Paul Illmer, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.Paul Illmer, Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr.
Full Professor for Microbiology

Institute of Microbiology
Technikerstr. 25
A-6020 Innsbruck

Building V, 1st floor, room 0/506

Tel.: +43 512 507 51340
Fax: +43 512 507 2928
Mail: Paul.Illmer@uibk.ac.at


Research fields

  • Soil microbiology
  • Ecophysiology of anaerobic habitats and microorganisms
  • Archaea
  • Climate Change
  • Medical and Food Hygiene

Teaching

List of courses ›

  • Basic Microbial Physiology – Lecture
  • Laboratory Course in General Microbiology – Laboratory course
  • Physiology of Microorganisms – Seminary
  • Physiology of Microorganisms – Laboratory course
  • Soil Microbiology – Seminary
  • Soil Microbiology – Laboratory course
  • Anaerobier – Lecture
  • Food Microbiology – Seminary
  • Food Microbiology – Laboratory course

Projects

  • Climate and Energy Fund: Warming in the cold: vascular plant and soil biota responses in the high Alps during the past 20 years
  • Industrial coorperation (Juwel H. Wüster GesmbH). Optimization and Qualifying Qualitäty Assurance.
  • Land Tirol: Impact of grazing on the methane cycle in Tyrolean forest floors.

Other responsibilities

  • Dean of studies of the Faculty of Biology
  • Speaker of the Deans of Study of LFU Innsbruck
  • Member of the senate of the LFU Innsbruck
  • Member of the coordination team of the Inter-University study ”Environmental Management of Mountain Areas”

Publications

List of publications since 2000 ›

Publications 2017

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Praeg, N; Wagner, A..O; Illmer, P (2017): Plant species, temperature, and bedrock affect net methane flux out of grassland and forest soils.
    In: Plant and Soil 410/1, pp. 193 - 206. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, Andreas O.; Markt, Rudolf; Puempel, Thomas; Illmer, Paul; Insam, Heribert; Ebner, Christian (2017): Sample preparation, preservation, and storage for volatile fatty acid quantification in biogas plants.
    In: Engineering in Life Sciences 17/2, pp. 132 - 139. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Lackner, N.; Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P (2017): Effect of sulfate addition on the carbon-flow and microbial community during anaerobic digestion.
    In: ISAM 2017 – The 10th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology - Abstract book. 11.-14. Juni 2017, Liblice, Czech Republic. Prag: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, p. 50.

  • Lackner, N.; Wagner, A.O.; Präg, N.; Illmer, P (2017): Effect of sulphate addition on the microbial community during anaerobic degradation of cellulose.
    In: Liebetrau, Jan; Thrän, Daniela; Pfeiffer, Diana: III. Conference on Monitoring & Process Control of Anaerobic Digestion Plants, Book of abstracts. March 29 - 30, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig: Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, ISBN 978-3-946629-18-4, p. 66. (Web link)

  • Mutschlechner, M; Wagner, A.O; Illmer, P (2017): Abundance, activity, and eco-physiological adaptability of methanogenic Archaea in contrasting natural habitats.
    In: ISAM 2017 – The 10th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology - Abstract book. 11.-14. Juni 2017, Liblice, Czech Republic. Prag: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, p. 38.

  • Mutschlechner, M; Wagner, A.O; Illmer, P (2017): Eco-physiological adaptation of methanogenic communities: Potential for Biotechnological Applications.
    In: Liebetrau, Jan; Thrän, Daniela; Pfeiffer, Diana: III. Conference on Monitoring & Process Control of Anaerobic Digestion Plants, Book of abstracts. March 29 - 30, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig: Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, ISBN 978-3-946629-18-4, p. 68. (Web link)

  • Prem, EM; Illmer, P; Wagner, AO (2017): Phenyl acid formation in anaerobic degradation systems.
    In: ISAM 2017 – The 10th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology - Abstract book. 11.-14. Juni 2017, Liblice, Czech Republic. Prag: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, p. 25.

