Beilig, S., Pannekens, M., Voskuhl, L., & Meckenstock, R. U. (2024). Assessing anaerobic microbial degradation rates of crude light oil with reverse stable isotope labelling and community analysis [Original Research]. Frontiers in Microbiomes, 3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frmbi.2024.1324967 

Mbow F.T., Akbari A., Dopffel N., Schneider K., Mukherjee S., Meckenstock R.U. (2024), Insights into the effects of anthropogenic activities on oil reservoir microbiome and metabolic potential, New Biotechnology, Volume 79, Pages 30-38, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2023.11.004.


Heker, I., Haberhauer, G., & Meckenstock Rainer, U. (2023). Naphthalene Carboxylation in the Sulfate-Reducing Enrichment Culture N47 Is Proposed to Proceed via 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition to the Cofactor Prenylated Flavin Mononucleotide. Applied and environmental microbiology, 89(3), e01927-01922. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.01927-22 

Vos, M., Hering, D., Gessner, M. O., Leese, F., Schäfer, R. B., Tollrian, R., Boenigk, J., Haase, P., Meckenstock, R., Baikova, D., Bayat, H., Beermann, A., Beisser, D., Beszteri, B., Birk, S., Boden, L., Brauer, V., Brauns, M., Buchner, D., . . . Sures, B. (2023). The Asymmetric Response Concept explains ecological consequences of multiple stressor exposure and release. Science of The Total Environment, 872, 162196. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162196 


Mohammadian, S., Tabani, H., Boosalik, Z., Asadi Rad, A., Krok, B., Fritzsche, A., Khodaei, K., & Meckenstock, R. U. (2022). In Situ Remediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater by Injecting an Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-Based Adsorption Barrier. Water, 14(13). 

Krok, B., Mohammadian, S., Noll, H. M., Surau, C., Markwort, S., Fritzsche, A., Nachev, M., Sures, B., & Meckenstock, R. U. (2022). Remediation of zinc-contaminated groundwater by iron oxide in situ adsorption barriers – From lab to the field. Science of The Total Environment, 807, 151066. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151066 

Voskuhl, L., Brusilova, D., Brauer, V. S., & Meckenstock, R. U. (2022). Inhibition of sulfate-reducing bacteria with formate. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 98(1), fiac003. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiac003 


Kirschner, K. T., Vierheilig, J., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J., Farnleitner, A. H. (2021) How dead is dead? Viable but non-culturable versus persister cells. Environmental Microbiology Reports 13(3), 243-245. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12949

Benninghoff, J. C., Kuschmierz, L., Zhou, X., Albersmeier, A., Pham, T. K., Wright, P., Kalinowski, J., Makarova, K. S., Bräsen, C., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J., Siebers, B. (2021) Exposure to 1-butanol exemplifies the response of the thermoacidophilic Archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius to solvent stress. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 87: e02988-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02988-20

Andreas Fritzsche, Julian Bosch, Michael Sander, Christian Schröder, James M Byrne, Thomas Ritschel, Prachi Joshi, Markus Maisch, Rainer U Meckenstock, Andreas Kappler, Kai U Totsche (2021) Organic Matter from Redoximorphic Soils Accelerates and Sustains Microbial Fe(III) Reduction; Environmental Science & Technology; https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c01183

Marie Mollenkopf, Andreas Fritzsche, Daniela Montalvo, Maria Diez-Ortiz, Verónica González-Andrés, Erik Smolders, Rainer Meckenstock, Kai Uwe Totsche (2021) Exposure of humic acid-coated goethite colloids to groundwater does not affect their adsorption of metal (loid) s and their impact on Daphnid mobility; Science of The Total Environment; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149153
ME Arnold, I Kaplieva-Dudek, I Heker, RU Meckenstock (2021) Aryl-CoA Ligases, subfamily of the adenylate-forming enzyme superfamily; Applied and Environmental Microbiology; https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00690-21

Mark Pannekens, Lisa Voskuhl, Sadjad Mohammadian, Daniel Köster, Arne Meier, John M Köhne, Michelle Kulbatzki, Ali Akbari, Shirin Haque, Rainer U Meckenstock (2021) Microbial Degradation Rates of Natural Bitumen; Environmental Science & Technology; https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c00596

Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Daniel Lipus, Felix L Arens, Mickael Baqué, Till LV Bornemann, Jean-Pierre deVere, Markus Flury, Jan Frösler, Jacob Heinz, Yunha Hwang, Samuel P Kounaves, Kai Mangelsdorf, Rainer U Meckenstock, Mark Pannekens, Alexander J Probst, Johan S Sáenz, Janosch Schirmack, Michael Schloter, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Beate Schneider, Jenny Uhl, Gisle Vestergaard, Bernardita Valenzuela, Pedro Zamorano, Dirk Wagner (2021) Microbial hotspots in lithic microhabitats inferred from DNA fractionation and metagenomics in the Atacama Desert; Microorganisms, vol 9 (5); https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9051038

Flemming, H.-C., Baveye, P., Neu, R. T., Stoodley, P., Szewzyk, U., Wingender, J., Wuertz, S. (2021) Who put the film in biofilm? The migration of a term from wastewater engineering to medicine and beyond. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes 7,10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41522-020-00183-3.

