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Ahmed, W., Simpson, S.L., Bertsch, P.M., Bibby, K., Bivins, A., Blackall, L.L., Bofill-Mas, S., Bosch, A., Brandão, J., Choi, P.M., Ciesielski, M., Donner, E., D'Souza, N., Farnleitner, A.H., Gerrity, D., Gonzalez, R., Griffith, J.F., Gyawali, P., Haas, C.N., Hamilton, K.A., Hapuarachchi, H.Chanditha, Harwood, V.J., Haque, R., Jackson, G., Khan, S.J., Khan, W., Kitajima, M., Korajkic, A., La Rosa, G., Layton, B.A., Lipp, E., McLellan, S.L., McMinn, B., Medema, G., Metcalfe, S., Meijer, W.G., Mueller, J.F., Murphy, H., Naughton, C.C., Noble, R.T., Payyappat, S., Petterson, S., Pitkänen, T., Rajal, V.B., Reyneke, B., Roman, F.A., Rose, J.B., Rusiñol, M., Sadowsky, M.J., Sala-Comorera, L., Setoh, Y.Xiang, Sherchan, S.P., Sirikanchana, K., Smith, W., Steele, J.A., Sabburg, R., Symonds, E.M., Thai, P., Thomas, K.V., Tynan, J., Toze, S., Thompson, J., Whiteley, A.S., Wong, J.Chui Ching, Sano, D., Wuertz, S., Xagoraraki, I., Zhang, Q., Zimmer-Faust, A.G. & Shanks, O.C., 2022. Minimizing errors in RT-PCR detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 RNA for wastewater surveillance. Science of The Total Environment, 805.


Derx, J., Demeter, K., Linke, R., Cervero-Aragó, S., Lindner, G., Stalder, G., Schijven, J., Sommer, R., Walochnik, J., Kirschner, A.K.T., Komma, J., Blaschke, A.P. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2021. Genetic Microbial Source Tracking Support QMRA Modeling for a Riverine Wetland Drinking Water Resource. Frontiers in Microbiology 12, 668778

Derx, J., Komma, J., Reiner, P., Vierheilig, J., Savio, D., Sommer, R., Kirschner, A.K.T., Frick, C., Linke, R., Farnleitner, A.H. & Blaschke, A.Paul, 2021. Using hydrodynamic and hydraulic modelling to study microbiological water quality issues at a backwater area of the Danube to support decision-making. Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft

Kirschner, A.K.T., Lindner, G., Jakwerth, S., Vierheilig, J., van Driezum, I.H., Derx, J., Blaschke, A.Paul, Savio, D. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2021. Assessing biological stability in a porous groundwater aquifer of a riverbank filtration system: combining traditional cultivation-based and emerging cultivation-independent in situ and predictive methods. Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft

Linke, R.B., Zeki, S., Mayer, R., Keiblinger, K., Savio, D., Kirschner, A.K.T., Reischer, G.H., Mach, R.L., Sommer, R. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2021. Identifying Inorganic Turbidity in Water Samples as Potential Loss Factor During Nucleic Acid Extraction: Implications for Molecular Fecal Pollution Diagnostics and Source Tracking. Frontiers in Microbiology 12, 660566

Steinbacher, S.D., Savio, D., Demeter, K., Karl, M., Kandler, W., Kirschner, A.K.T., Reischer, G.H., Ixenmaier, S.K., Mayer, R.E., Mach, R.L., Derx, J., Sommer, R., Linke, R. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2021.Genetic microbial faecal source tracking: rising technology to support future water quality testing and safety management. Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft

Youngblut, N.D., Reischer, G.H., Dauser, S., Maisch, S., Walzer, C., Stalder, G., Farnleitner, A.H. & Ley, R.E., 2021. Vertebrate host phylogeny influences gut archaeal diversity. Nature Microbiology

Mushi D, Kebede G, Linke RB, Lakew A, Hayes DS, Graf W & Farnleitner AH (2021) Microbial faecal pollution of river water in a watershed of tropical Ethiopian highlands is driven by diffuse pollution sources.Journal of Water and Health19: 575-591

Oudega TJ, Lindner G, Derx J, Farnleitner AH, Sommer R, Blaschke AP & Stevenson ME (2021) Upscaling Transport of Bacillus subtilis Endospores and Coliphage phiX174 in Heterogeneous Porous Media from the Column to the Field Scale.Environmental Science & Technology 55: 11060-11069

