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De Vogel FA, Goudriaan M, Zettler ER, Niemann H, Eich A*, Weber M*, Lott C*, Amaral-Zettler L (2024)

Biodegradable plastics in Mediterranean coastal environments feature contrasting microbial succession. Science of The Total Environment 172288.



PrePrint M. Kleiner, L. Polerecky, C. Lott*, C. Bergin, S. Häusler, M. Liebeke, C. Wentrup, N. Musat, M. M. M. Kuypers, N. Dubilier

Mechanism of high energy efficiency of carbon fixation by sulfur-oxidizing symbionts revealed by single-cell analyses and metabolic modeling

bioRxiv 2023.11.25.568684; doi:

Sander M, Weber M*, Lott C*, Zumstein M, Künkel A, Battagliarin G (2023)

Polymer Biodegradability 2.0: A Holistic View on Polymer Biodegradation in Natural and Engineered Environments. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Bhalerao A, Dueker U, Weber M*, Eich A*, Lott C*, Endres HJ, Nogueira R (2023)

Bacterial diversity of biofilms on polyhydroxybutyrate exposed to marine conditions: Ex-situ vs. in-situ tests. Science of The Total Environment, 905, 167458.

Askham C, Pauna VH, Boulay A-M, Fantke P, Jolliet O, Lavoie J, Booth AM, Coutris C, Verones F, Weber M*, Vijver MG, Lusher A, Hajjar C (2023)

Generating environmental sampling and testing data for micro- and nanoplastics for use in life cycle impact assessment, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 859, Part, 2023,160038,



Lott C*, Eich A*, Weber M* (2022)

Degradation of Fibrous Microplastics in the Marine Environment. In: Polluting Textiles - The Problem with Microfibres, edited by Judith S. Weis, Francesca De Falco, Mariacristina Cocca. Routledge, London, 2022. Chapter 8. doi: 10.4324/9781003165385-10

Schorn S, Ahmerkamp S, Bullock E, Weber M*, Lott C*, Liebeke M, Lavik G, Kuypers MMM, Graf JS, Milucka J (2022)

Diverse methylotrophic methanogenic archaea cause high methane emissions from seagrass meadows. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS 2022 Vol. 119 No. 9 e2106628119,



Mohr W, Lehnen N, Ahmerkamp S, Marchant HK, Graf JS, Tschitschko B, Yilmaz P, Littmann S, Gruber-Vodicka H, Leisch N, Weber M*, Lott C*, Schubert CJ, Milucka J, Kuypers MMM (2021)

Terrestrial-type nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between seagrass and a marine bacterium. Nature (2021).

Eich A*, Weber M*, Lott C* (2021)

Disintegration half-life of biodegradable plastic films on different marine beach sediments. PeerJ 9:e11981 DOI 10.7717/peerj.11981

Vaksmaa A, Knittel K, Abdala Asbun A, Goudriaan M, Ellrott A, Witte HJ, Vollmer I, Meirer F, Lott C*, Weber M*, Engelmann JC and Niemann H (2021)

Microbial Communities on Plastic Polymers in the Mediterranean Sea. Front. Microbiol. 12:673553. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.673553

Lott C*, Eich A*, Makarow D, Unger B, van Eekert M, Schuman E, Segre Reinach M, Lasut MT, Weber M* (2021)

Half-life of biodegradable plastics in the marine environment depends on material, habitat, and climate zone. Front. Mar. Sci., 06 May 2021 |



Albertson A-C, Bødtker G, Boldizar A, Filatova T, Prieto Jimenez MA, Loos K, Poortinga W, Sander M, Seppälä J, Thompson R, Weber M* (2020)

Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment. Berlin: SAPEA, Science Advice for Policy by European Academies. DOI 10.26356/biodegradabilityplastics (peer reviewed report)

Saroni A, Sciarra A, Grassa F, Eich A, Weber M*, Lott C*, Ferretti G, Ivaldi R, Coltorti M (2020)

Shallow submarine mud volcano in the Northern Tyrrhenian sea, Italy. Applied Geochemistry,

B.N. Vinay Kumar, Lena A. Löschel*, Hannes K. Imhof, Martin G.J. Löder, Christian Laforsch (2021)

Analysis of microplastics of a broad size range in commercially important mussels by combining FTIR and Raman spectroscopy approaches. Environmental Pollution, Volume 269, 2021, 116147,

Lott C,* Eich C*, Unger B, Makarow D, Battagliarin G, Schlegel KA, Lasut MT, Weber M* (2020)

Field and mesocosm test methods to assess the performance of biodegradable plastic under marine conditions. PLoS ONE 15(7):e0236579 doi:

Koopmans D, Holtappels M, Chennu A, Weber M* and de Beer D (2020)

High net primary production of Mediterranean seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) meadows determined with aquatic eddy covariance. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:118. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00118

Jan Ornik, Stefan Sommer, Sebastian Gies, Miriam Weber*, Christian Lott*, Jan C. Balzer, and Martin Koch (2020)

Could photoluminescence spectroscopy be an alternative technique for the detection of microplastics? First experiments using a 405 nm laser for excitation. Appl. Phys. B (2020) 126: 15.



