WP2: Soil microbiology 

Work package 2 (WP2) is headed by Prof. Heribert Insam from the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck in collaboration with the Department of Agrifood and Environmental Sciences (DiSPAA) of the University of Florence (IT). 

The general aim of WP2 is to gain an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of microbial communities involved in deadwood decomposition along the selected climosequences. Molecular methods based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of rRNA genes allow the profiling of complex microbial communities on the basis of sequence diversity. At the selected sites, archaeal, fungal and bacterial diversity are being analysed by community level genetic fingerprinting (DGGE, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles) based on total community DNA. A further characterisation of soil microbiota is being assessed by using specific primer sets targeting functional genes involved in key processes of C and N cycles. PCR-DGGE analyses are being combined with quantitative real-time PCR assays to provide both qualitative and quantitative information on the microbial communities actively involved in degradation processes and nutrient cycling in alpine areas. In addition, a fine-tuning DNA approach, discriminating between the extracellular and intracellular fraction of the soil- vs CWD-metagenome, is being performed to gain additional information about the autochthonous microflora as a function of microclimate (exposure vs altitude) and degree of deadwood decay, respectively.  

WP2 - Team 

Prof. Heribert Insam
Prof. Heribert Insam

Head of the Institute University of Innsbruck Institute of Microbiology AUSTRIA heribert.insam@uibk.ac.at

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Dr. María Gómez Brandón
Dr. María Gómez Brandón

PostDoc Researcher University of Innsbruck Institute of Microbiology AUSTRIA maria.gomez-brandon@uibk.ac.at

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Dr. Judith Ascher
Dr. Judith Ascher

PostDoc Researcher University of Innsbruck Institute of Microbiology AUSTRIA - judith.ascher@uibk.ac.at University of Florence Department of Agrifood and Environmental Sciences (DiSPAA) ITALY - judith.ascher@unifi.it

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Tommaso Bardelli
Tommaso Bardelli

PhD student University of Florence Department of Agrifood and Environmental Sciences (DiSPAA) ITALY tommaso.bardelli@yahoo.it tommaso.bardelli@unifi.it

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WP2 - Collaborators 

Dr. Maria Teresa Ceccherini
Dr. Maria Teresa Ceccherini

Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DiSPAA) - Dep. of Agrifood and Environmental Science - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Piazzale delle Cascine 28, 50144 Firenze, ITALY mariateresa.ceccherini@unifi.it Keywords: soil metagenome; plant pathogens; microbial functionality

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Maraike Probst, PhD
Maraike Probst, PhD

PostDoc Researcher University of Innsbruck Institute of Microbiology AUSTRIA maraike.probst@uibk.ac.at

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Prof. Giacomo Pietramellara
Prof. Giacomo Pietramellara

Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DiSPAA) - Dep. of Agrifood and Environmental Science - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Piazzale delle Cascine 28, 50144 Firenze, ITALY giacomo.pietramellara@unifi.it www.dispaa.unifi.it Keywords: Soil microbial communities

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Dr. Paola Arfaioli
Dr. Paola Arfaioli

Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DiSPAA) - Dep. of Agrifood and Environmental Science Università degli Studi di Firenze, Piazzale delle Cascine 28, 50144 Firenze, ITALY paola.arfaioli@unifi.it www.dispaa.unifi.it mariateresa.ceccherini@unifi.it Keywords: biotic and abiotic soil properties

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Dr. Flavio Fornasier
Dr. Flavio Fornasier

Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di Ricerca per lo Studio delle Relazioni tra Pianta e Suolo, Via Trieste 23, Gorizia, ITALY flavio.fornasier@entecra.it Keywords: enzyme activities, microbial biomass

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Davide Francioli
Davide Francioli

PhD candidate Department Bodenökologie/Soil Ecology Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ / Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Theodor-Lieser Str. 4 / 06120 Halle(Saale) / GERMANY davide.francioli@ufz.de www.ufz.de Keywords: B-ARISA

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Dr. Claudia Maria Longa
Dr. Claudia Maria Longa

Environmental Biotechnology Platform / Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources / Fondazione Edmund Mach – Via E Mach 1, 38010 San Michele all'Adige, Trento, ITALY claudia.longa@fmach.it www.fmach.it Keywords: culturable fungi (primary wood decomposer)

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PhD Krzysztof Lamorski
PhD Krzysztof Lamorski

Department of Metrology and Modelling of Agrophysical Processes Institute of Agrophysics Polish Academy of Sciences ul. Doswiadczalna 4 20-290 Lublin - Poland k.lamorski@ipan.lublin.pl keywords: modelling of transport processes in soil medium; estimation and modelling of soil hydrological parameters; pore level transport phenomena modelling; X-ray computed microtomography application for non-destructive investigations of agricultural materials

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WP2 - Participating students 

Guy Rochat, MSc
Guy Rochat, MSc

Faculté des Sciences Laboratory of Soil Biology Institute of Biology Emile-Argand 11, CH-2000 Université de Neuchâtel (UNINE) SWIZTERLAND guy.rochat@unine.ch

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María Vela Cano
María Vela Cano

PhD candidate Instituto Universitario del Agua Universidad de Granada Ramón y Cajal 4 18071 Granada SPAIN mvc@ugr.es

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Rebecca Mayer
Rebecca Mayer

PhD candidate University of Innsbruck Technikerstrasse 25d Innsbruck AUSTRIA Rebecca.Mayer@student.uibk.ac.at

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Meritxell Amigó Solé
Meritxell Amigó Solé

Bachelor student Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) Plaça Cívica, Campus de la UAB, 08193 Sardañola del Vallés, Barcelona SPAIN txellmgsol@gmail.com

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Giulia Fravolini
Giulia Fravolini

PhD candidate Università degli Studi di Molise Dipartimento di Bioscienze e del Territorio Contrada Fonte Lappone snc 86090 Pesche (Is) ITALY giulia.fravolini@email.unimol.it

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Evelyn Burkia Stocker
Evelyn Burkia Stocker

Master student University of Innsbruck Technikerstrasse 25d Innsbruck AUSTRIA Evelyn.Burkia-Stocker@uibk.ac.at

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Layzza Roberta Alves Medeiros
Layzza Roberta Alves Medeiros

Master student Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro BRASIL

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