Achim Schmalenberger
  • Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences University of Limerick
  • Microbiology


PhD, Technical University of Braunschweig, 2002


1. Ikoyi. I., A. Fowler, S. Storey, E. Doyle, & A. Schmalenberger (2020) Sulfate fertilization supports growth of ryegrass in soil columns but changes microbial community structures and reduces abundances of nematodes and arbuscular mycorrhiza. Sci Tot Envrion 704: 135315

2. McManamon, O., T. Kaupper, J. Scollard, & A. Schmalenberger (2019) Nisin application delays growth of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut iceberg lettuce in modified atmosphere packaging, while the bacterial community structure changes within one week of storage. Postharvest Biol Technol 147:185-195

3. Ikoyi I., A. Fowler, & A. Schmalenberger (2018) One-time phosphate fertilizer application to grassland columns modifies the soil microbiota and limits its role in ecosystem services. Sci Tot Envrion 630:849-858

4. Fox A., I. Ikoyi, G. Torres Sallan, G. Lanigan, A. Schmalenberger, S. Walkin, & R. Creamer. (2018) The influence of aggregate size fraction and horizon position on microbial community composition. Appl Soil Ecol 10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.02.023

5. Fox A, I. Ikoyi, R. Creamer, G. Lanigan, & A. Schmalenberger (2017) Microbial community structure and function respond more strongly to seasonal progression than to the application of slurry in an Irish grassland. Appl Soil Ecol 120:97-104

6. McManamon O, Scollard J & A. Schmalenberger. Inoculation density is affecting growth conditions of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh cut lettuce. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 2017; 33:217

7. Leong D, K. NicAogáin, L. Luque-Sastre, O. McManamon, K. Hunt, A. Alvarez-Ordóñez, J. Scollard, A. Schmalenberger, S. Fanning, C. O'Byrne, & K. Jordan (2017) A 3-year multi-food study of the presence and persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in 54 small food businesses in Ireland. Int J Food Microbiol 249:18-26

8. Schmalenberger A & A. Fox (2016) Bacterial mobilization of nutrients from biochar amended soils. Adv Appl Microbiol 94:109-159

9. Scollard J, O. McManamon, & A. Schmalenberger (2016) Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes growth on fresh-cut produce with thyme essential oil and essential oil compound verbenone. Postharv Biol Technol 120:61-68

10. Fox A, J. Gahan, W. Kwapinski, O. O'Sullivan, P.D. Cotter, & A. Schmalenberger (2016) Miscanthus biochar promotes growth of spring barley and shifts bacterial community structures including phosphorus and sulfur mobilizing bacteria. Pedobiologia 59:195-202

11. Subedi R, N. Taupe, I. Ikoyi, C. Bertora, L. Zavattaro, A. Schmalenberger, J.J. Leahy, & C. Grignani (2016) Chemically and biologically-mediated fertilization value of manure-derived biochar. Sci Tot Environ 550: 924-933

12. Schmalenberger A, A.L. Duran, A. Bray, et al. (2015) Oxalate secretion by ectomycorrhizal Paxillus involutus is mineral-specific and controls calcium weathering from minerals. Sci Rep 5:12187

13. Gahan J & A. Schmalenberger (2015) Arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphae in grassland select for a diverse and abundant hyphospheric bacterial community involved in sulfonate desulfurization. Appl Soil Ecol 89, 113-121

14. Gahan J & A. Schmalenberger (2014) The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply. Front Plant Sci 5:723

15. Schmalenberger A & M. Noll (2014) Bacterial communities in grassland turfs respond to sulphonate addition while fungal communities remain largely unchanged. Eur J Soil Biol 61: 12-19

16. Fox A, W. Kwapinski, B.S. Griffiths, & A. Schmalenberger (2014) The role of sulfur and phosphorus mobilizing bacteria in biochar induced growth promotion of Lolium perenne. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 90:78-91

17. Sowada J, A. Schmalenberger, I. Ebner, A. Luch, & T. Tralau (2014) Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by bacterial isolates from human skin. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 88:129-139

18. Schmalenberger A & C.C. Tebbe (2014) Profiling the diversity of microbial communities with single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP). In Methods in Molecular Biology: Environmental Microbiology:71-83

19. Schmalenberger A, O'Sullivan O, Gahan J, Cotter PD & Courtney R (2013) Bacterial communities established in bauxite residues with different restoration histories. Environ Sci Technol 47: 7110-7119

