Tesfaye Wubet, Ph.D.

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Tesfaye Wubet, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist in Environmental Genomics

Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4 | D-06120 Halle/Saale


+49 345 558 5204
+49 345 558 455204

Tesfaye Wubet

Research Interest

My scientific research focused on unravelling the mechanisms of plant-microbe interactions with a particular emphasis on the effect of drivers of global change such as land use intensity, climate change, as well as plant species identity and genetic diversity on the plant associated and rhizosphere soil microbiomes. I employ a range of meta-omics approaches including: meta-barcoding of microbiomes to assess microbial diversity coupled with the use of comparative meta-genomics and meta-transcriptomics in the frame of interdisciplinary and integrated research projects to link structural and functional diversity of microbes with diversity and community composition of plant communities. My work also focus to disentangle the relationship between below ground inter- and intra-kingdom microbial co-occurrence and interaction networks, patterns of functional gene profiles and its implication in understanding ecosystem processes in different microbial hotspots.

Current position

since 2018

2010 - 2017

Senior Scientist in Environmental Genomics, Department of Community Ecology

Environmental Genomics and Next Generation Sequencing group leader, Department of Soil Ecology

Curriculum Vitae


Postdoctoral research associate - Department of Soil Ecology, UFZ, Halle (Saale), Germany. Research topic: Construct soil metagenomic libraries from forest and grassland soils along land use gradients and screen for fungal functional genes. Including supervision of PhD students. Project: Biodiversity Exploratories http://www.biodiversity-exploratories.de


Postdoc - Department of Systematic Botany and Mycology, University of Tuebingen, Germany. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Franz Oberwinkler and Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kottke. Research Topic: Molecular diversity and community structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with indigenous tree species in a mountain forest in Ethiopia.


Ph.D. in Botany (Mycology, Molecular Biology), Department of Systematic Botany and Mycology, University of Tuebingen, Germany. (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kottke and Prof. Dr. Franz Oberwinkler).

Research projects:

Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF)

Soil microbiomes

Shifts in taxonomic and functional diversity, community composition and distribution patterns of soil microbiomes with main focus on general fungi, mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria along land use and simulated drought senarios.

DFG Priority program SPP1374 - Biodiversity Exploratories

Core project - Microorganisms

Soil fungal diversity and community composition of grassland and forest ecosystems along land use gradients in three German Biodiversity Exploratories.

DFG Research Unit FOR 918 - Carbon flow in below ground food webs assessed by isotope tracers

Soil fungi as link between plant derived carbon and soil food webs (Funlink-II). 


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Selected publications

Gossner MM, Lewinsohn T, Kahl T, Grassein F, Boch S, Prati D, Birkhofer K, Renner SC, Sikorski J, Wubet T, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Börschig C, Buscot F, Diekötter T, Ré Jorge L, Jung K, Keyel AC, Klein AM, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Müller J, Overmann J, Pašalić E, Penone C, Perović D, Purschke O, Schall P, Socher SA, Sonnemann I, Tschapka M, Tscharntke T, Türke M, Venter PC, Weiner CN, Werner M, Wolters V, Wurst S, Westphal C, Fischer M, Weisser WW, Allan E. 2016.
Land-use intensification causes multitrophic homogenisation of grassland communities.
Nature. doi:10.1038/nature20575

Soliveres S, van der Plas F, Manning P, Prati D, Gossner MM, Renner SC, Alt F, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Binkenstein J, Birkhofer K, Blaser S, Bluthgen N, Boch S, Bohm S, Borschig C, Buscot F, Diekotter T, Heinze J, Holzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Muller J, Oelmann Y, Overmann J, Pasalic E, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schoning I, Schrumpf M, Sikorski J, Socher SA, Solly EF, Sonnemann I, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Turke M, Venter PC, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Wolters V, Wubet T, Wurst S, Fischer M, Allan E. 2016.
Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multifunctionality.
Nature 536 (7617):456-459. doi:10.1038/nature19092

Hoppe B, Purahong W, Wubet T, Kahl T, Bauhus J, Arnstadt T, Hofrichter M, Buscot F, Krüger D. 2015.
Linking molecular deadwood-inhabiting fungal diversity and community dynamics to ecosystem functions and processes in Central European forests.
Fungal Diversity 77: 367. doi:10.1007/s13225-015-0341-x