  • Wagner, A. O; Markt, R; Puempel, T; Illmer, P; Insam, H; Ebner, C (2017): Prerequisites for reliable VFA quantification from anaerobic digestion systems.
    In: Liebetrau, Jan; Thrän, Daniela; Pfeiffer, Diana: III. Conference on Monitoring & Process Control of Anaerobic Digestion Plants, Book of abstracts. March 29 - 30, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig: Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, ISBN 978-3-946629-18-4, pp. 19 - 20. (Web link)



Publications 2016

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Hofmann, K; Farbmacher, S; Illmer, P (2016): Methane flux in montane and subalpine soils of the Central and Northern Alps.
    In: Geoderma 281, pp. 83 - 89. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hofmann, K; Lamprecht, A; Pauli, H; Illmer, P (2016): Distribution of Prokaryotic Abundance and Microbial Nutrient Cycling Across a High-Alpine Altitudinal Gradient in the Austrian Central Alps is Affected by Vegetation, Temperature, and Soil Nutrients.
    In: Microbial Ecology 72/3, pp. 704 - 716. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hofmann, K; Pauli, H; Praeg, N; Wagner, A.O; Illmer, Paul (2016): Methane-cycling microorganisms in soils of a high-alpine altitudinal gradient.
    In: FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92/3, No. fiw009. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hofmann, K.; Praeg, N.; Mutschlechner, M.; Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P. (2016): Abundance and potential metabolic activity of methanogens in well-aerated forest and grassland soils of an alpine region.
    In: FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92/2, No. fiv171. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C; Hofmann, K; Illmer, P (2016): Abundance, diversity and seasonality of (non-extremophilic) Archaea in Alpine freshwaters.
    In: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology 109/6, pp. 855 - 868. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Spötl, C.; Hofmann, K; Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P. (2016): Archaeal Distribution in Moonmilk Deposits from Alpine Caves and Their Ecophysiological Potential.
    In: Microbial Ecology 71/3, pp. 686 - 699. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Buchner, M; Praeg, N; Illmer, P (2016): Abundanz methanotropher Bakterien in Böden mit erhöhten Methanproduktionsraten.
    In: Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, 22. und 23.09.2016. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 19. (Web link)

  • Mutschlechner, M; Illmer, P (2016): Abundanz, Aktivität, Sensibilität und Effizienz methanogener Organismen aus natürlichen Habitaten.
    In: Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, 22. und 23.09.2016. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 20. (Web link)

  • Praeg, N; Illmer, P (2016): Einfluss eines Höhen- und Landnutzungsgradienten im LTER-Gebiet Matschertal auf die mikrobielle Diversität in Böden.
    In: Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, 22. und 23.09.2016. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 21. (Web link)



Publications 2015

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2015): Saisonale Unterschiede von mikrobiellen Aktivitäten und Nährstoffkonzentrationen in Böden entlang einer Chronosequenz in den Zentralalpen.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 82, pp. 13 - 18. (Web link)

  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2015): Temporal patterns of prokaryotic abundance, community structure and microbial activity in glacier foreland soils.
    In: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology 108/3, pp. 793 - 799. (DOI)

  • Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2015): Impact of several antibiotics and 2-bromoethanesulfonate on the volatile fatty acid degradation, methanogenesis and community structure during thermophilic anaerobic digestion.
    In: Bioresource Technology 190, pp. 148 - 158. (DOI)

  • Mutschlechner, M.; Illmer, P.; Wagner, A.O. (2015): Biological pre-treatment: Enhancing biogas production using the highly cellulolytic fungus Trichoderma viride.
    In: Waste Management 43, pp. 98 - 107. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2015): Moonmilk – Leben im Berg.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 82, pp. 7 - 12.

  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Schwarzenauer, T.; Spötl, C.; Wagner, AO.; Illmer, P. (2015): New Undescribed Lineages of Non-extremophilic Archaea Form a Homogeneous and Dominant Element Within Alpine Moonmilk Microbiomes.
    In: GEOMICROBIOLOGY JOURNAL 32/10, pp. 890 - 902. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Praeg, N.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2015): Effect of DNA extraction procedure, repeated extraction and ethidium monoazide (EMA)/propidium monoazide (PMA) treatment on overall DNA yield and impact on microbial fingerprints for bacteria, fungi and archaea in a reference soil.
    In: Applied Soil Ecology 93, pp. 56 - 64. (DOI)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Hofmann, K.; Pauli, H.; Wagner, A.O.; Praeg, N.; Farbmacher, S.; Illmer, P. (2015): Spatial patterns of methane-cycling microorganisms in soils of a high-alpine altitudinal gradient.
    In: Kviderova, Jana; Tashyreva, Daria; Bernardova, Alexandra; Elster, Josef: 6th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology. Programme & Abstracts. Budweis: Südböhmische Universität České Budějovice / Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, ISBN 978-80-7394-528-2, p. 37.