Kirschner AKT, VIerheilig J, Flemming HC, Wingender J, Farnleitner AH (2021) How Dead is Dead? – Viable but non-culturable versus persister cells.Environmental Microbiology Reports 13:243-245

Balleste E, Blanch AR, Mendez J, Sala-Comorera L, Maunula L, Monteiro S, Farnleitner AH, Tiehm A, Jofre J & García-Aljaro C (2021) Bacteriophages Are Good Estimators of Human Viruses Present in Water.Frontiers in Microbiology 12: 973

Kolarevic S, Micsinai A, Szántó-Egész R, Lukács A, Kracun-Kolarevic M, Lundy L, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH, Djukic A, Colic J, Nenin T, Sunjog K, Paunovic M (2021) Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the Danube River in Serbia associated with the discharge of untreated wastewaters.Science of the Total Environment, 783: 149967

Demeter K, Derx J, Komma J, Parajka J, Schijven J, Sommer R, Cervero-Arago S, Lindner G, Zoufal-Hruza CM, Linke R, Savio D, Ixenmaier SK, Kirschner AKT, Kromp H, Blaschke AP, Farnleitner AH(2021) Modelling the interplay of future changes and wastewater management measures on the microbiological river water quality considering safe drinking water.Science of the Total Environment 768: 144278

Linke RB, Kebede G, Mushi D, Lakew A, Hayes DS, Graf W & Farnleitner AH (2020) Assessing the faecal source sensitivity and specificity of ruminant and human genetic microbial source tracking markers in the central Ethiopian highlands.Letters in Applied Microbiology 72, 458-466


Kolm C, Cervenka I, Aschl UJ, Baumann N, Jakwerth S, Krska R,Mach RL, Sommer R, DeRosa MC, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH, Reischer GH (2020) DNA aptamers against bacterial cells can be efficiently selected by a SELEX process using state-of-the art qPCR and ultra-deep sequencing. Scientific Reports, 10: 20917

Frick C, Vierheilig J, Nadiotis-Tsaka T, Ixenmaier S, Linke R, Reischer GH, Komma J, Kirschner AKT, Mach RL, Savio D, Seidl D, Blaschke AP, Sommer R, Derx J, Farnleitner AH (2020) Elucidating fecal pollution patterns in alluvial water resources by linking standard fecal indicator bacteria to river connectivity and genetic microbial source tracking. Water Research 184: 116132.

Chik AHS, Emelko MB, Anderson WB, O'Sullivan KE, Savio D, Farnleitner AH, Blaschke AP, Schijven JF (2020) Evaluation of groundwater bacterial community composition to inform waterborne pathogen vulnerability assessments. Science of the Total Environment 743, 140472

Youngblut ND, de la Cuesta-Zuluaga J, Reischer GH, Dauser S, Schuster N, Walzer C, Stalder G, Farnleitner AH & Ley RE (2020) Large-Scale Metagenome Assembly Reveals Novel Animal-Associated Microbial Genomes, Biosynthetic Gene Clusters, and Other Genetic Diversity. mSystems 5: e01045-20

Balleste E, Belanche-Munoz LA, Farnleitner AH, Linke R, Sommer R, Santos R, Monteiro S, Maunula L, Oristo S, Tiehm A, Stange C, Blanch A (2020): Improving the identification of the source of faecal pollution in water using a modelling approach: From multi-source to aged and diluted samples. Water Research 171:115392

Kebede G, Mushi D, Linke, RB, Dereje O, Lakew A, Hayes DS, Farnleitner AH, Graf W (2020): Macroinvertebrate indices versus microbial fecal pollution characteristics for water quality monitoring reveals contrasting results for an Ethiopian river. Ecological Indicators 108:105733


Cervero-Aragó S, Schrammel B, Dietersdorfer E, Sommer R, Lück C, Walochnik J, Kirschner AKT (2019): Viability and infectivity of viable but nonculturable Legionella pneumophila strains induced at high temperatures. Water Research 158 (2019) 268-279

Herzig A, Hatvani IG, Tanos P, Blaschke AP, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH, Kirschner AKT (2019): Mikrobiologisch-hygienische Untersuchungen am Neusiedler See – von der Einzeluntersuchung zum Gesamtkonzept. Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft. Originalarbeit 2019/9-10; doi:10.1007/s00506-019-00626-y

Kolm C, Martzy R, Fuhrer M, Mach RL, Krska R, Baumgartner S, Farnleitner AH, Reischer GH (2019): Detection of a microbial source tracking marker by isothermal helicase-dependent amplification and a nucleic acid lateral-flow strip test. Science Report 9, 393

