• Nguyen PM, Arslan M, Kappelmeyer U, Mäusezahl I, Wiessner A, Müller JA. (2022) Spatial characterization of microbial sulfur cycling in horizontal-flow constructed wetland models Chemosphere

    Knecht CA, Krüger M, Kellmann M, Mäusezahl I, Möder M, Adelowo OO, Vollmers J, Kaster A-K, Nivala J, Müller JA (2022) Cellular stress affects the fate of microbial resistance to folate inhibitors in treatment wetlands. Science of The Total Environment.

  • Vollmers, J.; Wiegand, S.; Lenk, F.; Kaster, A.-K. How clear is our current view on microbial dark matter? (Re-)assessing public MAG & SAG datasets with MDMcleaner. 2022 Nucleid Acids Research

  • Rehman K, Arslan M, Müller JA, Saeed M, Anwar S, Islam E, Imran A, Amin I, Mustafa T, Iqbal S, Afzal M. (2022) Operational parameters optimization for remediation of crude oil‑polluted water in floating treatment wetlands using response surface methodology. Scientific Reports, 12:4566.


  • Arslan, M.; Müller, J.A.; GamalEl-Din,M. Aerobic naphthenic acid-degrading bacteria in petroleum-coke improve oil sands process water remediation in biofilters: DNA-stable isotope probing reveals methylotrophy in Schmutzdecke 2021 Science of The Total Environment 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151961
  • Rehman, K.; Arslan, M.; Müller, J.A.; Saeed, M.; Imran, A.; Amin, I.; Mustafa, T.; Iqbal, S.; Afzal, M. Bioaugmentation-Enhanced Remediation of Crude Oil Polluted Water in Pilot-Scale Floating Treatment Wetlands.Water 2021, 13, 2882. w13202882

  • Wiegand, S., Rast, P., Kallscheuer, N., Jogler, M., Heuer, A., Boedeker, C., Jeske, O., Kohn, T., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., Quast, C., Glöckner, F. O., Rohde, m., Jogler, C. (2021) Analysis of Bacterial Communities on North Sea Macroalgae and Characterization of the Isolated Planctomycetes Adhaeretor mobilis gen. nov., sp. nov., Roseimaritima multifibrata sp. nov., Rosistilla ulvae sp. nov. and Rubripirellula lacrimiformis sp. Nov. Microorganisms DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9071494
  • Wiegand, S., Dam, H., Riba, J., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K. (2021) Printing Microbial Dark Matter: Using Single Cell Dispensing and Genomics to Investigate the Patescibacteria/Candidate Phyla Radiation. frontiers in Microbiology DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.635506
  • Murphy, R., Benndorf, R., Z Wilhelm de Beer, Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., Beemelmanns, C, Poulsen, M. (2021) Comparative Genomics Reveals Prophylactic and Catabolic Capabilities of Actinobacteria within the Fungus-Farming Termite Symbiosis. Msphere DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.01233-20


  • Wiegand, S., Jogler, M., Boedeker, C., Heuer, A., Rast, P., Peeters, S., Jetten, M., Kaster, A.-K., Rohde, M., Kallscheuer, N., Jogler, C. (2020) Additions to the genus Gimesia: description of Gimesia alba sp. nov., Gimesia algae sp. nov., Gimesia aquarii sp. nov., Gimesia aquatilis sp. nov., Gimesia fumaroli sp. nov. and Gimesia panareensis sp. nov., isolated from aquatic habitats of the Northern Hemisphere. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek DOI: 10.1007/s10482-020-01489-0

  • Wiegand, S., Jogler, M., Boedeker, C., Heuer, A., Peeters, S., Kallscheuer, N., Jetten, M., Kaster, A.-K., Rohde, M., Jogler, C. (2020) Updates to the recently introduced family Lacipirellulaceae in the phylum Planctomycetes: isolation of strains belonging to the novel genera Aeoliella, Botrimarina, Pirellulimonas and Pseudobythopirellula and the novel species Bythopirellula polymerisocia and Posidoniimonas Corsicana.  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek DOI 10.1007/s10482-020-01486-3

