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Dr Achim Schmalenberger

Phd

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 Chapter

2016

Bacterial Mobilization of nutrients from biochar amended soils
Achim Schmalenberger and Aaron Fox
Advances in Applied Microbiology DOI: 10.1016/bs.aambs.2015.10.001

2007

Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply
Kertesz, M. A., Fellows, E., Schmalenberger, A., Laskin, A. I., Sariaslani, S., Gadd, G. M.
Advances in Applied Microbiology, Vol 62

2001

Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) for microbial community analysis
Tebbe, Cristoph C.; Schmalenberger, Achim; Peters, Sabine; Schwieger, Frank
Environmental molecular microbiology: Protocols and applications

Conference Contribution

2014

Host-Microbe Dialogue
Co-Organiser

Conference Publication

3013

Society for General Microbiology, Manchester
J. Gahan, A. Schmalenberger

2013

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

2013

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

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
Achim Schmalenberger, Orla O'Sullivan, Jacinta Gahan, Paul Cotter and Ronan Courtney

2012

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

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
Bonneville S, Morgan DJ, Bray AW, Brown A, Schmalenberger A, Banwart SA, Benning LG

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.

Other Journal

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
Biofilms

Other Publication

2014

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

Peer Reviewed Journal

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.
Biology And Fertility Of Soils DOI: 10.1007/s00374-020-01440-5

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
International Journal Of Food Microbiology 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
Aaron Fox, Israel Ikoyi, Rachel Creamer, Gary Lanigan, Achim Schmalenberger
Applied Soil Ecology

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
Scientific Reports DOI: DOI: 10.1038/srep12187

2014

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

2014

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

2013

Bacterial Communities Established in Bauxite Residues with Different Restoration Histories
Schmalenberger, A,O'Sullivan, O,Gahan, J,Cotter, PD,Courtney, R
Environmental Science & Technology DOI: 10.1021/es401124w

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.
Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 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.
Desalination And Water Treatment DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2011.1281

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
International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2011.08.013

2010

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

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.
Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta

2010

Oxalic acid release in ectomycorrhiza mineral weathering
Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A. L., Romero-Gonzales, M. E., Leake, J. R., Banwart, S. A.
Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta

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.
Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta

2009

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

2009

Sulfonate desulfurization in Rhodococcus from wheat rhizosphere communities
Schmalenberger, A., Hodge, S., Hawkesford, M. J., Kertesz, M. A.
Fems Microbiology Ecology

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
European Journal Of Soil Biology

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.
Environmental Microbiology

2007

Desulfurization of aromatic sulfonates by rhizosphere bacteria: high diversity of the asfA gene
Schmalenberger, A., Kertesz, M. A.
Environmental Microbiology

2007

High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes characterized in a depth gradient in an acidic fen
Schmalenberger, Achim,Drake, Harold L.,Kuesel, Kirsten
Environmental Microbiology

2005

Biofilm community structure in Uxmal Mayan monuments
Ortega-Morales, B. O.,Narvaez-Zapata, J. A.,Schmalenberger, A.,Sosa-Lopez, A.,Tebbe, C. C.
International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation