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Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften

Ökologische Mikrobiologie - Prof. Tillmann Lüders

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Scholz, V., Lüders, T.: Anwendungen der Kabelbakterien in der Umwelt- und Biotechnologie. BIOspektrum, 30(1), 12-15 (2024).

Leon Ninin, J., Muehe, E., Kölbl, A., Higa Mori, A., Nicol, A., Gilfedder, B., Pausch, J., Urbanski, L., Lüders, T., Planer-Friedrich, B.: Changes in arsenic mobility and speciation across a 2000-year-old paddy soil chronosequence. Science of the Total Environment, 908, 168351 (2024).

Kanaparthi, D., Lampe, M., Krohn, J., Zhu, B., Hildebrand, F., Boesen, T., Klingl, A., Phapale, P., Lüders, T.: The reproduction process of Gram-positive protocells. Scientific Reports, 14, 7075 (2024).

Steiner, F., Wild, A., Tyborski, N., Tung, S., Koehler, T., Buegger, F., Carminati, A., Eder, B., Groth, J., Hesse, B., Pausch, J., Lüders, T., Vahl, W., Wolfrum, S., Mueller, C., Vidal, A.: Rhizosheath drought responsiveness is variety‐specific and a key component of belowground plant adaptation. New Phytologist, (2024).

Neu, T., Kuhlicke, U., Karwautz, C., Lüders, T.: Unique architecture of microbial snottites from a methane driven biofilm revealed by confocal microscopy. Microscopy Research and Technique, 87(2), 205-213 (2024).

Wild, A., Steiner, F., Kiene, M., Tyborski, N., Tung, S., Köhler, T., Carminati, A., Eder, B., Groth, J., Vahl, W., Wolfrum, S., Lüders, T., Laforsch, C., Mueller, C., Vidal, A., Pausch, J.: Unraveling root and rhizosphere traits in temperate maize landraces and modern cultivars : Implications for soil resource acquisition and drought adaptation. Plant, Cell & Environment, (2024).


Köhler, T., Schaum, C., Tung, S., Steiner, F., Tyborski, N., Wild, A., Zebene, A., Pausch, J., Lüders, T., Wolfrum, S., Mueller, C., Vidal, A., Vahl, W., Groth, J., Eder, B., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Above and belowground traits impacting transpiration decline during soil drying in 48 maize (Zea mays) genotypes. Annals of Botany, 131(2), 373-386 (2023).

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, 159610 (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, 104714 (2023).

Kanaparthi, D., Lampe, M., Krohn, J., Zhu, B., Klingl, A., Lüders, T.: The reproduction of gram-negative protoplasts and the influence of environmental conditions on this process. iScience, 26(11), 108149 (2023).


Gervers, K., Thomas, D., Roy, B., Spatafora, J., Busby, P.: Crown closure affects endophytic leaf mycobiome compositional dynamics over time in Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii. Fungal Ecology, 57-58, 101155 (2022).

Zhu, B., Karwautz, C., Andrei, S., Klingl, A., Pernthaler, J., Lüders, T.: A novel Methylomirabilota methanotroph potentially couples methane oxidation to iodate reduction. mLife, 1(3), 323-328 (2022).

Wang, Z., Jimenez-Fernandez, O., Osenbrück, K., Schwientek, M., Schloter, M., Fleckenstein, J., Lüders, T.: Streambed microbial communities in the transition zone between groundwater and a first-order stream as impacted by bidirectional water exchange. Water Research, 217, 118334 (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), fiac042 (2022).

Sun, F., Mellage, A., Wang, Z., Bakkour, R., Griebler, C., Thullner, M., Cirpka, O., Elsner, M.: Toward Improved Bioremediation Strategies : Response of BAM-Degradation Activity to Concentration and Flow Changes in an Inoculated Bench-Scale Sediment Tank. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(7), 4050-4061 (2022).


Fenner, K., Elsner, M., Lüders, T., McLachlan, M., Wackett, L., Zimmermann, M., Drewes, J.: Methodological Advances to Study Contaminant Biotransformation : New Prospects for Understanding and Reducing Environmental Persistence?. ACS ES&T Water, 1(7), 1541-1554 (2021).

Jakus, N., Blackwell, N., Osenbrück, K., Straub, D., Byrne, J., Wang, Z., Glöckler, D., Elsner, M., Lüders, T., Grathwohl, P., Kleindienst, S., Kappler, A.: Nitrate removal by a novel lithoautotrophic nitrate-reducing iron(II)-oxidizing culture enriched from a pyrite-rich limestone aquifer. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 87(16) (2021).


Zhu, B., Friedrich, S., Wang, Z., Táncsics, A., Lüders, T.: Availability of Nitrite and Nitrate as Electron Acceptors Modulates Anaerobic Toluene-Degrading Communities in Aquifer Sediments. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 1867 (2020).

Táncsics, A., Farkas, M., Horváth, B., Maróti, G., Bradford, L., Lüders, T., Kriszt, B.: Genome analysis provides insights into microaerobic toluene-degradation pathway of Zoogloea oleivorans Bucᵀ. Archives of Microbiology, 202, 421-426 (2020).

Zeibich, L., Guhl, J., Drake, H.: Impact of water content and dietary organic carbon richness on gut bacteria in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris. FEMS Microbes, 1(1), xtaa002 (2020).

Zhu, B., Wang, Z., Kanaparthi, D., Kublik, S., Ge, T., Casper, P., Schloter, M., Lüders, T.: Long-Read Amplicon Sequencing of Nitric Oxide Dismutase (nod) Genes Reveal Diverse Oxygenic Denitrifiers in Agricultural Soils and Lake Sediments. Microbial Ecology, 80(1), 243-247 (2020).

Ramsperger, A., Stellwag, A., Caspari, A., Fery, A., Lüders, T., Kress, H., Löder, M., Laforsch, C.: Structural Diversity in Early-Stage Biofilm Formation on Microplastics Depends on Environmental Medium and Polymer Properties. Water, 12(11), 3216 (2020).

Michas, A., Harir, M., Lucio, M., Vestergaard, G., Himmelberg, A., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Lüders, T., Hatzinikolaou, D., Schöler, A., Rabus, R., Schloter, M.: Sulfate Alters the Competition Among Microbiome Members of Sediments Chronically Exposed to Asphalt. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 556793 (2020).

Heuer, V., Inagaki, F., Morono, Y., Kubo, Y., Spivack, A., Viehweger, B., Treude, T., Beulig, F., Schubotz, F., Tonai, S., Bowden, S., Cramm, M., Henkel, S., Hirose, T., Homola, K., Hoshino, T., Ijiri, A., Imachi, H., Kamiya, N., Kaneko, M., Lagostina, L., Manners, H., McClelland, H., Metcalfe, K., Okutsu, N., Pan, D., Raudsepp, M., Sauvage, J., Tsang, M., Wang, D., Whitaker, E., Yamamoto, Y., Yang, K., Maeda, L., Adhikari, R., Glombitza, C., Hamada, Y., Kallmeyer, J., Wendt, J., Wörmer, L., Yamada, Y., Kinoshita, M., Hinrichs, K.: Temperature limits to deep subseafloor life in the Nankai Trough subduction zone. Science, 370(6521), 1230-1234 (2020).

Sheffer, M., Uhl, G., Prost, S., Lüders, T., Ulrich, T., Bengtsson, M.: Tissue- and Population-Level Microbiome Analysis of the Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi Identified a Novel Dominant Bacterial Symbiont. Microorganisms, 8(1), 8 (2020).


Kölbl, A., Bucka, F., Marschner, P., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R., Schulz, S., Lüders, T., Kögel-Knabner, I.: Consumption and alteration of different organic matter sources during remediation of a sandy sulfuric soil. Geoderma, 347, 220-232 (2019).

Hünninghaus, M., Dibbern, D., Kramer, S., Koller, R., Pausch, J., Schloter-Hai, B., Urich, T., Kandeler, E., Bonkowski, M., Lüders, T.: Disentangling carbon flow across microbial kingdoms in the rhizosphere of maize. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 134, 122-130 (2019).

