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Latest publications

Draft Genome Sequence of Desulfosporosinus fructosivorans Strain 63.6F, Isolated from Marine Sediment in the Baltic Sea

Hausmann B, Vandieken V, Pjevac P, Schreck K, Herbold CW, Loy A
2019 - Microbiology Resource Announcements, In press

Specific micropollutant biotransformation pattern by the comammox bacterium Nitrospira inopinata

The recently discovered complete ammonia-oxidizing (comammox) bacteria are occurring in various environments, including wastewater treatment plants. To better understand their role in micropollutant biotransformation in comparison with ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA), we investigated the biotransformation capability of Nitrospira inopinata (the only comammox isolate) for 17 micropollutants. Asulam, fenhexamid, mianserin, and ranitidine, were biotransformed by N. inopinata, Nitrososphaera gargensis (AOA) and Nitrosomonas nitrosa Nm90 (AOB). More distinctively, carbendazim, a benzimidazole fungicide, was exclusively biotransformed by N. inopinata. The biotransformation of carbendazim only occurred when N. inopinata was supplied with ammonia but not nitrite as the energy source. The exclusive biotransformation of carbendazim by N. inopinata was likely enabled by an enhanced substrate promiscuity of its unique AMO and its much higher substrate (for ammonia) affinity compared with the other two ammonia oxidizers. One major plausible transformation product (TP) of carbendazim is a hydroxylated form at the aromatic ring, which is consistent with the function of AMO. This TP was further transformed, and smaller linear TP candidates were identified. These findings provide fundamental knowledge on the micropollutant degradation potential of a comammox bacterium, to better understand the fate of micropollutants in nitrifying environments. 

Han P, Yu Y, Zhou L-J, Tian Z, Li Z, Hou L, Liu M, Wu Q, Wagner M, Men Y
2019 - Environ Sci Technol, in press

Soil multifunctionality is affected by the soil environment and by microbial community composition and diversity

Zheng Q, Hu Y, Zhang S, Noll L, Böckle T, Dietrich M, Herbold C, Eichorst SA, Woebken D, Richter A, Wanek W
2019 - Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 136: Article 107521

Lecture series

Advanced Chemical Microscopy for Life Science and Precision Medicine

Ji-Xin Cheng
Boston University, USA
12:00 h
Lecture Hall HS4, UZA2, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Wien