Rahlff J, Khodami S,  Voskuhl L, Humphreys MP and others (2021) Short-term responses to ocean  acidification: effects on relative abundance of eukaryotic plankton from  the tropical Timor Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 658:59-74. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13561

Iryna Salii, Maciej Szaleniec, Ammar Alhaj Zein, Deniz Seyhan, Anna Sekuła, Karola Schühle, Ianina Kaplieva-Dudek, Uwe Linne, Rainer U. Meckenstock, and Johann Heider (2021) Determinants for Substrate Recognition in the Glycyl Radical Enzyme Benzylsuccinate Synthase Revealed by Targeted Mutagenesis; ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 6, 3361–3370; https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.0c04954

Sadjad Mohammadian, Beate Krok, Andreas Fritzsche, Carlo Bianco, Tiziana Tosco, Ekain Cagigal, Bruno Mata, Veronica Gonzalez, Maria Diez-Ortiz, Vanesa Ramos, Daniela Montalvo, Erik Smolders, Rajandrea Sethi, Rainer U Meckenstock (2021) Field-scale demonstration of in situ immobilization of heavy metals by injecting iron oxide nanoparticle adsorption barriers in groundwater; Journal of Contaminant Hydrology; 237:103741; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103741

Julia Heise, Hubert Müller, Alexander J. Probst, Rainer U. Meckenstock (2021) Ammonium Removal in Aquaponics Indicates Participation of Comammox Nitrospira; Current Microbiology; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00284-021-02358-3


Chuwen Zhang, Rainer U Meckenstock, Shengze Weng, Guangshan Wei, Casey RJ Hubert, Jiang-Hai Wang, Xiyang Dong (2020) Marine Sediments Harbor Diverse Archaea and Bacteria With Potentials for Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Degradation via Fumarate Addition. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-71489/v1

Vogels, J., Wingender, J., Uphoff, J., Schaule, G., Aumann, K., Hufleschulte, J., Meemken, D., Münster, P., Menrath, A., Nienhaus, F., Hennig-Pauka, I. (2020) Characterization of deposits in drinking water pipes in piglet nurseries and possible hygiene concepts. Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift 133(1-2), 36-48

Koehler, T., Ackermann, I., Brecht, D., Uteschil, F., Wingender, J., Telgheder, U., Schmitz, O. (2020) Analysis of volatile metabolites from in vitro biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with thin-film microextraction by thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 412, 2881-2892

Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2020) Biofilme - die bevorzugte Lebensform von Mikroorganismen in der Natur und in technischen Wassersystemen. In: Höll Wasser. Nutzung im Kreislauf. Hygiene, Analyse und Bewertung. Niessner, R. (Hrsg.), 10., vollst. überarbeitete Auflage, De Gruyter, pp. 736-753.

Andreas Nocker; Lorenz Schulte-Illingheim; Hubert Müller; Anja Rohn; Barbara Zimmermann; Anil Gaba; Andreas Nahrstedt; Hooman Mohammadi; Yannick Tiemann; Kerstin Krömer (2020) Microbiological changes along a modular wastewater reuse treatment process with a special focus on bacterial regrowth, Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination jwrd2020012. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wrd.2020.012

Philip Weyrauch, Isabelle Heker, Andrey V Zaytsev, Christian A von Hagen, Meike E Arnold, Bernard T Golding, Rainer U Meckenstock (2020) The 5, 6, 7, 8-tetrahydro-2-naphthoyl-CoA reductase reaction in the anaerobic degradation of naphthalene and identification of downstream metabolites, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00996-20

Sviatlana Marozava, Juliane Merl-Pham, Hubert Müller, Rainer U. Meckenstock (2020) Adaptation of Carbon Source Utilization Patterns of Geobacter metallireducens During Sessile Growth, Frontiers in Microbiology, 2020, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.01271

Milica Velimirovic, Carlo Bianco, Natalia Ferrantello, Tiziana Tosco, Alessandro Casasso, Rajandrea Sethi, Doris Schmid, Stephan Wagner, Kumiko Miyajima, Norbert Klaas, Rainer U. Meckenstock, Frank von der Kammer, Thilo Hofmann (2020) A Large-Scale 3D Study on Transport of Humic Acid-Coated Goethite Nanoparticles for Aquifer Remediation. Water. 2020; 12(4):1207, https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041207

Vincent V. Scholz, Rainer U. Meckenstock, Lars Peter Nielsen, Nils Risgaard-Petersen (2020) Cable bacteria reduce methane emissions from rice-vegetated soils. Nat Commun 11, 1878, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15812-w

Pannekens, M., Voskuhl, L., Meier, A., Müller, H., Haque, S., Frösler, J., Brauer, V.S., & Meckenstock, R. U. (2020). Densely populated water droplets in heavy oil seeps. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00164-20.

Hubert Müller, Sviatlana Marozava, Alexander J Probst, Rainer U Meckenstock (2020) Groundwater cable bacteria conserve energy by sulfur disproportionation, The ISME journal, Vol. 14, Issue 2, Page 623-634, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0554-1.


