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Akinyede R., Taubert M., Schrumpf M., Trumbore S., Küsel K. (2022) Temperature sensitivity of dark CO2 fixation in temperate forest soils. Biogeosciences Discussions. Preprint.
Doi: 10.5194/bg-2022-90

Overholt W.A., Trumbore S., Xu X., BornemannT.L.V., Probst A.J., Krüger M., Herrmann M., Thamdrup B., Bristow L., Taubert M., Schwab V.F., Hölzer M., Marz M., Küsel K. (2021) Rates of primary production in groundwater rival those in oligotrophic marine systems. Preprint, bioRxiv. Doi: 10.1101/2021.10.13.464073

2022 Expand entry

Akinyede R., Taubert M., Schrumpf M., Trumbore S., Küsel K. (2022) Dark CO2 fixation in temperate beech and pine forest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 165.
Doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108526

Azemtsop Matanfack G., Taubert M., Reilly-Schott V., Küsel K., Rösch P., Popp J. (2022) Phenotypic Differentiation of Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Bacterial Cells Using Raman-D2O Labeling. Anal. Chem. Doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c04097.

Blohm A., Kumar S., Knebl A., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Popp J., Frosch T. (2022) Activity and electron donor preference of two denitrifying bacterial strains identified by Raman gas spectroscopy. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 414, 601-611

Castro-Morales K., Canning A., Körtzinger A., Göckede M., Küsel K., Overholt W.A., Wichard T., Redlich S., Arzberger S., Kolle O., Zimov N. (2022) Effects of reversal of water flow in an Arctic floodplain river on fluvial emissions of CO2 and CH4. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 127. Doi: 10.1029/2021JG006485.

Geesink P., Taubert M., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Küsel K. (2022) Bacterial Necromass Is Rapidly Metabolized by Heterotrophic Bacteria and Supports Multiple Trophic Levels of the Groundwater Microbiome. ASM Journals, Microbiology Spectrum. Online ahead of print. Doi: 10.1128/spectrum.00437-22.

Mielke L., Taubert M., Cesarzc S., Ruess L., Küsel K., Gleixner G., Lange M. (2022) Nematode grazing increases the allocation of plant-derived carbon to soil bacteria and saprophytic fungi, and activates bacterial species of the rhizosphere. Pedobiologia, 90, 150787, 0031-4056. Doi: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2021.150787

Potthast K., Tischer A., Herrmann M., Weinhold A., Küsel K., van Dam N.M., Michalzik B. (2022) Woolly beech aphid infestation reduces soil organic carbon availability and alters phyllosphere and rhizosphere bacterial microbiomes. Plant and Soil 473, 639-657.
Doi: 10.1007/s11104-022-05317-4

Savio D., Derx J., Lang R.-P., Kirschner A.K.T., Sommer R., Blaschke A.P., Küsel K., Farnleitner A.H. (2022) From Groundwater to Drinking Water—Microbiology of Karstic Water Resources. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier. Doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00181-X

Schroeter S.A., Eveillard D., Chaffron S., Zoppi J., Kampe B., Lohmann P., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Sanchez-Arcos C., Pohnert G., Taubert M., Küsel K., Gleixner G. (2022). Microbial community functioning during plant litter decomposition. Scientific reports, 12(1), 7451. Doi:10.1038/s41598-022-11485-1

Taubert M., Overholt W.A., Heinze B.M., Azemtsop G., Houhou R., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Rösch P., Popp J., Küsel K. (2022) Bolstering fitness via CO2 fixation and organic carbon uptake: mixotrophs in modern groundwater. ISME J. 16, 1153–1162.
Doi: 10.1038/s41396-021-01163-x

Then A., Ewald J., Söllner N., Cooper R.E., Küsel K., Ibrahim B., Schuster S. (2022) Agent-based modelling of iron cycling bacteria provides a framework for testing alternative environmental conditions and modes of action. R. Soc. open sci.9, 211553.
Doi: 10.1098/rsos.211553.

Xenophontos C., Harpole W.S., Küsel K., Clark A.T. (2022) Cheating Promotes Coexistence in a Two-Species One-Substrate Culture Model. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9. Doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.786006

2021 Expand entry

Azemtsop Matanfack G., Taubert M., Guo S., Bocklitz T., Küsel K., Rösch P., Popp J. (2021) Monitoring deuterium uptake in single bacterial cells via two-dimensional Raman-correlation spectroscopy. Analytical Chemistry 93, 21, 7714-7723. Doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.1c01076

Chaudhari N.M., Overholt W.A., Figueroa-Gonzalez P.A., Taubert M., Bornemann T.L.V., Probst A.J., Hölzer M., Marz M., Küsel K. (2021) The economical lifestyle of CPR bacteria in groundwater allows little preference for environmental drivers. Environmental Microbiome, 16, 24. Doi: 10.1186/s40793-021-00395-w

Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Küsel K. (2021) Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas sp. strain FEN, isolated from the Fe- and organic matter-rich Schlöppnerbrunnen fen. Microbiology Resource Announcements 10 (2) Doi:10.1128/MRA.01017-20

Eisenhauer N., Buscot F., Heintz‐Buschart A., Jurburg S.D., Küsel K., Sikorski J., Vogel H.J., Guerra C.A. (2021) The multi-dimensionality of soil macroecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography 30 (1), 4-10 Doi:10.1111/geb.13211

Graw J., Engelhardt H., Küsel K., Kruck D., Tinnefeld P., Sander J., Robatzek S., Schäberle T.F., Aichane K., Brochado A.R., Gerlach D. (2021) Journal Club. Biospektrum (Heidelb); 27(4):400-405. German. Doi: 10.1007/s12268-021-1601-9.

Harris C.R., Akob D.M., Fabisch M., Beulig F., Woyke T., Shapiro N., Lapidus A., Klenk H.-P., Küsel K. (2021) Draft genome sequence of Bordetella sp. strain FB-8, isolated from a former uranium mining area in Germany. Microbiology Resource Announcements 10 (14) Doi:10.1128/MRA.01035-19

Herrmann M., Geesink P., Richter R., Küsel K. (2021) Canopy position has a stronger effect than tree species identity on phyllosphere bacterial diversity in a floodplain hardwood forest. Microbial ecology 81 (1), 157-168 Doi:10.1007/s00248-020-01565-y

Kidner J., Theodorou P., Engler J.O., Taubert M., Husemann M. (2021) A brief history and popularity of methods and tools used to estimate micro‐evolutionary forces. Ecology and evolution 11, 20. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.8076

Krüger M., Potthast K., Michalzik B., Tischer A., Küsel K., Deckner, F. K., Herrmann M., (2021) Drought and rewetting events enhance nitrate leaching and seepage-mediated translocation of microbes from beech forest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 154, 108153  Doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108153 

Li Q., Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Taubert M., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Küsel K. (2021) Insights into autotrophic activities and carbon flow in iron-rich pelagic aggregates (iron snow). Microorganisms 2021, 9, 1368  Doi:10.3390/microorganisms9071368

Li Q., Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Lu S., Küsel K. (2021) Draft genome sequences of Acidithrix sp. strain C25 and Acidocella sp. strain C78, acidophiles isolated from iron-rich pelagic aggregates (iron snow). Microbiology Resource Announcements 10:e00102-21. Doi:10.1128/MRA.00102-21

