Research on microbes in water and soil to save our planet!
We study the ecology of complex microbial communities and their role in controlling biogeochemical processes in nature. We work in surface waters, soil, the rhizosphere of plants, as well as in groundwater and caves. Our research approaches are based on a broad spectrum of often fine-scale biogeochemical and organic analytics, quantitative molecular biological methods, next-generation sequencing, and the labelling of microorganisms and matter fluxes with stable isotopes. With our research, we make important contributions to the protection and sustainable use of natural resources such as groundwater and soil.
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Chair of Ecological Microbiology
Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER)
University of Bayreuth
Dr.-Hans-Frisch-Str. 1-3, DE-95448 Bayreuth, Germany
Tel: +49 921 55-5640, Fax: +49 921 55-5793
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Jakobs, A., Gürkal, E., Möller, J., Löder, M., Laforsch, C., Lüders, T.: A novel approach to extract, purify, and fractionate microplastics from environmental matrices by isopycnic ultracentrifugation. Science of the Total Environment, 857, Part 3 (2023).
Rauscher, A., Meyer, N., Jakobs, A., Bartnick, R., Lüders, T., Lehndorff, E.: Biodegradable microplastic increases CO2 emission and alters microbial biomass and bacterial community composition in different soil types. Applied Soil Ecology, 182 (2022).
Sachs, C., Kanaparthi, D., Kublik, S., Szalay, A., Schloter, M., Damgaard, L., Schramm, A., Lüders, T.: Tracing long-distance electron transfer and cable bacteria in freshwater sediments by agar pillar gradient columns. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 98(5) (2022).