Lepuschitz S, Baron S, Larvor E, Granier SA, Pretzer C, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH, Ruppitsch W, Pleininger S, Indra A, Kirschner AKT (2019) Phenotypic and genotypic antimicrobial resistance traits of Vibrio cholerae non-O1/non-O139 isolated from a large Austrian lake frequently associated with cases of human infection. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:2600   

Martzy R, Kolm C, Krska R, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH, Reischer GH (2019): Challenges and perspectives in the application of isothermal DNA amplification methods for food and water analysis. Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry 411, 1695-1702  

Martzy R, Bica-Schröder K, Pálvölgyi AM,  Kolm C, Jakwerth S, Kirschner AKT, Sommer R, Krska R, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH & Reischer GH (2019): Simple lysis of bacterial cells for DNA-based diagnostics using hydrophilic ionic liquids. Scientific Reports 9:13994; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-50246-5

Savio S, Stadler P, Reischer GH, Demeter K, Linke RB, Blaschke AP, Stadler H, Mach RL, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH (2019): Spring water of an alpine karst aquifer is dominated by a taxonomically stable but discharge-responsive bacterial community. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:28

Stadler P, Blöschl G, Nemeth L, Oismüller M, Kumpan M, Krampe J, Farnleitner AH, Zessner M (2019): Event-transport of beta-d-glucuronidase in an agricultural headwater stream: Assessment of seasonal patterns by on-line enzymatic activity measurements and environmental isotopes. Science of The Total Environment 662, 236-245

Stadler P, Loken LC, Crawford JT, Schramm PJ, Sorsa K, Kuhn C, Savio D, Striegl RG, Butman D, Stanley EH, Farnleitner AH, Zessner M (2019): Spatial patterns of enzymatic activity in large water bodies: Ship-borne measurements of beta-D-glucuronidase activity as a rapid indicator of microbial water quality. Science of the Total Environment 651(2): 1742-1752.

van Driezum IH, Derx J, Oudega TJ, Zessner M, Naus FL, Saracevic E, Kirschner AKT, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH, Blaschke AP (2019): Spatiotemporal resolved sampling for the interpretation of micropollutant removal during riverbank filtration. Science of the Total Environment 649: 212-223. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.30010.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.084

Wu L, Ning D, Zhang B, Li Y, Zhang P, Shan X, Zhang Q, Brown M, Li Z, Van Nostrand J, Ling F, Xiao N, Zhang Y, Vierheilig J, et al. (2019): Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants. Nature Microbiology 4, 1183-1195

Youngblut ND, Reischer GH, Walters W, Schuster N, Walzer C, Stalder G, Ley RE, Farnleitner AH (2019): Host diet and evolutionary history explain different aspects of gut microbiome diversity among vertebrate clades. Nature Communications 10, 2200


Kirschner AKT, Pleininger S, Jakwerth S, Rehak S, Farnleitner AH, Huhulescu S, Indra A (2018): Application of three different methods to determine the prevalence, the abundance and the environmental drivers of culturable Vibrio cholerae in fresh and brackish bathing waters.Journal of Applied Microbiology 125(4): 1186-1198

Hatvani IG, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH, Tanos P, Herzig A (2018): Hotspots and main drivers of fecal pollution in Neusiedler See, a large shallow lake in Central Europe.Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25(29): 28884-28898

Frick C, Vierheilig J, Linke R, Savio D, Zornig H, Antensteiner R, Baumgartner C, Bucher C, Blaschke AP, Derx J, Kirschner AKT, Ryzinska-Paier G, Mayer R, Seidl D, Nadiotis-Tsaka T, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH (2018): Poikilothermic animals as a previously unrecognized source of fecal indicator bacteria in a backwater ecosystem of a large river. Applied Environmental Microbiology, in press; doi: 10.1128/AEM00715-18

Farnleitner AH, Savio D, Sommer R, Reischer GH, Kirschner AKT, Zerobin W, Stadler H (2018): Integrated strategy to guide health-related microbial quality management at alpine karstic drinking water resources.In: White WB et al (eds) Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health, Advances in Karst Science. 185-192; Springer international publishing; doi 10.1007/978-3-319-51070-5_20

Kittinger C, Kirschner A, Lipp M, Baumert R, Mascher F, Farnleitner AH, Zarfel GE (2017): Antibiotic Resistance of Acinetobacter spp. Isolates from the River Danube: Susceptibility Stays High. Int J Environ Res Public Health 15(1): E52

