Rotaru Lab

University of Southern Denmark

By - Amelia Rotaru

Florin Musat gave a seminar on anaerobic ethane oxidation

On May 23rd, we were very happy to host Florin Musat from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, who gave a great talk about Candidatus Argoarchaeum ethanivorans. Not only did we hear a fantastic overview of his latest Nature paper on this topic, but we also got exciting insights about unpublished and upcoming work in his lab on this very

By - Amelia Rotaru

Paola successfully defended her PhD and is now a postdoc in our lab

Paola Palacios is now a freshly minted Ph.D., and my 1st graduate student getting a doctorate. She did a great job at her defense in front of a large audience, and a committee formed by Prof. Ronnie Glud (SDU, DK),  Assistant Professor Jo Philips (AU, DK) and Senior Scientist Florin Musat (UFZ, DE). Congratulations Dr. Paola! Paola is continuing as

By - Amelia Rotaru

Mon’s 1st paper got accepted

Mon’s first 1st author paper just got accepted in a special Frontiers topic: “Biological Methanation or (Bio/Syn)-Gas Upgrading” by Frontiers in Energy Research. We are really to see this paper soon in print. The paper is the first test of electroactivity in Methanosarcina species. Yee, M. O., Snoeyenbos-West, O. L., Thamdrup, B., Ottosen, L. D., & Rotaru, A. E. (2019). Extracellular

By - Amelia Rotaru

Paola’s second preprint

Paola’s second preprint is about an urban lake methanogenic community corroding iron. Jaramillo, P. A. P., & Rotaru, A. E. (2019). Lifeless Clostridia stimulate methanogenesis on Fe0 in an urban lake corrosive community. bioRxiv, 556704 We observed that dead Clostridium stimulate the growth of methanogens, however not as previously assumed via acetate-transfer. CO2-reductive methanogens were stimulated by the Clostridium  [FeFe]-hydrogenases (abundant in their genomes)