  • Praeg, N.; Illmer, P. (2015): The role of plants in methane flux of upland soils and their influence on archaeal community composition in the rhizosphere.
    In: Book of Abstracts:Rhizosphere 4, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 21.-25.06.2015. Center for Soil Ecology, p. 170.

  • Steinbauer, K.; Fischer, B.M.; Illmer, P.; Hofmann, K.; Lamprecht, A.; Querner, P.; Winkler, M.; Pauli, H. (2015): Zwanzig Jahre Biodiversitätsmonitoring an den Grenzen alpiner Vegetation: Klimawandeleffekte auf Hochgebirgspflanzen und Bodenorganismen.
    In: Schwarzl, Ingeborg: 16. Klimatag. Aktuelle Klimaforschung in Österreich. Tagungsband. 28. bis 30. April 2015, Wien. Wien: Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), ISBN 978-3-9503778-1-1, pp. 82 - 83. (Web link)



Publications 2014

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Wagner, A.O.; Schwarzenauer, T.; Lins, P. (2014): Microbial succession during thermophilic digestion: The potential of Methanosarcina sp.
    In: PLoS One 9/2, p. e86967. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2014): Methanosarcina spp., the key to relieve the start-up of a thermophilic anaerobic digestion suffering from high acetic acid loads.
    In: Bioresource Technology 152, pp. 347 - 354. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Praeg, N.; Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P. (2014): Effects of fertilisation, temperature and water content on microbial properties and methane production and methane oxidation in subalpine soils.
    In: European Journal of Soil Biology 65, pp. 96 - 106. (DOI)

  • Prem, E.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2014): Livestock grazing on alpine soils causes changes in abiotic and biotic soil properties and thus in abundance and activity of microorganisms engaged in the methane cycle.
    In: European Journal of Soil Biology 62, pp. 22 - 29. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2014): Primer evaluation and adaption for cost-efficient SYBR Green-based qPCR and its applicability for specific quantification of methanogens.
    In: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 30/1, pp. 293 - 304. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Wagner, A.O; Illmer, P. (2014): Cultivation of moonmilk-born non-extremophilic Thaum and Euryarchaeota in mixed culture.
    In: ANAEROBE 29, pp. 73 - 79. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A. O.; Malin, C.; Lins, P.; Gstraunthaler, G.; Illmer, P. (2014): Reactor performance of a 750 m3 anaerobic digestion plant: Varied substrate input conditions impacting methanogenic community.
    In: ANAEROBE 29, pp. 29 - 33. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A. O.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2014): Effect of different acetate:propionate ratios on the methanogenic community during thermophilic anaerobic digestion in batch experiments.
    In: BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL 90, pp. 154 - 161. (DOI)

Journal Article (Meeting-Abstract)
  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2014): Non-extremophilic ‘extremophiles’- Archaeal dominance in the subsurface and their implication for life.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts 16, p. 10871. (Web link)

Book Chapter (Original Paper)
  • Baumgarten, A.; Geitner, C.; Haslmayr, H. P.; Zechmeister-Boltenstern, S.; Bohner, A.; Blum, W. E. H.; Dersch, G.; Englisch, M.; Freudenschuss, A.; Huber, S.; Illmer, P.; Jandl, R.; Katzensteiner, K.; Kitzler, B.; Klik, A.; Margesin, R.; Markart, G.; Murer, E.; Spiegel, H.; Stöhr, D.; Strauss, P.; Wenzel, W. (2014): Der Einfluss des Klimawandels auf die Pedosphäre.
    In: Kromp-Kolb, Helga; Nakicenovic, Nebojsa; Steininger, Karl; Gobiet, Andreas; Formayer, Herbert; Köppl, Angela; Prettenthaler, Franz; Stötter, Johann; Schneider, Jürgen; Austrian Panel on Climate Change: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, ISBN 978-3-7001-7699-2, Vol. 2, pp. 601 - 640. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Hofmann, K.; Farbmacher, S.; Illmer, P. (2014): Effects of land cover, abiotic and biotic soil properties on in situ methane flux of montane and subalpine soils.
    In: Burning Issues in Soil Science. Annual Conference of the Austrian Soil Science Society. Book of Abstracts. September 22, 2014, Vienna, Austria. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 8. (Web link)

  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2014): Abundance of methanogenic Archaea in montane and subalpine forests and grasslands: effects of abiotic soil properties.
    In: The First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dijon: Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. Book of Abstracts. Dijon: Université de Bourgogne / Universität von Burgund, p. 501.

