Environmental Genomics Lab

The Environmental Genomics group is a joint initiative between the Max Planck Society, the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. The group is headed by Eva H Stukenbrock and consists of two teams, one working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the other at the Botanical Institute of the University of Kiel.

Research in the group focuses on different aspects of fungal evolution. The group integrates experimental, molecular and computational approaches to study adaptation and population genetics in plant pathogenic fungi and plant-associated microbes.


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30 AUG 2022

Post doc Idalia Rojas with a poster presentation in the ESEB 2022 congress in Czech Republic.


16 AUG 2022

Kicking off the bi-lateral project between Germany and Brazil.


In the picture post doc Dr. Carolina Francisco is sampling soil microbiota around Citrus plants in Brazil.


10 JUN 2022 - Upcoming event:


Field Notes:

At the beginning of August, seven members of the Stukenbrock group spent three field days around Mols Laboratory in Mols Bjerge National Park in Denmark collecting rhizosphere and phyllosphere samples of the grass Agrostis capillaris. At the Mols Laboratory field site, a very special long-term experiment is taking place. In the so-called rewilding project, Galloway cattle and Exmoor ponies roam free inside a large fenced area and feed only on the plant resources that are naturally available. Several long-term, large-scale research projects study how the animals and the grazing affect plant and arthropod diversity. The collected Agrostis capillaris material will be analyzed for a new long-term project that aims to investigate the impact of grazing on the composition and diversity of microbial communities associated with the roots and leaves of this gras. The project is a collaboration between the Environmental Genomics group and Danish colleagues from Mols Laboratory and Aarhus University. The Environmental Genomics team was were successful in collecting more than 300 samples and were all really grateful to be out in the field again. (Text and images: Environmental Genomics Group)

Clockwise from top left: 1) Esben Stukenbrock, Holger Adamiak and Eva Stukenbrock (l-r) estimating the exact positions of the sampled grass specimens inside the experimental plots. 2) The red sticks mark the sampled Agrostis capillaris specimens inside a fenced control plot where the animals are permanently excluded and cannot graze. 3) The collected samples were immediately washed, dissected and snap-frozen in the Environmental Genomics field lab. l-r: Eva Stukenbrock, Janine Haueisen, Esben Stukenbrock, Anja Lachner, and Vincent Kessler. 4) Janine Haueisen (l) and Eva Stukenbrock (r) are very happy after three days of intensive field work. All the planning worked out nicely and the samples are safely stored for the transport back to the lab in Kiel.

Eva Stukenbrock is now a Fellow in CIFAR's “Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities” research program in Canada. Please see the program website and this press release for more information.

On the 23rd of August 2019, Janine Haueisen visited the Förderzentrum “Pestalozzi” in Weißenfels for a project day that aimed to bring pupils with learning difficulties in contact with research and scientists. Together with classes 8 a and 8 b and their teachers Carola Haueisen and Andrea Wenzel, Janine made microbes that live on our hands, on plants and on classroom supplies visible using plates and microscopy.

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Janine and the teachers Andrea Wenzel and Carola Haueisen looking at the various microbes on the plates.

Our group has a new open-access perspective out in BIOspektrum, discussing plant-microbial interactions. You can find it here (in German).

Michael Habig and his coauthors have a recent paper in eLife! Please see a press release from Christian-Albrechts-Universität here (in German).

Big congratulations to Ekaterina Reim, who won the Helmut Erbersdobler award for her MSc thesis on Zymoseptoria tritici metabolomics!


On the 17th of November, 2018, Doreen Landermann and Conny Burghardt represented the MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Plön at the Schiffsthalschule, Plön, where they told interested students about vocational training at the MPI. Thank you for representing our work for these young people!

Foto Conny&Doreen

Heike Seybold and Janine Haueisen represented the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology during Max-Planck Day on the 14th of September, 2018!  Heike presented her work at the Herderschule and Janine prestented her work at the Gymnasium Kronwerk, both in Schleswig-Holstein. See this news story for more information!


Photo: Becker/Landeszeitung

We also had a wonderful response from visitors to the MPI in Plön on Max-Planck Day!


Photo: Christina Kloodt

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