Helmut Bürgmann

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Dr. Helmut Bürgmann

Microbial Ecology

Department Surface Waters Research & Management

About Me

Head of the Surface Waters - Research and Management department and the Microbial Ecology research group.

Research interests
Dissemination and evolution of antimicrobial resistance in the aquatic environment.
Microbial nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur cycling.
Structure - function relationships in microbial communities.
Linking gene expression to biochemical processes in environmental microbial communities.
Microbial interaction with ecosystem processes on various scales.

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Wastewater is a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. We study their dissemination in the aquatic environment, and strategies to remove them.
Niches and traits of methanotroph bacteria in stratified lakes are studied with the ultimate goal to improve process models.
We study the ecological stability of anammox biofilms, which are responsible for the autotrophic Nitrogen removal in mixed nitritation-anammox systems.
How is nitrate removed from lakes?

The Cycle of Nitrogen in Lakes

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Curriculum Vitae

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Gionchetta, G., Snead, D., Semerad, S., Beck, K., Pruden, A., & Bürgmann, H. (2023). Dynamics of antibiotic resistance markers and Escherichia coli invasion in riverine heterotrophic biofilms facing increasing heat and flow stagnation. Science of the Total Environment, 893, 164658 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164658, Institutional Repository
Lee, J., Ju, F., Beck, K., & Bürgmann, H. (2023). Differential effects of wastewater treatment plant effluents on the antibiotic resistomes of diverse river habitats. ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/s41396-023-01506-w, Institutional Repository
Niederdorfer, R., Gruber, W., Joss, A., & Bürgmann, H. (2023). MicROcensus: zeitnahe Mikrobiom-Analysen auf ARA. Aqua & Gas, 103(9), 54-59. , Institutional Repository
Yin, X., Chen, X., Jiang, X. T., Yang, Y., Li, B., Shum, M. H. H., … Zhang, T. (2023). Toward a universal unit for quantification of antibiotic resistance genes in environmental samples. Environmental Science and Technology, 57(26), 9713-9721. doi:10.1021/acs.est.3c00159, Institutional Repository
Baumann, K. B. L., Thoma, R., Callbeck, C. M., Niederdorfer, R., Schubert, C. J., Müller, B., … Bürgmann, H. (2022). Microbial nitrogen transformation potential in sediments of two contrasting lakes is spatially structured but seasonally stable. mSphere, 7(1), e01013-21 (20 pp.). doi:10.1128/msphere.01013-21, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Lee, J., & Erb, S. (2022). Antibiotikaresistenz bei Wasserbakterien. Sind nur grosse resistent? Durchflusszytometrie verknüpft mit Molekularbiologie gibt Aufschluss. Aqua & Gas, 102(7-8), 42-48. , Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Tschudin-Sutter, S., & Stephan, R. (2022). Antimicrobial resistance in wastewater, mixed overflows and surface water: insight into the results of the NRP 72. In D. Müller Brodmann, D. Heim, & S. Gottwalt (Eds.), Swiss antibiotic resistance report 2022. Usage of antibiotics and occurrence of antibiotic resistance in Switzerland (pp. 165-167). Bern: Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). , Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Egli, A., Endimiani, A., Stephan, R., Tschudin Sutter, S., & Hardt, W. D. (2022). Routes and reservoirs of AMR-determinants & one health AMR-surveillance. Thematic synthesis of the national research programme "Antimicrobial Resistance". Bern: National Research Programme “Antimicrobial Resistance” (NRP 72). , Institutional Repository
Dai, D., Brown, C., Bürgmann, H., Larsson, D. G. J., Nambi, I., Zhang, T., … Vikesland, P. J. (2022). Long-read metagenomic sequencing reveals shifts in associations of antibiotic resistance genes with mobile genetic elements from sewage to activated sludge. Microbiome, 10(1), 20 (16 pp.). doi:10.1186/s40168-021-01216-5, Institutional Repository
Freudenthal, J., Ju, F., Bürgmann, H., & Dumack, K. (2022). Microeukaryotic gut parasites in wastewater treatment plants: diversity, activity, and removal. Microbiome, 10, 27 (12 pp.). doi:10.1186/s40168-022-01225-y, Institutional Repository
Gruber, W., Niederdorfer, R., Bürgmann, H., Joss, A., von Känel, L., Braun, D., … Morgenroth, E. (2022). Lachgasemissionen aus ARA. Reduktionsmassnahmen zeichnen sich ab. Aqua & Gas, 102(1), 14-22. , Institutional Repository
Hausherr, D., Niederdorfer, R., Bürgmann, H., Lehmann, M. F., Magyar, P., Mohn, J., … Joss, A. (2022). Successful mainstream nitritation through NOB inactivation. Science of the Total Environment, 822, 153546 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153546, Institutional Repository
Hausherr, D., Niederdorfer, R., Bürgmann, H., Lehmann, M. F., Magyar, P., Mohn, J., … Joss, A. (2022). Successful year-round mainstream partial nitritation anammox: assessment of effluent quality, performance and N2O emissions. Water Research X, 16, 100145 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2022.100145, Institutional Repository
Lee, J., Beck, K., & Bürgmann, H. (2022). Wastewater bypass is a major temporary point-source of antibiotic resistance genes and multi-resistance risk factors in a Swiss river. Water Research, 208, 117827 (12 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117827, Institutional Repository
Prieto Riquelme, M. V., Garner, E., Gupta, S., Metch, J., Zhu, N., Blair, M. F., … Vikesland, P. J. (2022). Demonstrating a comprehensive wastewater-based surveillance approach that differentiates globally sourced resistomes. Environmental Science and Technology, 56(21), 14982-14993. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c08673, Institutional Repository
Saribekyan-Baumann, K. B. L. (2022). The role of the microbial communities in the nitrogen cycle of freshwater lakes (Doctoral dissertation). ETH Zurich, Zurich, 175 p. , Institutional Repository
Zimmermann, M., Mayr, M. J., Bouffard, D., Wehrli, B., & Bürgmann, H. (2022). Trait-based model reproduces patterns of population structure and diversity of methane oxidizing bacteria in a stratified lake. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, 833511 (15 pp.). doi:10.3389/fenvs.2022.833511, Institutional Repository
Gruber, W., Niederdorfer, R., Ringwald, J., Morgenroth, E., Bürgmann, H., & Joss, A. (2021). Linking seasonal N2O emissions and nitrification failures to microbial dynamics in a SBR wastewater treatment plant. Water Research X, 11, 100098 (13 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2021.100098, Institutional Repository
Lee, J. (2021). Tracking anthropogenic footprints of antimicrobial resistance in the river system: a Swiss perspective (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000514663, Institutional Repository
Lee, J., Ju, F., Maile-Moskowitz, A., Beck, K., Maccagnan, A., McArdell, C. S., … Bürgmann, H. (2021). Unraveling the riverine antibiotic resistome: the downstream fate of anthropogenic inputs. Water Research, 197, 117050 (12 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117050, Institutional Repository
Magyar, P. M., Hausherr, D., Niederdorfer, R., Stöcklin, N., Wei, J., Mohn, J., … Lehmann, M. F. (2021). Nitrogen isotope effects can be used to diagnose N transformations in wastewater anammox systems. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 7850 (12 pp.). doi:10.1038/s41598-021-87184-0, Institutional Repository
Niederdorfer, R., Fragner, L., Yuan, L., Hausherr, D., Wei, J., Magyar, P., … Bürgmann, H. (2021). Distinct growth stages controlled by the interplay of deterministic and stochastic processes in functional anammox biofilms. Water Research, 200, 117225 (14 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117225, Institutional Repository
Niederdorfer, R., Hausherr, D., Palomo, A., Wei, J., Magyar, P., Smets, B. F., … Bürgmann, H. (2021). Temperature modulates stress response in mainstream anammox reactors. Communications Biology, 4(1), 23 (12 pp.). doi:10.1038/s42003-020-01534-8, Institutional Repository
Yuan, L., Wang, Y., Zhang, L., Palomo, A., Zhou, J., Smets, B. F., … Ju, F. (2021). Pathogenic and indigenous denitrifying bacteria are transcriptionally active and key multi-antibiotic-resistant players in wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(15), 10862-10874. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c02483, Institutional Repository
