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Dr. Gunter Wegener



AWI Marine Microbiology

MPI Marine Microbiology


+49 421 2028-867


+49 421 2028-870



MPI 1338

Gunter Wegener

Research Topics

  • Syntrophic interactions of subsurface microorganisms
  • Metabolism of anaerobic methane and short-chain hydrocarbon degrading microorganisms
  • Functioning of thermophilic microorganisms
  • Isotope systematics of methane in marine sediments

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • R. Laso-Pérez, G. Wegener, K. Knittel, F. Widdel, K. J. Harding, V. Krukenberg., D. V. Meier., M. Richter., H. E. Tegetmeyer., D. Riedel, H.H. Richnow, L. Adrian, T. Reemtsma, O. Lechtenfeld, F. Musat (2016) Thermophilic archaea activate butane via alkyl-CoM formation. Nature, 539(7629):396-401.
  • 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. Environ Microbiol . 18:3073-3091.
  • Wegener, G. Kellermann, M.Y., Elvert, M. Tracking activity and function of microorganisms by stable isotope probing of membrane lipids (2016) Current Opinion in Biotechnolology; Volume 41, Pages 43–52 (invited review article).
  • 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. Front Microbiol V7 (article 46).
  • Wegener, G., Krukenberg, V., Riedel, D. Tegetmeyer, H.E., Boetius A. (2015) Intercellular wiring enables electron transfer between methanotrophic archaea and bacteria Nature 526 (7574), 587-590.
  • 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
  • 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. Environ Microbiol 14(6) 1517-1527
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.