Corinna Panitz, Jan Frösler, Jost Wingender, Hans-Curt Flemming, and Petra Rettberg (2019) Tolerances of Deinococcus geothermalis Biofilms and Planktonic Cells Exposed to Space and Simulated Martian Conditions in Low Earth Orbit for Almost Two Years, Astrobiology, Volume: 19 Issue 8, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2018.1913

Xiyang Dong, Leonard E Bäcker, Mona Rahmatullah, Daniel Schunk, Guido Lens, Rainer U Meckenstock (2019) Quantification of microbial degradation activities in biological activated carbon filters by reverse stable isotope labelling, AMB Express, Volume 9, Issue 1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13568-019-0827-0

Sviatlana Marozava, Armin H Meyer, Alfredo Pérez-de-Mora, Mehdi Gharasoo, Lin Zhuo, He Wang, Olaf A Cirpka, Rainer U Meckenstock, Martin Elsner (2019)  Mass Transfer Limitation during Slow Anaerobic Biodegradation of 2-Methylnaphthalene, Environmental science & technology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b01152

Vincent V Scholz, Hubert Müller, Klaus Koren, Lars Peter Nielsen, Rainer U Meckenstock (2019) The rhizosphere of aquatic plants is a habitat for cable bacteria, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 95, Issue 6, June 2019, fiz062, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz062

J. S. Koelschbach, H. Mouttaki, J. Merl-Pham, M. E. Arnold, R. U. Meckenstock (2019)  Identification of naphthalene carboxylase subunits of the sulfate-reducing culture N47, Biodegradation, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10532-019-09872-z

Sven Marcel Schulte, Daniel Köster, Maik Jochmann, Rainer Meckenstock (2019)  Applying reverse stable isotope labeling analysis by mid-infrared laser spectroscopy to monitor BDOC in recycled wastewater, Science of The Total Environment, 665, 1064-1072, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.061

Ivana Kraiselburd, Thomas Brüls, Geronimo Heilmann, Farnusch Kaschani, Markus Kaiser, Rainer U Meckenstock (2019)Metabolic reconstruction of the genome of candidate Desulfatiglans TRIP_1 and identification of key candidate enzymes for anaerobic phenanthrene degradation, Environmental Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14527

Mark Pannekens; Lisa Kroll; Hubert Müller; Fatou Tall Mbow; Rainer U. Meckenstock (2019) Oil reservoirs, an exceptional habitat for microorganisms, New Biotechnology, 49, 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.nbt.2018.11.006


Anne M. Himmelberg; Thomas Brüls; Zahra Farmani; Philip Weyrauch; Gabriele Barthel; Wolfgang Schrader; Rainer U. Meckenstock (2018) Anaerobic degradation of phenanthrene by a sulfate‐reducing enrichment culture, Environmental microbiology, doi: 10.1111/1462‐2920.14335

Daniela Montalvo; Ruth Vanderschueren; Andreas Fritzsche; Rainer U Meckenstock; Erik Smolders (2018) Efficient removal of arsenate from oxic contaminated water by colloidal humic acid-coated goethite: Batch and column experiments, Journal of Cleaner Production, 189, 510-518

Nocker, A., Sha, M., Dannenmann, B., Schulze-Osthoff, K., Wingender, J., Probst, A. (2018) Assessment of UV-C-induced water disinfection by differential PCR-based quantification of bacterial damage. Journal of Microbiological Methods 149, 89-95

Sviatlana Marozava; Raquel Vargas‐López; Ye Tian; Juliane Merl‐Pham; Martin Braster; Rainer U Meckenstock; Hauke Smidt; Wilfred FM Röling; Hans V Westerhoff (2018) Metabolic flexibility of a prospective bioremediator: Desulfitobacterium hafniense Y51 challenged in chemostats, Environmental Microbiology, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14295

Xiyang Dong; Chris Greening; Thomas Brüls; Ralf Conrad; Kun Guo; Svenja Blaskowski; Farnusch Kaschani; Markus Kaiser; Nidal Abu Laban; Rainer U Meckenstock (2018) Fermentative Spirochaetes mediate necromass recycling in anoxic hydrocarbon-contaminated habitats, The ISME journal, 12pages20392050

Nguyen, N., Von Moos, N., Slaveykova, V., Mackenzie, K., Meckenstock, R., Thűmmler, S., Bosch, J. and Ševců, A. (2018). Biological effects of four iron-containing nanoremediation materials on the green alga Chlamydomonas sp. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 154, pp.36-44.

Schulze-Makuch, D., Wagner, D., Kounaves, S., Mangelsdorf, K., Devine, K., de Vera, J., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Grossart, H., Parro, V., Kaupenjohann, M., Galy, A., Schneider, B., Airo, A., Frösler, J., Davila, A., Arens, F., Cáceres, L., Cornejo, F., Carrizo, D., Dartnell, L., DiRuggiero, J., Flury, M., Ganzert, L., Gessner, M., Grathwohl, P., Guan, L., Heinz, J., Hess, M., Keppler, F., Maus, D., McKay, C., Meckenstock, R., Montgomery, W., Oberlin, E., Probst, A., Sáenz, J., Sattler, T., Schirmack, J., Sephton, M., Schloter, M., Uhl, J., Valenzuela, B., Vestergaard, G., Wörmer, L. and Zamorano, P. (2018). Transitory microbial habitat in the hyperarid Atacama Desert. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(11), pp.2670-2675.