  • Mutschlechner, M.; Illmer, P.; Wagner, A. O. (2014): Trichoderma viride – impact of variing cell densities on gas yield during anaerobic digestion.
    In: 2nd International Conference on Biogas Microbiolgoy (ICMB) - 10.-12.06.2014. Uppsala: SLU - Department of Microbiology, elektronisch.

  • Mutschlechner, M.; Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2014): Abundance, activity, sensibility and efficiency of methanogenic organisms in natural habitats.
    In: Burning Issues in Soil Science. Annual Conference of the Austrian Soil Science Society. Book of Abstracts. September 22, 2014, Vienna, Austria. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 17. (Web link)

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2014): The Role of Plants in Methane Flux of Upland Soils.
    In: Burning Issues in Soil Science. Annual Conference of the Austrian Soil Science Society. Book of Abstracts. September 22, 2014, Vienna, Austria. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 23. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Mutschlechner, M.; Illmer, P. (2014): Fungal pre-treatment increases methane yield during anaerobic digestion.
    In: 2nd International Conference on Biogas Microbiolgoy (ICMB) - 10.-12.06.2014. Uppsala: SLU - Department of Microbiology, elektronisch.

Media Contributions

Newspaper Article
  • Illmer, P.; Stadler, J.: Geheimnisvolle Höhlenbewohner.
    In: Austria Presse Agentur (APA) of 2014-05-23.



Publications 2013

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Hofmann, K.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2013): Aerobic and anaerobic microbial activities in the foreland of a receding glacier.
    In: Soil Biology & Biochemistry 57, pp. 418 - 426. (DOI)

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2013): Klimarelevanz subalpiner Böden: Auswirkungen von Düngung, Temperatur und Wassergehalt auf die Methanbildung und Oxidation im Laborversuch.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 80, pp. 23 - 29. (Web link)

  • Prem, E.; Illmer, P. (2013): Methanproduktions- und Methanoxidationspotentiale von Böden des Gletschervorfelds entlang einer Chronosequenz.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 80, pp. 31 - 36. (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2013): Biomüll als Energiequelle – Biogasproduktion durch anaerobe thermophile Fermentation biogener Abfallstoffe.
    In: Berichte des Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinischen Vereins in Innsbruck 98, pp. 153 - 171. (Web link)

  • Thaler, K. M.; Geitner, C.; Gottfried, M.; Illmer, P. (2013): Ein alpin-nivaler Bodentranssekt am Schrankogel (Ötztal/Tirol) – Bodenbildung zwischen 2.700 und 3.300 m ü.d.M.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 80, pp. 51 - 56. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A. O.; Lins, P.; Malin, C.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2013): Impact of protein-, lipid- and cellulose-containing complex substrates on biogas production and microbial communities in batch experiments.
    In: Science of the Total Environment 458-460, pp. 256 - 266. (DOI)

  • Wagner, A. O.; Schwarzenauer, T.; Illmer, P. (2013): Improvement of methane generation capacity by aerobic pre-treatment of organic waste with a cellulolytic Trichoderma viride culture.
    In: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 129, pp. 357 - 360. (DOI)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2013): Substrate type and temperature affect potential methanogenesis in alpine soils.
    In: Insam, H.; Podmirseg, S.; Wagner, A.: 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM8). Innsbruck, Austria, June 12-15, 2013. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), ISBN 978-3-902936-03-5, p. 97.

  • Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2013): Monitoring microbial communities and process parameters affected by antibiotics and BES during thermophilic anaerobic digestion.
    In: Insam, H.; Podmirseg, S.; Wagner, A.: 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM8). Innsbruck, Austria, June 12-15, 2013. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), ISBN 978-3-902936-03-5, p. 96.

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2013): Aktivität und Abundanz von methanogenen und methanotrophen Mikroorganismen im bulk soil und in der Mykorrhizosphäre.
    In: "Boden als multifunktionale Ressource". Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, Wien 23.09.2013 - 24.09.2013. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 9.

