Dr. Mia Maria Bengtsson

Senior Scientist, Group Leader

Department for Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology

Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 8 - 1. floor - room-nr.: 1.53

17489 Greifswald

phone: +49 (0)3834 420 5918
fax:      +49 (0)3834 420 5909
email:   bengtssonm(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de

Curriculum Vitae
2020 – 2024 Junior research group leader at the University of Greifswald
2015 – 2019 Independent Postdoc, Institute of Microbiology, University of Greifswald
2014-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the WasserCluster Lunz. PI: Dr. Robert Ptacnik
2013 – 2014, 2017 – 2018 Parental leave (20 months total)
05/2011 – 07/2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vienna. EU FP7 Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowship “PRIMA”. PI: Professor Tom Battin
08/2006 – 03/2011 PhD student at the University of Bergen, Norway. Supervisors: Professor Lise Øvreås and Dr. Kjersti Sjøtun
11/2003 – 12/2005 Research assistant at the Department of Botany (Division of Plant Ecology), Stockholm University, Sweden. PI: Professor Johan Ehrlén
01/2006 – 08/2006 Complementary studies in Biology (Algal ecology and evolution) and Physical Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway.
06/2002 – 06/2006 Guide at the Bergius Botanical Garden, Stockholm, Sweden
10/2002 – 10/2003 Graduate studies in Plant Physiology at Stockholm University, Sweden. Supervisor: Marianne Pedersén
08/1998 – 10/2002 Undergraduate studies in Biology at Stockholm University, Sweden
Research Interests
  • Interactions between algae/aquatic plants and bacteria
  • Seagrass meadow microbial ecology
  • Peatland microbiomes
  • Mixotrophic algae
  • Biofilms/aggregates in marine and freshwater environments
  • Microbial carbon cycling
  • Siebers, R., Schultz, D., Farza, M. S., Brauer, A., Zühlke, D., Mücke, P. A., …. Bengtsson, M. M. (2024). Marine particle microbiomes during a spring diatom bloom contain active sulfate-reducing bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, fiae037.

  • Wang, F.-Q., Bartosik, D., Sidhu, C., Siebers, R., Lu, D.-C., Trautwein-Schult, A., …. Bengtsson, M. M., et al. (2024). Particle-attached bacteria act as gatekeepers in the decomposition of complex phytoplankton polysaccharides. Microbiome, 12(1), 32–20.

  • Ivanković, M., Ptacnik, R., & Bengtsson, M. M. (2023). Top-down structuring of freshwater bacterial communities by mixotrophic flagellates. ISME Communications, 3(1), 93.

  • Vad, C. F., Hanny-Endrédi, A., Kratina, P., Abonyi, A., Mironova, E., Murray, D. S., …. Bengtsson, M. M. et al. (2023). Spatial insurance against a heatwave differs between trophic levels in experimental aquatic communities. Global Change Biology, 29(11), 3054–3071.

  • Brauer, A., & Bengtsson, M. M. (2022). DNA extraction bias is more pronounced for microbial eukaryotes than for prokaryotes. MicrobiologyOpen, 11(5), e1323.

  • Arce, M.I., Bengtsson, M.M., von Schiller, D., Zak, D., Täumer J., Urich, T., & Singer, G. (2021) Desiccation time and rainfall control gaseous carbon fluxes in an intermittent stream. Biogeochemistry 155: 381-400

  • Petters, S., Groß, V., Söllinger, A., Pichler, M., Reinhard, A., Bengtsson, M. M., & Urich, T. (2021). The soil microbial food web revisited: Predatory myxobacteria as keystone taxa? The ISME Journal 15: 2665-2675 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-021-00958-2

  • Weil, M., Wang, H., Bengtsson, M. M., Köhn, D., Günther, A., Jurasinski, G., Couwenberg, J., Negassa, W., Zak, D. & Urich, T. (2020). Long-Term Rewetting of Three Formerly Drained Peatlands Drives Congruent Compositional Changes in Pro- and Eukaryotic Soil Microbiomes through Environmental Filtering. Microorganisms, 8(4), 550. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8040550

  • Sheffer M. M, Uhl G., Prost S., Lueders T., Urich T., Bengtsson M. M. (2020). Tissue-and Population-Level Microbiome Analysis of the Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi Identified a Novel Dominant Bacterial Symbiont. Microorganisms 8 (1), 8. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8010008

