1942
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  • Lammirato, C., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Kästner, M., (2010):
    Hydrolysis of cellobiose by β-glucosidase in the presence of soil minerals - Interactions at solid-liquid interfaces and effects on enzyme activity levels
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 42 (12), 2203 - 2210
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  • Loick-Wilde, N., Dutz, J., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Montoya, J.P., Voss, M., (2012):
    Incorporation of nitrogen from N2 fixation into amino acids of zooplankton
    Limnol. Oceanogr. 57 (1), 199 - 210
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  • Ludwig, M., Achtenhagen, J., Miltner, A., Eckhardt, K.-U., Leinweber, P., Emmerling, C., Thiele-Bruhn, S., (2015):
    Microbial contribution to SOM quantity and quality in density fractions of temperate arable soils
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 81 , 311 - 322
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  • Miltner, A., Bombach, P., Schmidt-Brücken, B., Kästner, M., (2012):
    SOM genesis: microbial biomass a significant source
    Biogeochemistry 111 (1-3), 41 - 55
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  • Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2014):
    Ökosystem Boden : der Beitrag von Mikroorganismen zur Bodenfruchtbarkeit
    Biospektrum 20 (6), 611 - 614
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  • Miltner, A., Kindler, R., Knicker, H., Richnow, H.-H., Kästner, M., (2009):
    Fate of microbial biomass-derived amino acids in soil and their contribution to soil organic matter
    Org. Geochem. 40 (9), 978 - 985
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  • Mouvenchery, Y.K., Miltner, A., Schurig, C., Kästner, M., Schaumann, G.E., (2016):
    Linking atomic force microscopy with nanothermal analysis to assess microspatial distribution of material characteristics in young soils
    J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 179 (1), 48 - 59
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  • Nowak, K.M., Girardi, C., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schäffer, A., Kästner, M., (2013):
    Contribution of microorganisms to non-extractable residue formation during biodegradation of ibuprofen in soil
    Sci. Total Environ. 445-446 , 377 - 384
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  • Nowak, K.M., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schäffer, A., Kästner, M., (2011):
    Formation and fate of bound residues from microbial biomass during 2,4-D degradation in soil
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 45 (3), 999 - 1006
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  • Rein, A., Adam, I.K.U., Miltner, A., Brumme, K., Kästner, M., Trapp, S., (2016):
    Impact of bacterial activity on turnover of insoluble hydrophobic substrates (phenanthrene and pyrene)—Model simulations for prediction of bioremediation success
    J. Hazard. Mater. 306 , 105 - 114
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  • Rein, A., Trapp, S., Adam, I.K.U., Miltner, A., Smith, K., Marchal, G., Gosewinkel, U., Mayer, P., Kästner, M., Clausen, L., (2015):
    Simulation of bioremediation options by microbial degradation of aged PAH contamination in soils
    AquaConSoil Copenhagen 2015 : 13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources, 9-12 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
    p. 124 - 125
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  • Schaeffer, A., Amelung, W., Hollert, H., Kaestner, M., Kandeler, E., Kruse, J., Miltner, A., Ottermanns, R., Pagel, H., Peth, S., Poll, C., Rambold, G., Schloter, M., Schulz, S., Streck, T., Roß-Nickoll, M., (2016):
    The impact of chemical pollution on the resilience of soils under multiple stresses: A conceptual framework for future research
    Sci. Total Environ. 568 , 1076 - 1085
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  • Schurig, C., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Zschornack, L., (2014):
    Erkundung des mikrobiellen Schadstoffabbaupotenzials in-situ ohne Messstellen: DP-BACTRAPs
    In: Franzius, V., Altenbockum, M., Gerhold, T., (Hrsg.)
    Handbuch Altlastensanierung und Flächenmanagement : HdA. 71. Aktualisierung
    Verlagsgruppe Hüthig Jehle Rehm, München, S. 85 - 106
  • Schurig, C., Melo, V.A., Miltner, A., Kaestner, M., (2014):
    Characterisation of microbial activity in the framework of natural attenuation without groundwater monitoring wells?: a new Direct-Push probe
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 21 (15), 9002 - 9015
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  • Schurig, C., Miltner, A., Kaestner, M., (2014):
    Hexadecane and pristane degradation potential at the level of the aquifer – evidence from sediment incubations compared to in-situ microcosms
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 21 (15), 9081 - 9094
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  • Schurig, C., Müller, C.W., Höschen, C., Prager, A., Kothe, E., Beck, H., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Methods for visualising active microbial toluene and benzene degraders in in situ microcosms
    Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 99 (2), 957 - 968
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  • Schurig, C., Smittenberg, R., Berger, J., Kraft, F., Woche, S.K., Goebel, M.-O., Heipieper, H.J., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., (2013):
    Microbial cell-envelope fragments and the formation of soil organic matter - a case study from a glacier forefield
    Biogeochemistry 113 (1-3), 595 - 612
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  • Schütze, E., Miltner, A., Nietzsche, S., Achtenhagen, J., Klose, M., Merten, D., Greyer, M., Roth, M., Kästner, M., Kothe, E., (2013):
    Live and death of streptomyces in soil—what happens to the biomass?
    J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 176 (5), 665 - 673
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  • Schweigert, M., Herrmann, S., Miltner, A., Fester, T., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Corrigendum to "Fate of ectomycorrhizal fungal biomass in a soil bioreactor system and its contribution to soil organic matter formation" [Soil Biol. Biogeochem. 88 (2015) 120–127]
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 92 , 242
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  • Schweigert, M., Herrmann, S., Miltner, A., Fester, T., Kästner, M., (2015):
    Fate of ectomycorrhizal fungal biomass in a soil bioreactor system and its contribution to soil organic matter formation
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 88 , 120 - 127
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  • Wang, S., Seiwert, B., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Schäffer, A., Reemtsma, T., Yang, Q., Nowak, K.M., (2016):
    (Bio)degradation of glyphosate in water-sediment microcosms – A stable isotope co-labeling approach
    Water Res. 99 , 91 - 100
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  • Wick, L.Y., Buchholz, F., Fetzer, I., Kleinsteuber, S., Härtig, C., Shi, L., Miltner, A., Harms, H., Pucci, G.N., (2010):
    Responses of soil microbial communities to weak electric fields
    Sci. Total Environ. 408 (20), 4886 - 4893
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  • Worrich, A., König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Kaestner, M., (2016):
    Bacterial dispersal promotes biodegradation in heterogeneous systems exposed to osmotic stress
    Frontiers in Microbiology 7 , art. 1214
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  • Worrich, A., König, S., Miltner, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Wick, L.Y., (2016):
    Mycelium-like networks increase bacterial dispersal, growth, and biodegradation in a model ecosystem at various water potentials
    Appl. Environ. Microb. 82 (10), 2902 - 2908
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