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Dr. Achim Schmalenberger

Biography

1998-2001 Research Assistant in Braunschweig (Germany); 2002-2004 Postdoc in Bayreuth (Germany); 2004-2007 Postdoc in Mancherster (UK); 2007-2010 Research Officer in Sheffield (UK).

Research Interests

Research

My research output concentrates around the activities and process of soil microbes including microbial mobilization of soil sulphur and phosphorus mobilization of nutrients via microbial weathering, microbial bioremediation and restoration, microbial soil carbon sequestration and plant-microbe interaction. This research is often closely connected with grassland ecosystems as this is the dominating form of agriculture in Ireland.

Please see also:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Achim_Schmalenberger
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7455-3666

Research grants

IRC - New Foundations 2013 (2014)
DAFM - SQUARE (2013-2018)
Diamond Light Source (2013)
Microbiological Society (SGM) Summer projects (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017)
FP7 People Marie Curie CIG (2011-2014)
SFI Modeling of Soil Biomass (official collaborator) (2014-2019)
DAFM -Translisteria (2014-2017)
NWE Interreg - ReNu2Farm (2018-2020)

EI H2020 Coordinator grant (2018)
ListeriaChallenge (2018-2022)
PotatoMETAbiome (2019-2022)


ReNu2Farm comprises 10 partners from higher education organisations, research institutes and industry that will work to address the global threat posed to industrial agriculture by the vast depletion of the essential macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N, P, K), without which plants cannot survive. The future of agriculture – and food supplies – necessitates nutrient recycling or composting on a global scale. The ReNu2Farm project will map regions in North-West Europe with both nutrient shortage and surplus with the aim of exchanging recycled nutrients across the regions and foster producer-consumer collaborations. Farmers' needs will be surveyed during the project and the results used to tailor and develop recycling-derived fertilisers between nutrient surplus and demand regions. The undertaking will help in establishing transnational markets, informing national and EU policy and market barrier reduction. The overall expected outcome by the end of the project will be the replacement of conventional mineral NPK fertilisers by recycling-derived fertilisers.
Together with partners at Teagasc in Johnstown Castle and IT Carlow, UL is investigating the effect of recycling derived fertilizers on the growth of pastures and the grassland microbiota and UL is in particular investigating the effect on phosphorus and nitrogen cycling microbes.
Renu2Farm is financially supported by the ERDF from Interreg North-West Europe at 2.2Mio Euro.


Former postdocs

Dr. Johann Scollard


Current postdocs
Dr. Israel Ikoyi


Former postgraduate students
Ms Jacinta Gahan
MSc Aaron Fox
Mr Oisin McManamon
MSc Jessica Graca


Current postgraduate students
Ms Lea Deinert
Ms Firinna McKenna-Beattie
Ms Jane Darcy
Mr Paul Culliney
Ms Georgia Voulgari









Teaching Interests

Module leader for:
BY4013 General Microbiology
BC4803 Microbial Technology 1
NS3201 Microbiology Immunology and Infection Control
FT4438 Food Microbiology

Contributing to modules:
BY4001 Biology 1

Other contributions:
1st year Medical students - Introduction to Microbiology

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2016 Course directorship Biological and Chemical Sciences, LM123,
  • 2013 SGM Irish Branch,

Association

  • 2012 Member, International Society for Microbial Ecology
  • Member; Committee member 2013-2016, Microbiological Society (Former Society for General Microbiology)
  • Member, Verein fuer Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM)

Award

  • 2011 - Marie Curie Fellowship

Outreach

  • Primary school outreach - Microbes in our environment see Science and Engineering Newsletter Vol05 (1) July 2012
  • Member of the UL Cell Explorer team

Language

  • German

Publications

Book Chapters

2016

Bacterial Mobilization of nutrients from biochar amended soils
Achim Schmalenberger and Aaron Fox
(2016) Bacterial Mobilization of nutrients from biochar amended soils
In Advances in Applied Microbiology; Amsterdam : Elsevier pp. 109-159
DOI: 10.1016/bs.aambs.2015.10.001

2014

Profiling the Diversity of Microbial Communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP).
Schmalenberger A, Tebbe CC
(2014) Profiling the Diversity of Microbial Communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP).
In Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.); New York : Humana Press pp. 71-83
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-62703-712-9_6
[ULIR]

