Research for the Environment

Dr. Anja Miltner

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

Tel.: +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

  • Adam, I.K.U., Rein, A., Miltner, A., Da Costa Fulgencio, A. C., Trapp, S., Kästner, M., (2014):
    Experimental results and integrated modelling of bacterial growth on insoluble hydrophobic substrate (phenanthrene)
    Environ. Sci. Technol.
    full text (url)
  • 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-Z.Umweltchem.Ökotox. 22 (4), 502 - 506
    full text (url)
  • Ekschmitt, K., Kandeler, E., Poll, C., Brune, A., Buscot, F., Friedrich, M., Gleixner, G., Hartmann, A., Kästner, M., Marhan, S., Miltner, A., Scheu, S., Wolters, V., (2008):
    Soil carbon preservation through habitat constraints and biological limitations on decomposer activity
    J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171 (1), 27 - 35
    full text (url)
  • Geyer, R., Peacock, A.D., Miltner, A., Richnow, H.H., White, D.C., Sublette, K.L., Kästner, M., (2005):
    In situ assessment of biodegradation potential using biotraps amended with 13C-labeled benzene or toluene
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 39 (13), 4983 - 4989
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (pdf)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • Kästner, M., Nowak, K.M., Miltner, A., Trapp, S., Schäffer, A., (2014):
    Classification and modelling of non-extractable residue (NER) formation of xenobiotics in soil—a synthesis
    Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol.
    full text (url)
  • Kindler, R., Miltner, A., Richnow, H.H., Kästner, M., (2006):
    Fate of gram-negative bacterial biomass in soil-mineralization and contribution to SOM
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 38 (9), 2860 - 2870
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • Lueders, T., Kindler, R., Miltner, A., Friedrich, M.W., Kästner, M., (2006):
    Identification of bacterial micropredators distinctively active in a soil microbial food web
    Appl. Environ. Microb. 72 (8), 5342 - 5348
    full text (url)
  • Miltner, A., Bombach, P., Schmidt-Brücken, B., Kästner, M., (2012):
    SOM genesis: microbial biomass a significant source
    Biogeochemistry 111 (1-3), 41 - 55
    full text (url)
  • Miltner, A., Emeis, K.C., Struck, U., Leipe, T., Voss, M., (2005):
    Terrigenous organic matter in Holocene sediments from the central Baltic Sea, NW Europe
    Chem. Geol. 216 (3-4), 313 - 328
    full text (url)
  • Miltner, A., Kindler, R., Kästner, M., (2007):
    Contribution of bacterial biomass components to the formation of refractory soil organic matter
    Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71 (15 Suppl.), A668
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • Miltner, A., Kopinke, F.-D., Kindler, R., Selesi, D., Hartmann, A., Kästner, M., (2005):
    Non-phototrophic CO2 fixation by soil microorganisms
    Plant Soil 269 (1-2), 193 - 203
    full text (url)
  • Miltner, A., Richnow, H.H., Kopinke, F.-D., Kästner, M., (2005):
    Incorporation of carbon originating from CO2 into different compounds of soil microbial biomass and soil organic matter
    Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 41 (2), 135 - 140
    full text (url)
  • Neumann, G., Kabelitz, N., Zehnsdorf, A., Miltner, A., Lippold, H., Meyer, D., Schmid, A., Heipieper, H.J., (2005):
    Prediction of the adaptability of Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E to a second phase of a solvent for economically sound two-phase biotransformations
    Appl. Environ. Microb. 71 (11), 6606 - 6612
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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.
    full text (url)
  • 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.
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)

News

UFZ research themes

Controlling Chemicals’ Fate

read more

Graduate School HIGRADE

The new "Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)" is fostered by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund and will start in October 2007.
more

Project handbook published

"Model-driven soil probing, site assessment and evaluation - Guidance on Technologies"

 Available upon request at:

Handbook