Title: Missing symbionts-emerging pathogens? Microbiome management for sustainable agriculture.
Berg, Schweitzer, Abdelfattah, Cernava, Wassermann; Symbiosis; 20.01.2023;
Link to Publication
In cooparation with the University of Pretoria (Department of Plant Pathology) we explore the microbiomes of indigenous fruits and vegetables and their impact on our health. Colloquia for the purpose of exchange of knowledge and ideas took place during the visit of Gabriele Berg and Birgit Wassermann in South Africa.
Title: Biotic and Abiotic Stress Factors Induce Microbioms Shifts and Enrichment of Distinct Beneficial Bacteria in Tomato Roots.
Flemer, Gulati, Bergna, Rändler, Cernava, Witzel, Berg and Gosch. Phytobiomes Journal, Vol.6 Nr.4, 2022
Link to Publication
Title of the Publication: Plant Growth Promotion and Biocontrol of Leaf Blight Caused by Nogrospora sphaerica on Passion Fruit by Endophytic Bacillus subtilis Strain GUCC4.
Wang et. al., Journal of Fungi, Vol 9, Issue 2
Title: Viral Community Structure and Potential Functions in the Dried-Out Aral Sea Basin Change along a Desiccation Gradient.
Wicaksono et al, American Society for Microbiology, Jan.10, 2023
From seed to seed: the role of microbial inheritance in the assembly of the plant microbiome.
Ahmed Abdelfattah, Ayco J.M. Tack, Carolina Lobato, Birgit Wassermann, Gabriele Berg, TIM 2022, 2164, 05.12.2022
The 9th Theodor Escherich Symposium, organized by the Med Uni Graz, has been held this year as a hybrid meeting (online or in person) this year and took place from the 17th to 18th November 2022.
Function-Based Rhizosphere Assembly along a Gradient of Desiccation in the Former Aral Sea
Wicaksono et. al, American Society for Microbiology, 30 Nov. 2022, https://doi.org/10.1128/msystems.00739-22…
To defend or to attack? Antagonistic interactions between Serratia plymuthica and fungal plant pathogens, a species-specific volatile dialogue.
Rybakova et al; Front. Sustain. Food Syst., 28.10.2022; https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.1020634.
A space for interaction between early career scientists of the field of Seed Microbiome is created.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, 13th of October.
Details can be found here.
Microbiome-based biotechnology for reducing food loss post harvest.
Birgit Wassermann et al; Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol 78, Dec 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2022.102808
The chapter "Beneficial Microbes for Agriculture" in the book "Good Microbes in Medicine, Food Production, Biotechnology, Bioremediation, and Agriculture" was contributed by Gabriele Berg, Peter Kusstatscher, Birgit Wassermann, Tomislav Cernava and Ahmed Abdelfattah.
Digital Visions at Science: Talks from Tomislav Cernava (picture) and Matthias Schweitzer for the Field of Expertise "Answering new research questions with (decade-) old data"
Talk from master student Isabella Kögl at the ÖGMBT Meeting held from the 20th to the 22nd of September 2022 in Vienna.
Modulation of the food microbiome by apple fruit processing.
Wicaksono et al., Food Microbiol.2022 Dec.
Trade-off for survival: Microbiome response to chemical exposure combines activation of intrinsic resistanes and adapted metabolic activity
Wicaksono et. al, Environmental International, Volume 168, October 2022, 107474
Online Meeting (in German) about the soil microbiome and the connection to the human microbiome and the effect on the agricultural practice and the nutrition.
Speakers are Michael Schloter, Gabriele Berg, Martin Grassberger, Michael Weiß and Christoph Felgentreu
Under a TU Graz initiative, a group of leading international specialists have demonstrated how microbes can be harnessed to reverse biodiversity deterioration. Their findings have been presented in a critical guide published in Nature Microbiology.
THe 31th International Horticultural Congress takes part from 14th to 20th of August in Angern in France. Prof. Bergs contribution about the impact of the science of microbiome to the horticulture.
Modulation of the food microbiome by apple fruit processing
Wisnu Adi Wicaksono et al, Food Microbiology, Volume 108, Dec 2022, 104103
Here the link to the publication
The book written by Dr. Daria Rybakova "Was ist ein Mikrobiom? Der Besuch im Labor" can be purchased from now on at Amazon.
