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Dr. Gunter Wegener

Wissenschaftliches Personal


Organische Geochemie


+49 421 2028-8670



MPI 1338

Gunter Wegener

Research Topics

  • Diversity and functioning of anaerobic methane and and hydrocarbon degrading microorganisms, in particular ARCHAEA
  • Syntrophic interactions in subsurface microorganisms
  • Biogeochemistry of alkane degradation
  • Isotope systematics of methane in marine sediments

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Hahn, C.J., Lemaire, O.N., Kahnt, J., Engilberge, S., Wegener, G., Wagner, T. 2021. Crystal structure of a key enzyme for anaerobic ethane activation. Science, 373(6550), 118-121.
  • Ono, S.,  Rhim, J.H., Gruen, D.S., Tauber, H., Kölling, M., Wegener, G. (2021) Clumped isotopologue fractionation by microbial cultures performing the anaerobic oxidation of methane, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 293, 70-85.
  • Wang, Y., Wegener, G., Ruff, S.E., Wang, F. (2020) Methyl/alkyl‐coenzyme M reductase‐based anaerobic alkane oxidation in archaea. Environmental Microbiology.
  • Hahn, C.J., Laso-Pérez, R., Vulcano, F., Vaziourakis, K.-M., Stokke, R. Steen, I.H., Teske, A., Boetius, A.. Liebeke, M., Amann, R., Knittel, K., Wegener, G. (2020)  “Candidatus Ethanoperedens,” a Thermophilic Genus of Archaea Mediating the Anaerobic Oxidation of Ethane. mBio 11(2).
  • Laso-Pérez R., Hahn C., van Vliet D.M., Tegetmeyer H., Schubotz F., Smit N.T., Pape T., Sahling H., Bohrmann G., Boetius A., Knittel K., Wegener G. (2019) Anaerobic degradation of non-methane alkanes by "Candidatus Methanoliparia" in hydrocarbon seeps of the Gulf of Mexico. mBio 10(4):e01814-19. doi:10.1128/mBio.01814-19
  • Wang Y., Wegener G., Hou J., Wang F., Xiao X. (2019) Expanding anaerobic alkane metabolism in the domain of Archaea. Nature Microbiology. 4:595-602. doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0364-2r
  • Krukenberg V., Riedel D., Gruber-Vodicka H. R., Buttigieg P.L., Tegetmeyer H.E., Boetius A. , Wegener G. (2018) Gene expression and ultrastructure of meso- and thermophilic methanotrophic consortia. Environ. Microbiol., 20(5):1651-1666  doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14077
  • Laso-Pérez R., Krukenberg V., Musat F., Wegener G. (2018) Establishing anaerobic hydrocarbon-degrading enrichment cultures under strictly anoxic conditions. Nature Protocols, 13(6):1310-1330. doi:10.1038/nprot.2018.030
  • Kellermann M.Y., Yoshinaga M.Y., Wegener G., Krukenberg V., Hinrichs K.-U. (2016).Tracing the production and fate of individual archaeal intact polar lipids by stable isotope probing, Organic Geochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.02.004.
  • Krukenberg V., Harding K., Richter M., Glöckner F.-O., Gruber Vodicka H., Adam B., Berg J., Knittel K., Tegetmeyer H.E., Boetius A., Wegener G. (2016) Candidatus Desulfofervidus auxilii, a hydrogenotrophic sulfate-reducing bacterium involved in the thermophilic anaerobic oxidation of methane. Environmental Microbiology, 18:3073-3091. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13283.
  • Laso-Pérez R., Wegener G., Knittel K., Widdel F., Harding K. J., Krukenberg V., Meier D. V., Richter M., Tegetmeyer H. E., Riedel D., Richnow H.-H., Adrian L., Thorsten R., Lechtenfeld O., Musat F. (2016) Thermophilic archaea activate butane via alkyl-CoM formation. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature20152.
  • Wegener G., Kellermann, M.Y., Elvert. (2016) Tracking activity and function of microorganisms by stable isotope probing of membrane lipids (invited review). Current Opinion in Biotechnology. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2016.04.022
  • Wegener G., Krukenberg V., Ruff S.E., Kellermann M.Y., Knittel K. (2016). Metabolic capabilities of microorganisms involved in and associated with the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00046.
  • Wegener, G., Krukenberg, V., Riedel, D., Tegetmeyer, H.E., Boetius, A. 2015. Intercellular wiring enables electron transfer between methanotrophic archaea and bacteria. Nature, 526, 587.
  • Yoshinaga, M.Y., Holler, T., Goldhammer, T., Wegener, G., Pohlman, J.W., Brunner, B., Kuypers, M.M.M., Hinrichs, K.-U., Elvert, M. (2014) Carbon isotope equilibration during sulphate-limited anaerobic oxidation of methane, Nature Geoscience. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2069
  • Wegener, G., Bausch, M., Holler, T., Nguyen, M. T., Prieto Mollar, X.,, Kellermann, M.Y., Hinrichs, K-U. and Boetius, A. (2012) Assessing sub-seafloor microbial activity by combined stable isotope probing with deuterated water and 13C-bicarbonate. Microbiol. 14(6) 1517-1527 doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02739.x
  • Kellermann, M.Y., Wegener, G., Elvert, M., Yoshinaga, M.Y., Lin, Y.-L., Holler, T., Prieto Mollar, X., Knittel, K., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2012) Autotrophy as a predominant mode of carbon fixation in anaerobic methane-oxidizing microbial communities, Proc Natl Acad Sc USA, 109 (49) 19321-19326. org/10.1073/pnas.1208795109
  • Holler, T., Widdel, F., Knittel, K., Amann, R., Kellermann, M. Y., Hinrichs, K. U., Teske, A., Boetius, A. & Wegener, G. (2011). Thermophilic anaerobic oxidation of methane by marine microbial consortia. ISME J, 5(12), 1946-1956. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.77
  • Wegener, G., Niemann, H., Elvert, M., Hinrichs K.-U. and Boetius, A. (2008) Assimilation of methane and inorganic carbon by microbial communities mediating the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Environ. Microbiol. 10 (9), 2287–2298. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01653.x.

A complete record can be found Here