Pilloni, G., Bayer, A., Ruth-Anneser, B., Fillinger, L., Engel, M., Griebler, C., Lüders, T.: Dynamics of Hydrology and Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Degrader Communities in A Tar-Oil Contaminated Aquifer. Microorganisms, 7(2), 46 (2019).

Zhu, B., Wang, J., Bradford, L., Ettwig, K., Hu, B., Lüders, T.: Nitric Oxide Dismutase (nod) Genes as a Functional Marker for the Diversity and Phylogeny of Methane-Driven Oxygenic Denitrifiers. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 1577 (2019).


Stott, M., Lüders, T.: Editorial : Deep life, kia ora!. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94(11), fiy176 (2018).

Karwautz, C., Kus, G., Stöckl, M., Neu, T., Lüders, T.: Microbial megacities fueled by methane oxidation in a mineral spring cave. The ISME Journal, 12, 87-100 (2018).

Zhang, L., Lehmann, K., Totsche, K., Lüders, T.: Selective successional transport of bacterial populations from rooted agricultural topsoil to deeper layers upon extreme precipitation events. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 124, 168-178 (2018).

Táncsics, A., Szalay, A., Farkas, M., Benedek, T., Szoboszlay, S., Szabó, I., Lüders, T.: Stable isotope probing of hypoxic toluene degradation at the Siklós aquifer reveals prominent role of Rhodocyclaceae. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94(6), fiy088 (2018).

Bradford, L., Vestergaard, G., Táncsics, A., Zhu, B., Schloter, M., Lüders, T.: Transcriptome-Stable Isotope Probing Provides Targeted Functional and Taxonomic Insights Into Microaerobic Pollutant-Degrading Aquifer Microbiota. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 2696 (2018).

Lüders, T.: Untersuchung prozessrelevanter mikrobieller Populationen mittels RNA-SIP. BIOspektrum, 24(3), 264-266 (2018).


Uksa, M., Buegger, F., Gschwendtner, S., Lüders, T., Kublik, S., Kautz, T., Athmann, M., Köpke, U., Munch, J., Schloter, M., Fischer, D.: Bacteria utilizing plant-derived carbon in the rhizosphere of Triticum aestivum change in different depths of an arable soil. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 9(6), 729-741 (2017).

Lüders, T.: The ecology of anaerobic degraders of BTEX hydrocarbons in aquifers. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93(1), fiw220 (2017).

Cardinale, M., Kaiser, D., Lüders, T., Schnell, S., Egert, M.: Microbiome analysis and confocal microscopy of used kitchen sponges reveal massive colonization by Acinetobacter, Moraxella and Chryseobacterium species. Scientific Reports, 7, 5791 (2017).

Zhang, L., Lüders, T.: Micropredator niche differentiation between bulk soil and rhizosphere of an agricultural soil depends on bacterial prey. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93(9), fix103 (2017).

Herzyk, A., Fillinger, L., Larentis, M., Qiu, S., Maloszewski, P., Hünniger, M., Schmidt, S., Stumpp, C., Marozava, S., Knappett, P., Elsner, M., Meckenstock, R., Lüders, T., Griebler, C.: Response and recovery of a pristine groundwater ecosystem impacted by toluene contamination : A meso-scale indoor aquifer experiment. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 207, 17-30 (2017).

Zhu, B., Bradford, L., Huang, S., Szalay, A., Leix, C., Weissbach, M., Táncsics, A., Drewes, J., Lüders, T.: Unexpected Diversity and High Abundance of Putative Nitric Oxide Dismutase (Nod) Genes in Contaminated Aquifers and Wastewater Treatment Systems. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83(4), e02750-16 (2017).


Boeker, C., Lüders, T., Müller, M., Pander, J., Geist, J.: Alteration of physico-chemical and microbial properties in freshwater substrates by burrowing invertebrates. Limnologica, 59, 131-139 (2016).