2007

Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply
Kertesz, M. A., Fellows, E., Schmalenberger, A., Laskin, A. I., Sariaslani, S., Gadd, G. M.
(2007) Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply
In Advances in Applied Microbiology, Vol 62; Elsevier Academic Press Inc pp. 235-268 San Diego

2001

Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) for microbial community analysis
Tebbe, Cristoph C.; Schmalenberger, Achim; Peters, Sabine; Schwieger, Frank
(2001) Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) for microbial community analysis
In Environmental molecular microbiology: Protocols and applications; New York : Horizon Press pp. 161-175

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Responses of soil microbiota and nematodes to application of organic and inorganic fertilizers in grassland columns
Ikoyi I.;Egeter B.;Chaves C.;Ahmed M.;Fowler A.;Schmalenberger A.
(2020) Responses of soil microbiota and nematodes to application of organic and inorganic fertilizers in grassland columns
In Biology And Fertility Of Soils;
DOI: 10.1007/s00374-020-01440-5
[ULIR]

2019

Sulfate fertilization supports growth of ryegrass in soil columns but changes microbial community structures and reduces abundances of nematodes and arbuscular mycorrhiza
Ikoyi I.;Fowler A.;Storey S.;Doyle E.;Schmalenberger A.
(2019) Sulfate fertilization supports growth of ryegrass in soil columns but changes microbial community structures and reduces abundances of nematodes and arbuscular mycorrhiza
In The Science of the total environment;
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135315
[ULIR]

2017

A 3-year multi-food study of the presence and persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in 54 small food businesses in Ireland
Leong, D,NicAogain, K,Luque-Sastre, L,McManamon, O,Hunt, K,Alvarez-Ordonez, A,Scollard, J,Schmalenberger, A,Fanning, S,O'Byrne, C,Jordan, K
(2017) A 3-year multi-food study of the presence and persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in 54 small food businesses in Ireland
In International Journal Of Food Microbiology; pp. 18-26
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2017.02.015

2017

Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland
Fox, A,Ikoyi, I,Creamer, R,Lanigan, G,Schmalenberger, A
(2017) Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland
In Applied Soil Ecology; pp. 97-104
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.07.032

2017

Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland
Aaron Fox, Israel Ikoyi, Rachel Creamer, Gary Lanigan, Achim Schmalenberger
(2017) Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland
In Applied Soil Ecology;

2016

Chemically and biologically-mediated fertilizing value of manure-derived biochar
Subedi, R,Taupe, N,Ikoyi, I,Bertora, C,Zavattaro, L,Schmalenberger, A,Leahy, JJ,Grignani, C
(2016) Chemically and biologically-mediated fertilizing value of manure-derived biochar
In The Science of the total environment; pp. 924-933
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.160

2016

Miscanthus biochar promotes growth of spring barley and shifts bacterial community structures including phosphorus and sulfur mobilizing bacteria
Fox, A,Gahan, J,Ikoyi, I,Kwapinski, W,O'Sullivan, O,Cotter, PD,Schmalenberger, A
(2016) Miscanthus biochar promotes growth of spring barley and shifts bacterial community structures including phosphorus and sulfur mobilizing bacteria
In Pedobiologia; pp. 195-202
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2016.07.003
[ULIR]

2016

Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes growth on fresh-cut produce with thyme essential oil and essential oil compound verbenone
Scollard, J,McManamon, O,Schmalenberger, A
(2016) Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes growth on fresh-cut produce with thyme essential oil and essential oil compound verbenone
In Postharvest Biology And Technology; pp. 61-68
DOI: 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2016.05.005
[ULIR]

2015

Arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphae in grassland select for a diverse and abundant hyphospheric bacterial community involved in sulfonate desulfurization
Gahan, J,Schmalenberger, A
(2015) Arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphae in grassland select for a diverse and abundant hyphospheric bacterial community involved in sulfonate desulfurization
In Applied Soil Ecology; pp. 113-121
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2014.12.008
[ULIR]