Marozava, S.; Mouttaki, H.; Müller, H.; Laban, N. A.; Probst, A. J.; Meckenstock, R. U., (2018) Anaerobic degradation of 1-methylnaphthalene by a member of the Thermoanaerobacteraceae contained in an iron-reducing enrichment culture. Biodegradation, 29, 23-39.

Mackowiak, M., Leifels, M., Hamza, I.A., Jurzik, L., Wingender, J., (2018). Distribution of Escherichia coli, coliphages and enteric viruses in water, epilithic biofilms and sediments of an urban river in Germany. Sci Total Environ 626 650-659.



Müller, H.; Meckenstock, R., (2017) Kabelbakterien ermöglichen neue geochemische Prozesse. BIOspektrum, 23, 388-390.

Herzyk, A. ; Fillinger, L. ; Larentis, M. ; Qiu, S. ; Maloszewski, P. ; Hünniger, M. ; Schmidt, S.I. ; Stumpp, C. ; Marozava, S. ; Knappett, P.S.K. ; Elsner, M. ; Meckenstock, R.U. ; Lueders, T. ; Griebler, C. (2017) 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.

Dong, X.; Jochmann, M. A.; Elsner, M.; Meyer, A. H.; Bäcker, L. E.; Rahmatullah, M.; Schunk, D.; Lens, G.; Meckenstock, R. U., (2017) Monitoring microbial mineralization using reverse stable isotope labeling analysis by Mid-Infrared Laser Spectroscopy. Environ. Sci. Technol., 51, 11876-11883.

Dopp, E., Richard, J., Dwidjosiswojo, Z., Simon, A., Wingender, J. (2017) Influence of the copper-induced viable but non-culturable state on the toxicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa towards human bronchial epithelial cells in vitro. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 220, 1363-1369

Weyrauch, P.; Zaytsev, A. V.; Stephan, S.; Kocks, L.; Schmitz, O. J.; Golding, B. T.; Meckenstock, R. U., (2017) Conversion of cis-2-carboxycyclohexylacetyl-CoA in the downstream pathway of anaerobic naphthalene degradation. Environ. Microbiol., 19, 2819-2830.

Koelschbach, J. S.; Mouttaki, H.; Pickl, C.; Heipieper, H. J.; Rachel, R.; Lawson, P. A.; Meckenstock, R. U., (2017) Rectinema cohabitans gen. nov., sp nov., a rod-shaped spirochaete isolated from an anaerobic naphthalene-degrading enrichment culture. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol, 67, 1288-1295.

Frösler, J.; Panitz, C.; Wingender, J.; Flemming, H.-C.; Rettberg, P. (2017) Survival of Deinococcus geothermalis in Biofilms under Desiccation and Simulated Space and Martian Conditions. Astrobiology, 17(5): 431-447.

Dong, X. Y.; Droge, J.; von Toerne, C.; Marozava, S.; McHardy, A. C.; Meckenstock, R. U. (2017) Reconstructing metabolic pathways of a member of the genus Pelotomaculum suggesting its potential to oxidize benzene to carbon dioxide with direct reduction of sulfate. Fems Microbiol Ecol  93.


Rabus, R.; Boll, M.; Heider, J.; Meckenstock, R. U.; Buckel, W.; Einsle, O.; Ermler, U.; Golding, B. T.; Gunsalus, R. P.; Kroneck, P. M. H.; Kruger, M.; Lueders, T.; Martins, B. M.; Musat, F.; Richnow, H. H.; Schink, B.; Seifert, J.; Szaleniec, M.; Treude, T.; Ullmann, G. M.; Vogt, C.; von Bergen, M.; Wilkes, H. (2016) Anaerobic microbial degradation of hydrocarbons: From enzymatic reactions to the environment. J. Mol. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 26, 5-28.

Müller, H.; Bosch, J.; Griebler, C.; Damgaard, L. R.; Nielsen, L. P.; Lueders, T.; Meckenstock, R. U. (2016) Long-distance electron transfer by cable bacteria in aquifer sediments. ISME J.,10, 2010–2019.

Meckenstock, R. U.; Boll, M.; Mouttaki, H.; Koelschbach, J. S.; Cunha-Tarouco, P.; Weyrauch, P.; Dong, X.; Himmelberg, A. M. (2016) Anaerobic degradation of benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. J. Mol. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 26, 92-118.

Leifels, M., Hamza, I.A., Krieger, M., Wilhelm, M., Mackowiak, M., Jurzik, L. (2016): From Lab to Lake - Evaluation of Current Molecular Methods for the Detection of Infectious Enteric Viruses in Complex Water Matrices in an Urban Area. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0167105. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167105

Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J., Kjelleberg, S., Steinberg, P., Rice, S., Szewzyk, U. (2016): Biofilms: an emergent form of microbial life. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 14, 563-575, doi:10.1038/nrmicro.2016.94

Kistemann, T., Schmidt, A., Flemming, H.-C. (2016): Post-industrial river water quality - fit for bathing again? . J. Hyg. Environ. Health 219, 629-642

Flemming, H.-C. (2016): EPS – then and now. Microbes 4, 41; doi:10.3390/microorganisms4040041

Flemming, H.-C., Neu, T., Wingender, J. (2016): The Perfect Slime: Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. IWA Publishing, London