Mayer RE, Reischer G, Ixenmaier SK, Derx J, Blaschke AP, Ebdon JE, Linke R, Egle L, Ahmed W, Blanch A, Byamukama D, Savill M, Mushi D, Cristóbal HA, Edge TA, Schade MA, Aslan A, Brooks YM, Sommer R, Masago Y, Sato MIZ, Taylor HD, Rose JB, Wuertz S, Shanks OC, Piringer H, Savio D, Mach RL, Zessner M, Farnleitner AH (2018): Global Distribution of Human-associated Fecal Genetic Markers in Reference Samples from Six Continents.Environmental Science & Technology 52(9): 5076-5084

Bliem R, Reischer GH, Linke R, Farnleitner AH & Kirschner AKT (2018): Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae in Turbid Alkaline Lakes as Determined by Quantitative PCR.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84/11, in press

Schönhart M, Trautvetter H, Parajka J, Blaschke AP, Hepp G, Kirchner M, Mitter H, Schmid E Strenn B, Zessner M (2018): Modelled impacts of policies and climate change on land use and water quality in Austria. Land Use Policy 76: 500-514

van Driezum IH, Chik AHS, Jakwerth S, Lindner G, Farnleitner AH, Sommer R, Blaschke AP, Kirschner AKT (2018): Spatiotemporal analysis of bacterial biomass and activity to understand surface and groundwater interactions in a highly dynamic riverbank filtration system. Science of the Total Environment 627: 450-461

Schrammel B, Cervero-Aragó S, Dietersdorfer E, Walochnik J, Lück C, Sommer R, Kirschner AKT (2018): Differential development of Legionella sub-populations during short- and long-term starvation.Water Research 141: 417-427

Dietersdorfer E, Kirschner AKT, Schrammel B, Ohradanova-Repic A, Stockinger H, Sommer R, Walochnik J, Cervero-Aragó S (2018): Starved viable but non-culturable (VBNC) Legionella strains can infect and replicate in amoebae and human macrophages.Water Research 141: 428-438


Kirschner AKT, Reischer GH, Jakwerth S, Savio D, Ixenmaier S, Toth E, Sommer R, Mach RL, Linke R, Eiler A, Kolarevic S, Farnleitner AH (2017): Multiparametric monitoring of microbial faecal pollution reveals the dominance of human contamination along the whole Danube River. Water Research 124: 543-555

Kolm C, Martzy R, Brunner K, Mach RL, Krska R, Heinze G, Sommer R, Reischer GH, Farnleitner AH (2017): A Complementary Isothermal Amplification Method to the U.S. EPA Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction Approach for the Detection of Enterococci in Environmental Waters. Environmental science & technology 51(12):7028-7035

Martzy R, Kolm C, Brunner K, Mach RL, Krska R, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH, Reischer GH (2017): A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the rapid detection of Enterococcus spp. in water. Water Research 122: 62-69

van Driezum IH, Derx J, Saracevic E, Kirschner AKT, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH, Blaschke AP (2017): Does Pumping Volume Affect the Concentration of Micropollutants in Groundwater Samples?Groundwater: Monitoring and Remediation 37/4: 82-88

Frick C, Zoufal W, Zoufal-Hruza C, Kirschner AKT, Seidl D, Derx J, Sommer R, Blaschke AP, Nadiotis-Tsaka T, Farnleitner AH (2017): The microbiological water quality of Vienna’s River Danube section and its associated water bodies. Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband, 69:76–88

Schmalwieser AW, Hirschmann G, Cabaj A, & Sommer R (2017): Method to determine the power efficiency of UV disinfection plants and its application to low pressure plants for drinking water. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 17(4)

Carr G, Blanch AR, Blaschke AP, Brouwer R, Bucher C, Farnleitner AH, Fürnkranz-Prskawetz A, Loucks DP, Morgenroth E, Parajka J, Pfeifer N, Rechberger H, Wagner W, Zessner M, Blöschl G (2017): Emerging outcomes from a cross-disciplinary doctoral programme on water resource systems. Water policy 19 (3): 463-478

Zessner M, Schönhart M, Parajka J, Trautvetter H, Mitter H, Kirchner M, Hepp G, Blaschke AP, Strenn B, Schmid E (2018): A novel integrated modelling framework to assess the impacts of climate and socio-economic drivers on land use and water quality. Science of the Total Environment 579: 1137-1151

