Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Achim

Contact Surname: Schmalenberger

Contact Address:

University of Limerick Faculty of Science and Engineering Department of Life Sciences Schrodinger Building Plassey Park Limerick Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: 00353 61 233775

Fax Contact Number: 00353 61 331490

Email Address: achim.schmalenberger@ul.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Limerick

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.ul.ie

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Expertise description My key research interests and expertise are in the following sections 1) Soil microbiological processes - I am interested in soil nutrient cycling and ecosystem services facilitated by soil microbes. This includes mobilization of sulfur (S) and phosphorus (P) from particulate and organic sources. 2) Soil formation and plant nutrition processes - I am interested in microbiological weathering as function to supply plant hosts with essential soil nutrients from rocks and minerals. 3) Plant-microbe interaction - I am interested in the association of bacteria, mycorrhiza and plant hosts to facilitate nutrient transfer and uptake 4) Genetically modified crops - I am interested in the impact of genetically modified plants on the soil microbiota and their soil ecosystem services Expertise categories Scientific research, Agriculture, Environmental protection, Life sciences Skills and competences Research funding secured since 2010. I have secured funding as a single PI and further collaborative funding as a PI and co-PI in the range of over 200,000 from Teagasc, SGM, EU FP7, Royal Society and Diamond Light Source, which include the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. Since December 2013, I am PI in the Soil Quality Assessment and Research Consortium funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture. Peer reviewed research articles. To date, I have published 23 ISI cited papers in journals including Environmental Microbiology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Ecology and Molecular Ecology; 13 ISI cited research papers were published as first author of which 4 research papers were published in top class ranking journals with an impact factor of above 5. My research has been cited over 500 times so far, the best-known paper is cited 185 times to date. Research infrastructure of the organisation University Limerick University of Limerick (UL) is a national leader in 4th level graduate education and has a strategy in place to become a European leader in this area with its modern campus involving creativity, research and discovery. UL is represented by the Department of Life Sciences. The hosting department has a wide range of laboratories and infrastructure for microbiological, molecular and soil research and specialised equipment, suitbale for soil microbiology research. Laboratories: Microbiology laboratory (BS class 1 and class 2); molecular biology laboratory, soil/environmental laboratory, analytical facilities, media and autoclaving facilities, field biology unit with soil labs and greenhouse. Equipment: Laminar flows, autoclaves, flow cytometer, HPLC and GC, microtiter plate incubator/reader, PCR (G-Storm) and QPCR (Roche), various electrophoresis systems incl. DGGE, gel documentation (SynGene and Licor), AAS and Kjeldahl, incubators (at 10, 18, 25, 30, 37, 55°C). Other: UL has the state of the art Materials Surface Science institute (MSSi) adjacent to the Life Science department with access to FT-IR, SEM, TEM, raman, confocal LSM, AFM, XRD.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
environmental microbiology plant-microbbe interaction soil nutrient mobilization biodiversity bioremediation restoration soil carbon sequestration

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

GHG Ireland network


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Membership of SGM, VAAM

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

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LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

ES1103 - Microbial ecology & the earth system: collaborating for insight and success with the new generation of sequencing tools


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