  • Bengtsson, M. M., Attermeyer, K. & Catalan, N. (2018). Interactive effects on organic matter processing from soils to the ocean: are priming effects relevant in aquatic ecosystems? Hydrobiologia. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3672-2

  • Bengtsson, M. M., Wagner, K., Schwab, C., Urich, T., & Battin, T. J. (2018). Light availability impacts structure and function of phototrophic stream biofilms across domains and trophic levels. Molecular Ecology. (published online ahead of print) http://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14696
  • Giacomin, P. R., Kraeuter, A. K., Albornoz, E. A., Jin, S., Bengtsson, M., Gordon, R., Woodruff, T. M., Urich, T., Sarnyal, Z. & Soares Magalhaes, R. J. (2018). Chronic Helminth Infection Perturbs the Gut-Brain Axis, Promotes Neuropathology, and Alters Behavior. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 121, S23–6. http://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiy092
  • Bengtsson, M. M., Bühler, A., Brauer, A., Dahlke, S., Schubert, H., & Blindow, I. (2017). Eelgrass Leaf Surface Microbiomes Are Locally Variable and Highly Correlated with Epibiotic Eukaryotes. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 8603–11. http://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01312
  • Wagner, K., Bengtsson, M. M., Findlay, R. H., Battin, T. J., & Ulseth, A. J. (2017). High light intensity mediates a shift from allochthonous to autochthonous carbon use in phototrophic stream biofilms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122(7), 1806–1820. http://doi.org/10.1002/2016JG003727
  • Battin, T. J., Besemer, K., Bengtsson, M. M., Romani, A. M., & Packmann, A. I. (2016). The ecology and biogeochemistry of stream biofilms. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 14(4), 251–263. http://doi.org/10.1038/nrmicro.2016.15
  • Wagner, K. Besemer, N.R. Burns, T. Battin & M. M. Bengtsson (2015). Light availability impacts stream biofilm bacterial community composition and function, but not diversity. Environmental Microbiology (published ahead of print) onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1462-2920.12913/abstract
  • Wagner, M. M. Bengtsson, N. R. Burns, E. R. Herberg & T. Battin. (2014) Functional and structural responses of hyporheic biofilms to varying sources of dissolved organic matter. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80 (4): 6004-6012. aem.asm.org/content/80/19/6004.abstract
  • M. Bengtsson, K. Wagner, N. R. Burns, E. R. Herberg, W. Wanek, L. A. Kaplan & T. Battin. (2014) No evidence of aquatic priming effects in hyporheic zone microcosms. Scientific reports 4: 5187. http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140605/srep05187/full/srep05187.html
  • M. Bengtsson, K. Sjøtun, A. Lanzén, L. Øvreås. (2012) Bacterial diversity in relation to secondary production and succession on surfaces of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. ISME Journal 6: 2188-2198.http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/v6/n12/abs/ismej201267a.html
  • Bengtsson M. M. (2011) Bacterial biofilms on the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. Doctoral Thesis University of Bergen.https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/4610
  • Lanzén, A., Jorgensen, S. L., Bengtsson, M. M., Jonassen, I., Øvreås, L., & Urich, T. (2011). Exploring the composition and diversity of microbial communities at the Jan Mayen hydrothermal vent field using RNA and DNA. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 77: 577-589.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01138.x/full
  • Bengtsson M. M., Sjøtun K., Storesund, J. E., Øvreås L. (2011) Utilization of kelp-derived carbon sources by kelp surface-associated bacteria. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 62:191-199 www.int-res.com/articles/ame_oa/a062p191.pdf
  • Bengtsson M. M., Øvreås L. (2010) Planctomycetes dominate biofilms on surfaces of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. BMC Microbiology 10:#261 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2180/10/261
  • Bengtsson M. M, Sjøtun, K., Øvreås, L. (2010) Seasonal dynamics of bacterial biofilms on the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology: 60 pp. 71-83 http://www.int-res.com/articles/ame_oa/a060p071.pdf
  • Bårström, M. Bengtsson, O. Blixt, T. Norberg (2000) New derivatives of reducing oligosaccharides and their use in enzymatic reactions: efficient synthesis of sialyl Lewis a and sialyl dimeric Lewis x glycoconjugates. Carbohydrate Research:328 (4) pp. 525-531 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008621500001282
  • Battin TJ, Besemer K, Bengtsson MM, Romani AM, Packmann AI. The ecology and biogeochemistry of stream biofilms. Nat Rev Microbiol.2016 Mar 14;14(4):251-63. PMID: 26972916.