Pretzer C, Druzhinina IS, Amaro C, Benediktsdóttir E, Hedenström I, Hervio-Heath D, Huhulescu S, Schets FM, Farnleitner AH, Kirschner AK (2016): High genetic diversity of Vibrio cholerae in the European lake Neusiedler See is associated with intensive recombination in the reed habitat and the long-distance transfer of strains. Environmental Microbiology 19(1): 328-344


Blaschke AP, Derx J, Zessner M, Kirnbauer R, Kavka G, Strelec H, Farnleitner AH, Pang L (2016): Setback distances between small biological wastewater treatment systems and drinking water wells against virus contamination in alluvial aquifers. Science of The Total Environment 573: 278-289

Derx J, Blaschke AP (2016): Impact of the BDA pilot test on groundwater conditions. Österr Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband 68, 5–6, 226–238

Blöschl G, Blaschke AP, Broer M, Bucher C, Carr G, Chen X, Eder A, Exner-Kittridge M, Farnleitner A, Flores-Orozco A, Haas P, Hogan P, Kazemi Amiri A, Oismüller M, Parajka J, Silasari R, Stadler P, Strauss P, Vreugdenhil M, Wagner W, Zessner M (2016): The Hydrological Open Air Laboratory (HOAL) in Petzenkirchen: A hypothesis-driven observatory. Hydrol Earth Syst Sci 20: 227–255

Stadler P, Blöschl G, Vogl W, Koschelnik J, Epp M, Lackner M, Oismüller M, Kumpan M, Nemeth L, Strauss P, Sommer R, Ryzinska-Paier G, Farnleitner AH, Zessner M (2016): Real-time monitoring of beta-d-glucuronidase activity in sediment laden streams: A comparison of prototypes.Water Research 101, 2016, 252-261

Kittinger C, Lipp M, Folli B, Kirschner A, Baumert R, Galler H, Grisold AJ, Luxner J, Weissenbacher M, Farnleitner AH, Zarfel G (2016): Enterobacteriaceae Isolated from the River Danube: Antibiotic Resistances, with a Focus on the Presence of ESBL and Carbapenemases.PLoS One 11(11): e0165820

Blatchley ER, Oguma K, Sommer R (2016): Comment on ‘UV Disinfection Induces a VBNC State in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa’.IUVA News 18 (3): 12-16

Stadler P, Blöschl G, Vogl W, Koschelnik J, Epp M, Lackner M, Oismüller M, Kumpan M, Nemeth L, Strauss P, Sommer R, Ryzinska-Paier G, Farnleitner AH, Zessner M (2016): Real-time monitoring of beta-D-glucuronidase activity in sediment laden streams: A comparison of prototypes.Water Research 101: 252-261

Guerrero-Latorre L, Gonzales-Gustavson E, Hundesa A, Sommer R, Girones R (2016): UV disinfection and flocculation-chlorination sachets to reduce hepatitis E virus in drinking water.International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2016.04.002

Kittinger C, Lipp M, Baumert R, Folli B, Koraimann G, Toplitsch D, Liebmann A, Grisold AJ, Farnleitner AH, Kirschner AKT,  Zarfel G (2016): Antibiotic resistance patterns of Pseudomonas spp. isolated from the River Danube. Front. Microbiol. 7: 586

Dietersdorfer E, Cervero-Aragó S, Sommer R, Kirschner AKT, Walochnik J (2016): Optimized methods for L. pneumophila release from its Acanthamoeba hosts.BMC Microbiology, in press

Mayer R, Bofill-Mas S, Egle L, Reischer G, Schade M, Fernandez-Cassi X, Fuchs W, Mach R, Lindner G, Kirschner A, Gaisbauer M, Piringer H, Blaschke AP, Girones R, Zessner M, Sommer R, Farnleitner A (2016): Occurrence of human-associated Bacteroidetes genetic source tracking markers in raw and treated wastewater of municipal and domestic origin and comparison to standard and alternative indicators of faecal pollution.Water Research 90: 265–276

Derx J, Schijven J, Sommer R, Zoufal-Hruza CM, van Driezum IH, Reischer G, Ixenmaier S, Kirschner A, Frick C, de Roda Husman AM, Farnleitner AH, Blaschke AP (2016) QMRAcatch: Human-Associated Fecal Pollution and Infection Risk Modeling for a River/Floodplain Environment. J Environ Qual. 45(4): 1205-14. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.11.0560.

Schijven J, Derx J, de Roda Husman AM, Blaschke AP, Farnleitner AH (2015) QMRAcatch: Microbial Quality Simulation of Water Resources including Infection Risk Assessment. J Environ Qual. 2015 44(5):1491-502. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.01.0048.