Ramirez KS, Döring M, Eisenhauer N, Gardi C, Ladau J, Leff JW, Lentendu G, Lindo Z, Rillig MC, Russell D, Scheu S, St. John MG, de Vries FT, Wubet T, van der Putten WH and Wall DH (2015)
Toward a global platform for linking soil biodiversity data. Front. Ecol. Evol. 3:91. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00091

Hoppe B, Krüger D, Kahl T, Arnstadt T, Buscot F, Bauhus J, Wubet T. 2015.
A pyrosequencing insight into sprawling bacterial diversity and community dynamics in decaying deadwood logs of Fagus sylvatica and Picea abies.
Scientific Reports 04/2015; 5(9456). doi:10.1038/srep09456

Gao C, Zhang Y, Shi NN, Zheng Y, Chen L, Wubet T, Bruelheide H, Both S, Buscot F, Ding Q, Erfmeier A, Kühn P, Nadrowski K, Scholten T, Guo LD. 2015.
Community assembly of ectomycorrhizal fungi along a subtropical secondary forest succession.
New Phytologist 205(2): 771-785.
doi: 10.1111/nph.13068

Stempfhuber B, Engel M, Fischer D, Neskovic-Prit G, Wubet T, Schöning I, Gubry-Rangin Cc, Kublik S, Schloter-Hai B, Rattei T, Welzl G, Nicol GW, Schrumpf M, Buscot F, Prosser JI, Schloter M. 2015.
pH as a driver for ammonia-oxidizing archaea in forest soils.
Microbial Ecology 12/2014; DOI:10.1007/ s00248-014-0548-5.

Tarkka MT, Feldhahn L, Buscot F, Wubet T. 2015.
Genome sequence of the mycorrhiza helper bacterium Streptomyces sp. Strain AcH 505.
Genome Announcements 3(2): e01386-14.

Tarkka MT, Feldhahn L, Krueger D, Arnold N, Buscot F, Wubet T. 2015.
Draft Genome Sequence of Streptomyces sp. strain 150FB, a Mushroom Mycoparasite Antagonist.
Genome Announcements 3(2):.e01441-14.

Allan E, Bossdorf O, Dormann CF, Prati D, Gossner MM, Tscharntke T, Bluethgen N, Bellach M, Birkhofer K, Boch S, Boehm S, Boerschig C, Chatzinotas A, Christ S, Daniel R, Diekoetter T, Fischer C, Friedl T, Glaser K, Hallmann C, Hodac L, Hoelzel N, Jung K, Klein AM, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Mueller J, Nacke H, Pasalic E, Rillig MC, Rothenwoehrer C, Schally P, Scherber C, Schulze W, Socher SA, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Tuerke M, Weiner CN, Werner M, Westphal C, Wolters V, Wubet T, Gockel S, Gorke M, Hemp A, Renner SC, Schoening I, Pfeiffer S, Koenig-Ries B, Buscot F, Linsenmair KE, Schulze E-D, Weisser WW, Fischer M. 2014.
Interannual variation in land use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111(1): 308-313.

Bruelheide H, Nadrowski K, Assmann T, Bauhus J, Both S, Buscot F, Chen X-Y, Ding B, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Gutknecht JLM, Guo D, Guo L-D, Härdtle W, He J-S, Klein A-M, Kühn P, Liang Y, Liu X, Michalski S, Niklaus PA, Pei K, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Seidler G, Trogisch S, von Oheimb G, Welk E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Yang X, Yu M, Zhang S, Zhou H, Fischer M, Ma K, Schmid B, Muller-Landau H. 2014.
Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical China.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5(1): 74-89.

Goris T, Schubert T, Gadkari J, Wubet T, Tarkka M, Buscot F, Adrian L, Diekert G. 2014.
Insights into organohalide respiration and the versatile catabolism of Sulfurospirillum multivorans gained from comparative genomics and physiological studies.
Environmental microbiology 16(11): 3562-3580.

Herold N, Schöning I, Gutknecht J, Alt F, Boch S, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Socher SA, Wilcke W, Wubet T, Schrumpf M. 2014.
Soil property and management effects on grassland microbial communities across a latitudinal gradient in Germany.
Applied Soil Ecology 73: 41-50.