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2013): Methane balance of subalpine soils: Effect of fertilization, temperature and water content on methanogenic and methanotrophic activities.
    In: Insam, H.; Podmirseg, S.; Wagner, A.: 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM8). Innsbruck, Austria, June 12-15, 2013. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), ISBN 978-3-902936-03-5, p. 101.

  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2013): Cold-adapted anaerobic communities with methanogenic potential isolated from an oligotrophic Alpine cave.
    In: Insam, H.; Podmirseg, S.; Wagner, A.: 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM8). Innsbruck, Austria, June 12-15, 2013. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), ISBN 978-3-902936-03-5, p. 95.

  • Wagner, A. O.; Mutschlechner, M.; Illmer, P. (2013): Enhancing methane production by aerobic fungal pretreatment.
    In: Insam, H.; Podmirseg, S.; Wagner, A.: 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM8). Innsbruck, Austria, June 12-15, 2013. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), ISBN 978-3-902936-03-5, p. 98.



Publications 2012

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P., (2012): Effects of volatile fatty acids, ammonium and agitation on thermophilic methane production from biogas plant sludge in lab-scale experiments.
    In: Folia Microbiologica 57/4, pp. 313 - 316. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P., (2012): Development and evaluation of inocula combating high acetate concentrations during the start-up of an anaerobic digestion.
    In: Bioresource Technology 110, pp. 167 - 173. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Lins, P.; Schwarzenauer, T.; Reitschuler, C.; Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P., (2012): Methanogenic potential of formate in thermophilic anaerobic digestion.
    In: Waste Management & Research 30/10, pp. 1031 - 1040. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Schwarzenauer, T.; Lins, P.; Wagner, A.O.; Spötl, C.; Illmer, P. (2012): Zur Mikrobiologie von Bergmilch.
    In: Die Höhle 63/1-4, pp. 3 - 17. (Web link)

  • Schwarzenauer, T.; Illmer, P. (2012): PLFA profiles for microbial community monitoring in anaerobic digestion.
    In: Folia Microbiologica 57/4, pp. 331 - 333. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Schwarzenauer, T.; Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2012): The use of FAME analyses to discriminate between different strains of Geotrichum klebahnii with different viabilities.
    In: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 28/2, pp. 755 - 759. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Hofmann, K.; Prem, E.; Illmer, P. (2012): Methanogenic activities in alpine soils.
    In: Folia Microbiologica 57/4, pp. 371 - 373. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Hohlbrugger, P.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2012): Effects of different nitrogen sources on the biogas production – a lab-scale investigation.
    In: Microbiological Research 167/10, pp. 630 - 636. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2012): A simple method for the enumeration of methanogens by most probable number counting.
    In: Biomass and Bioenergy 45, pp. 311 - 314. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2012): Saisonale Unterschiede von mikrobiellen Aktivitäten und Nährstoffkonzentrationen in Böden entlang einer Chronosequenz in den Zentralalpen.
    In: Anthropogener Einfluss auf alpine Böden. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, Innsbruck 27.06.2012 - 28.06.2012. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 14. (Web link)

  • Lins, P.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2012): Adapted inocula as tool for combating heavy acetate loads during start-up of an anaerobic digestion.
    In: 8th Meeting of PhD Students from Innsbruck´s Medical University and of the Life Science Disciplines of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Book of Abstract. Innsbruck: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, p. 64. (Web link)

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P. (2012): The Climate Relevance of Subalpine Soils: The Effects of Fertilization, Temperature and Water content on Methane Production and Methane Oxidation.
    In: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft: Soil Science for the Future - Programme and Book of Abstracts. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 21. (Web link)

  • Präg, N.; Illmer, P., (2012): Klimarelevanz subalpiner Böden: Auswirkungen von Düngung, Temperatur und Wassersättigung auf die Methanbildung und Methanoxidation im Laborversuch.
    In: Anthropogener Einfluss auf alpine Böden. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, Innsbruck 27.06.2012 - 28.06.2012. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 21. (Web link)