2015

Oxalate secretion by ectomycorrhizal Paxillus involutus is mineral-specific and controls calcium weathering from minerals
A. Schmalenberger, A. L. Duran, A. W. Bray, J. Bridge, S. Bonneville, L. G. Benning, M. E. Romero-Gonzalez, J. R. Leake & S. A. Banwart
(2015) Oxalate secretion by ectomycorrhizal Paxillus involutus is mineral-specific and controls calcium weathering from minerals
In Scientific Reports;
DOI: DOI: 10.1038/srep12187
[ULIR]

2014

Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by bacterial isolates from human skin.
Sowada J, Schmalenberger A, Ebner I, Luch A, Tralau T
(2014) Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by bacterial isolates from human skin.
In FEMS microbiology ecology;
DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12276

2014

Bacterial communities in grassland turfs respond to sulphonate addition while fungal communities remain largely unchanged
Schmalenberger, A,Noll, M
(2014) Bacterial communities in grassland turfs respond to sulphonate addition while fungal communities remain largely unchanged
In European Journal Of Soil Biology; pp. 12-19
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2013.12.005
[ULIR]

2014

The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply
Gahan, J; Schmalenberger, A
(2014) The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply
In Frontiers In Plant Science;
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00723
[ULIR]

2014

The role of sulfur- and phosphorus-mobilizing bacteria in biochar-induced growth promotion of Lolium perenne
Fox, A,Kwapinski, W,Griffiths, BS,Schmalenberger, A
(2014) The role of sulfur- and phosphorus-mobilizing bacteria in biochar-induced growth promotion of Lolium perenne
In FEMS microbiology ecology; pp. 78-91
DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12374
[ULIR]

2013

Bacterial Communities Established in Bauxite Residues with Different Restoration Histories
Schmalenberger, A,O'Sullivan, O,Gahan, J,Cotter, PD,Courtney, R
(2013) Bacterial Communities Established in Bauxite Residues with Different Restoration Histories
In Environmental Science & Technology; pp. 7110-7119
DOI: 10.1021/es401124w
[ULIR]

2011

Characterization of main sulfur source of wood-degrading basidiomycetes by S K-edge X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)
Schmalenberger, A; Pritzkow, W; Ojeda, JJ; Noll, M
(2011) Characterization of main sulfur source of wood-degrading basidiomycetes by S K-edge X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)
In International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation; pp. 1215-1223
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2011.08.013
[ULIR]

2011

Tree-mycorrhiza symbiosis accelerate mineral weathering: Evidences from nanometer-scale elemental fluxes at the hypha-mineral interface
Bonneville, Steeve,Morgan, Daniel J.,Schmalenberger, Achim,Bray, Andrew,Brown, Andrew,Banwart, Steven A.,Benning, Liane G.
(2011) Tree-mycorrhiza symbiosis accelerate mineral weathering: Evidences from nanometer-scale elemental fluxes at the hypha-mineral interface
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta; pp. 6988-7005
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2011.08.041

2011

Study of a depth filter (Disruptor (TM)) for the novel application of reducing SWRO membrane fouling
El-Azizi, Ibrahim M., Schmalenberger, A, Komlenic, R, Edyvean, Robert G. J.
(2011) Study of a depth filter (Disruptor (TM)) for the novel application of reducing SWRO membrane fouling
In Desalination And Water Treatment; pp. 20-28
DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2011.1281

2010

Oxalic acid release in ectomycorrhiza mineral weathering
Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A. L., Romero-Gonzales, M. E., Leake, J. R., Banwart, S. A.
(2010) Oxalic acid release in ectomycorrhiza mineral weathering
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta; pp. 923-923

2010

Fungi on the rocks!
Bonneville, S.,Morgan, D.,Bray, A. W.,Brown, A.,Duran, A.,Schmalenberger, A.,Benning, L. G.
(2010) Fungi on the rocks!
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta;

2010

Shifts in desulfonating bacterial communities along a soil chronosequence in the forefield of a receding glacier
Schmalenberger, Achim,Noll, Matthias
(2010) Shifts in desulfonating bacterial communities along a soil chronosequence in the forefield of a receding glacier
In Fems Microbiology Ecology; pp. 208-217
DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00799.x
[ULIR]