Zimmermann, M., Mayr, M. J., Bürgmann, H., Eugster, W., Steinsberger, T., Wehrli, B., … Bouffard, D. (2021). Microbial methane oxidation efficiency and robustness during lake overturn. Limnology and Oceanography Letters, 6(6), 320-328. doi:10.1002/lol2.10209, Institutional Repository
Eckert, E. M., Di Cesare, A., Fontaneto, D., Berendonk, T. U., Bürgmann, H., Cytryn, E., … Corno, G. (2020). Every fifth published metagenome is not available to science. PLoS Biology, 18(4), e3000698 (7 pp.). doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000698, Institutional Repository
Guggenheim, C., Freimann, R., Mayr, M. J., Beck, K., Wehrli, B., & Bürgmann, H. (2020). Environmental and microbial interactions shape methane-oxidizing bacterial communities in a stratified lake. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 579427 (16 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.579427, Institutional Repository
Marano, R. B. M., Fernandes, T., Manaia, C. M., Nunes, O., Morrison, D., Berendonk, T. U., … Cytryn, E. (2020). A global multinational survey of cefotaxime-resistant coliforms in urban wastewater treatment plants. Environment International, 144, 106035 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.106035, Institutional Repository
Mayr, M. J., Zimmermann, M., Dey, J., Brand, A., Wehrli, B., & Bürgmann, H. (2020). Growth and rapid succession of methanotrophs effectively limit methane release during lake overturn. Communications Biology, 3, 108 (9 pp.). doi:10.1038/s42003-020-0838-z, Institutional Repository
Mayr, M. J., Zimmermann, M., Dey, J., Wehrli, B., & Bürgmann, H. (2020). Lake mixing regime selects apparent methane oxidation kinetics of the methanotroph assemblage. Biogeosciences, 17(16), 4247-4259. doi:10.5194/bg-17-4247-2020, Institutional Repository
Mayr, M. J., Zimmermann, M., Guggenheim, C., Brand, A., & Bürgmann, H. (2020). Niche partitioning of methane-oxidizing bacteria along the oxygen–methane counter gradient of stratified lakes. ISME Journal, 14, 274-287. doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0515-8, Institutional Repository
Guggenheim, C., Brand, A., Bürgmann, H., Sigg, L., & Wehrli, B. (2019). Aerobic methane oxidation under copper scarcity in a stratified lake. Scientific Reports, 9, 4817 (11 pp.). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-40642-2, Institutional Repository
Ju, F., Beck, K., Yin, X., Maccagnan, A., McArdell, C. S., Singer, H. P., … Bürgmann, H. (2019). Wastewater treatment plant resistomes are shaped by bacterial composition, genetic exchange, and upregulated expression in the effluent microbiomes. ISME Journal, 13(2), 346-360. doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0277-8, Institutional Repository
Limberger, R., Birtel, J., Peter, H., Catalán, N., da Silva Farias, D., Best, R. J., … Matthews, B. (2019). Predator-induced changes in dissolved organic carbon dynamics. Oikos, 128(3), 430-440. doi:10.1111/oik.05673, Institutional Repository
Yang, L., Wen, Q., Zhao, Y., Chen, Z., Wang, Q., & Bürgmann, H. (2019). New insight into effect of antibiotics concentration and process configuration on the removal of antibiotics and relevant antibiotic resistance genes. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 373, 60-66. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.03.060, Institutional Repository
Zimmermann, M. (2019). Modelling perspectives on microbial methane oxidation in stratified lakes (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000423771, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Frigon, D., Gaze, W., Manaia, C., Pruden, A., Singer, A. C., … Zhang, T. (2018). Water and sanitation: an essential battlefront in the war on antimicrobial resistance. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94(9), fiy101 (14 pp.). doi:10.1093/femsec/fiy101, Institutional Repository
Guggenheim, C. S. (2018). The role of copper for methane-oxidizing bacteria in lakes (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000337932, Institutional Repository
Heim, D., Kronenberg, A., Overesch, G., Plüss-Suard, C., Schüpbach, G., Bless, P., … Zimmermann-Steffens, S. (2018). Swiss antibiotic resistance report 2018. Usage of antibiotics and occurrence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria from humans and animals in Switzerland (Report No.: 2018-OEG-87). Retrieved from, Institutional Repository
Madueño, L., Paul, C., Junier, T., Bayrychenko, Z., Filippidou, S., Beck, K., … Junier, P. (2018). A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments. PeerJ, 6, e4197 (19 pp.). doi:10.7717/peerj.4197, Institutional Repository
Paul, C., Bayrychenko, Z., Junier, T., Filippidou, S., Beck, K., Bueche, M., … Junier, P. (2018). Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes associated with the sporobiota in sediments impacted by wastewater. PeerJ, 6, e4989 (24 pp.). doi:10.7717/peerj.4989, Institutional Repository
Proctor, C. R., Besmer, M. D., Langenegger, T., Beck, K., Walser, J. C., Ackermann, M., … Hammes, F. (2018). Phylogenetic clustering of small low nucleic acid-content bacteria across diverse freshwater ecosystems. ISME Journal, 12, 1344-1359. doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0070-8, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., & Imminger, S. (2017). Antibiotikaresistenzen im Trinkwasser?. Aqua & Gas, 97(10), 60-66. , Institutional Repository
Fumasoli, A., Bürgmann, H., Weissbrodt, D. G., Wells, G. F., Beck, K., Mohn, J., … Udert, K. M. (2017). Growth of Nitrosococcus-related ammonia oxidizing bacteria coincides with extremely low pH values in wastewater with high ammonia content. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(12), 6857-6866. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b00392, Institutional Repository
Hu, A., Ju, F., Hou, L., Li, J., Yang, X., Wang, H., … Yu, C. P. (2017). Strong impact of anthropogenic contamination on the co-occurrence patterns of a riverine microbial community. Environmental Microbiology, 19(12), 4993-5009. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13942, Institutional Repository
Sommer, T., Danza, F., Berg, J., Sengupta, A., Constantinescu, G., Tokyay, T., … Wüest, A. (2017). Bacteria-induced mixing in natural waters. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(18), 9424-9432. doi:10.1002/2017GL074868, Institutional Repository
Stamm, C., Burdon, F., Fischer, S., Kienle, C., Munz, N., Tlili, A., … Eggen, R. (2017). Einfluss von Mikroverunreinigungen. Aqua & Gas, 97(6), 90-95. , Institutional Repository
Sullam, K. E., Matthews, B., Aebischer, T., Seehausen, O., & Bürgmann, H. (2017). The effect of top-predator presence and phenotype on aquatic microbial communities. Ecology and Evolution, 7(5), 1572-1582. doi:10.1002/ece3.2784, Institutional Repository
Vikesland, P. J., Pruden, A., Alvarez, P. J. J., Aga, D. S., Buergmann, H., Li, X., … Zhu, Y. G. (2017). Towards a comprehensive strategy to mitigate dissemination of environmental sources of antibiotic resistance. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(22), 13061-13069. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03623, Institutional Repository
Wells, G. F., Shi, Y., Laureni, M., Rosenthal, A., Szivák, I., Weissbrodt, D. G., … Morgenroth, E. (2017). Comparing the resistance, resilience, and stability of replicate moving bed biofilm and suspended growth combined nitritation–anammox reactors. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(9), 5108-5117. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b05878, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., & Imminger, S. (2016). FOWA Projekt "Antibiotikaresistenz" (Report No.: 012-15). Kastanienbaum, Switzerland: Eawag. , Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N., von Gunten, U., & Bürgmann, H. (2016). Antibiotikaresistenzen im Wasserkreislauf. Ein Überblick über die Situation in der Schweiz. Aqua & Gas, 96(9), 72-80. , Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N., Imminger, S., Salhi, E., Veljkovic, M., Kleffel, K., Drissner, D., … Von Gunten, U. (2016). Inactivation of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes by ozone: from laboratory experiments to full-scale wastewater treatment. Environmental Science and Technology, 50(21), 11862-11871. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02640, Institutional Repository
Graham, E. B., Knelman, J. E., Schindlbacher, A., Siciliano, S., Breulmann, M., Yannarell, A., … Nemergut, D. R. (2016). Microbes as engines of ecosystem function: when does community structure enhance predictions of ecosystem processes?. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 214 (10 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00214, Institutional Repository
