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Werner Mayerhofer

Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards 2016

Soil System Sciences
Werner Mayerhofer

The 2016 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Werner Mayerhofer for the poster entitled:

Visualizing carbon and nitrogen transfer in the tripartite symbiosis of Fagus sylvatica, ectomycorrhizal fungi and soil microorganisms using NanoSIMS (Mayerhofer, W.; Dietrich, M.; Schintlmeister, A.; Gabriel, R.; Gorka,S.; Wiesenbauer, J.; Martin, V.; Schweiger, P.; Reipert, S.; Weidinger,M.; Richter, A.; Woebken, D.; Kaiser, C.).

Click here to download the poster/PICO file.


I am an MSc student at the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna. At the EGU GA 2016 I presented together with my colleague Marlies Dietrich (shared first authorship) a PICO showing the results of our master’s project (supervised by Dr. Christina Kaiser and Dr. Dagmar Woebken), focusing on carbon and nitrogen exchange between ectomycorrhizal roots of Fagus sylvatica and their associated soil microbial community. In a multidisciplinary approach we combine microscopic visualization techniques and stable isotope probing (SIP) to trace nutrient flows among the three partners (plant, fungi, and soil bacteria) at the cellular scale addressing the question whether a reciprocal reward system exists in this tripartite symbiosis.

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