2010

Sulfate treatment affects desulfonating bacterial community structures in Agrostis rhizospheres as revealed by functional gene analysis based on asfA
Schmalenberger, A.,Telford, A.,Kertesz, M. A.
(2010) Sulfate treatment affects desulfonating bacterial community structures in Agrostis rhizospheres as revealed by functional gene analysis based on asfA
In European Journal Of Soil Biology; pp. 248-254
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2010.03.003
[ULIR]

2010

Constraining global-scale weathering models through nano-scale ectomycorrhiza-mineral interactions
Bridge, J. W., Bonneville, S., Saccone, L., Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A., Andrews, M., Hardy, K., Taylor, L., Beerling, D., Benning, L., Leake, J., McMaster, T., Banwart, S. A.
(2010) Constraining global-scale weathering models through nano-scale ectomycorrhiza-mineral interactions
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta; pp. 123-123

2009

Quantifying chemical weathering at the biotite-mycorrhiza interface
Bonneville, S., Morgan, D., Brown, A., Smits, M., Duran, A., Schmalenberger, A., Leake, J. R., Banwart, S., Brydson, R., Benning, L. G.
(2009) Quantifying chemical weathering at the biotite-mycorrhiza interface
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta; pp. 138-138

2009

Mineralogy controls oxalic acid release in mycorrhiza weathering
Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A. L., Leake, J. R., Romero-Gonzales, M. E., Banwart, S. A.
(2009) Mineralogy controls oxalic acid release in mycorrhiza weathering
In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta; pp. 1177-1177

2009

Sulfonate desulfurization in Rhodococcus from wheat rhizosphere communities
Schmalenberger, A., Hodge, S., Hawkesford, M. J., Kertesz, M. A.
(2009) Sulfonate desulfurization in Rhodococcus from wheat rhizosphere communities
In Fems Microbiology Ecology; pp. 140-150
[ULIR]

2008

Two-dimensional single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in an acidic fen
Schmalenberger, Achim,Tebbe, Christoph C.,Kertesz, Michael A.,Drake, Harold L.,Kuesel, Kirsten
(2008) Two-dimensional single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in an acidic fen
In European Journal Of Soil Biology; pp. 495-500
[ULIR]

2008

The role of Variovorax and other Comamonadaceae in sulfur transformations by microbial wheat rhizosphere communities exposed to different sulfur fertilization regimes
Schmalenberger, A., Hodge, S., Bryant, A., Hawkesford, M. J., Singh, B. K., Kertesz, M. A.
(2008) The role of Variovorax and other Comamonadaceae in sulfur transformations by microbial wheat rhizosphere communities exposed to different sulfur fertilization regimes
In Environmental Microbiology; pp. 1486-1500
[ULIR]

2007

Desulfurization of aromatic sulfonates by rhizosphere bacteria: high diversity of the asfA gene
Schmalenberger, A., Kertesz, M. A.
(2007) Desulfurization of aromatic sulfonates by rhizosphere bacteria: high diversity of the asfA gene
In Environmental Microbiology; pp. 535-545

2007

High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes characterized in a depth gradient in an acidic fen
Schmalenberger, Achim,Drake, Harold L.,Kuesel, Kirsten
(2007) High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes characterized in a depth gradient in an acidic fen
In Environmental Microbiology; pp. 1317-1328

2005

Biofilm community structure in Uxmal Mayan monuments
Ortega-Morales, B. O.,Narvaez-Zapata, J. A.,Schmalenberger, A.,Sosa-Lopez, A.,Tebbe, C. C.
(2005) Biofilm community structure in Uxmal Mayan monuments
In International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation; pp. 301-302

2003

Bacterial diversity in maize rhizospheres: conclusions on the use of genetic profiles based on PCR-amplified partial small subunit rRNA genes in ecological studies
Schmalenberger, A., Tebbe, C. C.
(2003) Bacterial diversity in maize rhizospheres: conclusions on the use of genetic profiles based on PCR-amplified partial small subunit rRNA genes in ecological studies
In Molecular Ecology; pp. 251-261

2003

Genetic profiling of noncultivated bacteria from the rhizospheres of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) reveal field and annual variability but no effect of a transgenic herbicide resistance
Schmalenberger, A., Tebbe, C. C.
(2003) Genetic profiling of noncultivated bacteria from the rhizospheres of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) reveal field and annual variability but no effect of a transgenic herbicide resistance
In Canadian Journal Of Microbiology; pp. 1-8