Metadata harmonization-Standards are the key for a better usage of omics data for integrative microbiome analysis.
Cernava et al., Environmental Microbiome (2022) 17, Article Nr. 33
Just good impressions from our M4F! celebration: a lot of guests, much sun, many positiv feedbacks and above all fun & happiness in the Botanical Garden.
The "Game of µCoins" was played for the first time in a large group. The audience decided whose idea investment was the best.
The three best groups (see below) have the opportunity for the final round at Arc Elctronica in Linz, which will take place on 31th of May.
1rst Place: Sauerkraut - the New Destresser Food? (Sauerkraut – der neue Stresskiller?)
2nd Place: Magic Bubbles (S(Z)auber-Bubbles)
3rd Place: Harrys Fertiliser and the Chamber of Growing (Harrys Dünger und die Kammer des Wachsens).
Very engaged participants were the pupils of the school BG/BRG Carneri-find here a video from the recent workshop, produced on there own: https://youtu.be/UZhfU7K3xc0
Insights into the microbiome assembly during different growth stages and storage of strawberry plants
Expedito Olimi, Peter Kusstatscher, Wisnu Adi Wicaksono, Ahmed Abdelfattah, Tomislav Cernava, Gabriele Berg; Environmental Microbiome (2022) 17:21
"Save our soils" workshop organized from the project LANDSUPPORT. The workshop took place on 27th and 28th of April at the University of Naples Federico II in Portici, near Naples in Italy.
Link for further information
Link to YouTube Contribution: Save Soil Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Agriculture-Talk of Prof. Gabriele Berg can be seen from 1'16" on'
Gamification in Medicine: Playing for Health.
A game was designed to enhance the knowledge in the field of awareness for the diversity and functionality of the microbiome.
Link to Article
First time at the annual conference of the Microbiology Society in Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Talk of Prof. Gabriele Berg on 05th of April 2022: Microbiome management for plant and planetary health
On the 31st of March in the assembly hall of the Old University of Graz,the Styrian Badge of Honor was awarded to Prof. Gabriele Berg from the Styrian State Governor Hermann Schützenhofer for the work of Berg in the field of microbiom research.
On 23.03.2033 the 2nd part of the M4F workshop took place at the Secondary School Graz St. Leonhard.
©Fischer; Gabriele Berg; ©Fischer; Landesrätin Eibinger-Miedl with Award Winner Julia Danzer,Gabriele Berg, Michael Steiner
On the 11th of March 2022, the State Official for Science MMag.a Barbara Eibinger-Miedl has awarded the Styrian Prize for Research and Sponsorhip to four prominent figures with a cash prize of 36.000,00 Euro in all.
The Prize for Research with a cash prize of 12.000,00 Euro goes to Univ.-Prof.in Dipl.-Biol.in Dr.in Gabriele BERG from the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology of the Technical University of Graz for her work: „Microbiome definition re-visited: old concepts and new challenges"
The other prizes were awarded to Juli Danzer, Norbert Paulo und Michael Steiner. For further information (content in German) go to: https://www.wissenschaft.steiermark.at/cms/beitrag/12710086/133043219/#tb10
Hooray! We are proud to post the video about internship this summer of the pupil Vincent Mastela. This video has won the FFG Internship Competition among pupils. The award will be hand over this spring in Vienna.
The course Microbiome & Health MOOC Basics treats basics, current topics from the scientific literature and latest scientific results in the field of microbiome. The impact to the health of plants, humans and the planet is discussed, current techniques and methods are presented.
Follow this link to the course: Microbiome & Health
The #M4F! summer internship has come to an end. The three pupils, which have never seen a scientific lab before, had the opportunity to assist real scientific work, help in the lab and realize also own ideas! A lot has been learned, research was done and even more discussion about the future of the microbiome research took place.
Congratulation to Chiara Versic from the Highschool "Akademisches Gymnasium" and to Vincent Mastela und Valentin Fina from the Highschool "BRG Keplerstraße 1", both located in Graz, to the passed internship!