Yaniv Y. Munwes, Stefan Geyer, David Katoshevski, Danny Ionescu, Tobias Licha, Christian Lott*, Jonathan B. Laronne, Christian Siebert (2019)

Discharge estimation of submarine springs in the Dead Sea based on velocity or density measurements in proximity to the water surface. Hydrological Processes. 2019;1–18. doi:10.1002/hyp.13598

Ulisse Cardini, Marco Bartoli, Sebastian Lücker, Maria Mooshammer, Julia Polzin, Raymond W. Lee, Vesna Micić, Thilo Hofmann, Miriam Weber* & Jillian M. Petersen (2019)

Chemosymbiotic bivalves contribute to the nitrogen budget of seagrass ecosystems. The ISME Journal, 2019. doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0486-9

Martin Taubert, Carolina Grob, Andrew Crombie, Alexandra M. Howat, Oliver J. Burns, Miriam Weber*, Christian Lott*, Anne-Kristin Kaster, John Vollmers, Nico Jehmlich, Martin von Bergen, Yin Chen and John Colin Murrel (2019)

Communal metabolism by Methylococcaceae and Methylophilaceae is driving rapid aerobic methane oxidation in sediments of a shallow seep near Elba, Italy. Environ Microbiol. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14728

Alessandra Sciarra, Anna Saroni, Giuseppe Etiope, Massimo Coltorti, Francesco Mazzarini, Christian Lott*, Fausto Grassa, Francesco Italiano (2019)

Shallow submarine seep of abiotic methane from serpentinized peridotite off the Island of Elba, Italy, Applied Geochemistry (100) 2019, p 1-7, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.10.025



Patrick Meister, Johanna Wiedling, Christian Lott*, Wolfgang Bach, Hanna Kuhfuß, Gunter Wegener, Michael E. Böttcher, Christian Deusner, Anna Lichtschlag, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Miriam Weber* (2018)

Anaerobic methane oxidation inducing carbonate precipitation at abiogenic methane seeps in the Tuscan archipelago (Italy). PLoS ONE 13(12): e0207305. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0207305

M. Molari, K. Guilini, C. Lott*, M. Weber*, D. de Beer, S. Meyer, A. Ramette, G. Wegener, F. Wenzhöfer, D. Martin, T. Cibic, C. De Vittor, A. Vanreusel, A. Boetius (2018)

CO2 leakage alters biogeochemical and ecological functions of submarine sands. Science Advances 4, eaao2040 (2018).



Dirk de Beer, Miriam Weber*, Arjun Chennu, Trinity Hamilton, Christian Lott*, Jennifer Macalady and Judith M. Klatt (2017)

Oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis in a microbial mat from an anoxic and sulfidic spring. Environmental Microbiology (2017) 19(3), 1251–1265

Guilini K, Weber M*, de Beer D, Schneider M, Molari M, Lott C*, Bodnar W, Mascart T, De Troch M, Vanreusel A (2017)

Response of Posidonia oceanica seagrass and its epibiont communities to ocean acidification. PLoS ONE 12 (8): e0181531. pone.0181531

Pauli N-C, Petermann JS, Lott C*, Weber M* (2017)

Macrofouling communities and the degradation of plastic bags in the sea: an in situ experiment. R. Soc. open sci. 4: 170549.



Nadine Lehnen, Hannah K. Marchant, Anne Schwedt, Jana Milucka, Christian Lott*, Miriam Weber*, Julien Dekaezemacker, Brandon K.B. Seah, Philipp F. Hach, Wiebke Mohr, Marcel M.M.Kuypers (2016)

High rates of microbial dinitrogen fixation and sulfate reduction associated with the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, Volume 39, Issue 7, October 2016, Pages 476-483,

Jillian M. Petersen, Anna Kemper, Harald Gruber-Vodicka, Ulisse Cardini, Matthijs van der Geest, Manuel Kleiner, Silvia Bulgheresi, Marc Mußmann, Craig Herbold, Brandon K.B. Seah, Chakkiath Paul Antony, Dan Liu, Alexandra Belitz and Miriam Weber* (2016)

Chemosynthetic symbionts of marine invertebrate animals are capable of nitrogen fixation. Nature Microbiol., 16195 | DOI: 10.1038/NMICROBIOL.2016.195

Wippler J, Kleiner M, Lott C*, Gruhl A., Abraham PE, Giannone RJ, Young JC, Hettich RL, Dubilier N (2016)

Transcriptomic and proteomic insights into innate immunity and adaptations to a symbiotic lifestyle in the gutless marine worm Olavius algarvensis. BMC Genomics 17: 942. Published online 2016 Nov 21. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-3293-y

Ruff S. E., Kuhfuss H., Wegener G., Lott C.*, Ramette A., Wiedling J., Knittel K., Weber M.* (2016)

Methane Seep in Shallow-Water Permeable Sediment Harbors High Diversity of Anaerobic Methanotrophic Communities, Elba, Italy. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:374. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00374



Eich A., Mildenberger T., Laforsch C., Weber M.* (2015)

Biofilm and Diatom Succession on Polyethylene (PE) and Biodegradable Plastic Bags in Two Marine Habitats: Early Signs of Degradation in the Pelagic and Benthic Zone? PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137201. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137201

Kleiner, M., Wentrup, C., Holler, T., Lavik, G., Harder, J., Lott, C.*, Littmann, S., Kuypers, M. M. M. and Dubilier, N. (2015)

Use of carbon monoxide and hydrogen by a bacteria–animal symbiosis from seagrass sediments. Environ. Microbiol., 17: 5023–5035. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12912 download

Brocke H, Polerecky L, De Beer D, Weber M*, Claudet J, Nugues M (2015)

Organic matter degradation drives benthic cyanobacterial mat abundance on Caribbean coral reefs. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0125445. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125445



Zimmermann, J., Lott, C.*, Weber, M.*, Ramette, A., Bright, M., Dubilier, N., & Petersen, J. M. (2014)

Dual symbiosis with co‐occurring sulfur‐oxidizing symbionts in vestimentiferan tubeworms from a Mediterranean hydrothermal vent. Environ. Microbiol., First published online: 1 APR 2014, DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12427

Häusler S, Weber M* , Holtappels M, Ortega-Nortega B, de Beer D, Ionescu D (2014)

Sulfate reduction and sulfide oxidation in extremely steep salinity gradients formed by underwater freshwater springs in the Dead Sea. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 1-14

Häusler S, Weber M*, de Beer D, Ionescu D (2014)

Spatial distribution of diatom and cyanobacterial mats in the Dead Sea is determined by response to rapid salinity fluctuations. Extremophiles 1-10



Tosin, M., Weber, M.*, Siotto, M., Lott, C.*, Degli Innocenti, F. (2012)

Laboratory test methods to determine the degradation of plastics in marine environmental conditions. Front. Microbiol. 2012; 3: 225. Published online 2012 June 21. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00225

Ionescu, D., Siebert C., Polerecky L., Munwes Y. Y., Lott C.*, Häusler S., Bizic-Ionescu M., Quast C., Peplies J., Glöckner F. O., Ramette A., Rödiger T., Dittmar T., Oren A., Geyer S., Stärk H.-J., Sauter M., Licha T., Laronne J. B., de Beer, D. (2012)

Microbial and Chemical Characterization of Underwater Fresh Water Springs in the Dead Sea. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038319

Weber, M.*, de Beer, D., Lott, C.*, Polerecky, L., Kohls, K., Abed R. M. M., Ferdelman, T. G., Fabricius, K. E. (2012)

Mechanisms of damage to corals exposed to sedimentation. PNAS, (109) 24, June 12, 2012, E1558-E1567. Published online before print May 21, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1100715109

Kleiner, M., Wentrup, C., Lott, C.*, Teeling, H., Wetzel, S., Young, J., Chang, Y., Shah, M., VerBerkmoes, N. C. , Zarzycki, J., Fuchs, G., Markert, S., Hempel, K., Voigt, B., Becher, D., Liebeke, M., Lalk, M., Albrecht, D., Hecker, M., Schweder, T., Dubilier, N. (2012)

Metaproteomics of a gutless marine worm and its symbiotic microbial community reveal unusual pathways for carbon and energy use. PNAS, (109) 19, May 08, 2012, E1173-E1182. Published online before print April 18, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1121198109

Santangelo, G., Bramanti, L., Rossi, S., Tsounis, G., Vielmini, I., Lott, C.*, Gili, J.M. (2012)

Patterns of variation in recruitment and post-recruitment processes of the Mediterranean precious gorgonian coral Corallium rubrum. JEMBE, 411 (2012) 7–13



Gruber-Vodicka, H.R., Dirks, U., Leisch, N., Baranyi, C., Stoecker, K., Bulgheresi, S., Heindl, N.R., Horn, M., Lott, C.*, Loy, A., Wagner, M., Jörg Ott, J. (2011)

Paracatenula, an ancient symbiosis between thiotrophic Alphaproteobacteria and catenulid flatworms. PNAS, 108 (29), 12078-12083

Wangpraseurt D, Weber M*, Røy H, Polerecky L, de Beer D, Suharsono M, Nugues M (2011)

In Situ Oxygen Dynamics in Coral-Algal Interactions. PLoS ONE 7, 1-8.



Schläppy M-L, Weber M*, Mendola D, Hoffmann F, de Beer D (2010)

Heterogeneous oxygenation resulting from active and passive flow in two Mediterranean sponges, Dysidea avara and Chondrosia reniformis. Limnol. Oceanogr., 55(3), 1289-1300.



Petersen, J.M., Ramette, A., Lott, C.*, Cambon-Bonavita, M.-A., Zbinden, M., Dubilier, N. (2009)

Dual symbiosis of the vent shrimp Rimicaris exoculata with filamentous Gamma- and Epsilonproteobacteria at four Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vent fields. Environmental Microbiology, 12 (8), 2204–2218, Aug 2010 (first published online 27 DEC 2009)

Kohls K, Abed RMM, Polerecky L, Weber M*, de Beer D (2009)

Halotaxis of cyanobacteria in an intertidal hypersaline microbial mat. Environ. Microbiol. 12(3):567-575.



Dubilier, N., Bergin, C., Lott, C*. (2008)

Symbiotic diversity in marine animals: the art of harnessing chemosynthesis. Nature Reviews Microbiology 6, 725-740 (2008)

Humphrey, C., Weber, M.*, Lott, C.*, Cooper, T., Fabricius, K. (2008)

Effects of suspended sediments, dissolved inorganic nutrients and salinity on fertilisation and embryo development in the coral Acropora millepora (Ehrenberg, 1834). Coral Reefs 27(4):837-850

Ruehland, C., Blazejak, A., Lott, C.*, Loy, A., Erseus, C., Dubilier, N. (2008)

Multiple bacterial symbionts in two species of co-occurring gutless oligochaete worms from Mediterranean sea grass sediments. Environmental Microbiology 10(12):3404-3416

Polerecky, L., Lott, C.*, Weber, M. (2008)

In situ measurement of gross photosynthesis using a microsensor-based light-shade shift method. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 6, 373-383



Weber, M.*, Färber, P., Meyer, V., Lott, C.*, Eickert, G., Fabricius, K., de Beer, D. (2007)

In situ applications of a new diver-operated motorized microsensor profiler. Envrion. Sci. Technol. 41 (17), 6210-6215.



Rühland, C., Bergin, C.*, Lott, C.*, Dubilier, N. (2006)

Symbiosen mit mikrobiellen Konsortien. Biospektrum 12 (6): 600-603.

Weber, M.*, Lott, C.*, Fabricius, K. (2006)

Sedimentation stress in a scleractinian coral exposed to terrestrial and marine sediments with contrasting physical, organic and geochemical properties. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 336 (1): 18-32.



Nickel, M., Lott, C.* and Brümmer, F. (1999)

Röntgen-Computertomographie-Analyse und Faunistik einer mediterranen Coralligène-Struktur. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 29:481–490.



Unger, B., Lott, C.* (1994)

In-situ studies on the aggregation behaviour of the sea urchin Sphaerechinus granularis Lam (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). In: Echinoderms Through Time. B. David, I.-P. Feral and M. Roux (eds), pp. 913-919. Balkema, Rotterdam.




Lott C*, Weber M*, Makarow D, Unger B, Pognani M, Tosin M, Bulete A, Jame P (2016)

Marine degradation test assessment: Marine degradation test of bio-based materials at mesocosm scale assessed. European Commission, Project "Open-BIO", KBBE/FP7EN/613677, WP5-D5.7 part 2.

Lott C*, Weber M*, Makarow D, Unger B, Pikasi A, Briassoulis D, Mistriotis A, Briassoulis C, Pognani M, Tosin M, Bulete A, Jame P (2016)

Marine degradation test field assessment. European Commission, Project "Open-BIO", KBBE/FP7EN/613677, WP5-D5.8.


Weber M*, Lott C*, van Eekert M, Mortier M, Siotto M, de Wilde B, Pikasi A, Briassoulis D, Mistriotis A, Degli Innocenti F, Tosin M, Sinkel C, te Ronde I, van Kruchten S, van der Zee M, Quitzow R, Peuckert J (2015)

Review of current methods and standards relevant to marine degradation. European Commission, Project "Open-BIO", KBBE/FP7EN/613677, WP5-D5.5, 90 pp.




Lott C.*, Pfannschmidt P., Spohr A., Unger B., Zehelein P., vom Ende V., Pavlovic M., Mielke O., Scheyer W., Heumann J., Heumann K., Grosser B., Wittenburg F. (1998): Tauchen Lernen III – Vom Fortgeschrittenen zum Tauchlehrer. Verlag Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, Berlin, Köln. 389 S. ISBN 3-17-014170-8