Wegner C.E., Westermann W., Steiniger F., Gorniak L., Budhraja R., Adrian L., Küsel  K. (2021) Extracellular and intracellular lanthanide accumulation in the methylotroph Beijerinckiaceae bacterium RH AL1. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 87(13). e03144-20. Doi:10.1128/AEM.03144-20

Wu X., Liu P., Wegner C.E., Luo Y., Xiao K.Q., Cui Z., Zhang F., Liesack W., Peng, J. (2021) Deciphering microbial mechanisms underlying soil organic carbon storage in a wheat-maize rotation system. Science of the Total Environment, 788, 147798. Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147798

Xenophontos C., Taubert M., Harpole W.S., Küsel K. (2021) Phylogenetic and metabolic diversity have contrasting effects on the ecological functioning of bacterial communities. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 97 (3), fiab017. Doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiab017
Selected as Editor´s Choice March 2021

Yan L., Hermans S., Totsche K.U., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Küsel K. (2021) Groundwater bacterial communities evolve over time in response to recharge. Water Research, 117290 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117290

2020 Expand entry

Akinyede R., Taubert M., Schrumpf M., Trumbore S., Küsel K. (2020) Rates of dark CO2 fixation are driven by microbial biomass in a temperate forest soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 107950 Doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107950 
- Selected as Editor´s Choice October 2020

Akob D. M., Hallenbeck M., Beulig F., Fabisch M., Küsel K., Keffer J. L., Woyke T., Shapiro N., Lapidus A., Klenk H.P., Chan C.S. (2020) Mixotrophic iron-oxidizing Thiomonas isolates from an acid mine drainage-affected creek. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 10/2020, AEM.01424-20. Doi:10.1128/AEM.01424-20

Azemtsop Matanfack G.,Taubert M., Guo S., Houhou R., Bocklitz T.W., Küsel K., Rösch P., Popp J. (2020) Influence of carbon sources on quantification of Deuterium incorporation in heterotrophic bacteria: A Raman-stable isotope labeling approach. Analytical Chemistry. 92(16):11429-11437. Doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.0c02443

Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., McAllister S.M., Shevchenko O., Chan C.S., Küsel K. (2020) Draft genome sequence of Sideroxydans sp. strain CL21, an Fe(II)-Oxidizing bacterium. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9(2): e01444-19. Doi:10.1128/MRA.01444-19.

Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Kügler S., Poulin R.X., Ueberschaar N., Wurlitzer J.D., Stettin D., Wichard T., Pohnert G., Küsel K. (2020) Iron is not everything: unexpected complex metabolic responses between iron-cycling microorganisms. The ISME Journal 14, 2675–2690  Doi:10.1038/s41396-020-0718-z 

Geesink P., Wegner C.E., Probst A.J., Herrmann M., Dam H.T., Kaster A.K., Küsel K. (2020) Genome‐inferred spatio‐temporal resolution of an uncultivated Roizmanbacterium reveals its ecological preferences in groundwater. Environmental Microbiology 22(2), 726–737. Doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14865

Guerra C.A., Heintz-Buschart A., Sikorski J., Chatzinotas A., Guerrero-Ramírez N., Cesarz S., Beaumelle L., Rillig M.C., Maestre F.T., Delgado-Baquerizo M., Buscot F., Overmann J., Patoine G., Phillips H.R.P., Winter M., Wubet T., Küsel K., Bardgett R.D., Cameron E.K., Cowan D., Grebenc T., Marín C., Orgiazzi A., Singh B.K., Wall D.H., Eisenhauer N. (2020) Blind spots in global soil biodiversity and ecosystem function research. Nature Communications 11 (1),1-13.3870. Doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17688-2

Heintz-Buschart A., Guerra C., Djukic I., Cesarz S., Chatzionotas A., Patoine G., Sikorski J., Buscot F., Küsel K., Wegner C.E., Eisenhauer N. (2020) Microbial diversity-ecosystem function relationships across enviromental gradients. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6, e52217. Doi:10.3897/rio.6e52217

Herrmann M., Geesink P., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2020) Complex food webs coincide with high genetic potential for chemolithoautotrophy in fractured bedrock groundwater. Water Research 170: 115306. Doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115306.

Kügler S., Cooper R.E., Boessneck J., Küsel K., Wichard T. (2020) Rhizobactin B is the preferred siderophore by a novel Pseudomonas isolate to obtain iron from dissolved organic matter in peatlands. Biometals 33, 415–433 (2020) Doi:10.1007/s10534-020-00258-w

Li Q., Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Küsel K. (2020) Molecular mechanisms underpinning aggregation in Acidiphilium sp. C61 isolated from iron-rich pelagic aggregates. Microorganisms 8(3): 314. Doi:10.3390/microorganisms8030314.

Overholt W.A., Hölzer M., Geesink P., Diezel C., Marz M., Küsel K. (2020) Inclusion of Oxford Nanopore long reads improves all microbial and viral metagenome‐assembled genomes from a complex aquifer system. Environmental Microbiology 22 (9)., 4000-4013 Doi:10.1111/1462-2920.15186

Yan L., Herrmann M., Kampe B., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2020) Environmental selection shapes the formation of near-surface groundwater microbiomes. Water Research 170: 115341. Doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115341.

2019 Expand entry

Abdallah R.Z., Wegner C.E., Liesack W. (2019) Community transcriptomics reveals drainage effects on paddy soil microbiome across all three domains of life. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 132, 131-142. Doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.01.023

Benk S.A., Yan L., Lehmann R., Roth V.N., Schwab V.F., Totsche K.U., Küsel K., Gleixner G. (2019) Fueling diversity in the subsurface: Composition and age of dissolved organic matter in the Critical Zone. Frontiers in Earth Science 7: 296. Doi:10.3389/feart.2019.00296.

Bushman T.J., Akob D.M., Bohu T., Beyer A., Woyke T., Shapiro N., Lapidus A., Klenk H.P., Küsel K. (2019) Draft genome sequence of Mn(II)-oxidizing bacterium Oxalobacteraceae sp. strain AB_14. Microbiology Resource Announcements 8(43): e01024-19. Doi:10.1128/MRA.01024-19

Cooper R.E., DiChristina T.J. (2019) Fe(III) oxide reduction by anaerobic biofilm formation-deficient S-Ribosylhomocysteine lyase (LuxS) mutant of Shewanella oneidensis. Geomicrobiology Journal 36(7): 639-650. Doi:10.1080/01490451.2019.1605428

Hädrich A., Taillefert M., Akob D.M., Cooper R.E., Litzba U., Wagner F.E., Nietzsche S., Ciobota V., Rösch P., Popp J., Küsel K. (2019) Microbial Fe(II) oxidation by Sideroxydans lithotrophicus ES-1 in the presence of Schlöppnerbrunnen fen-derived humic acids. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95(4): fiz034. Doi:10.1093/femsec/fiz034

Herrmann M., Wegner C.E., Taubert M., Geesink P., Lehmann K., Yan L., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2019) Predominance of Cand. Patescibacteria in groundwater is caused by their preferential mobilization from soils and flourishing under oligotrophic conditions. Frontiers in Microbiology 10: article 1407. Doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01407

Kügler S., Cooper R.E., Wegner C.E., Mohr J.F., Wichard T., Küsel K. (2019) Iron-organic matter complexes accelerate microbial iron cycling in an iron-rich fen. Science of the Total Environment 646: 972-988. Doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.258

Lazar C.S., Lehmann R., Stoll W., Rosenberger J., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2019) The endolithic bacterial diversity of shallow bedrock ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 679: 35-44. Doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.281

Nawaz A., Purahong W., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Buscot F., Wubet T. (2019) DNA- and RNA- derived fungal communities in subsurface aquifers only partly overlap but react similarly to environmental factors. Microorganisms 7(9): 341.