Many thanks to Katherine Cuadros Patino, Adrian Wolfgang and Franz Stocker for their great personal assistance and to Professor Gabriele Berg for the supporting this project!
Further information and impressions can be found on the site https://microbiome4future.tugraz.at/das-sommerpraktikum-ist-abgeschlossen/ (only German)
The Sponsorship Prize from Styria's Prize for Research of this year is awarded to Birgit Wassermann!
We carry around two kilograms of microorganisms on and with us through life. Researchers at the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at TU Graz explain why this is less frightening and much more vital and, with apples and rice grains, they provide two examples of how microbiome research can improve our lives.
Our Project "Microbiome 4 Future" is released on the site fti-remixed, a science platform for young people.
Bacterial seed endophyte shapes disease resistance in rice
Haruna Matsumoto, Xiaoyan Fan, Yue Wang, Peter Kusstatscher, Jie Duan, Sanling Wu, Sunlu Chen, Kun Qiao1, Yiling Wang, Bin Ma, Guonian Zhu, Yasuyuki Hashidoko, Gabriele Berg, Tomislav Cernava and Mengcen Wang
Link: Article in Nature Plants
Perhaps it does!
This is first analysis on the impact of sound on any microbiome, published as Short Commentary in the Journal Pathogens. Yet, further research is required to prove the results – but when, if not in 2020-2021, the International Year of Sound.
Plant Health and Sound Vibration: Analyzing Implications of the Microbiome in Grape Wine Leaves
Birgit Wassermann, Lise Korsten and Gabriele Berg
Link: Article in MDPI
Exploring the Microbiota of East African Indigenous Leafy Greens for Plant Growth, Health, and Resilience
Julian Taffner, Olivia Laggner, Adrian Wolfgang, Danny Coyne and Gabriele Berg
Link to Original Research Article:
Front.Microbiol.,19. November 2020
The 7th Theodor Escherich Symposium 2020 organized by our institute was a great pleasure and a complete success! Around 100 participants attended the Webinar each day!
International experts in microbiome research shed light on the microbiome from different perspectives, discussing functions and potential of the microbiome for human, plant and ecosystem health. We gratefully acknowledge the impressive contributions of our invited speakers Lise Korsten (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Joanna Salles (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Michael Schloter (Helmhotz Center Munich, Germany), Christine Moissl-Eichinger (Medical Univeristy of Graz, Austria) und Wisnu Wicaksono (Graz University of Technology, Austria).
Selected short talks covered a broad range of microbiome related topics, ranging from global warming and antibiotic resistance issues, up to bacteria and archeaea associated with human gut and skin and their contribution to health and disease.
Although the choice was hard, we are happy to announce the winners of this year's Best Talk Awards:
Maria Faticov (Stockholm University, Sweden): "Global warming plays a bigger role than the plant genotype in shaping the seasonal dynamics of fungal leaf communities on oaks."
Jesus Miguens Blanco (Imperial College London, United Kingdom): "Identification of New Associations Between Psoriatic Arthritis and Gut Microbiota, A Phenomenal Study."
Franziska Bauchinger (University of Vienna, Austria): "Shed ligtht on the mucus breaking community in the human intestine: is it Tetris or a puzzle?"
Stefanie Duller (Medical University of Vienna, Austria): " Interaction between hospital microbiome and resistome"
We greatly thank all speakers and participants for making this year's Theodor Escherich Symposium such an exciting event and we already joyfully anticipate next year's 8th TES!
Gabriele Berg, Ahmed Abdelfattah, Tomislav Cernava, Matthias Schweitzer and Birgit Wassermann
In the Sparkling-Science Project “Apple Microbiome: Research and complex analysis for our health“ pupils with diverse educational levels examined together with scientists and artists the microbiological diversity of apples. The results were published, transferred into art projects and exhibited in the "Haus der Wissenschaften” and in the Botanical Garten in Graz (Austria) .