Berendonk, T. U., Manaia, C. M., Merlin, C., Fatta-Kassinos, D., Cytryn, E., Walsh, F., … Martinez, J. L. (2015). Tackling antibiotic resistance: the environmental framework. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 13(5), 310-317. doi:10.1038/nrmicro3439, Institutional Repository
Birtel, J., Walser, J. C., Pichon, S., Bürgmann, H., & Matthews, B. (2015). Estimating bacterial diversity for ecological studies: methods, metrics, and assumptions. PLoS One, 10(4), e0125356 (23 pp.). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125356, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Cáceres, J. S., Beck, K., & Hammes, F. (2015). Final report: distribution and elimination of antibiotic resistance genes and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the drinking water supply of lausanne (St. Sulpice), Switzerland. Kastanienbaum: Eawag. , Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N., Sigdel, R., Birtel, J., Matthews, B., & Bürgmann, H. (2015). Does human activity impact the natural antibiotic resistance background? Abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in 21 Swiss lakes. Environment International, 81, 45-55. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2015.04.005, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R., Bürgmann, H., Findlay, S. E. G., & Robinson, C. T. (2015). Hydrologic linkages drive spatial structuring of bacterial assemblages and functioning in alpine floodplains. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 1221 (15 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01221, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H. (2014). Eintrag von Antibiotika und Antibiotikaresistenzen in Wassersysteme der Schweiz. Prävention und Gesundheitsforderung, 9(3), 185-190. doi:10.1007/s11553-014-0444-3, Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N., Díez, E. G., & Bürgmann, H. (2014). Wastewater as a point source of antibiotic-resistance genes in the sediment of a freshwater lake. ISME Journal, 8(7), 1381-1390. doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.8, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R., Bürgmann, H., Findlay, S. E. G., & Robinson, C. T. (2014). Spatio-temporal patterns of major bacterial groups in alpine waters. PLoS One, 9(11), e113524 (8 pp.). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113524, Institutional Repository
Torres, N. T., Och, L. M., Hauser, P. C., Furrer, G., Brandl, H., Vologina, E., … Müller, B. (2014). Early diagenetic processes generate iron and manganese oxide layers in the sediments of Lake Baikal, Siberia. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 16(4), 879-889. doi:10.1039/c3em00676j, Institutional Repository
Ugolini, F., Henneberger, R., Bürgmann, H., Zeyer, J., & Schroth, M. H. (2014). In-situ sonication for enhanced recovery of aquifer microbial communities. Groundwater, 52(5), 737-747. doi:10.1111/gwat.12105, Institutional Repository
Ugolini, F., Schroth, M. H., Bürgmann, H., & Zeyer, J. (2014). Physical extraction of microorganisms from water-saturated, packed sediment. Water Environment Research, 86(5), 407-416. doi:10.2175/106143013X13807328848216, Institutional Repository
Weissbrodt, D. G., Wells, G. F., Johnson, D. R., Bürgmann, H., Joss, A., Laureni, M., & Morgenroth, E. (2014). Towards community systems microbiology for the optimization of aerobic-anaerobic ammonium oxidation processes. In Vol. 1. 87th annual water environment federation technical exhibition and conference (WEFTEC 2014) (pp. 2645-2649). doi:10.2175/193864714815942567, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Czekalski, N., & Egli, A. (2013). Evaluation und Optimierung einer Methode zur Beurteilung der Antibiotikaresistenz in Gewässern. Kastanienbaum: Eawag. , Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Cáceres, J. S., Beck, K., & Czekalski, N. (2013). Study of the temporal variability in the load of resistant bacteria at the WWTP Lausanne, Switzerland. Kastanienbaum: Eawag. , Institutional Repository
