Molecular Ecosystem Sciences B. Sc.

Rolf Daniel

Rolf Daniel is the substitute head of the section Genomic and Applied Microbiology and Chair of the Göttingen Genomics Laboratory, Faculty of Biology. His main interests are in the fields of (i) metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of environmental microbial communities derived from soils and extreme habitats, (ii) the relation between phylogenetic and metabolic diversity, and ecosystem functions, and (iii) genomics of pathogenic or biotechnologically relevant microorganisms

Key expertise:
• Metagenomics of soil microbial communities
• Genomics of bacteria and archea
• Impact of edaphic properties on microbial community structure and function
• Metabolic profiling of microbial communities
• Isolation of novel biocatalysts from environmental samples

Selected publications:
Will C, Thürmer A, Wollherr A, Nacke H, Herold N, Schrumpf M, Gutknecht J, Wubet T, Buscot F, Daniel R (2010) Horizon-specific bacterial community composition of German grassland soils as revealed by pyrosequencing-based analysis of 16S rRNA genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 6751-6759.
Schreiber F, Gumrich P, Daniel R, Meinicke P (2010) Treephyler: fast taxonomic profiling of metagenomes. Bioinformatics 26: 960-961.
Simon C, Wiezer A, Strittmatter A, Daniel R (2009) Phylogenetic diversity and metabolic potential revealed in a glacier ice metagenome. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 7519-7526.
Simon C, Herath J, Rockstroh S, Daniel R (2009) Rapid identification of genes encoding DNA polymerases by function-based screening of metagenomic libraries derived from glacial ice. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 2964-2968.
Daniel R (2005) The metagenomics of soil. Nature Reviews Microbiology 3: 470-478.

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Rolf Daniel teaches the following course:
Biodiversity of pro- and eukaryotic soil microbial communities