Group Members

Vincent Herve, Ph.D.
Vincent Herve, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +49 6421 178 122
Dr. Dorothee Tegtmeier
Dr. Dorothee Tegtmeier
Postdoctoral Fellow
Niclas Lampert
Niclas Lampert
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +49 6421 178 123
Wanyang Wang
Wanyang Wang
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 123
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
Fax: +49 6421 178 999
Katja Meuser
Katja Meuser
Technical Assistant
Phone: +49 6421 178 125

Contact

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

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 as per June 2017 Zoom Image
The group of Andreas Brune as per June 2017

Recent publications:

Radek, R., Meuser, K., Strassert, J.F.H., Arslan, O., Teßmer, A., Šobotník, J., Sillam-Dussès, D., Nink, R. A., Brune, A. (2017) Exclusive gut flagellates of Serritermitidae suggest a major transfaunation event in lower termites: Description of Heliconympha glossotermitis gen. nov. spec. nov. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. (in press). (online access)

Mikaelyan, A., Thompson, C.L., Meuser, K., Zheng, H., Rani, P., Plarre, R., Brune, A. (2017) High-resolution phylogenetic analysis of Endomicrobia reveals multiple acquisitions of endosymbiotic lineages by termite gut flagellates. Environ. Microbiol. Rep. (in press). (online access)

Zheng, H., Dietrich, C., Brune, A. (2017) Genome analysis of Endomicrobium proavitum suggests loss and gain of relevant functions during the evolution of intracellular symbionts. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 83: e00656–17. (online access)

Mikaelyan, A., Meuser, K., Brune, A. (2017) Microenvironmental heterogeneity of gut compartments drives bacterial community structure in wood- and humus-feeding higher termites. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 93: fiw20. (online access)

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