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.
http://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/renu2farm-nutrient-recycling-from-pilot-production-to...
Former postdocsDr. Johann Scollard

Current postdocsDr. Israel Ikoyi
Former postgraduate students
Ms Jacinta Gahan
MSc Aaron Fox
Mr Oisin McManamon
MSc Jessica Graca

Current postgraduate studentsMs Lea Deinert
Ms Firinna McKenna-BeattieMs Jane DarcyMr Paul CullineyMs Georgia Voulgari








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

Books

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Book Chapters

Bacterial Mobilization of nutrients from biochar amended soils

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2016
Amsterdam
Elsevier
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Profiling the Diversity of Microbial Communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP).

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
New York
Humana Press
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Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) for microbial community analysis

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2001
New York
Horizon Press
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Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2007
Elsevier Academic Press Inc
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

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.

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2003
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The role of Variovorax and other Comamonadaceae in sulfur transformations by microbial wheat rhizosphere communities exposed to different sulfur fertilization regimes

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2008
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Mineralogy controls oxalic acid release in mycorrhiza weathering

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2009
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Drainage class and soil phosphorus availability shape microbial communities in Irish grasslands

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2021
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Characterization of main sulfur source of wood-degrading basidiomycetes by S K-edge X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2011
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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

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2003
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Bacterial diversity in maize rhizospheres: conclusions on the use of genetic profiles based on PCR-amplified partial small subunit rRNA genes in ecological studies.

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2003
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Desulfurization of aromatic sulfonates by rhizosphere bacteria: high diversity of the asfA gene

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2007
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Oxalic acid release in ectomycorrhiza mineral weathering

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Bacterial communities in grassland turfs respond to sulphonate addition while fungal communities remain largely unchanged

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Effect of primers hybridizing to Different evolutionarily conserved regions of the small-subunit rRNA gene in PCR-based microbial community analyses and genetic profiling

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2001
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Growth Potential of Listeria monocytogenes on Refrigerated Spinach and Rocket Leaves in Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2020
BASEL
MDPI
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Oxalate secretion by ectomycorrhizal Paxillus involutus is mineral-specific and controls calcium weathering from minerals

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2015
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High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes characterized in a depth gradient in an acidic fen

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2007
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Fungi on the rocks!

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Two-dimensional single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in an acidic fen

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2008
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Inoculation density is affecting growth conditions of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh cut lettuce

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2017
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Sulfatase Assay to Determine Influence of Plants on Microbial Activity in Soil

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2020
SUNNYVALE
BIO-PROTOCOL
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Profiling the Diversity of Microbial Communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP)

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Sulfate fertilization supports growth of ryegrass in soil columns but changes microbial community structures and reduces abundances of nematodes and arbuscular mycorrhiza

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2019
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Sulfonate desulfurization in Rhodococcus from wheat rhizosphere communities

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2009
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Tree-mycorrhiza symbiosis accelerate mineral weathering: Evidences from nanometer-scale elemental fluxes at the hypha-mineral interface

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2011
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Sulfate treatment affects desulfonating bacterial community structures in Agrostis rhizospheres as revealed by functional gene analysis based on asfA

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Miscanthus biochar promotes growth of spring barley and shifts bacterial community structures including phosphorus and sulfur mobilizing bacteria

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
Dr. Witold Kwapinski
2016
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Design and Construction of Repacked Soil Columns for Measuring Solute Transport, Plant Growth and Soil Biota

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2021
SUNNYVALE
BIO-PROTOCOL
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The role of sulfur- and phosphorus-mobilizing bacteria in biochar-induced growth promotion of Lolium perenne

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
Dr. Witold Kwapinski
2014
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One-time phosphate fertilizer application to grassland columns modifies the soil microbiota and limits its role in ecosystem services

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2018
AMSTERDAM
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Bacterial community composition in the rhizosphere of a transgenic, herbicide-resistant maize (Zea mays) and comparison to its non-transgenic cultivar Bosphore

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2002
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The influence of aggregate size fraction and horizon position on microbial community composition

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2018
AMSTERDAM
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Biological management of selected weeds of wheat through co-application of allelopathic rhizobacteria and sorghum extract

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2021
SAN DIEGO
ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
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Nisin application delays growth of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut iceberg lettuce in modified atmosphere packaging, while the bacterial community structure changes within one week of storage

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2019
AMSTERDAM
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Bacterial community composition in the rhizosphere of a transgenic, herbicide-resistant maize (Zea mays) and comparison to its non-transgenic cultivar Bosphore.

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2002
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Chemically and biologically-mediated fertilizing value of manure-derived biochar

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
Dr. James J Leahy
2016
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Shifts in desulfonating bacterial communities along a soil chronosequence in the forefield of a receding glacier

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2017
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Responses of soil microbiota and nematodes to application of organic and inorganic fertilizers in grassland columns

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2020
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Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes growth on fresh-cut produce with thyme essential oil and essential oil compound verbenone

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2016
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Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by bacterial isolates from human skin.

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Quantifying chemical weathering at the biotite-mycorrhiza interface

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2009
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Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to temporal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2017
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Study of a depth filter (Disruptor (TM)) for the novel application of reducing SWRO membrane fouling

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2011
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A 3-year multi-food study of the presence and persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in 54 small food businesses in Ireland

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2017
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Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply.

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2007
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Bacterial diversity in maize rhizospheres: conclusions on the use of genetic profiles based on PCR-amplified partial small subunit rRNA genes in ecological studies

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2003
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Constraining global-scale weathering models through nano-scale ectomycorrhiza-mineral interactions

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphae in grassland select for a diverse and abundant hyphospheric bacterial community involved in sulfonate desulfurization

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2015
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Biofilm community structure in Uxmal Mayan monuments

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2005
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Bacterial Communities Established in Bauxite Residues with Different Restoration Histories

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2013
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Other Journals

Biofilms fouling ancient limestone Mayan monuments in Uxmal, Mexico: a cultivation-independent analysis

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2004
Cambridge Univ. Press
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Conference Publications

Society for General Microbiology, Manchester

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
3013
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ISME - The Power of the Small

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2012
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ISME -The Power of the Small

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2012
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Goldschmidt 2011, Prague

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2011
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ISME - The Power of the Small

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2012
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Goldschmidt 2011, Prague

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2011
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ISME - The Power of the Small

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
Dr. Witold Kwapinski
2012
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Goldschmidt 2013, Florence

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2013
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Goldschmidt, Knoxville

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2010
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Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2013
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Agricultural Research Forum, Teagasc, Tullamore, Ireland,

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2013
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Conference Contributions

Host-Microbe Dialogue

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Published Reports

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP)

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP)

Dr. Achim Schmalenberger
2014
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