Dr. Anke Kuppardt-Kirmse


Dr. Anke Kuppardt-Kirmse

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Microbial Interaction Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1317
Fax +49 341 235-451317

Picture Anke Kuppardt

CV / Scientific Career

since 2009

Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department for Environmental Microbiology

2005 - 2008

PhD student at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department for Environmental Microbiology

Subject: "Improvement of bioreporter bacteria-based test systems for the analysis of arsenic in drinking water and the rhizosphere"


Diploma in Geoecology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department for Environmental Microbiology

Diploma thesis: "A functional marker gene in the anaerobic degradation of aromatic compounds - Analysis of sulfate-reducing enrichments"

Research interests

My current work focuses on microbial communities in terrestrial ecosystems and how belowground changes in food web structures at different trophic levels will affect soil function and the fluxes and dynamics of carbon, nitrogen and greenhouse gases. I will use function driven molecular approaches to analyse relevant functional groups and the induction of functional genes involved in the cycling of carbon and nitrogen. Another important aspect is the manipulation of trophic interactions and food webs in controlled experiments based on established ecological theories to gain insight in the relation between microbial diversity, trophic networks and the stability of ecosystem processes.


Kuppardt-Kirmse A., Chatzinotas, A. 2020. Intraguild predation: predatory networks at the microbial scale. in The ecology of predation at the microscale. Springer International Publishing: 65-87

Kuppardt A., Fester, T., Härtig, C., Chatzinotas, A. 2018. Rhizosphere protists change metabolite profiles in Zea mays. Front Microbiol 9: 857

Glaser, K., Kuppardt, A., Boenigk, J., Harms, H., Fetzer, I., Chatzinotas, A. 2015. The influence of environmental factors on protistan microorganisms in grassland soils along a land-use gradient. Sci Total Environ 537: 33–42

Kuppardt A., Kleinsteuber S., Vogt C., Lüders T., Harms H., Chatzinotas A. 2014. Phylogenetic and functional diversity within toluene-degrading, sulphate-reducing consortia enriched from a contaminated aquifer. Microb Ecol 68: 222-234

Glaser K., Kuppardt A., Krohn S., Heidtmann A. Harms H. Chatzinotas A. 2014. Primer pairs for the specific environmental detection and T-RFLP analysis of the ubiquitous flagellate taxa Chrysophyceae and Kinetoplastea. J Microbiol Methods 100: 8-16

Siegfried K., Endes C., Khaled Bhuiyan A.F.M., Kuppardt A., Mattusch J., van der Meer J.R., Chatzinotas A., Harms H. 2012. Field testing of arsenic in groundwater samples of Bangladesh using a test kit based on lyophilized bioreporter bacteria. Environ Sci & Technol 46: 3281–3287

Kuppardt A., Vetterlein D., Harms H., Chatzinotas A. 2010. Visualisation of gradients in arsenic concentrations around individual roots of Zea mays using agar-immobilized bioreporter bacteria. Plant Soil 329: 295-306

Herrmann S., Vogt C., Fischer A., Kuppardt A., Richnow H.H. 2009. Characterization of anaerobic xylene biodegradation by two-dimensional isotope fractionation. Environ Microbiol Reports 1: 535-544.

Kuppardt A., Chatzinotas A., Breuer U., van der Meer J., Harms H. 2009. Optimization of preservation conditions of As (III) bioreporter bacteria. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 82: 785-792

Wackwitz A., Harms H., Chatzinotas A., Breuer U., Vogne C., van der Meer J. 2008. Internal arsenite bioassay calibration using multiple bioreporter cell lines. Microbial Biotechnol 1: 149-157

Busam S., McNabb M., Wackwitz A., Senevirathna W., Beggah S., van der Meer J., Wells M., Breuer U., Harms H. 2007. Artificial neural network study of whole-cell bacterial bioreporter response determined using fluorescence flow cytometry. Anal Chem 79: 9107-9114