  • Benndorf, R., J.,Martin, K., Küfner, M., de Beer, W., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K. , Beemelmanns, C. (2020) Actinomadura rubteroloni sp. nov. and Actinomadura macrotermitis sp. nov., isolated from the gut of the fungus growing-termite Macrotermes natalensis. International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology  DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.004403

  • Benndorf, R., Schwitalla, J.,Martin, K., de Beer, W., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K. ,Poulsen, M., Beemelmanns, C. (2020) Nocardia macrotermitis sp. nov. and Nocardia aurantia sp. nov., isolated from the gut of the fungus-growing termite Macrotermes natalensis. International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology. DOI: 10.1099/ijsem.0.004398

  • Schwitalla, J., Benndorf, R., Martin, K, Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., de Beer, W.,  Poulsen, M., C. Beemelmanns (2020) Streptomyces smaragdinus sp. nov., isolated from the gut of the fungus growing-termite Macrotermes natalensis. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

  • Lee, S., Schalk, F., Schwitalla, J., Benndorf, R., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., de Beer, W., Park, M., Ahn, M., Hee Jung, W., Beemelmanns, C., Kim, K. (2020) Polyhalogenation of Isoflavonoids by the Termite-Associated Actinomadura sp. RB99. Journal of Natural Products DOI:10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c00676

  • Kaster, A.-K., Sobol, M. (2020) Microbial Single-Cell Omics: The Crux of the Matter.Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology DOI:0.1007/s00253-020-10844-0

  • Benndorf, R., Martin, K., Küfner, M., de Beer, Z. W.,  Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., Beemelmanns, C. (2020) Actinomadura rubteroloni sp. nov. and Actinomadura macrotermitis sp. nov., isolated from the gut of fungus growing-termite Macrotermes natalensis. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

  • Dam, H., Vollmers, J., Sobol, M., Cabezas, A.,  Kaster, A.-K. (2020) Targeted Cell Sorting Combined with Single Cell Genomics reveals Microbial Dark Matter overlooked by Metagenomics. Frontiers in Microbiology

  • Kohn, T., Rast, P., Kallscheuer, N., Wiegand, S., Boedeker, C., Jetten, M., Jeske,O., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., Rohde, M., Jogler, M., Jogler, C. (2020) The microbiome of Posidonia oceanica seagrass leaves can be dominated by Planctomycetes. Frontiers in Microbiology DOI: 10.3389%2Ffmicb.2020.01458

  • Geesink, P., Wegner, C., Probst, A., Herrmann, M., Dam, H., Kaster, A.-K., Küsel, K. (2020) Genome‐inferred spatio‐temporal resolution of an uncultivated Roizmanbacterium reveals its ecological preferences in groundwater. Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14865

  • Kaster, A.-K., Vollmers,J. (2020) Genetischer Globetrotter: Ein marines Plasmid hilft beim Verständnis des horizontalen Gentransfers. Biologie in unserer Zeit DOI 10.1002/biuz.202070109
  • Adelowo, O.O., Ikhimiukor, O.O., Knecht, C., Vollmers, J., Bhatia, M., Kaster, A.K., Müller, J.A. (2020). A survey of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in urban wetlands in southwestern Nigeria as a step towards generating prevalence maps of antimicrobial resistance. Plos one, 15(3), e0229451. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229451