Schwab V.F., Nowak M.E., Elder C.D., Trumbore S.E., Xu X., Gleixner G., Lehmann R., Pohnert G., Muhr J., Küsel K., Totsche K.U. (2019) 14C-free carbon is a major contributor to cellular biomass in geochemically distinct groundwater of shallow sedimentary aquifers. Water Resources Research 55(3): 2104-2121. Doi:10.1029/2017WR022067

Schwab V.F., Nowak M.E., Trumbore S.E., Xu X., Gleixner G., Muhr J., Küsel K., Totsche K.U. (2019) Isolation of individual saturated fatty acid methyl esters derived from groundwater phospholipids by preparative-high pressure liquid chromatography for compound specific radiocarbon analyses. Water Resources Research 55(3): 2521-2531. Doi:10.1029/2018WR024076

Taubert M. (2019) SIP-Metaproteomics: Linking Microbial Taxonomy, Function, and Activity. Stable Isotope Probing, Methods and Protocols. Volume 2046.
Doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9721-3_5

Taubert M., Grob C., Crombie A., Howat A.M., Burns O.J., Weber M., Lott C., Kaster A.K., Vollmers J., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Chen Y., Murrell J.C. (2019) Communal metabolism by Methylococcaceae and Methylophilaceae is driving rapid aerobic methane oxidation in sediments of a shallow seep near Elba, Italy. Environmental Microbiology, 21(10):3780-3795. Doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14728

Taubert M., Stähly J., Kolb S., Küsel K. (2019) Divergent microbial communities in groundwater and overlying soils exhibit functional redundancy for plant-polysaccharide degradation. PLOS ONE 14(3): e0212937. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212937

Wegner C.E., Gaspar M., Geesink P., Herrmann M., Marz M., Küsel K. (2019) Biogeochemical regimes in shallow aquifers reflect the metabolic coupling of elements of nitrogen, sulfur and carbon. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 85(5): e02346-18.  Doi: 10.1128/AEM.02346-18
Erratum (2019) Applied and Environmental Microbiology85(9):e00502-19
Doi: 10.1128/AEM.00502-19

Wegner C.E., Gorniak L., Riedel S., Westermann M., Küsel K. (2019) Lanthanide-dependent methylotrophs of the family Beijerinckiaceae: Physiological and Genomic Insights. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86(1): e01830-19. Doi:10.1128/AEM.01830-19

Wondraczek L., Pohnert G., Schacher F.H., Köhler A., Gottschaldt M., Schubert U.S., Küsel K., Brakhage A.A. (2019) Artificial microbial arenas: Materials for observing and manipulating microbial consortia. Advanced Materials 31, 1900284. Doi:10.1002/adma.201900284

2018 Expand entry

Ding S.Kohlhepp B.Trumbore S., Küsel K., Totsche K.U.Pohnert G.Gleixner G., Schwab V.F. (2018) In situ production of core and intact bacterial and archaeal tetraether lipids in groundwater. Organic Geochemistry 126: 1-12. Doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.10.005

Geesink P., Tyc O., Küsel K.Taubert M., van de Velde C., Kumar S., Garbeva P. (2018) Growth promotion and inhibition induced by interactions of groundwater bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94(11): fiy164.  Doi:10.1093/femsec/fiy164

Howat A.M., Vollmers J., Taubert M., Grob C., Dixon J.L., Todd J.D., Chen Y., Kaster A.K., Murrell J.C. (2018) Comparative genomics and mutational analysis reveals a novel XoxF-utilizing methylotroph in the Roseobacter group isolated from the marine environment. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:766. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00766

Kumar S.Herrmann M., Blohm A., Hilke I., Frosch T., Trumbore S.E., Küsel K. (2018) Thiosulfate- and hydrogen-driven autotrophic denitrification by a microbial consortium enriched from groundwater of an oligotrophic limestone aquifer. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94(10): fiy141. Doi:10.1093/femsec/fiy141

Nawaz A., Purahong W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Totsche K.U., Küsel K., Wubet T.Buscot F. (2018) First insights into the living groundwater mycobiome of the terrestrial biogeosphere. Water Research 145: 50-61Doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.07.067

Shade A., Dunn R.R., Blowes S.A., Keil P., Bohannan B.J.M., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Lennon J.T., Sanders N.J., Storch D., Chase J. (2018) Macroecology to unite all life, large and small. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33(10): 731-744.  Doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.005

Taubert, M., Stöckel, S., Geesink, P., Girnus, S., Jehmlich, N., von Bergen, M., Rösch, P., Popp, J.,  Küsel, K. (2018) Tracking active groundwater microbes with D2O labelling to understand their ecosystem function. Environmental Microbiology  20(1): 369-384. Doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14010


2017 Expand entry

Bolanz, R.M., Grauer, C., Cooper, R.E., Göttlicher, J., Steininger, R., Perry, S., and Küsel K. (2017) Incorporation of molybdenum(VI) in akaganéite (β-FeOOH) and the microbial reduction of Mo-akaganéite by Shewanella loihica PV-4. CrystEngComm 19: 6189-6198.  Doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.00766

Cooper, R. E., Eusterhues, K., Wegner, C.-E., Totsche, K. U., Küsel, K. (2017) Ferrihydrite-associated organic matter (OM) stimulates reduction by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and a complex microbial consortia. Biogeosciences 14(22): 5171-5188. 

Herrmann M., Opitz S., Harzer R., Totsche K. U., Küsel K. (2017) Attached and suspended denitrifier communities in pristine limestone aquifers harbor high fractions of potential authotrophs oxidizing resduced iron and sulfur compounds. Microb. Ecol. 74(2): 264-277. Doi:10.1007/s00248-017-0950-x

Jousset A., Bienhold C., Chatzinotas A., Gallien L., Gobet A., Kurm V., Küsel K., Rillig M.C., Rivett D.W., Salles J.F., van der Heijden M.G.A., Youssef N.H., Zhang X.W., Wei Z.. Hol W.H.G. (2017) Where less be more: how rare biosphere pulls ecosystem strings. ISME J. 11: 853-862. Doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.174

Kohlhepp, B., Lehmann, R., Seeber, P., Küsel, K., Trumbore, S. E., and Totsche, K. U. (2017) Aquifer configuration and geostructural links control the groundwater quality in thin-bedded carbonatesiliciclastic alternations of the Hainich CZE, central Germany. HESS 21(12): 6091-6116. Doi:10.5194/hess-21-6091-2017

Kumar, S., Herrmann, M., Thamdrup, B., Schwab, V. F.,Geesink, P., Trumbore, S. E., Totsche, K. U., Küsel, K. (2017) Nitrogen loss from pristine carbonate-rock aquifers of the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory (Germany) is primarily driven by chemolithoautotrophic anammox processes. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 1951.  Doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01951

Kwon M.J., Beulig F., Ilie L., Wildner W., Küsel K., Merbold L., Mahecha M.D., Zimov N., Zimov S.A., Heimann M., Schuur E. AG, Kostka J.E., Kolle O., Hilke I., Göckede M. (2017) Plants, microorganisms, and soil temperatures contribute to a decrease in methane fluxes on a drained Arctic floodplain. Global Change Biology. 23 (6) 2396-2412. Doi:10.1111/gcb.13558

