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Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Biodiversity – Group of Aquatic Geomicrobiology

The Aquatic Geomicrobiology group exists since 2004 and is headed by Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel. The group is has a focus on the role of microorganisms that are driving the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. Here, microbes are also involved in mediating mineral precipitation and dissolution as well as the sorption of organic material. The research covers the areas of biodiversity, microbial interactions, climate change mitigation, mining, and the deep biosphere.

In the context of the research project “AquaDiv@Jena” and the CRC 1076 “AquaDiva”, the diversity and activity of the bacteria contained in the Blessberg cave and their formation of carbonate minerals were investigated.


Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel

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Marwan, Norbert

Bleßberghöhle – Schatzkammer für die Wissenschaft Presentation

15.06.2022, (VdHK-Symposium: Wissenschaft unter Tage – Höhlenforschung im Dialog, Truckenthal (Germany)).


Keiner, Robert; Frosch, Torsten; Hanf, Stefan; Rusznyak, Anna; Akob, Denise M; Küsel, Kirsten; Popp, Jürgen

Raman Spectroscopy—An Innovative and Versatile Tool To Follow the Respirational Activity and Carbonate Biomineralization of Important Cave Bacteria Journal Article

In: Analytical Chemistry, vol. 85, no. 18, pp. 8708–8714, 2013.

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Rusznyák, Anna; Akob, Denise M; Nietzsche, Sándor; Eusterhues, Karin; Totsche, Kai Uwe; Neu, Thomas R; Frosch, Torsten; Popp, Jürgen; Keiner, Robert; Geletneky, Jörn; Katzschmann, Lutz; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef; Küsel, Kirsten

Calcite Biomineralization by Bacterial Isolates from the Recently Discovered Pristine Karstic Herrenberg Cave Journal Article

In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 1157–1167, 2012.

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