Rabus, R., Boll, M., Heider, J., Meckenstock, R., Buckel, W., Einsle, O., Ermler, U., Golding, B., Gunsalus, R., Kroneck, P., Krüger, M., Lüders, T., Martins, B., Musat, F., Richnow, H., Schink, B., Seifert, J., Szaleniec, M., Treude, T., Ullmann, G., Vogt, C., von Bergen, M., Wilkes, H.: Anaerobic microbial degradation of hydrocarbons : from enzymatic reactions to the environment. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26(1-3), 5-28 (2016).

Richnow, H., Lüders, T.: Editorial overview : Probing environmental processes and microbiome functions using stable isotopes as smart tracers in analytical biotechnology. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 41, S. iv-vii (2016).

von Netzer, F., Kuntze, K., Vogt, C., Richnow, H., Boll, M., Lüders, T.: Functional gene markers for fumarate-adding and dearomatizing key enzymes in anaerobic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation in terrestrial environments. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26(1-3), 180-194 (2016).

Müller, H., Bosch, J., Griebler, C., Damgaard, L., Nielsen, L., Lüders, T., Meckenstock, R.: Long-distance electron transfer by cable bacteria in aquifer sediments. The ISME Journal, 10, 2010-2019 (2016).

Gschwendtner, S., Engel, M., Lüders, T., Buegger, F., Schloter, M.: Nitrogen fertilization affects bacteria utilizing plant-derived carbon in the rhizosphere of beech seedlings. Plant and Soil, 407(1-2), 203-215 (2016).

Griebler, C., Brielmann, H., Haberer, C., Kaschuba, S., Kellermann, C., Stumpp, C., Hegler, F., Kuntz, D., Walker-Hertkorn, S., Lüders, T.: Potential impacts of geothermal energy use and storage of heat on groundwater quality, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75, 1391 (2016).

Kramer, S., Dibbern, D., Moll, J., Hünninghaus, M., Koller, R., Krüger, D., Marhan, S., Urich, T., Wubet, T., Bonkowski, M., Buscot, F., Lüders, T., Kandeler, E.: Resource partitioning between bacteria, fungi, and protists in the detritusphere of an agricultural soil. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 1524 (2016).

Lüders, T., Dumont, M., Bradford, L., Manefield, M.: RNA-stable isotope probing : from carbon flow within key microbiota to targeted transcriptomes. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 41, 83-89 (2016).

Vogt, C., Lüders, T., Richnow, H., Krüger, M., von Bergen, M., Seifert, J.: Stable isotope probing approaches to study anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation and degraders. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26(1-3), 195-210 (2016).


Meckenstock, R., Elsner, M., Griebler, C., Lüders, T., Stumpp, C., Aamand, J., Agathos, S., Albrechtsen, H., Bastiaens, L., Bjerg, P., Boon, N., Dejonghe, W., Huang, W., Schmidt, S., Smolders, E., Sørensen, S., Springael, D., van Breukelen, B.: Biodegradation : updating the concepts of control for microbial cleanup in contaminated aquifers. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(12), 7073-7081 (2015).

Kubryk, P., Kölschbach, J., Marozava, S., Lüders, T., Meckenstock, R., Niessner, R., Ivleva, N.: Exploring the Potential of Stable Isotope (Resonance) Raman Microspectroscopy and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering for the Analysis of Microorganisms at Single Cell Level. Analytical Chemistry, 87(13), 6622-6630 (2015).

Gründger, F., Jiménez, N., Thielemann, T., Straaten, N., Lüders, T., Richnow, H., Krüger, M.: Microbial methane formation in deep aquifers of a coal-bearing sedimentary basin, Germany. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 200 (2015).

Höss, S., Frank-Fahle, B., Lüders, T., Traunspurger, W.: Response of bacteria and meiofauna to iron oxide colloids in sediments of freshwater microcosms. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34(11), 2660-2669 (2015).

Rühle, F., von Netzer, F., Lüders, T., Stumpp, C.: Response of Transport Parameters and Sediment Microbiota to Water Table Fluctuations in Laboratory Columns. Vadose Zone Journal, 14(5) (2015).