  • Prem, E.; Illmer, P. (2012): Methanproduktions- und -oxidationspotenziale von Böden des Gletschervorfelds entlang einer Chronosequenz.
    In: Anthropogener Einfluss auf alpine Böden. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, Innsbruck 27.06.2012 - 28.06.2012. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 4. (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2012): Acetate-induced alterations in community structure of microorganisms with relevance in biowaste degradation and biogas production.
    In: 8th Meeting of PhD Students from Innsbruck´s Medical University and of the Life Science Disciplines of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Book of Abstract. Innsbruck: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, p. 65. (Web link)

  • Thaler, K.M.; Illmer, P.; Gottfried, M.; Geitner, C. (2012): Ein alpin-nivaler Bodentransekt am Schrankogel (Ötztal/Tirol) - Bodenbildung zwischen 2.700 und 3.300 m ü.d.M.
    In: Anthropogener Einfluss auf alpine Böden. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Book of Abstracts, Innsbruck 27.06.2012 - 28.06.2012. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 18. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2012): Moonmilk - psychrophilic life under ground.
    In: Margesin, R.; Schinner, F.: 8th International Conference "Contaminants in Freezing Ground". Programme and Abstracts. Innsbruck: Eigenverlag - Universität Innsbruck.



Publications 2011

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Liebensteiner, M.G. (2011): Use of Avoidance Tests for Investigating Potential of the Earthworm Eisenia fetida to Improve Composting of Grass Clippings.
    In: Compost Science & Utilization 19/2, pp. 123 - 128. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Malin, C.; Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2011): Effects of various fatty acid amendments on a microbial digester community in batch culture.
    In: Waste Management 31/3, pp. 431 - 437. (DOI)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2011): Methanogenic and methanotrophic activities in soils of a glacier foreland.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 51. (Web link)

  • Illmer, P.; Hofmann, K.; Prem, E. (2011): Methanogene & methanotrophe Mikroorganismen in alpinen Böden – Vorkommen und Leistung.
    In: Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft. Abstract Book. St. Florian, 6. bis 7. Oktober 2011. Wien: Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft, p. 10. (Web link)

  • Illmer, P.; Wagner, A.O.; Lins, P.; Malin, C.; Schwarzenauer, T. (2011): Process parameters and microbiological properties within a 900.000 litre anaerobic digester and within down-scaled laboratory approaches.
    In: 1st International Conference on Biogas Microbiology – 14. – 16. September 2011. Astract and Program Book. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ, p. 39.

  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2011): Effects of Different Antibiotics and BES on the Methane Production from Volatile Fatty Acids.
    In: 1st International Conference on Biogas Microbiology – 14. – 16. September 2011. Astract and Program Book. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ, p. 97. (Web link)

  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2011): Factors affecting methane production from biogas plant sludge.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 41. (Web link)

  • Prem, E.; Illmer, P. (2011): Methanogenic activities in Alpine soils depending on land use.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 59. (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2011): Moonmilk – Mineral Forming Microbes.
    In: Medizinische Universität und LFUI: 7th Meeting of Doctoral students from Innsbruck’s Medical University and of the Life Science Disciplines of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Abstract Book. Innsbruck: Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, p. 102. (Web link)

  • Reitschuler, C.; Illmer, P. (2011): Q/RT PCR-based Research on Methanogenic Archaea.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 60. (Web link)

  • Schwarzenauer, T.; Illmer, P. (2011): PFLA profiles for microbial community monitoring in anaerobic digestion.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 48. (Web link)

  • Schwarzenauer, T.; Illmer, P. (2011): The use of Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Profiles to Investigate Reactor Performance in Anaerobic digestion.
    In: Medizinische Universität und LFUI: 7th Meeting of Doctoral students from Innsbruck’s Medical University and of the Life Science Disciplines of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Abstract Book. Innsbruck: Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, p. 104. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Illmer, P. (2011): Effect of different acetate:propionate ratios (0.25-4) on the methane production of a batch culture.
    In: 1st International Conference on Biogas Microbiology – 14. – 16. September 2011. Astract and Program Book. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ, p. 117. (Web link)

  • Wagner, A.O; Prem, E.; Hofmann, K.; Illmer, P. (2011): Methanogenic activities in alpine soils.
    In: Pristas, P.; Javorsky, P.; Kopecny, J.; Avgustin, G.: From Research to Practice Application. 7th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2011). Conference Book. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, ISBN 978-80-968618-6-6, p. 47. (Web link)

Media Contributions

Article in Popular Magazine
  • Illmer, P.: Keim-Killer aus der Bitterorange.
    In: zukunft forschung - Magazin für Wissenschaft und Forschung der Universität Innsbruck of 2011-08-01.



