Werner Liesack

Werner Liesack

PD Dr. Werner Liesack

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
Independent Research Group Leader
Karl-von-Frisch-Straße 10, 35043 Marburg
+49-6421 178 620

Research Area

The Liesack lab studies microbes involved in methane cycling. A combination of environmental genomics and transcriptomics is being used to investigate the impact of global climate change on the structure and function of methane-producing communities in rice field soil. Another research focus is on studying the link between physiology and molecular biology of methane-oxidizing bacteria, with Methylocystis sp. Stamm SC2 being used as model organism.


microbiology of waterlogged soils
microbial community analysis
methane-oxidizing bacteria

Recent Publications, Last 3 Years

1. Hakobyan A, Liesack W, Glatter T (2018) Crude-MS strategy for in-depth proteome analysis of the methane-oxidizing Methylocystis sp. strain SC2. J. Proteome Res. 17: 3086-3103.

2. Peng J, Wegner CE, Bei Q, Liu P, Liesack W (2018) Metatranscriptomics reveals a differential temperature effect on the structural and functional organization of the anaerobic food web in rice field soil. Microbiome 6: 169.

3. Abdallah RZ, Wegner CE, Liesack W (2019) Community transcriptomics reveals drainage effects on paddy soil microbiome across all three domains of life. Soil Biol. & Biochem. 132: 131-142.


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