  • Wiegand, S., Jogler, M., Boedeker, C., Pinto, D., Vollmers, J., Rivas-Marín, E., Kohn, T., Peeters, S., Heuer, A., Rast, P., Oberbeckmann, S., Bunk, B., Jeske, O., Meyerdierks, A., Storesund, J., Kallscheuer, N., Lücker, S., Lage, O., Pohl, T., Merkel, B., Hornburger, P., Müller, R., Brümmer, F., Labrenz, M., Spormann, A., Op den Camp,H., Overmann, J. (2019) Cultivation and functional characterization of 79 planctomycetes uncovers their unique biology. Nature microbiology DOI 10.1038/s41564-019-0588-1
  • Rischer, M., Lee, S.-R., Eom, H.J., Park, H.J., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K., Shin, J.-Y., Oh, D.-C., Kim, K.H., Beemelmanns, C. (2019) Spirocyclic cladosporicin A and cladosporiumins I and J from a Hydractinia-associated Cladosporium sphaerospermum SW67. Organic Chemistry Frontiers DOI 10.1039/C8QO01104D
  • Jameson, E., Stephenson, J., Jones, H., Millard, A., Kaster, A.-K., Purdy, K.J., Airs, R., Murrell, J.C., Chen, Y. (2019) Deltaproteobacteria (Pelobacter) and Methanococcoides are responsible for choline-dependent methanogenesis in a coastal saltmarsh sediment. The ISME journal DOI 10.1038/s41396-018-0269-8
  • Taubert, M., Grob, C., Crombie, A., Howat, A.M., Burns, O.J., Weber, M., Lott, C., Kaster, A.-K., Vollmers, J., Jehmlich, N., von Bergen, M., Chen, Y., Murrell, J.C. (2019) Communal metabolism by Methylococcaceae and Methylophilaceae is driving rapid aerobic methane oxidation in sediments of a shallow seep near Elba, Italy. Environmental microbiology DOI 10.1111/1462-2920.14728
  • Petersen, J., Vollmers, J., Ringel, V., Brinkmann, H., Ellebrandt-Sperling, C., Spröer, C., Howat, A.M., Murrell, J.C., Kaster, A.-K. (2019) A marine plasmid hitchhiking vast phylogenetic and geographic distances. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI 10.1073/pnas.1905878116


  • Howat, A.M., Vollmers, J., Taubert, M., Grob, C., Dixon, J.-L., Todd, J.D., Chen, J., Kaster, A.-K., Murrell, J.C. (2018) Comparative Genomics and Mutational Analysis Reveals a Novel XoxF-Utilizing Methylotroph in the Roseobacter Group Isolated From the Marine Environment. Frontiers in microbiology 9 DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00766
  • Adelowo, O., Vollmers, J., Mäusezahl, I., Kaster, A.-K., Müller, J.A. (2018) Detection of the carbapenemase gene bla VIM-5 in members of the Pseudomonas putida group isolated from polluted Nigerian wetlands. Scientific reports DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-33535-3
  • Pratscher, J., Vollmers, J., Wiegand, S., Dumont, M. G., Kaster, A.-K. (2018) Unravelling the identity, metabolic potential, and global biogeography of the atmospheric methane-oxidising Upland Soil Cluster a. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14036 


  • Dam, H. T., Vollmers, J., Kaster, A.-K. and Häggblom, M. M. (2017) Reconstructed genomes of novel Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains from 1,2,3,4-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin-dechlorinating enrichment cultures reveal divergent reductive dehalogenase gene profiles. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93, fix151
  • Sewell, H. L., Kaster, A.-K., Spormann, A. M. (2017), Homoacetogenesis in Deep-Sea Chloroflexi, as Inferred by Single-Cell Genomics, Provides a Link to Reductive Dehalogenation in Terrestrial Dehalococcoidetes., November/December 2017, Volume 8, Issue 6, e02022-17
  • Guo, H., Benndorf, R., Leichnitz, D., Klassen, J. L., Vollmers, J., Görls, H., Steinacker, M., Weigel, C., Dahse, H.-M., Kaster, A.-K., de Beer, Z. W., Poulsen, M. and Beemelmanns, C. (2017), Isolation, Biosynthesis and Chemical Modifications of Rubterolones A-F, Rare Tropolone Alkaloids from Actinomadura sp. 5-2. Chem. Eur. J.. Accepted Author Manuscript. DOI 10.1002/chem.201701005
  • Vollmers, J., Wiegand, S., Kaster, A.-K. (2017) Comparing and Evaluating Metagenome Assembly Tools from a Microbiologist’s Perspective - Not Only Size Matters!. PLOS ONE 12(1): e0169662.  DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0169662
  • Vollmers, J., Frentrup, M., Rast, P., Jogler, C. and Kaster, A.-K. (2017) Untangling Genomes of Novel Planctomycetal and Verrucomicrobial Species from Monterey Bay Kelp Forest Metagenomes by Refined Binning. Front. Microbiol. 8:472. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00472