Publications 2010

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Lins, Philipp; Malin, Cornelia; Wagner, Andreas O.; Illmer, Paul (2010): Reduction of accumulated volatile fatty acids by an acetate-degrading enrichment culture.
    In: FEMS Microbiology Ecology 71/3, pp. 469 - 478. (DOI)

  • Plaza, G.A.; Nalecz-Jawecki, G.; Pinyakong, O.; Illmer, P.; Margesin, R. (2010): Ecotoxicological and microbiological characterization of soils from heavy metal and hydrocarbon contaminated sites.
    In: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT 163/1-4, pp. 477 - 488.

  • Wagner, A.O.; Gstraunthaler, G.; Illmer, P. (2010): Utilisation of single added fatty acids by consortia of digester sludge in batch culture.
    In: Waste Management 30/10, pp. 1822 - 1827. (DOI)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2010): Effects of Agitation on Methanogenesis during Anaerobic Digestion.
    In: 6th Meeting of PhD Students from Innsbruck´s Medical University and of the Life Science Disciplines of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Book of Abstracts, Innsbruck, Austria, 24.11.2010. Innsbruck: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, p. 90.



Publications 2009

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Gstraunthaler, G. (2009): Effect of seasonal changes in quantities of biowaste on full scale anaerobic digester performance.
    In: Waste Management 29, pp. 162 - 167. (DOI)

  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2009): Thermodynamische Aspekte der anaeroben Vergärung.
    In: Müll und Abfall - Fachzeitschrift für Behandlung und Beseitigung von Abfällen 12, pp. 604 - 608.

  • Wagner, A.O.; Malin, C.; Illmer, P. (2009): Application of denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography in microbial ecology: Fermenter sludge, compost, and soil community profiling.
    In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75, pp. 956 - 964.

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Lins, P.; Illmer, P. (2009): Application of a lab-scale multiple fermenter system.
    In: Kopecny, J.; Simunek, J.; Avgustin, G.; Javorsky, P.: 6th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2009). Conference Book. Eigenverlag, p. 103.

  • Wagner, A.O.; Malin, C.; Illmer, P., (2009): Use of dHPLC for the analysis of microbial clones.
    In: Kopecny, J.; Simunek, J.; Avgustin, G.; Javorsky, P.: 6th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 2009). Conference Book. Eigenverlag, p. 36.



Publications 2008

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Malin, C.; Illmer, P. (2008): Ability of DNA content and DGGE analysis to reflect the performance condition of an anaerobic biowaste fermenter.
    In: Microbiological Research 163/5, pp. 503 - 511. (Web link)

  • Schrettl, M.; Kim, H. S.; Eisendle, M.; Kragl, C.; Niermann, W. C.; Heinekamp, T.; Werner, Ernst; Jakobsen, I.; Illmer, P.; Yi, H.; Brakhage, A. A.; Haas, H (2008): SreA-mediated iron regulation in Aspergillus fumigatus.
    In: MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY 70/1, pp. 27 - 43.

  • Wagner, A.O.; Gstraunthaler, G.; Illmer, P. (2008): Survival of bacterial pathogens during the thermophilic anaerobic digestion of biowaste: laboratory experiments and in situ validation.
    In: ANAEROBE 14/3, pp. 181 - 183. (DOI)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Malin, C.; Gstraunthaler, G.; Illmer, P. (2008): Survival of selected pathogens in diluted sludge of a thermophilic waste treatment plant and in NaCl-solution under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
    In: Waste Management 29, pp. 425 - 429. (DOI)

  • Wagner, A.O.; Malin, C.; Knapp, B.; Illmer, P. (2008): Removal of free extracellular DNA in environmental samples by ethidium monoazide (EMA) and propidium monoazide (PMA).
    In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74/8, pp. 2537 - 2539.



Publications 2007

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Wagner, A.O.; Mair, J.; Malin, C.; Farbmacher, S. (2007): Chemical and biochemical parameters during composting of lawn clippings with special regard to the efficiency of a compost starter kit.
    In: Compost Science & Utilization 15/1, pp. 40 - 46.