Pfannes, K., Langenbach, K., Pilloni, G., Stührmann, T., Euringer, K., Lüders, T., Neu, T., Müller, J., Kästner, M., Meckenstock, R.: Selective elimination of bacterial faecal indicators in the Schmutzdecke of slow sand filtration columns. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 99(23), 10323-10332 (2015).

Einsiedl, F., Pilloni, G., Ruth-Anneser, B., Lüders, T., Griebler, C.: Spatial distributions of sulphur species and sulphate-reducing bacteria provide insights into sulphur redox cycling and biodegradation hot-spots in a hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 156, 207-221 (2015).


Kleindienst, S., Herbst, F., Stagars, M., von Netzer, F., von Bergen, M., Seifert, J., Peplies, J., Amann, R., Musat, F., Lüders, T., Knittel, K.: Diverse sulfate-reducing bacteria of the Desulfosarcina/Desulfococcus clade are the key alkane degraders at marine seeps. The ISME Journal, 8, 2029-2044 (2014).

Arango, L., Buddrus-Schiemann, K., Opelt, K., Lüders, T., Haesler, F., Schmid, M., Ernst, D., Hartmann, A.: Effects of glyphosate on the bacterial community associated with roots of transgenic Roundup Ready® soybean. European Journal of Soil Biology, 63, 41-48 (2014).

Karwautz, C., Lüders, T.: Impact of hydraulic well restoration on native bacterial communities in drinking water wells. Microbes and Environments, 29(4), 363-369 (2014).

Kuppardt, A., Kleinsteuber, S., Vogt, C., Lüders, T., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A.: Phylogenetic and functional diversity within toluene-degrading, sulphate-reducing consortia enriched from a contaminated aquifer. Microbial Ecology, 68(2), 222-234 (2014).

Dibbern, D., Schmalwasser, A., Lüders, T., Totsche, K.: Selective transport of plant root-associated bacterial populations in agricultural soils upon snowmelt. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 69, 187-196 (2014).

Meckenstock, R., von Netzer, F., Stumpp, C., Lüders, T., Himmelberg, A., Hertkorn, N., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Harir, M., Hosein, R., Haque, S., Schulze-Makuch, D.: Water droplets in oil are microhabitats for microbial life. Science, 345(6197), 673-676 (2014).


Müller, M., Pander, J., Wild, R., Lüders, T., Geist, J.: The effects of stream substratum texture on interstitial conditions and bacterial biofilms : Methodological strategies. Limnologica, 43(2), 106-113 (2013).

von Netzer, F., Pilloni, G., Kleindienst, S., Krüger, M., Knittel, K., Gründger, F., Lüders, T.: Enhanced Gene Detection Assays for Fumarate-Adding Enzymes Allow Uncovering of Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Degraders in Terrestrial and Marine Systems. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(2), 543-552 (2013).

Larentis, M., Hörmann, K., Lüders, T.: Fine-scale degrader community profiling over an aerobic/anaerobic redox gradient in a toluene-contaminated aquifer. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 5(2), 225-234 (2013).


Scharroba, A., Dibbern, D., Hünninghaus, M., Kramer, S., Moll, J., Butenschön, O., Bonkowski, M., Buscot, F., Kandeler, E., Koller, R., Krüger, D., Lüders, T., Scheu, S., Rueß, L.: Effects of resource availability and quality on the structure of the micro-food web of an arable soil across depth. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 50, 1-11 (2012).

Graue, J., Kleindienst, S., Lüders, T., Cypionka, H., Engelen, B.: Identifying fermenting bacteria in anoxic tidal-flat sediments by a combination of microcalorimetry and ribosome-based stable-isotope probing. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 81(1), 78-87 (2012).

Lüders, T., Griebler, C., Häggblom, M.: Subsurface microbiology : the life below our feet. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 81(1), 1 (2012).

Pilloni, G., Granitsiotis, M., Engel, M., Lüders, T.: Testing the limits of 454 pyrotag sequencing : reproducibility, quantitative assessment and comparison to T-RFLP fingerprinting of aquifer microbes. PLoS One, 7(7), e40467 (2012).


