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© Prof. Dr. Claudia Knief

Knief, Claudia

Prof. Dr., INRES, University Bonn


Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)
Nussallee 13
53115 Bonn


Fon: +49 228 73 2555

Research topics

  • Microbial ecology of the soil and rhizosphere: Analysis of microbial community composition and abundances, Identification of microorganisms involved in carbon cycling
  • Phyllosphere microbiology: Analysis of microbial community composition and abundances, Physiology of phyllosphere-associated microorganisms
  • Methylotrophic bacteria: Diversity and physiology of methylotrophic bacteria in their natural habitats


  • Amplicon sequencing: Microbial community analysis based on 16S rRNA genes or functional marker genes
  • qPCR: Estimation of bacterial abundances
  • DNA-, RNA-, PLFA-SIP: Identification of metabolically active microorganisms by stable isotope probing
  • DGGE, ARISA, T-RFLP: Fingerprint methods for the analysis of bacterial community composition
  • Cultivation of bacteria


  • Knief, C. (2015): Diversity and habitat preferences of cultivated and uncultivated aerobic methanotrophic bacteria evaluated based on pmoA as molecular marker, Front. Microbiol., 6: 1346
  • Knief, C., Delmotte, N., Chaffron, S., Stark, M., Innerebner, G., Wassmann, R., von Mering, C. Vorholt, J. A. (2012): Metaproteomic analysis of microial communities in the phyllosphere and rhizosphere of rice, ISME J., 6: 1378-1390
  • Knief, C., Ramette, A., Frances, L., Alonso-Blanco, C., Vorholt, J. A. (2010): Site and plant species are important determinants of the Methylobacterium community composition in the phyllosphere, ISME J., 4: 719-728
  • Delmotte, N., Knief, C., Chaffron, S., Innerebner, G., Roschitzki, B., Schlapbach, R., von Mering, C. Vorholt, J. A. (2009): Community proteogenomics reveals insights into the physiology of phyllosphere bacteria, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A, 106: 16428-16433
  • Knief, C., Lipski, A., and Dunfield P. F. (2003): Diversity and activity of methanotrophic bacteria in different upland soils, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 69: 6703 – 6714
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