2002

Bacterial community composition in the rhizosphere of a transgenic, herbicide-resistant maize (Zea mays) and comparison to its non-transgenic cultivar Bosphore
Schmalenberger, A., Tebbe, C. C.
(2002) Bacterial community composition in the rhizosphere of a transgenic, herbicide-resistant maize (Zea mays) and comparison to its non-transgenic cultivar Bosphore
In Fems Microbiology Ecology; pp. 29-37

2001

Effect of primers hybridizing to Different evolutionarily conserved regions of the small-subunit rRNA gene in PCR-based microbial community analyses and genetic profiling
Schmalenberger, A.,Schwieger, F.,Tebbe, C. C.
(2001) Effect of primers hybridizing to Different evolutionarily conserved regions of the small-subunit rRNA gene in PCR-based microbial community analyses and genetic profiling
In Applied And Environmental Microbiology; pp. 3557-3563

Other Journals

2004

Biofilms fouling ancient limestone Mayan monuments in Uxmal, Mexico: a cultivation-independent analysis
B. O. Ortega-Morales, J. A. Narváez-Zapata, A. Schmalenberger, A. Sosa-López and C. C. Tebbe
(2004) Biofilms fouling ancient limestone Mayan monuments in Uxmal, Mexico: a cultivation-independent analysis
In Biofilms; Cambridge Univ. Press pp. 79-90

Conference Publications

3013

Society for General Microbiology, Manchester
J. Gahan, A. Schmalenberger
(3013) Society for General Microbiology, Manchester

2013

Goldschmidt 2013, Florence
Bonneville S, Bray A, Schmalenberger A, Morgan DJ, Brown A, Banwart S & Benning LG
(2013) Goldschmidt 2013, Florence

2013

Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland
A. Fox, W. Kwapinski, A. Schmalenberger
(2013) Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland

2013

Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland,
J. Gahan, A. Schmalenberger
(2013) Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland,

2012

ISME - The Power of the Small
Jacinta Gahan, Achim Schmalenberger
(2012) ISME - The Power of the Small

2012

ISME - The Power of the Small
Fox A., Cullen R., Kwapinski W., Schmalenberger A.
(2012) ISME - The Power of the Small

2012

ISME - The Power of the Small
Achim Schmalenberger, Adele Duran, Maria Romero-Gonzalez, Lazar Tatic, Jonathan Bridge, Liane Benning, Steeve Bonneville, Andrew Bray, Jonathan Leake, Steven Banwart
(2012) ISME - The Power of the Small

2012

ISME -The Power of the Small
Achim Schmalenberger, Orla O'Sullivan, Jacinta Gahan, Paul Cotter and Ronan Courtney
(2012) ISME -The Power of the Small

2011

Goldschmidt 2011, Prague
Schmalenberger A, Bray AW, Duran A, Leake JR, Banwart SA, Cinque G, Frogley M, Filik J, Pijanka J, Bonneville S, Benning LG, Romero-Gonzalez M
(2011) Goldschmidt 2011, Prague

2011

Goldschmidt 2011, Prague
Bonneville S, Morgan DJ, Bray AW, Brown A, Schmalenberger A, Banwart SA, Benning LG
(2011) Goldschmidt 2011, Prague

2010

Goldschmidt, Knoxville
Bray, Andrew W.,Bonnevile, Steeve,Cinque, Gianfelice,Frogley, Mark D.,Wehbe, Katia,Filik, Jacob,Duran, Adele L.,Schmalenberger, Achim,Romero-Gonzalez, Maria,Benning, Liane G.
(2010) Goldschmidt, Knoxville

Conference Contributions

2014

Host-Microbe Dialogue
Co-Organiser
(2014) Host-Microbe Dialogue
Limerick, Ireland

Reviewss

2014

The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply
Gahan, J,Schmalenberger, A
(2014) The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply
In Frontiers In Plant Science;
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00723

Articles

2014

Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP)
Schmalenberger A.;Tebbe C.
(2014) Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP)
In Methods in Molecular Biology; pp. 71-83
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-62703-712-9_6

2014

Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP)
Schmalenberger A.;Tebbe C.
(2014) Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP)
In Methods in Molecular Biology; pp. 71-83
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-62703-712-9-6