Flemming, H.-C. (2016): The perfect slime – and the “dark matter” of biofilms. In: Flemming, H.-C., Neu, T.R., Wingender, J. (eds): The Perfect Slime: Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. Springer International, Heidelberg, New York, chapt. 1, 1-14

Vrouwenvelder, J., Dreszer, C., Linares, V.R., Kruithof, J.C., Mayer, C., Flemming, H.C. (2016): Why and how biofilms cause biofouling – the “hair-in-sink”-effect. In: Flemming, H.-C., Neu, T.R., Wingender, J. (eds): The Perfect Slime: Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. Springer International, Heidelberg, New York, chapt. 10 193-206

Benninghoff, J., Wingender, J., Flemming, H.-C., Siebers, B. (2016): Biofilms X-treme: composition of extracellular polymeric substances and exopolysaccharide synthesis in Archaea. In: Flemming, H.-C., Neu, T.R., Wingender, J. (eds): The Perfect Slime: Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. Springer International, Heidelberg, New York, chapt. 15, 301-317

Dunkel, T., de Leon Gallegos, E. L., Schönsee, C. D., Hesse, T., Jochmann, M., Wingender, J., Denecke, M. (2016) Evaluating the influence of wastewater composition on the growth of Microthrix parvicella by GCxGC-qMS and real-time PCR. Water Research 88, 510-523

Strathmann, M., Horstkott, M., Koch, C., Gayer, U., Wingender, J. (2016) The River Ruhr - an urban river with particular interest for recreational use and as a raw water source for drinking water: the collaborative research project "Safe Ruhr" – microbiological aspects. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 219, 643-661

Schaule, G., Nocker, A., Dudziak, F., Wingender, J. (2016) Einfluss des Nahrungsangebots und der Wassertemperatur auf die Vitalität von Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Vom Wasser 114 (3), 114-117


Meckenstock, R. U.; Elsner, M.; Griebler, C.; Lueders, T.; Stumpp, C.; Aamand, J.; Agathos, S. N.; Albrechtsen, H.-J.; Bastiaens, L.; Bjerg, P. L.; Boon, N.; Dejonghe, W.; Huang, W. E.; Schmidt, S. I.; Smolders, E.; Sørensen, S. R.; Springael, D.; and van Breukelen, B. M. (2015) Biodegradation: updating the concepts of control for microbial cleanup in contaminated aquifers. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49, 7073-7081.

Kubryk, P.; Kölschbach, J. S.; Marozava, S.; Lueders, T.; Meckenstock, R. U.; Niessner, R.; and Ivleva, N. P. (2015) Exploring the potential of stable isotope (resonance) raman microspectroscopy and surface-enhanced raman scattering for the analysis of microorganisms at single cell level. Anal. Chem., 87, 6622-6630.

Königs, A. M., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender (2015) Nanosilver induces a non-culturable but metabolically active state in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Front. Microbiol., 6, 395.

Jachlewski, S., Jachlewski, W. D., Linne, U., Bräsen, C., Wingender, J., Siebers, B. (2015) Isolation of extracellular polymeric substances from biofilms of the thermoacidophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 3:123.

Tondera, K., Klaer, K, Gebhardt, J., Wingender, J., Koch, C., Horstkott, M., Strathmann, M., Jurzik, L., Hamza, I. A., Pinnekamp, J. (2015) Reducing pathogens in combined sewer overflows using ozonation or UV irradiation. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 218, 731-741.

Valladares Linares, R., Wexler, A.D., Bucs, S.C., Dreszer, C., Zwijnenburg, A., Flemming, H.-C., Kruithof, J., Vrowuwenvelder, J.S. (2015): Compaction and relaxation of biofilms. Desal. Wat. Treat. doi: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1057036.

Bloomfield, S., et al. (2015): Lesser-known or hidden reservoirs of infection and implications for adequate prevention strategies: Where to look and what to look for. GMS Hyg Inf Contr 10 Doc04. DOI: 10.3205/dgkh000247


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

Bosch, J.; Lee, K. Y.; Hong, S. F.; Harnisch, F.; Schroder, U.; Meckenstock, R. U., (2014) Metabolic efficiency of Geobacter sulfurreducens growing on anodes with different redox potentials. Curr. Microbiol., 68, 763-768.

S. Qiu, E. Gözdereliler, Weyrauch, P., Magana Lopez, E. C., Kohler, H.-P. E., Sørensen, S. R., Meckenstock, R. U., Elsner, M. (2014) Small 13C/12C fractionation contrasts with large enantiomer fractionation in aerobic biodegradation of phenoxy acids; Environ. Sci. Technol., 48, 5501–5511.

Marozava, S., W. F.M. Röling, J. Seifert, R. Küffner, M. von Bergen, R. U. Meckenstock. (2014) Physiology of Geobacter metallireducens under excess and limitation of electron donors. Part I. Batch cultivation with excess of carbon sources. Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 37, 277–286.

Marozava, S., W. F.M. Röling, J. Seifert, R. Küffner, M. von Bergen, R. U. Meckenstock. (2014) Physiology of Geobacter metallireducens under excess and limitation of electron donors. Part II. Mimicking environmental conditions during cultivation in retentostats.Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 37. 287–295.D. van der Kooij, P. W. J. J. van der Wielen (eds.), IWA Publishing, London, UK, pp. 207-238.