Lazar C.S., Stoll W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Schwab V.F., Akob D.M., Nawaz A., Wubet T., Buscot F., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017) Archaeal diversity and CO2-fixers in carbonate/siliclastic-rock groundwater ecosystems. Archaea Vol 2017, ID 2136287.  Doi:10.1155/2017/2136287

Lazar C.S., Baker B.J., Seitz K., Teske A.P. (2017) Genomic reconstruction of multiple lineages of uncultered benthic archaea suggests distinct biogeochemical roles and ecological niches. The ISME Journal 11: 1118-1129. Doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.189

Metzger, J. C., Wutzler, T., Dalla Valle, N., Filipzik, J., Grauer, C., Lehmann, R., Roggenbuck, M., Schelhorn, D., Weckmüller, J., Küsel, K., Totsche, K. U., Trumbore, S., Hildebrandt, A. (2017) Vegetation impacts soil water content patterns by shaping canopy water fluxes and soil properties. Hydrological Processes 31(22): 3783-3795. Doi:10.1002/hyp.11274

Mori, J.F., Scott, J. J., Hager, K. W., Moyer, C. L., Küsel, K., Emerson, D. (2017) Physiological and ecological implications of an iron-or hydrogen-oxidizing member of the Zetaproteobacteria, Ghiorsea bivora, gen. nov., sp. nov. ISME J 11: 2624-2636.  Doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.132

Mori J.F., Ueberschaar N., Lu S., Cooper R.E., Pohnert G., Küsel K. (2017) Sticking together: Inter-species aggregation of bacteria isolated from iron snow is controlled by chemical signaling. ISME J. 11: 1075-1086 Doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.186

Nowak, M.E., Schwab, V.F., Lazar, C.S., Behrendt, T., Kohlhepp, B., Totsche, K.U., Küsel, K., and Trumbore, S. E. (2017) Carbon isotopes of dissolved inorganic carbon reflect utilization of different carbon sources by microbial communities in two limestone aquifer assemblages. HESS 21(9): 4283-4300. Doi:10.5194/hess-21-4283-2017

Schwab, V.F., Herrmann, M., Roth, V. N., Gleixner, G., Lehmann, R., Pohnert, G., Trumbore, S., Küsel, K., and Totsche, K. U. (2017) Functional diversity of microbial communities in pristine aquifers inferred by PLFA- and sequencing-based approaches. Biogeosciences 14(10): 2697-2714. Doi:10.5194/bg-14-2697-2017

Starke R., Müller M., Gaspar M., Marz M., Küsel K., Totsche K.U., von Bergen M., Jehmlich N. (2017) Candidate Brocadiales dominates C, N and S cycling in anoxic groundwater of a pristine limestone-fracture aquifer. Journal of Proteomics 152: 153-160.

Taubert M., Grob C., Howat A.M., Burns O.J., Pratscher J., Jehmlich N., von Bergen M., Richnow H.H., Chen Y., Murrell J.C. (2017) Methylamine as nitrogen source for microorganisms from a coastal marine environment. Environmental Miicrobiology 19(6): 2246-2257. Doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13709

2016 Expand entry

Baker B.J., Saw J.H., Anders E.L., Lazar C.S., Hinrichs K.U., Teske A.P., Ettema T.J.G. (2016) Genomic inference of the metabolism of cosmopolitan subsurface Archaea, Hadesarchaea. Nature Microbiology. 1(16002). -Link to abstract

Beulig F., Urich T., Nowak M., Trumbore S.E., Gleixner G., Gilfillan G.D., Fjelland K.E., Küsel K. (2016) Altered carbon turnover processes and microbiomes in soils under long-term extremely high CO2 exposure. Nature Microbiology. 1, 15025. doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2015.25. -Link to abstract  - Commented by Joshua Schimel in Nature Microbiology 1, 15028 (2016) Microbial Ecology: Linking omics to biogeochemistry

Bohu, T., Akob, D.A, Abratis M, Lazar C.S., Küsel, K. (2016) Biological low pH Mn(II) oxidation in a manganese deposit influenced by metal-rich groundwater. (2016). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82(10): 3009-3021. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03844-15. -Link to abstract

Bonn, A., Richter, A., Vohland, K., Pettibone, L., Brandt, M., Feldmann, R., Goebel, C., Grefe, C., Hecker, S., Hennen, L., Hofer, H., Kiefer, S., Klotz, S., Kluttig, T., Krause, J., Küsel, K., Liedtke, C., Mahla, A., Neumeier, V., Premke-Kraus, M., Rillig, M. C., Röller, O., Schäffler, L., Schmalzbauer, B., Schneidewind, U., Schumann, A., Settele, J., Tochtermann, K., Tockner, K., Vogel, J., Volkmann, W., von Unger, H., Walter, D., Weisskopf, M., Wirth, C., Witt, T., Wolst, D. & D. Ziegler (2016) Grünbuch Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Leipzig, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung (MfN), Berlin-Brandenburgisches Institut für Biodiversitätsforschung (BBIB), Berlin.

Cooper RE, Goff JL, Reed BC, Sekar R, DiChristina TJ: Breathing iron: molecular mechanism of microbial iron reduction by Shewanella oneidensis. Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition, Chapter 5.2.1. Doi: 10.1128/9781555818821.ch5.2.1

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (2016) Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas - Earth Sciences Research - EU Bookshop. Contributors: Küsel K., Totsche K.U., Trumbore S.E., Buscot F.; Chapter III - Geographical and temporal distribution, p. 73.

Fabisch, M., Freyer, G., Johnson, C. A., Büchel, G., Akob, D. M., Neu, T. R. and Küsel, K. (2016) Dominance of ‘Gallionella capsiferriformans’ and heavy metal association with Gallionella-like stalks in metal-rich pH 6 mine water discharge. Geobiology, 14: 6890. doi:10.1111/gbi.12162. -Link to abstract

Kohlhepp B., Lehmann R., Seeber P., Küsel K., Trumbore S.E., Totsche K.U. (2016) Pedological and hydrogeological setting and subsurface flow structure of the carbonate-rock CZE Hainich in western Thuringia, Germany. doi:10.5194/hess-2016-374

Küsel K, Totsche KU, Trumbore SE, Lehmann R, Steinhäuser C and  (2016) How deep can surface signals be traced in the critical zone? Merging biodiversity with biogeochemistry research in a central German Muschelkalk landscape. Front. Earth Sci. 4:32. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00032. -Link to abstract

Lazar C.S., Baker B.J., Seitz K., Hyde A.S., Dick G.J., Hinrichs K.-U., and Teske A.P. (2016) Genomic evidence for distinct carbon substrate preferences and ecological niches of Bathyarchaeota in estuarine sediments. Environmental Microbiology 18(4): 1200-1211. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13142. -Link to abstract

Lu S., Peiffer S., Lazar C.S., Oldham C., Neu T.R., Ciobotă V., Näb O., Lillicrap A., Rösch P., Popp J., Küsel K. (2016) Extremophile microbiomes in acidic and hypersaline river sediments of Western Australia. Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports. 8(1):58-67. Doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12351.

