Dana Kemnitz

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Anoxic soils in river floodplains (or riparian soils) are a source of methane emission. However, little is known about the ecology and community structure of archaeal methanogenic microbes, which are a crucial component of methane flux in those habitats. We studied the archaeal community in the vertical profile of four different sites along the River Waal(More)
The objective of the study was to elucidate the depth distribution and community composition of Archaea in a temperate acidic forest soil. Numbers of Archaea and Bacteria were measured in the upper 18 cm of the soil, and soil cores were sampled on two separate occasions using quantitative PCR targeting 16S rRNA genes. Maximum numbers of Archaea were 0.6-3.8(More)
A so far uncultured member of the Euryarchaeota was enriched from an anoxic riparian soil and phenotypically characterized using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR; "real-time PCR"). The microorganism is related to the Thermoplasmatales and belongs to Rice Cluster III (RC-III). Enrichment cultures utilized yeast extract (YE) by transiently(More)
Methane production was studied in an Italian rice field over two consecutive years (1998, 1999) by measuring the rates of total and acetate-dependent methanogenesis in soil and root samples. Population dynamics of methanogens were followed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism and real-time PCR targeting archaeal SSU rRNA genes. Rates of(More)
We report first insights into a representative genome of rice cluster I (RC-I), a major group of as-yet uncultured methanogens. The starting point of our study was the methanogenic consortium MRE50 that had been stably maintained for 3 years by consecutive transfers to fresh medium and anaerobic incubation at 50 degrees C. Process-oriented measurements(More)
Methanotrophic bacteria play a crucial role in regulating the emission of CH4 from rice fields into the atmosphere. We investigated the CH4 oxidation activity together with the diversity of methanotrophic bacteria in ten rice field soils from different geographic locations. Upon incubation of aerated soil slurries under 7% CH4, rates of CH4 oxidation(More)
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