Dr. Thomas Reitz

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Dr. Thomas Reitz
Working Group Leader

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


+49 341 6025 4409

Thomas Reitz

Current position

since 2011

Working Group Leader at the Department of Soil Ecology, UFZ-Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle



Ph.D. in Applied Natural Sciences

Helmholtz-Centre Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology and TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Supervisors: Sonja Selenska-Pobell and Michael Schlömann)
Thesis: "U(VI) bioaccumulation by Paenibacillus sp. JG-TB8 and Sulfolobus acidocaldarius;Au(0) nanoclusters formation on the S-layer of S. acidocaldarius" Link


Diploma in Biology, Major subject: Microbiology, Minor subjects: Genetics and Biotechnology, TU Dresden, Thesis: "Einfluss von Uran auf die Archaea-Diversität in Bodenproben aus der Haberlandhalde"

Research interests

  • Structure and function of microbial communities in soils in the context of global change
  • Adaptation of soil microbial communities to land use and management
  • Role of soil bacteria in terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles
  • Contribution of the soil microbiome to plant growth as well as to the resistance against abiotic and biotic stressors (drought, heavy metals, pathogens, ...)


  • Microbial community analyses using sequencing and fingerprint methods
  • Enzyme analyses in soils
  • Determination of microbial traits
  • Plant stress enzymes and metabolites quantification
  • Spectroscopic methods (FT-IR, XAS, TRLFS)

Main experimental platforms


2024 (1)

2023 (5)

2022 (10)

2021 (12)

2020 (4)

2019 (3)

2018 (4)

2016 (2)

2015 (2)

2014 (2)

2012 (1)

2011 (3)