Cantas, L., Shah, S. Q. A., Cavaco, L. M., Manaia, C. M., Walsh, F., Popowska, M., … Sørum, H. (2013). A brief multi-disciplinary review on antimicrobial resistance in medicine and its linkage to the global environmental microbiota. Frontiers in Microbiology, 4, 96 (14 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00096, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R., Bürgmann, H., Findlay, S. E. G., & Robinson, C. T. (2013). Bacterial structures and ecosystem functions in glaciated floodplains: contemporary states and potential future shifts. ISME Journal, 7(12), 2361-2373. doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.114, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R., Bürgmann, H., Findlay, S. E. G., & Robinson, C. T. (2013). Response of lotic microbial communities to altered water source and nutritional state in a glaciated alpine floodplain. Limnology and Oceanography, 58(3), 951-965. doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.3.0951, Institutional Repository
Köllner, K. E., Carstens, D., Schubert, C. J., Zeyer, J., & Bürgmann, H. (2013). Impact of particulate organic matter composition and degradation state on the vertical structure of particle-associated and planktonic lacustrine bacteria. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 69(1), 81-92. doi:10.3354/ame01623, Institutional Repository
Ugolini, F., Schroth, M. H., Bürgmann, H., Hammes, F., & Zeyer, J. (2013). Chemical extraction of microorganisms from water-saturated, packed sediment. Water Environment Research, 85(6), 503-513. doi:10.2175/106143012X13373575831475, Institutional Repository
Bhattarai, S., Ross, K. A., Schmid, M., Anselmetti, F. S., & Bürgmann, H. (2012). Local conditions structure unique archaeal communities in the anoxic sediments of meromictic Lake Kivu. Microbial Ecology, 64(2), 291-310. doi:10.1007/s00248-012-0034-x, Institutional Repository
Brankatschk, R., Bodenhausen, N., Zeyer, J., & Bürgmann, H. (2012). Simple absolute quantification method correcting for quantitative PCR efficiency variations for microbial community samples. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(12), 4481-4489. doi:10.1128/AEM.07878-11, Institutional Repository
Bryant, L. D., Little, J. C., & Bürgmann, H. (2012). Response of sediment microbial community structure in a freshwater reservoir to manipulations in oxygen availability. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 80(1), 248-263. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01290.x, Institutional Repository
Carstens, D., Köllner, K. E., Bürgmann, H., Wehrli, B., & Schubert, C. J. (2012). Contribution of bacterial cells to lacustrine organic matter based on amino sugars and D-amino acids. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 89, 159-172. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2012.04.052, Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N., Berthold, T., Caucci, S., Egli, A., & Bürgmann, H. (2012). Increased levels of multiresistant bacteria and resistance genes after wastewate treatment and their dissemination into Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Frontiers in Microbiology, 3, 106 (18 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2012.00106, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R. (2012). Microbial diversity in alpine floodplains: spatio-temporal factors influencing bacterial communities and ecosystem functioning (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-a-7356208, Institutional Repository
Köllner, K. E., Carstens, D., Keller, E., Vazquez, F., Schubert, C. J., Zeyer, J., & Bürgmann, H. (2012). Bacterial chitin hydrolysis in two lakes with contrasting trophic statuses. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(3), 695-704. doi:10.1128/AEM.06330-11, Institutional Repository
Shade, A., Peter, H., Allison, S. D., Baho, D. L., Berga, M., Bürgmann, H., … Handelsman, J. (2012). Fundamentals of microbial community resistance and resilience. Frontiers in Microbiology, 3, 417 (19 pp.). doi:10.3389/fmicb.2012.00417, Institutional Repository
