Prof. Dr. Ralf Conrad

Methanogenic degradation and microbial metabolism of trace gases

Curriculum Vitae

Diplom (Biology), University of Göttingen, 1973
Dr. rer.nat. (Microbiology), University of Göttingen, 1976
Postdoc (Air chemistry), Max-Planck-Institut Mainz, 1978-1985
Postdoc (Microbiology), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983
Habilitation (Microbiology), University of Mainz, 1985
Professor (Microbiology), University of Konstanz, 1986-1990
Adjunct Professor (Microbiology), Philipps-University Marburg, since 1993
Director and Head of the Department of Biogeochemistry at the MPI Marburg, since 1991
Adjunct Professor, Chinese Agricultural University, Beijing, since 2006

Research area: Methanogenic Degradation and Microbial Metabolism of Trace Gases

We want to learn which groups of soil microorganisms are responsible for particular biogeochemical processes and to understand the reason why. For this purpose we investigate biogeochemical processes involved in the exchange of climatically relevant trace gases (CH4, N2O, H2) between soil and atmosphere. A particular focus is on processes in flooded rice fields, which we have used during the last twenty five years as a model system for studying biogeochemistry and ecology of soil microbes.
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The group of Ralf Conrad as per October 2015

Recent publications

Hernández, M., Conrad, R., Klose, M., Ma, K. and Lu, Y. (2017) Structure and function of methanogenic microbial communities in soils from flooded rice and upland soybean fields from Sanjiang plain, NE China. Soil Biol. Biochem. 105: 81-91
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Liu P. and Conrad, R. (2017) Syntrophobacteraceae-affiliated species are major propionate-degrading sulfate reducers in paddy soil. Environ. Microbiol. in press:doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13698
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Breidenbach, B., Blaser, M. B., Klose, M. and Conrad, R. (2016) Crop rotation of flooded rice with upland maize impacts the resident and active methanogenic microbial community. Environ. Microbiol., 18: 2868-2885
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Cai, Y., Zheng, Y., Bodelier, P. L. E., Conrad, R. and Jia, Z. (2016) Conventional methanotrophs are responsible for atmospheric methane oxidation in paddy soils. Nature Comm. 7:11728. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11728
[online access]

Freude, C. and Blaser, M. (2016) Carbon isotope fractionation during catabolism and anabolism in acetogenic bacteria growing on different substrates. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82: 2728-2737
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Ji, Y., Angel, R., Klose, M., Claus, P., Marotta, H., Pinho, L., Enricht-Prast, A. and Conrad, R. (2016) Structure and function of methanogenic microbial communities in sediments of Amazonian lakes with different water types. Environ. Microbiol. 18: 5082-5100
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