Vidigal, P. G., Müsken, M., Becker, K. A., Häussler, S., Wingender, J., Steinmann, E., Kehrmann, J., Gulbins, E., Buer, J., Rath, P. M., Steinmann, J. (2014) Effects of green tea compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate on Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infection and biofilm. PLoS ONE 9(4): e92876.

Flemming, H.-C., Bendinger, B., Exner, M., Gebel, J., Kistemann, T., Schaule, G., Szewzyk, U., Wingender, J. (2014) The last meters before the tap: where drinking water quality is at risk. In: Microbial growth in drinking-water supplies. Problems, causes, prevention and research needs.

Horstkott, M., Strathmann, M., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2014) Belastung der Ruhr mit hygienisch relevanten Bakterien. Vom Wasser 112 (2), 52-55.

Zscheppank, C., Wiegand, H. L., Lenzen, C., Wingender, J., Telgheder, U. (2014) Investigation of volatile metabolites during growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa by needle trap-GC-MS. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 406, 6617-6628.

Jänchen, J., Bauermeister, A., Feyh, N., de Vera, J.-P., Rettberg, P., Szewzyk, U., Flemming, H.-C. (2014): Water retention of extremophiles and Martian soil simulants under close to Mars environmental conditions. Plan. Space Sci. 98 163–168

Bauermeister, A., Rettberg, P., Flemming, H.-C. (2014): Growth of the acidophilic iron-sulfur bacterium Acidothiobacillus ferrooxidans under Mars-like geochemical conditions. Plan. Space Sci, 98, 205–215

Tielen, P., Rosenau, F., Wilhelm, S., Jaeger, K.-C., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2013): Extracellular enzymes affect biofilm formation in mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa.BMC Microbiol., 159, 221-228

Dreszer, C., Flemming, H.-C., Zwijnenburg, A., Kruithof, J.C., Vrouwenvelder, J.S. (2014): Impact of biofilm accumulation on transmembrane and feed channel pressure drop: effects of crossflow velocity, feed spacer and biodegradable nutrient. Wat. Res. 50, 200-211

Flemming, H.-C., (2014): The biofilm mode of life. In: Krauss, G.-J., Nies, D. (eds.): Ecological Biochemistry- Environmental and Interspecies Interactions today. VCH Weinheim, 279-291

Dreszer, C., Flemming, H.-C., Wexler, A.D., Zwijnenburg, A., Kruithof, J.S., Vrouwenvelder, J.S. (2013): Development and testing of a transparent membrane biofouling monitor. Desal. Wat. Treat. 52, 1807-1819

Dreszer, C., Wexler, A.D., Drusova, S., Overdijk, T., Zwijnenburg, A., Flemming, H.-C., Kruithof, J., Vrouwenvelder, J.S. (2014): In-situ biofilm characterization in membrane systems using Optical Coherence Tomography: Formation, structure, detachment and impact of flux change. Wat. Res. 67, 243-254

Flemming, H.-C. (2014): Heiliges Trinkwasser – Segen und Gefahren. Vom Wasser 112, 112-113

Schild, T., Möbius, C., Flemming, H.-C. (2014): Ursache mikrobieller Probleme bei der Papierfabrikation. Wochenbl. Papierfab. 12/2014, 772-776


Elsner, M., Griebler, C., Lueders, T., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2013) Assessing microbial activity and degradation pathways in the environment by measuring naturally occurring stable isotopes in organic compounds. In Applications of Molecular Microbiological Methods. Skovhus, T.L., Caffrey, S.M., and Hubert, C.R.J. (eds). Norfolk: Caister Academic Press.

Wunderlich, A., Meckenstock, R.U., and Einsiedl, F. (2013) A mixture of nitrite-oxidizing and denitrifying microorganisms affects the delta O-18 of dissolved nitrate during anaerobic microbial denitrification depending on the delta O-18 of ambient water. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 119: 31-45.

Braunschweig, J., Bosch, J., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2013) Iron oxide nanoparticles in geomicrobiology: from biogeochemistry to bioremediation. New Biotechnol. 30: 793-802.

Eberlein, C., Estelmann, S., Seifert, J., von Bergen, M., Mueller, M., Meckenstock, R.U., and Boll, M. (2013) Identification and characterization of 2-naphthoyl-coenzyme A reductase, the prototype of a novel class of dearomatizing reductases. Mol. Microbiol. 88: 1032-1039.

Eberlein, C., Johannes, J., Mouttaki, H., Sadeghi, M., Golding, B.T., Boll, M., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2013) ATP-dependent/-independent enzymatic ring reductions involved in the anaerobic catabolism of naphthalene. Environ. Microbiol.15: 1832-1841.

Corsaro, D., Müller, K.-D., Wingender, J., Michel, R. (2013) ‘Candidatus Mesochlamydia elodeae’ (Chlamydiae: Parachlamydiaceae), a novel chlamydia parasite of free-living amoebae. Parasitol. Res. 112, 829-838.

Tielen, P., Kuhn, H., Rosenau, F., Jaeger, K.-E., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2013) Interaction between the extracellular lipase LipA and the polysaccharide alginate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. BMC Microbiol. 13, 159.