Miot J., Lu S., Morin G., Adra A., Benzerara K., Küsel K. (2016) Iron mineralogy across the oxycline of a lignite mine lake. Chemical Geology, 434, 28-42.
Doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.04.013

Mori J. F., Lu S., Händel, M.,  Totsche K.U., Neu T.R., Vlad Iancu V., Tarcea N., Popp J., Küsel K. (2016) Schwertmannite formation at cell junctions by a new filament-forming Fe(II)-oxidizing isolate affiliated with the novel genus Acidithrix, Microbiology. 162: 62-71, doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000205. -Link to abstract

Nawaz A, Purahong W, Lehmann R, Herrmann M, Küsel K, Totsche KU, Buscot F, Wubet T. (2016) Superimposed pristine limestone aquifers with marked hydrochemical differences exhibit distinct fungal communities. Front. Microbiol. 7: 666.
Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00666

Rughöft S., Herrmann M., Lazar C.S., Cesarz S., Levick S., Trumbore S., Küsel K. (2016) Community composition and abundance of nitrifiers and total bacterial and archaeal populations in savanna soils on contrasting bedrock material in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1638. (Corrigendum: Front. Microbiol. 7: 1954.) Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01954

Seitz K., Lazar C.S., Hinrichs K.-U., Teske A., Baker B.J. (2016) Genomic reconstruction of a novel, deeply-branched sediment archaeal phylum with pathways for acetogenesis and sulfur reduction. The ISME Journal. 10:1696-1705. -Link to abstract


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Sitte J., Löffler S., Burkhardt E.-M., Goldfarb K.C., Büchel G., Hazen T.C., Küsel K. 2015. Metals other than uranium affected microbial community composition in a historical uranium-mining site. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 22, 24, 19326-19341. doi 10.1007/s11356-015-4791-1. -Link to abstract

Baker, B.J., C.S. Lazar, A.P. Teske, and G.J. Dick 2015. Genomic resolution of linkages in carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycling among widespread estuary sediment bacteria. Microbiome 3:14. -Link to abstract

Mori J. F., Neu, T. R., Lu, S., Händel, M., Totsche, K. U., and Küsel, K. 2015: Iron encrustations on filamentous algae colonized by Gallionella-related bacteria in a metal-polluted freshwater stream, Biogeosciences, 12. doi:10.5194/bg-12-5277-2015. -Link to abtract

Thakur M.P., Herrmann M., Steinauer K., Rennoch S., Cesarz S., Eisenhauer N. 2015. Cascading effects of belowground predators on plant communities are density-dependent. Ecology and Evolution 5(19): 4300-4314. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1597. -Link to abtract

Johnson, C., Murayama, M., Küsel, K., & Hochella Jr., M., F. 2015. Polycrystallinity of green rust minerals and their synthetic analogs: Implications for particle formation and reactivity in complex systems. American Mineralogist. DOI: 10.2138/am-2015-5287. -Link to abstract

Bohu T, Santelli CM, Akob DM, Neu TR, Ciobota V, Rösch P, Popp J, Nietzsche S and Küsel K. 2015. Characterization of pH dependent Mn(II) oxidation strategies and formation of a bixbyite-like phase by Mesorhizobium australicum T-G1. Front Microbiol, 6, 743. -Link to abstract

Keiner R., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Popp J., Frosch T. 2015. Rapid monitoring of intermediate states and mass balance of nitrogen during denitrification by means of cavity enhanced Raman multi-gas sensing. Analytica Chimica Acta, 864, 39-47. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2015.02.007. -Link to abstract

Herrmann, M., Rusznyák, A., Akob, D. M., Schulze, I., Opitz, S., Totsche, K. U., & Küsel, K. 2015. Large fractions of CO2-fixing microorganisms in pristine limestone aquifers appear to be involved in the oxidation of reduced sulfur and nitrogen compounds. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(7), 2384-2394. -Link to abstract

Beulig F., Heuer V. B., Akob D. M., Viehweger B., Elvert M., Herrmann M., Hinrichs K.U. and Küsel K. 2015. Carbon flow from volcanic CO2 into soil microbial communities of a wetland mofette. ISME J. 9: 746-759. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.148. -Link to abstract


Mehlhorn J., Beulig F., Küsel K. and Planer-Friedrich B. 2014. Carbon dioxide triggered metal(loid) mobilisation in a mofette. Chem. Geol. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.05.027. -Link to abstract

Majzlan J., Plášil J., Škoda R., Gescher∥ J., Kögler F., Rusznyak A., Küsel K., Neu T.R., Mangold S, Rothe J. 2014. Arsenic-Rich Acid Mine Water with Extreme Arsenic Concentration: Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Microbiology, and Environmental Implications. Environ. Sci. Technol., 48 (23), DOI: 10.1021/es5024916. -Link to abstract

Johnson C. A., Freyer G., Fabisch M., Caraballo M. A., Küsel K., Hochella Jr. M. F. 2014. Observations and assessment of iron oxide and green rust nanoparticles in metal-polluted mine drainage within a steep redox gradient. Environ. Chem. doi: 10.1071/EN13184. -Link to abstract

Eusterhues, K., Hädrich, A., Neidhardt, J., Küsel, K., Keller, T. F., Jandt, K. D. and Totsche, K. U. 2014.Reduction of ferrihydrite with adsorbed and coprecipitated organic matter: microbial reduction by Geobacter bremensis vs. abiotic reduction by Na-dithionite. Biogeosciences (11): 4953-4966. -Link to abstract

Eusterhues, K., Neidhardt, J., Hädrich, A., Küsel, K. and Totsche, K. U. 2014. Biodegradation of ferrihydrite-associated organic matter. Biogeochemistry (119): 45-50. -Link to abstract

Akob D. M., Bohu T., Beyer A., Schäffner F., Händel M., Johnson C. A., Merten D., Büchel G., Totsche K. U. and Küsel K. 2014. Identification of Mn(II)-oxidizing bacteria from a low pH contaminated former uranium mine. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80(16): 5086-5097. doi:10.1128/AEM.01296-14. -Link to abstract

Wang J., Sickinger M., Ciobotă V., Herrmann M., Rasch H., Rösch P., Popp J. and Küsel K. 2014. Revealing the microbial community structure of clogging materials in dewatering wells differing in physico-chemical parameters in an open-cast mining area. Water Res. 63:222-223. -Link to abstract

Opitz S., Küsel K., Spott O., Totsche K. U. and Herrmann M. 2014. Oxygen availability and distance to surface environments determine community composition and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing prokaroytes in two superimposed pristine limestone aquifers in the Hainich region, Germany. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 90: 39-53. -Link to abstract


Fabisch M., Beulig F., Akob D. M. and Küsel K. 2013. Surprising abundance of Gallionella-related iron oxidizers in creek sediments at pH 4.4 or at high heavy metal concentrations. Front. Microbiol. 4: 390. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00390. -Link to abstract

Frerichs J., Oppermann B.I., Gwosdz S., Möller I., Herrmann M. and Krüger M. 2013. Microbial community changes at a terrestrial volcanic CO2 vent induced by soil acidification and anaerobic microhabitats within the soil column. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 84: 60-74. -Link to abstract

Keiner R., Frosch T., Hanf S., Rusznyak A., Akob D., Kuesel K. and Popp J. 2013. Raman spectroscopy, an innovative and versatile tool to follow the respirational activity and carbonate biomineralization of important cave bacteria. Anal. Chem. 85(18):8708–8714. -Link to abstract

Ciobotă V., Lu S., Tarcea N., Rösch P., Küsel K. and Popp J. 2013. Quantification of the inorganic phase of the pelagic aggregates from an iron contaminated lake by means of Raman spectroscopy​. Vib. Spectrosc. 68:212–219. -Link to abstract

