Almost every chemical reaction that can generate energy is exploited by microbes to sustain their growth and survival. My research focuses on environmentally important microbial key players, the chemical reactions they perform, and how by that they drive the world’s element cycles.
I am especially interested in anaerobic microbial metabolism with a focus on the nitrogen cycle and its interlinkage with other element cycles. I have a special interest in new so far undiscovered energy generating pathways in microbes.
Furthermore, I am interested in microbial population dynamics and interactions and mechanisms that govern the coexistence of multiple species. I aim to understand how microbial communities establish, function and change and what the driving forces are.
A complete list of publications by Beate Kraft can be found here.