Marine holobiont research

Marine animals and algae/plants are in constant contact with a vast number of highly diverse microbes in their environment. Their innate immune system provides them with a means of differentiating between microorganisms, whether these are symbiotic, commensal or pathogenic in nature. Marine holobionts are ideal models for examining prokaryote-eukaryote interactions. We transfer our methods and concepts to other marine host-microbe systems in close collaboration with our national and international partners.

Selected References

Stenvers V, Hauss H, Bayer T, Havermans C, Hentschel U, Schmittmann L, Sweetman A, Hoving HJ (2023) Experimental mining plumes and ocean warming trigger stress in a deep pelagic jellyfish. Nat Comm 14(1), 7352. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-43023-6

Domin H, Zimmermann J, Taubenheim J, Fuentes Reyes G, Saueressig L, Prasse D, Höppner M, Schmitz RA, Hentschel U, Kaleta C, Fraune S (2023) Sequential host-bacteria and bacteria-bacteria interactions determine the microbiome establishment of Nematostella vectensis. Microbiome 11, 257. DOI: 10.1186/s40168-023-01701-z

Faist H, Ankenbrand MJ, Sickel W, Hentschel U, Keller A, Deeken R (2023) Opportunistic bacteria of grapevine crown galls are equipped with the genomic repertoire for opine utilization. Genome Biology and Evolution15 (12)

Doering T, Wall M, Putchim L, Rattanawongwan T, Schroeder R, Hentschel U, Roik A (2021) Towards enhancing coral heat tolerance: a “microbiome transplantation” treatment using inoculations of homogenized coral tissues. Microbiome 9:102,

Johnke J, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H (2020) Bdellovibrio and like organisms are predictors of microbiome diversity in distinct host groups. Microb Ecol

Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Hermes BM, Doms S, Dagan T, Dierking K, Domin H, Fraune S, von Frieling J, Hentschel U, Heinsen FA, Höppner M, Jahn MT, Jaspers C, Kissoyan KAB, Langfeldt D, Rehman A, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Soluch R, Sommer F, Stukenbrock E, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Bosch T, Baines JF (2019). Comparative analysis of amplicon and metagenomic sequencing methods reveals key features in the evolution of animal metaorganisms. Microbiome 7:133. doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0743-1

Hildebrand F, Silva L, Blasche S, Jahn MT, Gossmann T, Heuerta-Cepas J, Hercog R, Luetge M, Bahram M, Pryszlak A, Alves R, Waszak S, Zhu A, Ye L, Costea P, Aalvink S, Belzer C, Forslund S, Sunagawa S, Hentschel U, Merten C, Patil K, Benes V, Bork P (2019) Antibiotics-induced monodominance of a novel gut bacterial order. Gut 0:1–10. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2018-317715