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The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) at the University of Vienna combines rapidly developing research areas of high societal relevance. Our Centre consists of four Research Divisions spanning microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology and environmental systems science.

This multidisciplinary approach empowers us to comprehensively investigate those critical biotic and abiotic processes that shape our bodies, ecosystems, and our planet at large. Our research provides critical insights that address pressing global challenges, from human to environmental health.

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DOME Senior Scientist Alejandro Manzano Marín received funding for his project “SymBirth – Development of an artificial symbiont’s birth” from the...


Stephanie A. Eichorst, a Senior Scientist at DOME, received funding for her project “Beyond O2 – factors influencing the use of microbial terminal...


Unicellular algae are the main primary producers in the ocean, collectively being responsible for about half of the globally fixed carbon dioxide....


DOME senior scientists Katharina Kitzinger and Daan Speth recently co-authored a landmark paper in Nature led by a team from the Max Planck Institute...


A new study in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has detected tire additives in leafy vegetables.


On Wednesday, Thilo Hofmann will be part of an expert panel at the event "Österreichischer Aktionsplan Mikroplastik 2022-2025: From Pollution to...

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 Recent Publications

Rushworth DD, Schenkeveld WDC, Kumar N, Noël V, Dewulf J, van Helmond NAGM et al. Solid phase speciation controls copper mobilisation from marine sediments by methanobactin. Science of the Total Environment. 2024 Jul 15;934:173046. Epub 2024 May 11. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.173046

Dietrich M, Panhölzl C, Angel R, Giguere AT, Randi D, Hausmann B et al. Plant roots affect free-living diazotroph communities in temperate grassland soils despite decades of fertilization. Communications Biology. 2024 Jul 11;7(1):846. doi: 10.1038/s42003-024-06522-w

Schorn S, Graf JS, Littmann S, Hach PF, Lavik G, Speth DR et al. Persistent activity of aerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria in anoxic lake waters due to metabolic versatility. Nature Communications. 2024 Jun 21;15(1):5293. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-49602-5

Deehan EC, Zhang Z, Nguyen NK, Perez-Muñoz ME, Cole J, Riva A et al. Adaptation to tolerate high doses of arabinoxylan is associated with fecal levels of Bifidobacterium longum. Gut microbes. 2024 Jun 11;16(1):2363021. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2024.2363021