Uta Böckelmann

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Aquifer recharge presents advantages for integrated water management in the anthropic cycle, namely, advanced treatment of reclaimed water and additional dilution of pollutants due to mixing with natural groundwater. Nevertheless, this practice represents a health and environmental hazard because of the presence of pathogenic microorganisms and chemical(More)
It is generally assumed that nucleic acids are localized inside of living cells and that their primary function is the storage of information. In contrast, extracellular DNA is mainly considered as a remnant of lysed cells. Here, we report the formation of extracellular bacterial DNA as a spatial structure. An aquatic bacterium, strain F8, was isolated,(More)
A new enzymatic technique for the detachment of bacteria from soil particles was developed and applied to different soil samples taken at various sampling sites and depths. Many soil microorganisms are closely associated with the organic matrix of soil particles. They produce extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), which promote the irreversible adhesion(More)
A technique combining fluorescent in situ hybridization and lectin-binding-analysis (FISH-LBA) was developed and applied for the simultaneous detection of cellular components and glycoconjugates in lotic microbial aggregates (river snow). River snow aggregates were directly collected from the bulk water phase into coverslip chambers, in which the complete(More)
A biofilm reactor was used to investigate kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of the sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as model compounds for hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOC) to intact microbial biofilms. Effective diffusion coefficients are in the range of 10(-10) cm2 x s(-1) resulting in equilibration times of more than 3 days for a(More)
Strain F8, a bacterial isolate from 'river snow', was found to produce extracellular fibres in the form of a filamentous network. These extracellular filaments, which were previously shown to be composed of DNA, have been studied for the first time by ultrastructural and electron energy-loss spectroscopy in the present work. 'Whole mount' preparations of(More)
PCR typing methods were used to assess the presence of plasmids of the incompatibility (Inc) groups IncP, IncN, IncW, IncQ and rolling circle plasmids of the pMV158 type in total DNA extracts from anthropogenic soils from India and Germany. Ten different soils from two different locations in Germany, the urban park Berlin Tiergarten and the abandoned sewage(More)
We investigated microbial interactions of aquatic bacteria associated with hyphae (the hyphosphere) of freshwater fungi on leaf litter. Bacteria were isolated directly from the hyphae of fungi from sedimented leaves of a small stream in the National Park “Lower Oder,” Germany. To investigate interactions, bacteria and fungi were pairwise co-cultivated on(More)
A biofilm reactor was developed to investigate the sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as model compounds for hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOC) to intact microbial biofilms at environmentally realistic concentrations. When operated as a differential column batch reactor, the system can be used to study the thermodynamics as well as the(More)
Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is becoming an attractive option for water storage in water reuse processes as it provides an additional treatment barrier to improve recharged water quality and buffers seasonal variations of water supply and demand. To achieve a better understanding about the level of pathogenic microorganisms and their relation with(More)