Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Abitur (A-levels), Helmholtz Gymnasium (grammar school), Potsdam, Germany

  • 1986
    Diplom degree in biology (marine ecology), University of Rostock, Germany

Selected publications

  • Lottmann, J. et al.: Influence of transgenic T4-lysozyme-producing plants on beneficial plant-associated bacteria. In: FEMS Microb. Ecol. 29, 1999. pp. 365-377.

  • Smalla, K. et al.: Bulk and rhizosphere soil bacterial communities studied by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis: plant dependent enrichment and seasonal shifts. In: Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 67, 2001. pp. 4742-4751.

  • Berg, G. et al.: Plant-dependent genotypic and phenotypic diversity of antagonistic rhizobacteria isolated from different Verticillium host plants. In: Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68, 2002. pp. 3328-3338.

  • Berg, G., Eberl, L., Hartmann, A.: The rhizosphere as a reservoir for opportunistic human pathogenic bacteria. In: Environ. Microbiol. 71, 2005. pp. 4203-4213.

  • Opelt, K. et al.: High specificity but contrasting biodiversity of Sphagnum-associated bacterial and plant communities in bog ecosystems independent of the geographical region. In: The ISME journal 1, 2007. pp. 502-516.

  • Müller, H. et al.: Quorum-sensing effects in the antagonistic rhizosphere bacterium Serratia plymuthica HRO-C48. In: FEMS Microb. Ecol. 67, 2009. pp. 468-467.

  • Grube, M. et al.: Species-specific structural and functional diversity of bacterial communities in lichen symbiosis. In: The ISME J. 3, 2009. pp. 1105-1115.

  • Ryan, R.P. et al.: Versatility and adaptation of bacteria from the genus Stenotrophomonas. In: Nature Microbiol. Rev. 7, 2009. pp. 514-525.


Selected projects

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Bacteria and Lichens

  • FWF: An antagonistic cocktail against Rhizoctonia solani

  • KÜHN: New ideas and tools to suppress the pathogen

  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG): Biotechnological methods for improving the flavour of strawberries and for improving growth and yields

  • FWF: Biocontrol in salinated soils? Analysis of the mode of interaction of Stenotrophomonas rhizophila

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Senate of the Graz University of Technology, Austria

  • International Verticillium Steering Committee

  • Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT), Chairperson of the South section

  • German Physical Society (DPG), chairperson of the working group (AK) Biological Control

  • Editorial board of MPMI, FEMS Microbial Ecology

Additional qualifications

  • venia legendi (authorisation to teach) for the subject microbiology, 2001


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