Scientific Project: „ Apple Microbiome: Research and complex analysis for our health” https://apfelmikrobiom.tugraz.at/
Project Team: Daria Rybakova, Gabriele Berg, Birgit Wassermann und Timothy Mark from the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology
The FFG "Talente Regional" project "Microbiome 4 Future!" has officially started yesterday (29th of September 2020) with a Kick-Off meeting at the campus of the TU Graz. Over 50 high school students from the schools in Graz participated and listened to the lectures of our projects partners, did some experiments and even performed with the musical accompaniment of Beatrice Audetat and Timothy Mark while testing their protecting masks for their ability to hold away bacterial strains. Keep informed by liking our site https://www.facebook.com/microbiome4future (only German for now)
Understanding the Impact of Cultivar, Seed Origin, and Substrate on Bacterial Diversity of the Sugar Beet Rhizosphere and Suppression of Soil-Borne Pathogens
Adrian Wolfgang, Christin Zachow, Henry Müller, Alfred Grand, Nora Temme, Ralf Tilcher, Gabriele Berg
Original Research Article: Front. Plant Sci., 30.September 2020
Two scientific works produced on our institute have been awarded.
Congratulation to Melanie Obermeier and Laggner Olivia
Gabriele Berg, Birgit Wassermann and Peter Kusstatscher
Frontiers in Microbiology, 2019
For the first time the impact of hot water treatment (HWT), a widely used technique to increase storability in fruits, on the apple microbiome was investigated. Even though highly reducing the disease frequency, HWT only slightly changed the postharvest apple microbiome. Additionally, lab experiments showed the high potential of a combined approach of biocontrol agents with HWT, due to occurring heat induced fruit damage.
Gabriele Berg (right), Birgit Wassermann (centre) and Peter Kusstatscher (left) from the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at TU Graz and the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) developed methods to significantly improve the shelf life of fruit and vegetables and minimize post-harvest food losses
Link to Articel
Last Thursday, 8th of August, a group of children from the TUG daycare (“Nanoversity”) aged from 2 to 10, visited our lab and enjoyed exciting hands-on experiments: At the end they enjoyed self-made ice-cream that was made using liquid nitrogen
For more impressions of the event click on this link!
We just published our paper on the microbiome of apples. The paper draw massive public attention, so here is your chance to read it and some press articles writing about it:
it is a great pleasure to announce the presentation of our guestspeaker Prof. Kurisu from the "Research Center for Water Environment Technology (RECWET)" of the University of Tokyo.
The presentation will be held on Friday, the 16th of February 2018 at 11am, in our seminar room (BC01190) at Petersgasse 12 1.OG. Prof. Kurisu will give us an overview about his research and will be available in the afternoon for further questions and research interchange.
You are welcome to spread the information and invite interested collegues from other institutes.
We are looking forward to your numerous attendance.
We made it into the news again! Check out the article about the project "germfree hatching-eggs". You can find the article following this link.
The company Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH won the Austrian state award for innovation "ECONOVIUS 2016" for small and medium sized companies during this year's Innovation Awards in Vienna (29th March 2016). The price was awarded for their innovative development of a new process that avoids the spreading or carry over of germs (pathogens), the so called PDc Technology (Photodynamic Disinfection Certified Technology).
The starting idea for the development of this technology was launched within an interdisciplinary project of the RCPE, where 3 institutes of the TU Graz worked together under coordination of Prof. Gabriele Berg (Institute of Process and Particle Engineering, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Institute of Environmental Biotechnology).
For more information contact:
Gabriele Berg; gabriele.bergnoSpam@tugraz.at
The technology: http://www.ortner-group.com
After 3,5 years of hard work, Tanja Nottendorfer and Tobija Glawogger successfully accomplished their apprenticeship as laboratory technicians and today (March 11, 2016) we celebrated on their behalf!
We wish them all the best on their future work!
We are very proud to announce that our acib team (Austrian center of Industrial Biotechnology) with Key Researcher Prof. Gabriele Berg won the prestigious „Fast Forward Award 2015“ in the category „Institutions of applied R&D“!
The winning project led by Dr. Christin Zachow entitled „Leibwächter für Bio-Pflanzen” (eng.: bio-plant bodyguards) has a focus on bioprospecting microorganisms for advanced biocontrol strategies. Within the frame of the nomination the ORF team (Austrian broadcasting) recorded a 1-min introduction into the project (link to FFA ceremony).