  • Kohn, T., Heuer, A., Jogler, M., Vollmers, J., Boedeker, C., Bunk, B., Rast, P., Borchert, D., Glöckner, I., Freese, H.M., Klenk, H., Overmann, J., Kaster, A.-K., Wiegand, S., Rohde, M. and Jogler, C. (2016). Fuerstia marisgermanicae gen. nov., sp. nov., an unusual member of the phylum Planctomycetes from the German Wadden Sea. Front. Microbiol. 7:2079. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02079
  • Song, Y., Kaster, A.-K., Vollmers, J., Song, Y., Davison, P.A., Frentrup, M., Preston, G.M., Thompson, I.P., Murrell, J.C., Yin, H., Hunter, C.N., Huang, W.E. (2016). Single-cell genomics based on Raman sorting reveals novel carotenoid-containing bacteria in the Red Sea. Microbial Biotechnology DOI 10.1111/1751-7915.12420
  • Flood, B.E., Fliss, P., Jones, D.S., Dick, G.J., Jain, S., Kaster, A.-K., Winkel, M., Mußmann, M. and Bailey, J. (2016). Single-Cell (Meta-)Genomics of a Dimorphic Candidatus Thiomargarita nelsonii Reveals Genomic Plasticity. Front. Microbiol. 7:603. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2016.0060

2006 - 2015

  • Kaster, A.-K., Meyer-Blackwell, K., Passarelli, B., Spormann, A., (2014). Single cell genomic study of Dehalococcoidites species in deep-sea sediments of the Peruvian Margin, The ISME Journal, DOI 10.1038/ismej.2014.24
  • Poehlein, A., Schmidt, S., Kaster, A.-K., Goenrich, M., Vollmers, J., Thürmer, A., Bertsch, J., Voigt, B., Hecker, M., Daniel, R., Thauer, R.K., Gottschalk, G. and Müller, M. (2012) An ancient pathway combining carbon dioxide fixation with the generation and utilization of a sodium ion gradient for ATP synthesis; PLoS One 2012; 7, e33439
  • Kaster, A.-K., Moll, J., Parey, K. and Thauer, R.K. (2011) Coupling of ferredoxin and heterodisulfide reduction via electron bifurcation in hydrogenotrophic methanogenic archaea; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2011; 108:2981-2986
  • Kaster, A.-K., Goenrich, M., Seedorf, H., Liesegang, H., Wollher, A., Gottschalk, G. and Thauer, R.K. (2011) More than 200 genes required for methane formation from H2 and CO2 and energy conservation in Methanothermobacter marburgensis and M. thermautotrophicus; Archaea 2011; 973848
  • Liesegang, H.*, Kaster, A.-K.*, Wiezer, A., Goenrich. M., Wollher, A., Seedorf, H., Gottschalk, G., and Thauer, R.K. (2010) Complete Genome Sequence of Methanothermobacter marburgensis, a methanoarchaeon model organism; Journal of Bacteriology 2010; 192:5850-5851
  • Thauer, R.K., Kaster, A.-K., Goenrich, M., Schick, M., Hiromoto, T. and Shima, S. (2010) Hydrogenases from methanogenic archaea, nickel, a novel cofactor, and H2 storage; Annual Reviews of Biochemistry 2010; 79:507-536
  • Thauer, R.K., Kaster, A.-K., Seedorf, H., Buckel, W. and Hedderich, R. (2008) Methanogenic archaea: ecologically relevant differences in energy conservation; Nature Reviews Microbiology 2008; 6:579–591
  • Grundl, M.A., Kaster, A.-K., Beaulieu, E.D. and Trauner, D. (2006) Development of a Friedel-Crafts Triflation; Organic Letters 2006; 8:5429-5432

*contributed equally