Dreszer, C., Vrouwenvelder, H., Kruithof, J., Paulitzsch, A., Flemming, H.-C. (2013): Hydraulic resistance of biofilms. J. Mem. Sci, 429 436–447

Flemming, H.-C. u. Wingender, J. (2013): Wann sind Bakterien wirklich tot? KIT Haustechnik, Sonderheft Trinkwasserhygiene, 8-11

Flemming, H.-C, Meier, M., Schild, T. (2013): Mini-Review: Biofouling in paper production. Biofouling 29, 683-696

Strathmann, M., Mittenzwey, K., Sinn, G., Papadakis, W., Flemming, H.-C. (2013): Simultaneous monitoring of biofilm growth, microbial activity and inorganic deposits on surfaces with an optical deposit sensor in-situ, on-line, in real time and non-destructively. Biofouling 29, 573-583


Qiu, S., Eckert, D., Cirpka, O.A., Huenniger, M., Knappett, P., Maloszewski, P. et al. (2013) Direct experimental evidence of non-first order degradation kinetics and sorption-induced isotopic fractionation in a mesoscale aquifer: C13/C12 analysis of a transient toluene pulse. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47: 6892-6899.

Mouttaki, H., Johannes, J., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2012) Identification of naphthalene carboxylase as a prototype for the anaerobic activation of non-substituted aromatic hydrocarbons. Environ. Microbiol. 14: 2770-2774.

Braunschweig, J., Bosch, J., Heister, K., Kübeck, C., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2012) Reevaluation of colorimetric iron determination methods commonly used in geomicrobiology. J. Microbiol. Meth. 89: 41-48.

Tosco, T., Bosch, J., Meckenstock, R.U., and Sethi, R. (2012) Transport of ferrihydrite nanoparticles in saturated porous media: role of ionic strength and flow rate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 4008-4015.

Bosch, J., Lee, K.-Y., Jordan, G., Kim, K.-W., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2012) Anaerobic, nitrate-dependent oxidation of pyrite nanoparticles by Thiobacillus denitrificans. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 2095-2101.

Bosch, J., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2012) Rates and potential mechanism of anaerobic nitrate-dependent microbial pyrite oxidation. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 40: 1280-1283.

Wunderlich, A., Meckenstock, R.U., and Einsiedl, F. (2012) Effect of different carbon substrates on nitrate stable isotope fractionation during microbial denitrification. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 4861-4868.

Hamonts, K., Kuhn, T., Vos, J., Maesen, M., Kalka, H., Smidt, H., Springael, D., Meckenstock, R. U. and Dejonghe, W. (2012) Temporal variations in natural attenuation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons in eutrophic river sediments impacted by a contaminated groundwater plume. Water Research, 46, 1873-1888.

Fritzsche, A., Bosch, J., Rennert, T., Heister, K., Braunschweig, J., Meckenstock, R. U. and Totsche, K. U. (2012) Fast microbial reduction of ferrihydrite colloids from a soil effluent. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 77, 444-456.

Koerdt, A., Jachlewski S., Ghosh, A., Wingender, J., Siebers, B., Sonja-Verena Albers, S.-V. (2012) Complementation of Sulfolobus solfataricus PBL2025 with an a-mannosidase: effects on surface attachment and biofilm formation. Extremophiles 16, 115-125.

Donner, C., Panglisch, S., Grobe, S., Wingender, J. (2012) Strategien zur Anpassung von Versorgungsanlagen an neue Herausforderungen. Energie Wasser-Praxis 63(5), 40-46.

Flemming, H.-C. (2012): Mythos Wasser. In: Ingensiep, W., Popp, W. (Hrsg.): Hygiene und Kultur. Bidlo-Verlag Essen, 89-109

Flemming, H.-C. u. Wingender, J. (2012): Die Stärke der Gemeinsamkeit. BioSpektrum 18, 714-716


Kleemann, R., and R. U. Meckenstock (2011) Anaerobic naphthalene degradation by Gram-positive, iron-reducing bacteria. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 78, 488-496.

K.-Y., Lee, J. Bosch, and R. U. Meckenstock (2011) Use of metal-reducing bacteria for bioremediation of soil contaminated with mixed organic and inorganic pollutants. Environ. Geochem. Health 34, 135-142.

Bergmann, F. D., N. M. F. H. Abu Laban, A. H. Meyer, M. Elsner, and R. U. Meckenstock (2011) Dual (C, H) isotope fractionation in anaerobic low molecular weight (poly)aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) degradation: potential for field studies and mechanistic implications. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 6947–6953.

Meckenstock, R.U., and Mouttaki, H. (2011) Anaerobic degradation of non-substituted aromatic hydrocarbons. Curr. Op. Biotechnol 22: 406-414.

Bergmann, F., Selesi, D., Weinmaier, T., Tischler, P., Rattei, T., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2011) Genomic insights into the metabolic potential of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degrading sulphate-reducing Deltaproteobacterium N47. Environ. Microbiol. 13:1125-1137.

Bergmann, F.D., Selesi, D., and Meckenstock, R.U. (2011) Identification of enzymes potentially involved in anaerobic naphthalene degradation by the sulfate-reducing enrichment culture N47. Arch. Microbiol. 193: 241-150.

Jobelius, C., Ruth, B., Griebler, C., Meckenstock, R.U., Hollender, J., Reineke, A., Frimmel, F. H., and Zwiener, C. (2011) Metabolites indicate hot spots of biodegradation and biogeochemical gradients in a high-resolution monitoring well. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 474-481.