Beckmann, S., Lüders, T., Krüger, M., von Netzer, F., Engelen, B., Cypionka, H.: Acetogens and Acetoclastic Methanosarcinales Govern Methane Formation in Abandoned Coal Mines. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(11), 3749-3756 (2011).

Pilloni, G., von Netzer, F., Engel, M., Lüders, T.: Electron acceptor-dependent identification of key anaerobic toluene degraders at a tar-oil-contaminated aquifer by Pyro-SIP. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 78(1), 165-175 (2011).

Brielmann, H., Lüders, T., Schreglmann, K., Ferraro, F., Avramov, M., Hammerl, V., Blum, P., Bayer, P., Griebler, C.: Oberflächennahe Geothermie und ihre potenziellen Auswirkungen auf Grundwasserökosysteme. Grundwasser, 16(2), 77-91 (2011).


Selesi, D., Jehmlich, N., von Bergen, M., Schmidt, F., Rattei, T., Tischler, P., Lüders, T., Meckenstock, R.: Combined Genomic and Proteomic Approaches Identify Gene Clusters Involved in Anaerobic 2-Methylnaphthalene Degradation in the Sulfate-Reducing Enrichment Culture N47. Journal of Bacteriology, 192(1), 295-306 (2010).

Kunapuli, U., Jahn, M., Lüders, T., Geyer, R., Heipieper, H., Meckenstock, R.: Desulfitobacterium aromaticivorans sp. nov. and Geobacter toluenoxydans sp. nov., iron-reducing bacteria capable of anaerobic degradation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 60(3), 686-695 (2010).

Winderl, C., Penning, H., von Netzer, F., Meckenstock, R., Lüders, T.: DNA-SIP identifies sulfate-reducing Clostridia as important toluene degraders in tar-oil-contaminated aquifer sediment. The ISME Journal, 4, 1314-1325 (2010).

Bombach, P., Chatzinotas, A., Neu, T., Kästner, M., Lüders, T., Vogt, C.: Enrichment and characterization of a sulfate-reducing toluene-degrading microbial consortium by combining in situ microcosms and stable isotope probing techniques. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 71(2), 237-246 (2010).

Herrmann, S., Kleinsteuber, S., Chatzinotas, A., Kuppardt, S., Lüders, T., Richnow, H., Vogt, C.: Functional characterization of an anaerobic benzene-degrading enrichment culture by DNA stable isotope probing. Environmental Microbiology, 12(2), 401-411 (2010).

Anneser, B., Pilloni, G., Bayer, A., Lüders, T., Griebler, C., Einsiedl, F., Richters, L.: High resolution analysis of contaminated aquifer sediments and groundwater : what can be learned in terms of natural attenuation?. Geomicrobiology Journal, 27(2), 130-142 (2010).


Glaubitz, S., Lüders, T., Abraham, W., Jost, G., Jürgens, K., Labrenz, M.: ¹³C‐isotope analyses reveal that chemolithoautotrophic Gamma‐ and Epsilonproteobacteria feed a microbial food web in a pelagic redoxcline of the central Baltic Sea. Environmental Microbiology, 11(2), 326-337 (2009).

Rasche, F., Lüders, T., Schloter, M., Schäfer, S., Buegger, F., Gattinger, A., Hood-Nowotny, R., Sessitsch, A.: DNA-based stable isotope probing enables the identification of active bacterial endophytes in potatoes. New Phytologist, 181(4), 802-807 (2009).

Brielmann, H., Griebler, C., Schmidt, S., Michel, R., Lüders, T.: Effects of thermal energy discharge on shallow groundwater ecosystems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 68(3), 273-286 (2009).

Griebler, C., Lüders, T.: Microbial biodiversity in groundwater ecosystems. Freshwater Biology, 54(4), 649-677 (2009).


Winderl, C., Anneser, B., Griebler, C., Meckenstock, R., Lüders, T.: Depth-resolved quantification of anaerobic toluene degraders and aquifer microbial community patterns in distinct redox zones of a tar oil contaminant plume. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74(3), 792-801 (2008).

