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Microbiology of extremely acidic terrestrial volcanic ecosystems

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙263˙490 €
 EC max contribution 2˙263˙490 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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 Project objective

Terrestrial mud volcanos are extreme environments with pH values below even 1, with temperatures up to 70 ºC. They represent ‘hotspots’ of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the hostile conditions, mud volcanos harbour very unique microbial communities involved in the cycling of elements like carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, and nitrogen. Microbial communities in extreme environments are characterized by low biodiversity and as a consequence serve as good models to study linkages between genomic potential and environmental parameters. Metagenome studies have shown that most of the microorganisms in extreme environments are only distantly related to cultivated bacteria. Therefore, state-of the-art enrichment techniques using chemostat and sequencing batch cultivation with inocula from geothermal sites and driven by physiological information from metagenomic/metatranscriptomic data have a high potential to result in novel isolates. This was already demonstrated by our isolation of both mesophilic and thermophilic acid-loving methanotrophs. The aim of this project is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the microbial ecology of extremely acid terrestrial mud volcanos with special emphasis on the elemental cycles of sulfur, methane and nitrogen. After identification and isolation, the microbial key players will be investigated to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which they adapt to extreme (thermo)acidophilic conditions. To achieve this, several parallel and complementary state-of-the-art-approaches will be combined, e.g. meta-omics, microbial ecophysiology, cultivation techniques, cell biology/biochemistry, metabolism/gene expression studies. The project will profoundly increase the understanding of these natural hotspots of greenhouse gas production/degradation and newly isolated strains have a high potential for finding sustainable solutions for the most pressing grand challenges of the European society e.g. new green enzymatic catalyst and technologies for industry.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Cornelia U. Welte, Olivia Rasigraf, Annika Vaksmaa, Wouter Versantvoort, Arslan Arshad, Huub J.M. Op den Camp, Mike S.M. Jetten, Claudia Lüke, Joachim Reimann
Nitrate- and nitrite-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane
published pages: 941-955, ISSN: 1758-2229, DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12487
Environmental Microbiology Reports 8/6 2019-07-04
2017 Özge Eyice, Nataliia Myronova, Arjan Pol, Ornella Carrión, Jonathan D Todd, Tom J Smith, Stephen J Gurman, Adam Cuthbertson, Sophie Mazard, Monique ASH Mennink-Kersten, Timothy DH Bugg, Karl Kristoffer Andersson, Andrew WB Johnston, Huub JM Op den Camp, Hendrik Schäfer
Bacterial SBP56 identified as a Cu-dependent methanethiol oxidase widely distributed in the biosphere
published pages: 145-160, ISSN: 1751-7362, DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2017.148
The ISME Journal 12/1 2019-07-04
2018 Carmen Hogendoorn, Paula Roszczenko-Jasińska, N. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, Johann de Graaff, Patrick Grassl, Arjan Pol, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Lena J. Daumann
Facile Arsenazo III-Based Assay for Monitoring Rare Earth Element Depletion from Cultivation Media for Methanotrophic and Methylotrophic Bacteria
published pages: , ISSN: 0099-2240, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02887-17
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84/8 2019-07-04
2018 Jeroen Frank, Sebastian Lücker, Rolf H. A. M. Vossen, Mike S. M. Jetten, Richard J. Hall, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Seyed Yahya Anvar
Resolving the complete genome of Kuenenia stuttgartiensis from a membrane bioreactor enrichment using Single-Molecule Real-Time sequencing
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-23053-7
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-07-04
2016 Sepehr Mohammadi, Arjan Pol, Theo A van Alen, Mike SM Jetten, Huub JM Op den Camp
Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV, a thermoacidophilic ‘Knallgas’ methanotroph with both an oxygen-sensitive and -insensitive hydrogenase
published pages: 945-958, ISSN: 1751-7362, DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2016.171
The ISME Journal 11/4 2019-07-04
2018 Bérénice Jahn, Arjan Pol, Henning Lumpe, Thomas R. M. Barends, Andreas Dietl, Carmen Hogendoorn, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Lena J. Daumann
Similar but Not the Same: First Kinetic and Structural Analyses of a Methanol Dehydrogenase Containing a Europium Ion in the Active Site
published pages: 1147-1153, ISSN: 1439-4227, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201800130
ChemBioChem 19/11 2019-07-04
2018 Wouter Versantvoort, Simon Guerrero-Cruz, Daan R. Speth, Jeroen Frank, Lavinia Gambelli, Geert Cremers, Theo van Alen, Mike S. M. Jetten, Boran Kartal, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Joachim Reimann
Comparative Genomics of Candidatus Methylomirabilis Species and Description of Ca. Methylomirabilis Lanthanidiphila
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-302X, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01672
Frontiers in Microbiology 9 2019-07-04
2018 Geert Cremers, Lavinia Gambelli, Theo van Alen, Laura van Niftrik, Huub J.M. Op den Camp
Bioreactor virome metagenomics sequencing using DNA spike-ins
published pages: e4351, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4351
PeerJ 6 2019-07-04
2016 Bram Vekeman, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Geert Cremers, Paul de Vos, Peter Vandamme, Nico Boon, Huub J.M. Op den Camp, Kim Heylen
New Methyloceanibacter diversity from North Sea sediments includes methanotroph containing solely the soluble methane monooxygenase
published pages: 4523-4536, ISSN: 1462-2912, DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13485
Environmental Microbiology 18/12 2019-07-04
2018 Henning Lumpe, Arjan Pol, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Lena J. Daumann
Impact of the lanthanide contraction on the activity of a lanthanide-dependent methanol dehydrogenase – a kinetic and DFT study
published pages: 10463-10472, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c8dt01238e
Dalton Transactions 47/31 2019-07-04
2016 Lavinia Gambelli, Geert Cremers, Rob Mesman, Simon Guerrero, Bas E. Dutilh, Mike S. M. Jetten, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Laura van Niftrik
Ultrastructure and Viral Metagenome of Bacteriophages from an Anaerobic Methane Oxidizing Methylomirabilis Bioreactor Enrichment Culture
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-302X, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01740
Frontiers in Microbiology 7 2019-07-04
2018 Maartje AHJ van Kessel, Karin Stultiens, Monique FW Slegers, Simon Guerrero Cruz, Mike SM Jetten, Boran Kartal, Huub JM Op den Camp
Current perspectives on the application of N-damo and anammox in wastewater treatment
published pages: 222-227, ISSN: 0958-1669, DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2018.01.031
Current Opinion in Biotechnology 50 2019-07-04
2017 Sepehr S. Mohammadi, Arjan Pol, Theo van Alen, Mike S. M. Jetten, Huub J. M. Op den Camp
Ammonia Oxidation and Nitrite Reduction in the Verrucomicrobial Methanotroph Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-302X, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01901
Frontiers in Microbiology 8 2019-07-04
2016 Bram Vekeman, Daan Speth, Jasper Wille, Geert Cremers, Paul De Vos, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Kim Heylen
Genome Characteristics of Two Novel Type I Methanotrophs Enriched from North Sea Sediments Containing Exclusively a Lanthanide-Dependent XoxF5-Type Methanol Dehydrogenase
published pages: 503-509, ISSN: 0095-3628, DOI: 10.1007/s00248-016-0808-7
Microbial Ecology 72/3 2019-07-04

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