Lu,S., Chourey, K., Reiche, M., Nietzsche, S., Shah, M.B., Neu, T.R., Hettich, R.L. and Küsel, K. 2013. Insights into the structure and metabolic function of microbes that shape pelagic iron-rich aggregates ("iron snow"). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79(14): 4272-4281. -Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U.,  Herrmann, M., Lange, P., Akob, D. M.,  Pizani, N., Schönborn, W., Totsche, K.-U. and Küsel, K. 2013. Phagotrophic protist diversity in the groundwater of a karstic aquifer - morphological and molecular analysis. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 60(5): 467-479. -Link to abstract

Sitte, J., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F. and Küsel, K. 2013. Nanocrystalline nickel and cobalt sulfides formed by a heavy metal-tolerant, sulfate-reducing enrichment culture. Geomicrobiology J. 30(1):36-47. -Link to abstract

Liu, X., Eusterhues, K, Thieme, J, Ciobota, V, Höschen, C, Mueller, C. W, Küsel, K, Kogel-Knabner, I, Roesch, P, Popp, J. and Totsche, K. U. 2013. STXM and NanoSIMS investigations on EPS fractions before and after adsorption to goethite. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(7):3158–3166. -Link to abstract


Herrmann, M., Hädrich, A. & Küsel, K. 2012. Predominance of thaumarchaeal ammonia oxidizer abundance and transcriptional activity in an acidic fen. Environ. Microbiol.14(11):3013–3025. -Link to abstract

Kofoed, M. V. W., Stief, P., Hauzmayer, S., Schramm, A. & Herrmann, M. 2012. Higher nitrate reducer diversity in macrophyte-colonized compared to unvegetated freshwater sediment. Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 35:465–472. -Link to abstract

Akob, D. M.*, S. H. Lee*, M. Sheth, K. Küsel, D. B. Watson, A.V. Palumbo, J.E. Kostka, and K.-J. Chin. 2012. Gene expression correlates with process rates quantified for sulfate- and Fe(III)-reducing bacteria in U(VI)-contaminated sediments. Frontiers. Microbiol. 3:280. *Equal contribution. -Link to abstract

Hädrich, A., Heuer, V.B., Herrmann, M., Hinrichs, K.-U. und K. Küsel. 2012. Origin and fate of acetate in an acidic fen. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 81(2): 339–354. -Link to abstract

Rusznyák, A., Akob, D. M., Nietzsche, S., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K. U., Neu, T. R., Frosch, T., Popp, J., Keiner, R., Geletneky, J., Katzschmann, L., Schulze, E.-D. and Küsel, K. 2012. Calcite biomineralization by bacterial isolates from the recently discovered pristine karstic Herrenberg cave. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78(4): 1157–1167. -Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U., Trefzger, N., Gleixner, G., Schönborn, W., and Küsel, K. 2012. Tracking the autochthonous carbon transfer in stream biofilm food webs. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 79(1): 118–131. -Link to abstract


Rusznyák, A., Tóth, E.M., Schumann, P., Spröer, C., Makk, J., Szabó, G., Vladár, P., Márialigeti, K., Borsodi, A.K. 2011. Cellulomonas phragmiteti sp. nov., a cellulolytic bacterium isolated from reed (Phragmites australis) periphyton in a Hungarian shallow soda pond. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 61: 1662-1666. -Link to abstract

Akob, D. M. and Küsel, K. 2011. Where microorganisms meet rocks in the Earth's Critical Zone, Biogeosciences 8, 3531-3543. -Link to abstract

Akob, D. M., L. Kerkhof, K. Küsel, D. B. Watson, A. V. Palumbo, and J. E. Kostka. 2011. Linking specific heterotrophic bacterial populations to bioreduction of uranium and nitrate using stable isotope probing in contaminated subsurface sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(22):8197-8200. -Link to abstract

Avrahami, S., Z. Jia, J. D. Neufeld, J. C. Murrell, R. Conrad, and K. Küsel. 2011. Active autotrophic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in biofilm enrichments from simulated creek ecosystems at two ammonium concentrations respond to temperature manipulation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(20): 7329-7338. -Link to abstract

Chakraborty, R., Hazen, T.C., Joyner, D.C., Küsel, K., Singer, M.E., Sitte, J., and Torok, T. 2011. Use of immunomagnetic separation for the detection of Desulfovibrio vulgaris from environmental samples. J. Microbiol. Methods. 86(2): 204-209. - Link to abstract

Reiche, M., S. Lu, V. Ciobotă, T. R. Neu, S. Nietzsche, P. Rösch, J. Popp, and K. Küsel. 2011. Pelagic boundary conditions affect the biological formation of iron-rich particles (Iron Snow) and their microbial communities. Limnol. Oceanogr. 56(4): 1386-1398. - Link to abstract

Burkhardt, E. M., S. Bischoff, D. M. Akob, G. Büchel, and K. Küsel. 2011. Heavy metal tolerance of Fe(III)-reducing microbial communities in a contaminated creek bank soil. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(9): 3132-3136. - Link to abstract

Herrmann, M., Scheibe, A., Avrahami, S., and Küsel, K. 2011. Ammonium availability affects the ratio of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria to ammonia-oxidizing archaea in simulated creek ecosystems. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(5): 1896-1899. - Link to abstract


Pohlon, E., Marxsen, J., and Küsel, K. 2010. Pioneering bacterial and algal communities and potential extracellular enzyme activities of stream biofilms. FEMS Microbiol. Ecology, 71: 364-373. - Link to abstract

Reiche, M., Gleixner, G., and Küsel, K. 2010. Effect of peat quality on microbial greenhouse gas formation in an acidic fen.  Biogeosciences, 7: 187-198. - Link to abstract

Augspurger, C. and Küsel, K. 2010. Flow velocity and primary production influences carbon utilization in nascent epilithic stream biofilms. Aquatic Sciences, 72: 237-243. - Link to abstract

Lu, S., S. Gischkat, M. Reiche, D. M. Akob, K. B. Hallberg, and K. Küsel. 2010. Ecophysiology of Fe-cycling Bacteria in Acidic Sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76 (24): 8174-8183. - Link to abstract

Ciobota, V., Burkhardt, E-M., Schumacher, E., Rösch, P., Küsel, K., and Popp, J. 2010. The influence of intracellular storage material on bacterial identification by means of Raman spectroscopy. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 397(7): 2929-2937. - Link to abstract

Lüdecke, C., Reiche, M., Eusterhues, K., Nietzsche, S., Küsel, K. 2010. Acid-tolerant microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria promote Fe(III)-accumulation in a fen. Environ. Microbiol. 12(10): 2814–2825. - Link to abstract

Vishnivetskaya, T. A., Brandt, C. C., Madden, A. S., Drake, M. S., Kostka, J. E., Akob, D. M., Küsel, K., and Palumbo, A. V. 2010. Microbial community changes in response to ethanol or methanol amendments for U(VI) reduction. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(17): 5728-5735. - Link to abstract

Sitte, J., D. M. Akob, C. Kaufmann, K. Finster, D. Banerjee, E.-M. Burkhardt, J. E. Kostka, A. Scheinost, G. Büchel and K. Küsel. 2010. Microbial Links between Sulfate Reduction and Metal Retention in Uranium- and Heavy Metal-Contaminated Soil. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(10): 3143-3152. - Link to abstract