Publications 2006

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Eisendle, E.; Schrettl, M.; Kragl, C.; Müller, D.; Illmer, P.; Haas, H. (2006): The intracellular siderophore ferricrocin is involved in iron storage, oxidative-stress resistance, germination, and sexual development in Aspergillus nidulans.
    In: EUKARYOTIC CELL 5/10, pp. 1596 - 1603.

  • Illmer, P. (2006): A commercially available iron-chelating agent, Desferal, promotes Fe- and Al-mobilization in soils.
    In: Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38/6, pp. 1491 - 1493.

  • Illmer, P.; Buttinger, R. (2006): Interactions between iron availability, aluminium toxicity and fungal siderophores.
    In: Biometals 19/4, pp. 367 - 377.



Publications 2005

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Erlebach, C. (2005): Phosphorus compensates Al induced effects on Arthrobacter cells.
    In: MICROBIOLOGY 74, pp. 852 - 855.



Publications 2004

(Co-)Edited Journals and Book Series

(Co-)Editorship of Book Series and Journals
  • Illmer, P.: Associate Editor / Gutachter - Journal of Environmental Quality, 2004-01-01 on-going.

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • EISENDLE, M.; OBEREGGER, H.; BUTTINGER, R.; ILLMER, P.; HAAS, H. (2004): Biosynthesis and uptake of siderophores is controlled by the PacC-mediated ambient-pH regulatory system in Aspergillus nidulans.
    In: EUKARYOTIC CELL 3, pp. 561 - 563.

  • ILLMER, P. (2004): Ökotoxikologische Untersuchungen des Aluminium-Stress bei Bodenbakterien.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 70, pp. 51 - 55.

  • ILLMER, P. (2004): Untersuchungen zur Kompostierbarkeit von Rasenschnitt.
    In: Berichte des Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinischen Vereins in Innsbruck 91, pp. 233 - 248.

  • ILLMER, P.; MUTSCHLECHNER, W. (2004): Effect of temperature and pH on the toxicity of aluminium towards two new, soil born species of Arthrobacter sp.
    In: Journal of Basic Microbiology 44, pp. 98 - 105.

  • MALIN, C.; ILLMER, P. (2004): Anwendbarkeit von Standard-Molekularbiologischen Methoden in der Bodenmikrobiologie.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 70, pp. 77 - 81.

  • WAGNER, A.; ILLMER, P. (2004): Kompostierung – neue Betrachtung einer alten Technik.
    In: Berichte des Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinischen Vereins in Innsbruck 91, pp. 293 - 321.

  • WAGNER, A.; MAIR, J.; ILLMER, P. (2004): Respirometrie bei der Beurteilung der Effektivität von Inokulierungsversuchen.
    In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 70, pp. 95 - 99.



Publications 2003

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Erlebach, C. (2003): Influence of Al on Growth, Cell Size and Content of Intracellular Water of Arthrobacter Sp Pi/1-95.
    In: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology 84, pp. 239 - 246.

  • Illmer, P.; Obertegger, U.; Schinner, F. (2003): Microbiological Properties in Acidic Forest Soils with Special Consideration of Kcl Extractable Al.
    In: Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 148, pp. 3 - 14.



Publications 2002

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Proceedings Paper)
  • Illmer, P.; Mair, J. (2002): Ökotoxikologische Untersuchungen an zwei bodenbürtigen Arthrobacter Stämmen unter Aluminium-Stress.
    In: Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 99, pp. 135 - 136.

Book Chapter (Original Paper)
  • Illmer, P. (2002): Backyard Composting. General Considerations and a Case Study.
    In: Insam, H.; Klammer, S.; Riddech, N. (eds.): Microbiology of Composting. Dordrecht - Heidelberg - London - New York - Berlin: Springer, ISBN 3-540-67568-X, pp. 133 - 142.



Publications 2001

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Other)
  • Illmer, P. (2001): How Big Is a Bacterium - Approximation to a Correct Total Cell-Density of Arthrobacter Sp - A Comment on a Practicable and Accurate Method to Differentiate Between Intracellular and Extracellular Water of Microbial-Cells by Illmer.
    In: FEMS Microbiology Letters 196, p. 85.



Publications 2000

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Erlebach, C.E.; Illmer, P.; Schinner, F. (2000): Changes of Cell-Size Distribution During the Batch Culture of Arthrobacter Strain Pi/1-95.
    In: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology 77, p. 329.