Our research on ecology and mechanisms of microbial iron(II) oxidation focuses on abundance, distribution, activity and mechanisms of phototrophic, nitrate-reducing and microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria. We use a combination of cultivation-based, physiological and molecular approaches as well as (electron) microscopy to study pure cultures, enrichments and environmental samples. We study microbial iron oxidation in subsurface habitats, soils, on wetland plant roots, marine and freshwater sediments and iron-rich springs.
Team members: Caroline Schmidt, Sara Kleindienst, Casey Bryce, Nia Blackwell, Yu-Ming Huang, Natalia Jakus, Markus Maisch, Ulf Lüder, Stefanie Becker, Verena Nikeleit
Collaborators: Bo Barker Jorgensen, Bernhard Schink, Kurt Hanselmann, Peter Grathwohl, Moritz F. Lehmann, Dianne K. Newman, Karim Benzerara, Jennyfer Miot