Wüest, A., Jarc, L., Bürgmann, H., Pasche, N., & Schmid, M. (2012). Methane formation and future extraction in Lake Kivu. In J. P. Descy, F. Darchambeau, & M. Schmid (Eds.), Aquatic ecology series: Vol. 5. Lake Kivu. Limnology and biogeochemistry of a tropical great lake (pp. 165-180). doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4243-7_10, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H. (2011). Methane oxidation (aerobic). In J. Reitner & V. Thiel (Eds.), Encyclopedia of earth sciences series. Encyclopedia of geobiology (pp. 575-578). doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-9212-1_139, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Jenni, S., Vazquez, F., & Udert, K. M. (2011). Regime shift and microbial dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor for nitrification and anammox treatment of urine. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(17), 5897-5907. doi:10.1128/AEM.02986-10, Institutional Repository
Howard, E. C., Sun, S., Reisch, C. R., del Valle, D. A., Bürgmann, H., Kiene, R. P., & Moran, M. A. (2011). Changes in dimethylsulfoniopropionate demethylase gene assemblages in response to an induced phytoplankton bloom. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(2), 524-531. doi:10.1128/AEM.01457-10, Institutional Repository
Pasche, N., Schmid, M., Vazquez, F., Schubert, C. J., Wüest, A., Kessler, J. D., … Bürgmann, H. (2011). Methane sources and sinks in Lake Kivu. Journal of Geophysical Research G: Biogeosciences, 116(G3), G03006 (16 pp.). doi:10.1029/2011JG001690, Institutional Repository
Rinta-Kanto, J. M., Bürgmann, H., Gifford, S. M., Sun, S., Sharma, S., del Valle, D. A., … Moran, M. A. (2011). Analysis of sulfur-related transcription by Roseobacter communities using a taxon-specific functional gene microarray. Environmental Microbiology, 13(2), 453-467. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02350.x, Institutional Repository
Morgenroth, E., Buergmann, H., & Udert, K. (2010). Functional diversity in wastewater treatment. Eawag News [engl. ed.], 69, 15-17. , Institutional Repository
Morgenroth, E., Bürgmann, H., & Udert, K. (2010). Funktionelle Vielfalt in der Abwasserreinigung. Eawag News [dtsch. Ausg.], 69, 15-17. , Institutional Repository
Buesing, N., Filippini, M., Bürgmann, H., & Gessner, M. O. (2009). Microbial communities in contrasting freshwater marsh microhabitats. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 69(1), 84-97. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00692.x, Institutional Repository
Duc, L., Noll, M., Meier, B. E., Bürgmann, H., & Zeyer, J. (2009). High diversity of diazotrophs in the forefield of a receding alpine glacier. Microbial Ecology, 57(1), 179-190. doi:10.1007/s00248-008-9408-5, Institutional Repository
Teutsch, N., Schmid, M., Müller, B., Halliday, A. N., Bürgmann, H., & Wehrli, B. (2009). Large iron isotope fractionation at the oxic-anoxic boundary in Lake Nyos. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 285(1–2), 52-60. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.044, Institutional Repository
Wunderlin, T. (2009). Fingerprinting bacterial communities from three Swiss lakes in response to chitin enrichment (Master thesis). 33 p. , Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Kleikemper, J., Duc, L., Bunge, M., Schroth, M. H., & Zeyer, J. (2008). Detection and quantification of Dehalococcoides-related bacteria in a chlorinated ethene-contaminated aquifer undergoing natural attenuation. Bioremediation Journal, 12(4), 193-209. doi:10.1080/10889860802477218, Institutional Repository
Flury, S. (2008). Carbon fluxes in a freshwater wetland under simulated global change: litter decomposition, microbes and methane emission (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-a-005714316, Institutional Repository
Logue, J. B., Bürgmann, H., & Robinson, C. T. (2008). Progress in the ecological genetics and biodiversity of freshwater bacteria. BioScience, 58(2), 103-113. doi:10.1641/B580205, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H., Howard, E. C., Ye, W., Sun, F., Sun, S., Napierala, S., & Moran, M. A. (2007). Transcriptional response of Silicibacter pomeroyi DSS-3 to dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). Environmental Microbiology, 9(11), 2742-2755. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01386.x, Institutional Repository
Miniaci, C., Bunge, M., Duc, L., Edwards, I., Bürgmann, H., & Zeyer, J. (2007). Effects of pioneering plants on microbial structures and functions in a glacier forefield. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 44(2), 289-297. doi:10.1007/s00374-007-0203-0, Institutional Repository

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