Green, S. J., O. Prakash, T. M. Gihring, D. M. Akob, P. Jasrotia, P. M. Jardine, D. B. Watson, S. D. Brown, A. V. Palumbo and J. E. Kostka. 2010. Denitrifying bacteria from the terrestrial subsurface exposed to mixed waste contamination. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(10): 3244–3254. - Link to abstract

Burkhardt, E.-M., D. M. Akob, S. Bischoff, J. Sitte, J. E. Kostka, D. Banerjee, A. C. Scheinost, K. Küsel. 2010. Impact of Biostimulated Redox Processes on Metal Dynamics in an Iron-rich Creek Soil of a former Uranium Mining Area. Environ. Sci.Technol. 44: 177-183. - Link to abstract

Prakash, O., T. M. Gihring, D. D. Dalton, K.-J. Chin, S. J. Green, D. M. Akob, G. Wanger, and J. E. Kostka. 2010. Geobacter daltonii sp. nov., an iron(III)- and uranium(VI)-reducing bacterium isolated from the shallow subsurface exposed to mixed heavy metal and hydrocarbon contamination. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 60(3): 546-553. - Link to abstract


Burkhardt, E.-M., Meißner, S., Merten, D., Büchel, G., and Küsel, K. 2009. Heavy metal retention and microbial activities in geochemical barriers formed in glacial sediments subjacent to a former uranium mining leaching heap, Chemie der Erde, Geochemistry, 69, S2: 21-34.
Doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2008.12.003

Böhme, A., Risse-Buhl, U., and Küsel, K. 2009. Protists with different feeding modes change morphological biofilm characteristics. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 69: 158-169. - Link to abstract

Peiffer, S., Oldham, C., Salmon, U., Lillicrap, A., and Küsel, K. 2009. Does iron cycling trigger generation of acidity in groundwaters of western Australia? Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 6548–6552. - Link to abstract

Reiche, M., Hädrich, A., Lischeid, G., Küsel, K. 2009. Impact of manipulated drought and heavy rainfall events on peat mineralization processes and source-sink functions of an acidic fen. J. Geophys. Res., 114, G02021. 13 PP. Doi:10.1029/2008JG000853

Risse-Buhl, U., and Küsel, K. 2009. Colonization dynamics of biofilm associated ciliate morphotypes at different flow velocities. Eur. J. Protistol. 45: 64–76. - Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U., Scherwass, A., Arndt, H., Kröwer, S., and Küsel, K. 2009. Detachment and motility of biofilm associated ciliates at increased flow velocities. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 55: 209-218. - Link to abstract


Akob, D. A., Mills, H. J., Gihring, T. M., Kerkhof, L., Stucki, J. W., Anastacío, A. S., Chin, K.-J., Küsel, K., Palumbo, A. V., Watson, D. B., and Kostka , J. E. 2008.  Functional diversity and electron donor dependence of microbial populations capable of U(VI) reduction in radionuclide-contaminated subsurface sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74(10): 3159-3170. - Link to abstract

Augspurger, C., Gleixner, G., Kramer, C., and Küsel, K. 2008. Tracking the carbon flow in a two and six week old stream biofilm food web. Limnol. Ocean. 53: 642-650.

Blöthe, M., Akob, D. M., Kostka, J. E., Göschel, K., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2008. pH gradient-induced heterogeneity of Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms in coal mining-associated lake sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 1019-1029. - Link to abstract

Küsel, K., Blöthe, M., Schulz. D., Reiche, M., and Drake, H. L. 2008. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) and porewater biogeochemistry in acidic peatlands. Biogeosciences 5: 1537-1549. - Link to abstract

Küsel, K., Burkhardt, E.-M., and Sitte, J. 2008. Effect of metal-reducing microorganisms on element fluxes in a former uranium-mining district. In: Liu, S.-J., Drake, H. L. (eds.), Microbes in the Environment: Perspectives and Challenges, pp. 128-137. Science Press, Beijing.

Reiche, M., Torburg, G., and Küsel, K. 2008. Competition of Fe(III)-reduction and methanogenesis in a slightly acidic fen. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 65: 88-101. - Link to abstract

Schmalenberger, A., Tebbe, C. C., Kertesz, M., Drake, H. L. and Küsel, K. 2008. Two-dimensional single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in an acidic fen. Eur. J. Soil Biol. 44: 495-500. - Link to abstract


Edwards, L., Küsel, K., Drake, H. L., and Kostka, J. E. 2007. Electron flow in acidic subsurface sediments cocontaminated with nitrate and uranium. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 71: 643-654. - Link to abstract

Pohlon, E., C. Augspurger, U. Risse-Buhl, J. Arle, M. Willkomm, Halle, S., and Küsel, K. 2007. Querying the obvious: lessons from a degraded stream. Restoration Ecology 15: 312-316. - Link to abstract

Schmalenberger, A., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2007. High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in a depth gradient in an acidic fen. Environ. Microbiol. 9: 1317-1328. - Link to abstract

Spänhoff, B., Augspurger, C., and Küsel, K. 2007. Comparing field and laboratory breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter: Effects of sediment dynamics can superimpose the impact of dissolved nutrients on mass loss of CPOM in streams. Aquat. Sci. 69: 495-502.

Spänhoff, B., Bischof, R., Böhme, A., Lorenz, S., Neumeister, K., Nöthlich, A., and Küsel, K. 2007. Assessing the impact of effluents from a modern wastewater treatment plant on breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in a lowland river. Water, Air & Soil Pollution 180: 119-129.


Alewell, C., Paul, S., Lischeid, G., Küsel, K., and Gehre, M. 2006. Characterizing the redox status in three different forested wetlands with biogeochemical data. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40: 7609-7615. - Link to abstract

Bodelier, P. L. E., Sorrell, B., Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., Hurek, T., Reinhold-Hurek, B., Lovell, C., Megonigal, P., Frenzel, P. 2006. Ecological aspects of microbes and microbial communities inhabiting the rhizosphere of wetland plants. In: Bobbink, R., Beltman, B., Verhoeven, J. T. A., Whigham, D. F. (eds.), Wetlands as a Natural Resource, Vol. 2, Ecological Studies, Vol. 190, pp. 205-238. Springer-Verlag, New York, New York.

Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2006. Acetogenic Prokaryotes. In: Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K.-H., and Stackebrandt, E. (eds.), The Prokaryotes, Vol. 2, pp. 354-420. New York, Springer-Verlag.

Gebühr, C., Pohlon, E., Schmidt, A., and Küsel, K. 2006. Development of the microalgae communities in the phytotelmata of allochthonous populations of Sarracenia purpurea (Sarraceniaceae). Plant Biology, 8: 849-860.

Gößner, A., Küsel, K., Schulz, D., Trenz, S., Acker, G., Lovell, C. R., and Drake, H. L. 2006. Trophic interaction of the aerotolerant anaerobe Clostridium intestinale and the acetogen Sporomusa rhizae sp. nov. isolated from the roots of the black needlerush Juncus roemerianus. Microbiology,152: 1209-1219.

Küsel, K., Trinkwalter, T., Drake, H. L., and Devereux, R. 2006. Comparative evaluation of anaerobic bacterial communities associated with roots of submerged macrophytes growing in marine or brackish water sediments, J. Exp. Marine Biol. Ecol. 337: 49-58.