Euringer, K., Lüders, T.: An optimised PCR/T-RFLP fingerprinting approach for the investigation of protistan communities in groundwater environments. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 75(2), 262-268 (2008).


Schwarz, J., Lüders, T., Eckert, W., Conrad, R.: Identification of acetate-utilizing Bacteria and Archaea in methanogenic profundal sediments of Lake Kinneret (Israel) by stable isotope probing of rRNA. Environmental Microbiology, 9(1), 223-237 (2007).

Whiteley, A., Thomson, B., Lüders, T., Manefield, M.: RNA stable-isotope probing. Nature Protocols, 2(4), 838-844 (2007).

Kunapuli, U., Lüders, T., Meckenstock, R.: The use of stable isotope probing to identify key iron-reducing microorganisms involved in anaerobic benzene degradation. The ISME Journal, 1, 643-653 (2007).

Winderl, C., Schäfer, S., Lüders, T.: Detection of anaerobic toluene and hydrocarbon degraders in contaminated aquifers using benzylsuccinate synthase (bssA) genes as a functional marker. Environmental Microbiology, 9(4), 1035-1046 (2007).

Neufeld, J., Vohra, J., Dumont, M., Lüders, T., Manefield, M., Friedrich, M., Murrell, J.: DNA stable-isotope probing. Nature Protocols, 2(4), 860-866 (2007).


Lüders, T., Kindler, R., Miltner, A., Friedrich, M., Kästner, M.: Identification of bacterial micropredators distinctively active in a soil microbial food web. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72(8), 5342-5348 (2006).

Whiteley, A., Manefield, M., Lüders, T.: Unlocking the "microbial black box" using RNA-based stable isotope probing technologies. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 17(1), 67-71 (2006).


Lu, Y., Lüders, T., Friedrich, M., Conrad, R.: Detecting active methanogenic populations on rice roots using stable isotope probing. Environmental Microbiology, 7(3), 326-336 (2005).

Chan, O., Claus, P., Casper, P., Ulrich, A., Lüders, T., Conrad, R.: Vertical distribution of structure and function of the methanogenic archaeal community in Lake Dagow sediment. Environmental Microbiology, 7(8), 1139-1149 (2005).


Chin, K., Lüders, T., Friedrich, M., Klose, M., Conrad, R.: Archaeal community structure and pathway of methane formation on rice roots. Microbial Ecology, 47(1), 59-67 (2004).

Lüders, T., Manefield, M., Friedrich, M.: Enhanced sensitivity of DNA- and rRNA-based stable isotope probing by fractionation and quantitative analysis of isopycnic centrifugation gradients. Environmental Microbiology, 6(1), 73-78 (2004).

Lüders, T., Wagner, B., Claus, P., Friedrich, M.: Stable isotope probing of rRNA and DNA reveals a dynamic methylotroph community and trophic interactions with fungi and protozoa in oxic rice field soil. Environmental Microbiology, 6(1), 60-72 (2004).

Lüders, T., Pommerenke, B., Friedrich, M.: Stable-isotope probing of microorganisms thriving at thermodynamic limits : syntrophic propionate oxidation in flooded soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70(10), 5778-5786 (2004).


Lüders, T., Friedrich, M.: Evaluation of PCR amplification bias by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of small-subunit rRNA and mcrA genes by using defined template mixtures of methanogenic pure cultures and soil DNA extracts. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 69(1), 320-326 (2003).

Simankova, M., Kotsyurbenko, O., Lüders, T., Nozhevnikova, A., Wagner, B., Conrad, R., Friedrich, M.: Isolation and characterization of new strains of methanogens from cold terrestrial habitats. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 26(2), 312-318 (2003).


Lüders, T., Friedrich, M.: Effects of amendment with ferrihydrite and gypsum on the structure and activity of methanogenic populations in rice field soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 68(5), 2484-2494 (2002).


Ramakrishnan, B., Lüders, T., Dunfield, P., Conrad, R., Friedrich, M.: Archaeal community structures in rice soils from different geographical regions before and after initiation of methane production. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 37(2), 175-186 (2001).