Hoppe B, Kahl T, Karasch P, Wubet T, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Krueger D. 2014.
Network Analysis Reveals Ecological Links between N-Fixing Bacteria and Wood-Decaying Fungi.
PLoS ONE 9(2): e88141.

Lentendu G, Wubet T, Chatzinotas A, Wilhelm C, Buscot F, Schlegel M. 2014.
Effects of long-term differential fertilization on eukaryotic microbial communities in an arable soil: a multiple barcoding approach.
Molecular Ecology 23(13): 3341-3355.

Morris EK, Caruso T, Buscot F, Fischer M, Hancock C, Maier TS, Meiners T, Müller C, Obermaier E, Prati D, Socher SA, Sonnemann I, Wäschke N, Wubet T, Wurst S, Rillig MC. 2014.
Choosing and using diversity indices: insights for ecological applications from the German Biodiversity Exploratories.
Ecology and Evolution 4(18): 3514 - 3524.

Stempfhuber B, Welzl G, Wubet T, Schöning I, Marhan S, Buscot F, Kandeler E, Schloter M. 2014.
Drivers for ammonia-oxidation along a land use gradient in grassland soils.
Soil Biology and Biochemistry 69: 179-186.

Blaszkowski J, Chwat G, Kovacs GM, Gaspar BK, Ryszka P, Orlowska E, Pagano MC, Araujo FS, Buscot F, Wubet T. 2013.
Septoglomus fuscum and S. furcatum, two new species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomeromycota).
Mycologia 105 (3): 670-680.

Gao C, Shi NN, Liu YX, Peay KG, Zheng Y, Ding Q, Mi XC, Ma KP, Wubet T, Buscot F, Guo LD. 2013.
Host plant genus-level diversity is the best predictor of ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity in a Chinese subtropical forest.
Molecular Ecology 22(12): 3403-3414.

Kurth F, Zeitler K, Feldhahn L, Neu TR, Weber T, Kri V, Wubet T, Herrmann S, Buscot F, Tarkka MT. 2013.
Detection and quantification of a mycorrhization helper bacterium and a mycorrhizal fungus in plant-soil microcosms at different levels of complexity.
BMC microbiology 13(1): 205.

Milcu A, Allan E, Roscher C, Jenkins T, Meyer ST, Flynn D, Bessler H, Buscot F, Engels C, Gubsch M, Konig S, Lipowsky A, Loranger J, Renker C, Scherber C, Schmid B, Thebault E, Wubet T, Weisser WW, Scheu S, Eisenhauer N. 2013.
Functionally and phylogenetically diverse plant communities key to soil biota.
Ecology 94(8): 1878-1885.

Morris EK, Buscot F, Herbst C, Meiners T, Obermaier E, Waschke NW, Wubet T, Rillig MC. 2013.
Land use and host neighbor identity effects on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition in focal plant rhizosphere.
Biodiversity and Conservation 22(10): 2193-2205.

Pöritz M, Goris T, Wubet T, Tarkka MT, Buscot F, Nijenhuis I, Lechner U, Adrian L. 2013.
Genome sequences of two dehalogenation specialists Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains BTF08 and DCMB5 enriched from the highly polluted Bitterfeld region.
FEMS microbiology letters 343(2): 101-104.

Tarkka MT§, Herrmann S§, Wubet T§, Feldhahn L§, Recht S§, Kurth F§, Mailander S, Bonn M, Neef M, Angay O, Bacht M, Graf M, Maboreke H, Fleischmann F, Grams TEE, Ruess L, Schadler M, Brandl R, Scheu S, Schrey SD, Grosse I, Buscot F. 2013.
OakContigDF159.1, a reference library for studying differential gene expression in Quercus robur during controlled biotic interactions: use for quantitative transcriptomic profiling of oak roots in ectomycorrhizal symbiosis.
New Phytologist 199(2): 529-540.

Wu YT§, Wubet T§, Trogisch S, Both S, Scholten T, Bruelheide H, Buscot F. 2013.
Forest age and plant species composition determines the soil fungal community structure in a Chinese subtropical forest.
PLoS ONE 8(6): e66829.