Ogram, A., Bridgham, S., Corstanje, R., Drake, H., Küsel, K., Mills, A., Newman, S., Portier, K., Wetzel, R. 2006. Linkages between microbial community composition and biogeochemical processes across scales. In: Bobbink, R., Beltman, B., Verhoeven, J. T. A., Whigham, D. F. (eds.), Wetlands as a Natural Resource, Vol. 2, Ecological Studies, Vol. 190, pp. 239-268. Springer-Verlag, New York, New York.

Paul, S., Küsel, K., and Alewell, C. 2006. Reduction processes in forest wetlands: tracking down heterogeneity of source/sink functions with a combination of methods. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38: 1028-1039.

Schnurr-Pütz, S., Baath, E., Guggenberger, G., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2006. Compaction of forest soil by logging machinery favours colonization by prokaryotes. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 58: 503-516.


Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2005. Acetogenic clostridia. In: Dürre, P. (ed.), Handbook on Clostridia, pp. 719-746. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.


Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2004. Acetogenic Prokaryotes. In: Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K.-H., and Stackebrandt, E. (eds.), The Prokaryotes. 3rd edition: An Evolving Electronic Resource for the Microbiological Community, release 3.17, August 2004, Springer-Verlag, New York,

Koschorreck, M., Wendt-Potthoff, K., Chabbi, A., and Küsel, K. 2004. Mikrobielle Prozesse im Uferbereich von sauren Bergbauseen. In: Nixdorf, B. and Deneke, R. (eds.), Grundlagen und Maßnahmen zur biogenen Alkalinisierung von sauren Tagebauseen. pp. 119-137, Weißensee Verlag, Berlin.

Küsel, K., and Alewell, C. 2004. Riparian zones in a forested catchment: hot spots for microbial reductive processes. In: Matzner, E. (ed.), Biogeochemistry of two German forested catchments in a changing environment, Ecol. Stud. 172: 377-395, Springer-Verlag.

Loy, A., Küsel, K., Lehner, A., Klein, M., Drake, H. L., and Wagner, M. 2004. Microarray and functional gene analyses of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in low sulfate, acidic fens reveal co-occurrence of recognized genera and novel lineages. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:6998-7009.

Müller, V., Inkamp, F., Rauwolf, A., Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 2004. Molecular and cellular biology of acetogenic bacteria. In: Nakano, M., Zuber, P. (eds), Strict and Facultative Anaerobes: Medical and Environmental Aspects. pp. 251-281, Horizon Scientific Press, United Kingdom.


Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2003. How the diverse physiological potentials of acetogens determine their in situ realities. In: Ljungdahl L. G. et al., Biochemistry and Physiology of Anaerobic Bacteria. pp. 171-190. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Horn, M. A., Matthies, C., Küsel, K., Schramm, A., and Drake, H. L. 2003. Hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis by moderately acid-tolerant methanogens of a methane-emitting acidic peat. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69:74-83.

Küsel, K., Chabbi, A., and Trinkwalter, T. 2003. Microbial processes associated with roots of bulbous rush coated with iron plaques. Microbial Ecol. 46: 302-311.

Küsel, K. 2003. Microbial cycling of iron and sulfur in acidic coal mining lake sediments. Water Air Soil Poll.: Focus 3:67-90.


Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2002. Ecological consequences of the phylogenetic and physiological diversities of acetogens. Ant. van Leeuwenhoek 81:203-213.

Karnholz, A., Küsel, K., Gößner, A., Schramm, A., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Tolerance and metabolic response of acetogenic bacteria toward oxygen. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68:1005-1009.

Küsel, K., Roth, U., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) in the presence of oxygen under low pH conditions. Environ. Microbiol. 4:414-421.

Küsel, K., Wagner, C., Trinkwalter, Gößner, A., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) and turnover of acetate in Hawaiian soils. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 40:73-81.

Regenspurg, S., Gößner, A., Peiffer, S., and Küsel, K. 2002. Potential remobilization of toxic anions during the reduction of arsenated and chromated schwertmannite by the dissimilatory Fe(III)-reducing bacterium Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5. In: Schmidt, N., and Stottmeister, U. (eds.), Biotechnological Remediation of Water Pollution. Water Air Soil Poll. – Focus 2: 57-67.

Reith, F., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2002. Anaerobic activities of bacteria and fungi in moderately acidic conifer and deciduous leaf litter. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 41:27-35.


Küsel, K., Karnholz, A., Trinkwalter, T., Devereux, R., Acker, G., and Drake, H. L. 2001. Physiological ecology of Clostridium glycolicum RD-1, an aerotolerant acetogen isolated from sea grass roots. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 67:4734-4741.

Küsel, K., Roth, U., Trinkwalter, T., and Peiffer, S. 2001. Effect of pH on the anaerobic microbial cycling of sulfur in mining-impacted freshwater lake sediments. Environ. Experim. Botany 46:213-223.


Peine, A., Tritschler, A., Küsel, K., and Peiffer, S. 2000. Electron flow in an iron-rich sediment - evidence for an acidity driven iron cycle. Limnol. Ocean. 45:1077-1087.

Küsel, K., and Dorsch, T. 2000. Effect of supplemental electron donors on the microbial reduction of Fe(III), sulfate, and CO2 in coal mining-impacted freshwater lake sediments. Microbiol. Ecol. 40:238-249.

Küsel, K., Dorsch, T., Acker, G., Stackebrandt, E., and Drake, H. L. 2000. Clostridium scatologenes strain SL1 isolated as an acetogenic bacterium from acidic sediments. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 50:537-546.


Küsel, K., Dorsch, T., Acker, G., and Stackebrandt, E. 1999. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) in acidic sediments: Isolation of Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5 capable of coupling the oxidation of glucose to the reduction of Fe(III). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:3633-3640.

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1999. Microbial turnover of low molecular weight organic acids during leaf litter decomposition. Soil Biol. Biochem. 31:107-118.

Küsel, K., Pinkart, H. C., Drake, H. L., and Devereux, R. 1999. Acetogenic and sulfate-reducing bacteria inhabiting the rhizoplane and deeper cortex cells of the sea grass Halodule wrightii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:5117-5123.

Küsel, K., Wagner, C., and Drake, H. L. 1999. Enumeration and metabolic product profiles of the anaerobic microflora in the mineral soil and litter of a beech forest. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 29:91-103.


Drake, H. L., Daniel, S. L., Küsel, K., Matthies, C., Kuhner, C., and Braus-Stromeyer, S. 1997. Acetogenic bacteria: what are the in situ consequences of their diverse metabolic versatilities? BioFactors 6:13-24.


Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1996. Anaerobic capacities of leaf litter. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 62:4216-4219.


Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1995. Effects of environmental parameters on the formation and turnover of acetate by forest soils. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61:3667-3675.

Pecher, K., Küsel, K., Fischer, U., and Herrmann, R. 1995. Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated hydrocarbons during anaerobic stabilization of municipal wastes. Acta Hydrochim. Hydrobiol. 23: 271-279.


Drake, H. L., Daniel, S. L., Matthies, C., and Küsel, K. 1994. Acetogenesis: reality in the laboratory, uncertainty elsewhere. In: Drake, H.L. (ed.), Acetogenesis. pp. 273-302. Chapman and Hall, Inc., New York.

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1994. Acetate synthesis in soil from a Bavarian beech forest. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 60:1370-1373.


Pecher, K., Fischer, U., and Küsel, K. 1993. Reduktive Dehalogenierung von Chlorkohlenwasserstoffen während der Mülldiagenese. In: Thome-Kozmiensky, K. J. (ed.), Biogas: Anaerobentechnik in der Abfalltechnik. EF-Verlag für Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Berlin.