Friedrich, M., Schmitt-Wagner, D., Lüders, T., Brune, A.: Axial differences in community structure of Crenarchaeota and Euryarchaeota in the highly compartmentalized gut of the soil-feeding termite Cubitermes orthognathus. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67(10), 4880-4890 (2001).

Weber, S., Lüders, T., Friedrich, M., Conrad, R.: Methanogenic populations involved in the degradation of rice straw in anoxic paddy soil. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 38(1), 11-20 (2001).

Lüders, T., Chin, K., Conrad, R., Friedrich, M.: Molecular analyses of methyl‐coenzyme M reductase α‐subunit (mcrA) genes in rice field soil and enrichment cultures reveal the methanogenic phenotype of a novel archaeal lineage. Environmental Microbiology, 3(3), 194-204 (2001).


Lüders, T., Friedrich, M.: Archaeal population dynamics during sequential reduction processes in rice field soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66(7), 2732-2742 (2000).

Ramakrishnan, B., Lüders, T., Conrad, R., Friedrich, M.: Effect of soil aggregate size on methanogenesis and archaeal community structure in anoxic rice field soil. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 32(3), 261-270 (2000).

Books and Book sections


Lüders, T., Táncsics, A.: The Ecology of Microbial Contaminant Degradation in Groundwater. In: Thomas Mehner, Klement Trockner (eds.): Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. Volume 3. 2nd Edition. - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2022. - 428-436.


von Netzer, F., Granitsiotis, M., Szalay, A., Lüders, T.: Next-Generation Sequencing of Functional Marker Genes for Anaerobic Degraders of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Environments. In: Matthias Boll (eds.): Anaerobic Utilization of Hydrocarbons, Oils, and Lipids. - Cham : Springer, 2018.


Lüders, T.: DNA- and RNA-Based Stable Isotope Probing of Hydrocarbon Degraders. In: Terry J. McGenity (eds.): Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols : Genetic, Genomic and System Analyses of Communities. - Berlin : Springer, 2017. - 181-197.


Elsner, M., Griebler, C., Lüders, T., Meckenstock, R.: Assessing microbial activity and degradation pathways in the environment by measuring naturally occurring stable isotopes in organic compounds. In: Applications of Molecular Microbiological Methods. - Norfolk : Caister Academic Press, 2014.

Lüders, T., von Netzer, F.: Primers : Functional genes for anaerobic hydrocarbon degrading microbes. In: Terry J. McGenity (eds.): Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols : Primers. - Berlin : Springer, 2014. - 39-55.


Rasche, F., Schloter, M., Lüders, T., Sessitsch, A.: DNA-based stable isotope probing for identifying active bacterial endophytes in potato. In: Frans J. de Bruijn (eds.): Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere. Volume 1. - Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. - 413-421.


Meckenstock, R., Lüders, T., Griebler, C., Selesi, D.: Microbial hydrocarbon degradation at coal gasification plants. In: Kenneth N. Timmis (eds.): Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. - Berlin : Springer, 2010. - 2293-2312.

Lüders, T.: Stable isotope probing of hydrocarbon-degraders. In: Kenneth N. Timmis (eds.): Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. - Berlin : Springer, 2010. - 4011-4026.

Other publications


Sachs, C.: Elucidating the role of long-distance electron transfer by cable bacteria in freshwater sediments and contaminated aquifers. - Bayreuth: 2022. - 141 p.
(Thesis, 2022, Universität Bayreuth, Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften)


Szendy, M.: Effect of micro biocides on Listeria monocytogenes. - Bayreuth: 2021. - XXIV, 179 p.
(Thesis, 2021, Universität Bayreuth, Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften)


Zeibich, L.: Dietary Biopolymers : Fermentation Potentials of a Primitive Gut Ecosystem. - Bayreuth: 2019. - XVIII, 337 p.
(Thesis, 2019, Universität Bayreuth, Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften)


Griebler, C., Brielmann, H., Lüders, T., Schmidt, S.: Sustainable Energy Production from Geothermal Sources and Possible Effects to Groundwater Ecosystems. SILnews, 55, 17-18 (2009).

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