Wingender, J. (2011) Hygienically relevant microorganisms in biofilms of man-made water systems. In: Biofilm Highlights. Springer Series on Biofilms. Volume 5. Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J., Szewzyk, U. (eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 189-238.

Wingender, J., Flemming, H.-C. (2011)  Biofilms in drinking water and their role as reservoir for pathogens. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 214, 417-423.

Dwidjosiswojo, Z., Richard, J., Moritz, M. M., Dopp, E., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2011) Influence of copper ions on the viability and cytotoxicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa under conditions relevant to drinking water environments. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 214, 485-492.

Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J., Szewzyk, U. (eds.): Biofilm Highlights. Springer Int. Heidelberg, New York, 2011, 243 pp

Flemming, H.-C.: Microbial biofouling – unsolved problems, insufficient approaches and possible solutions. In: Flemming, Wingender, J., H.-C., Szewzyk, U. (eds.): Biofilm Highlights. Springer Int. Heidelberg, New York, 2011, 81-109

Flemming, H.-C. (2011): Wasser und Leben. In: Zellner, R. (Hrsg.): Chemie über den Wolken. Verlag Chemie, 132-140

Flemming, H.-C. (2011): The perfect slime. Coll. Surf. B: Biointerfaces,
Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 86, 251-259

Wingender, J., Flemming, H.-C. (2011): Biofilms in drinking water and their role as reservoir for pathogens.  Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 214, 417-423

Flemming, H.-C., Bendinger. B., Exner, M., Gebel, J., Kistemann, T., Schaule, G., Wingender, J. (2011): Hygiene in der Trinkwasser-Installation: die letzten Meter bis zum Wasserhahn. 44. Essener Tagung für Wasser- u. Abfallwirt­schaft; Gewässerschutz, Wasser, Abwasser

Flemming, H.-C. (2011): The fate of sins in water. Vom Wasser 109, 15-17


Melo, L., Flemming, H.-C. (2010): Mechanistic Aspects of Heat Exchanger and Membrane Biofouling and Prevention. In: Amjad, Z. (ed.): The science and technology of industrial water treatment. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 365-380

Balzer, M., Witt, N., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2010): Accumulation of fecal indicator bacteria in river biofilms. Wat. Sci. Technol. 61, 1106-1111

Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2010): The Biofilm Matrix. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 8 623-633

Tielen, P., Rosenau, F., Wilhelm, S., Jaeger, K.F., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2010): Extracellular enzymes affect biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Microbiology 156, 2239-2252

Moritz, M., Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2010): Integration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella pneumophila in drinking water biofilms grown on domestic plumbing materials. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 213, 190-197

Exner, M., Christiansen, B., Flemming, H.J., Gebel, J., Kistemann, T., Kramer, A., Martiny, M., Mathys, W., Nissing, W., Pleischl, S., Simon, A., Trautmann, M., Zastrow K.D., Engelhart, S. (2010): Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Plädoyer für die Einführung eines technischen Maßnahmewertes in die Novelle der Trinkwasserverordnung. Hyg. Med. 35, 370 – 379

Flemming, H.-C. (2010): Biodeterioration of synthetic polymers – a brief review. Mat. Corr. 61, 986-992

Flemming, H.-C., Cloete, T.E. (2010): Environmental impact of controlling biofouling and biocorrosion in cooling water systems. In: Rajagopal, S., Jenner, H.A., Venugopalan, V.P. (eds.): Operational and Environmental Consequences of Large Industrial Cooling Water Systems, 365-380

Roeder, R.S., Heeg, K., Tarne, P., Benölken, J.K., Schaule, G., Bendinger, B., Flemming, H.-C., Szewzyk, U. (2010): Influence of materials, water qualities and disinfection methods on the drinking water biofilm community. Wat. Pract. Technol. 5, 1-12

Flemming, H.-C., Wingender, J. (2010): Biofilme: die bevorzugte Lebensform der Mikroorganismen. In: Nießner, R. (Hrsg.): Höll, Karl: Wasser - Nutzung im Kreislauf: Hygiene, Analyse und Bewertung, 9. Auflage. De Gruyter, Berlin/New York 2010, pp 660-677

Grobe, S. Schaule, G. Wingender, J., Flemming, H.-C. (2010) Mikrobiologische Kontaminationen im Trinkwasser - Ursachenermittlung. Energie Wasser-Praxis 61 (4), 18-21

Flemming, H.-C. (Hrsg.): Vermeidung und Sanierung von Trinkwasser-Kontaminationen durch hygienisch relevante Mikroorganismen aus Biofilmen der Hausinstallation „Biofilme in der Hausinstallation“. IWW Schriftenreihe, Mülheim 2010, 258 pp.

Bauermeister, A., Leon, F., Rettberg, P., Reitz, G., Sand, W., Flemming, H.-C. (2010): Mars-relevant Microorganisms in Simulated Subsurface Environments under Hydration/Dehydration Conditions. Orig. Life Evolut. Biospheres 40, 552-553

Head of group
Prof. Dr. Rainer Meckenstock

Room: S05 V07 E11
Phone: +49 (201) 183 - 6601 (Uni)
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