20. Bonneville, S., D. J. Morgan, A. Schmalenberger, A. Bray, A. Brown, S. A. Banwart, and L. G. Benning (2011). Tree-mycorrhiza symbiosis accelerate mineral weathering: Evidences from nanometer-scale elemental fluxes at the hypha-mineral interface. Geochim Cosmochim Ac 75:6988-7005

21. Schmalenberger, A., W. Pritzkow, J. J. Ojeda and M. Noll (2011) Characterization of main sulfur source of wood-degrading basidiomycetes by S K-edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES). Int J Biodeter Biodegrad 65: 1215-1223

22. El-Azizi, I. M., A. Schmalenberger, R. Komlenic and R.G.J. Edyvean . (2011). "Study of a depth filter (Disruptor (TM)) for the novel application of reducing SWRO membrane fouling." Desal Water Treatm 29:20-28.

23. Schmalenberger, A. and M. Noll (2010) Shifts in desulfonating bacterial communities along a soil chronosequence in the forefield of a receding glacier. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 71:208-217

24. Schmalenberger, A., A. Telford, and M. Kertesz (2010) Sulfate treatment affects desulfonating bacterial community structures in Agrostis rhizospheres as revealed by functional gene analysis based on asfA. Eur J Soil Biol 46:248-254

25. Schmalenberger, A., S. Hodge, M. Hawkesford, and M. Kertesz (2009) Sulfonate desulfurization in Rhodococcus from wheat rhizosphere communities. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 67:140-150

26. Schmalenberger, A., S. Hodge, A. Bryant, M. Hawkesford, B. Singh, and M. Kertesz (2008). The role of Variovorax sp. and other Comamonadaceae in desulfonation of aromatic sulfonates in the rhizosphere of wheat exposed to different types of sulfur fertilization. Environ Microbiol 10:1486-1500

27. Schmalenberger, A., C. C. Tebbe, A., M. Kertesz, H. L. Drake, and K. Küsel (2008). Two-dimensional SSCP of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in a depth gradient of an acidic fen. Eur J Soil Biol 44:495-500

28. Schmalenberger, A. and M. Kertesz (2007). Desulfurization of aromatic sulfonates by rhizosphere bacteria: high diversity of the asfA gene Environ Microbiol 9:535-545

29. Schmalenberger, A., H. L. Drake, and K. Küsel (2007). DsrAB genes from an acidic fen reveal high diversities of sulfate-reducing bacteria in a depth gradient. Environ Microbiol 9:1317-1328

30. Kertesz, M.A., E. Fellows, & A. Schmalenberger (2007). Rhizobacteria and plant sulfur supply. Adv Appl Microbiol 62:235-268

31. Ortega-Morales, O., J. Narvaez-Zapata, A. Sosa-Lopez, A. Schmalenberger, and C. C. Tebbe (2004). Cultivation independent analyses reveal the dominance of halophilic bacteria in biofilms associated with mayan monuments in Mexico. Biofilms 1:79-91

32. Schmalenberger, A., and C. C. Tebbe (2003). Bacterial diversity in maize rhizospheres: Conclusions on the use of genetic profiles based on PCR-amplified partial small subunit rRNA genes in ecological studies. Mol Ecol 12:251-262

33. Schmalenberger, A., and C. C. Tebbe (2003). Genetic profiling of non-cultivated bacteria in rhizospheres of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) by PCR-SSCP reveals field and annual variation but no effect of genetic engineering. Can J Microbiol 49:1-8

34. Schmalenberger, A., and C. C. Tebbe (2002). Bacterial community compositions in rhizospheres of transgenic, herbicide-resistant maize (Zea mays) and comparison to its non-transgenic cultivar Bosphore. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 40:29-37

35. Schmalenberger, A., F. Schwieger, and C. C. Tebbe (2001). Effect of primers hybridizing to different evolutionary conserved regions of the small subunit rRNA gene in PCR–based microbial community analyses and genetic profiling. Appl Environ Microbiol 67:3557-3563

36. Tebbe, C. C., A. Schmalenberger, S. Peters, & F. Schwieger. 2001. Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) for microbial community analysis, p. 161-175. In P. A. Rochelle (ed.), Environmental molecular microbiology: protocols and applications. Horizon Scientific Press, Wymondham, United Kingdom.