Contact

Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune
Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune
Research Group Leader
Phone: +49 6421 178 101

Group Members

Vincent Herve, Ph.D.
Vincent Herve, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +49 6421 178 122
Dr. Dorothee Tegtmeier
Dr. Dorothee Tegtmeier
Guest Scientist
Phone: +49 6421 178 124
Pengfei Liu, Ph.D.
Pengfei Liu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +49 6421 178 831
Dr. Niclas Lampert
Dr. Niclas Lampert
Guest Scientist
Phone: +49 6421 178 123
Wanyang Wang
Wanyang Wang
Guest Scientist
Phone: +49 6421 178 123
Manuel Alejandro Gonzalez Vera
Manuel Alejandro Gonzalez Vera
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 124
Yulin Song
Yulin Song
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 120
Hui Qi Loh
Hui Qi Loh
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 123
Katja Meuser
Katja Meuser
Technical Assistant
Phone: +49 6421 178 125
Christopher Feldewert
Christopher Feldewert
Master Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 124
Janneke Hassler
Master Student
Anna Faber
Student Assistant
Silvana Ruth Griesel
Silvana Ruth Griesel
Bachelor Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 124
Undine Mies
Undine Mies
Bachelor Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 124

Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune - Insect gut microbiology and symbiosis

Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune

Curriculum Vitae

Andreas Brune (born 1960)
Diplom (Biology), Universität Marburg, 1986
Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology), Universität Tübingen, 1990
Postdoc (Microbiology), Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1991-1993
Research Associate and Group Leader (Microbial Ecology), Universität Konstanz, 1993-2003
Habilitation (Microbiology and Microbial Ecology), Universität Konstanz, 2000
Research Group Leader (C3), MPI Marburg, since 2003

Research Area: Insect gut microbiology and symbiosis

Termite guts are tiny bioreactors converting lignocellulose to microbial fermentation products that fuel the metabolism of the host. My research group studies the role of the termite gut microbiota in the symbiotic digestion of wood, focusing on the biology of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic symbionts and their interactions, the structure and functions of the intestinal ecosystem, and the evolution of its microbiota. Other aspects are the microbial processes in the guts of humivorous soil macrofauna, such as soil-feeding termites and scarab beetle larvae.

More about our research
The group of Andreas Brune in November 2017 Zoom Image
The group of Andreas Brune in November 2017

Recent publications:

Bourguignon, T., Lo, N., Dietrich, C., Šobotník, J., Sidek, S., Roisin, Y., Brune, A., Evans, T.A. (2018) Rampant host-switching shaped the termite gut microbiome. Curr. Biol. 28: 649–654.e2. (Online)

Radek, R., Meuser, K., Strassert, J.F.H., Arslan, O., Teßmer, A., Šobotník, J., Sillam-Dussès, D., Nink, R. A., Brune, A. (2018) Exclusive gut flagellates of Serritermitidae suggest a major transfaunation event in lower termites: Description of Heliconympha glossotermitis gen. nov. spec. nov. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 65: 77–92.e2. (online access)

Tegtmeier, D., Belitz, A., Radek, R., Heimerl, T., Brune, A. (2018) Ereboglobus luteus gen. nov. sp. nov. from cockroach guts, and new insights into the oxygen relationship of the genera Opitutus and Didymococcus ( Verrucomicrobia: Opitutaceae). Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 41: 101-112. (online access)

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