Schmalwieser AW, Cabaj A, Hirschmann G, Sommer R (2015): Ten-year monitoring of an ultraviolet disinfection plant for drinking water.Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science 10(2), 34–39. dx.doi.org/10.1680/jees.14.00014

Stevenson ME, Sommer R, Lindner G, Farnleitner AH, Toze S, Kirschner AKT, Blaschke AP, Sidhu JPS (2015): Attachment and Detachment Behavior of Human Adenovirus and Surrogates in Fine Granular Limestone Aquifer Material.Journal of Environmental Quality (doi:10.2134/jeq2015.01.0052)

Mayer RE, Vierheilig J, Egle L, Reischer GH, Saracevic E, Mach RL, Kirschner AKT, Zessner M, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH (2015): Automated Sampling Procedures Supported by High Persistence of Bacterial Fecal Indicators and Bacteroidetes Genetic Microbial Source Tracking Markers in Municipal Wastewater during Short-Term Storage at 5°C.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81(15): 5134-5143 (2015)

Kittinger C, Baumert R, Folli B, Lipp M, Liebmann A, Kirschner A, Farnleitner AH, Grisold AJ and Zarfel GE (2015): Preliminary Toxicological Evaluation of the River Danube Using in Vitro Bioassays. Water-SUI 7, 1959-1968

Savio D, Sinclair L, Ijaz U, Parajka J, Reischer G, Stadler P, Blaschke AP, Bloeschl G, Mach R, Kirschner A, Farnleitner AH, Eiler A (2015): Bacterial diversity along a 2600 km river continuum.Environmental Microbiology 17(12): 4994-5007

Schauer S, Jakwerth S, Bliem R, Baudart J, Lebaron P, Huhulescu S, Kundi M, Herzig A, Farnleitner AH, Sommer R, Kirschner A (2015): Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae abundance in Austrian saline lakes, assessed with quantitative solid-phase cytometry.Environmental Microbiology 17(11):4366-4378

Stevenson M, Blaschke B, Toze S, Sidhu J, Ahmed W, Van Driezum I, Sommer R, Kirschner A, Cervero-Aragó S, Farnleitner A, and Pang L (2015): Biotin- and Glycoprotein-Coated Microspheres as Surrogates for Studying Filtration Removal of Cryptosporidium parvum in Granular Limestone Aquifer Media.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81 (13):4277-83

Bliem R, Schauer S, Plicka H, Obwaller A, Sommer R, Steinrigl A, Alam M, Reischer GH, Farnleitner AH, Kirschner A (2015): A Novel Triplex Quantitative PCR Strategy for Quantification of Toxigenic and Nontoxigenic Vibrio cholerae in Aquatic Environments.Appl Environ Microbiol 81(9): 3077-3085


Ryzinska-Paier G, T Lendenfeld, K Correa, P Stadler, AP Blaschke, RL Mach, H Stadler, AKT Kirschner, AH Farnleitner (2014):  A sensitive and robust method for automated on-line monitoring of enzymatic activities in water and water resources.Water Science & Technology 69: 1349-1358

Cervero-Aragó S, R Sommer, RM Araujo (2014): Effect of UV irradiation (253.7) on free Legionella and Legionella associated with its amoebae hosts. Water Res 30:299-309

Stevenson ME, AP Blaschke, S Schauer, M Zessner, R Sommer, AH Farnleitner and AKT Kirschner (2014):  Enumerating Microorganism Surrogates for Groundwater Transport Studies Using Solid-Phase Cytometry.Water, Air and Soil Pollution 225 (2): 1827


Anna Carratalà, Marta Rusiñol, Jesús Rodriguez-Manzano, Laura Guerrero-Latorre, Regina Sommer, Rosina Girones (2013): Environmental effectors on the inactivation of human adenoviruses in water. Food and Environmental Virology, 5 (4): 203-214

H. Schaar, R. Sommer, R. Schürhagl, P. Yillia and N. Kreuzinger (2013): Microorganism inactivation by an ozonation step optimized for micropollutant removal from tertiary effluent.Water Science and Technology 68 (2): 311-318

Derx, J., Blaschke, A.P, Farnleitner A.H., Pang, L., G. Blöschl and Schijven J.F. (2013): Effects of river level fluctuation on virus removal by bank filtration - a numerical analysis.Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 147:34-44

Reischer, G.H, J.E. Ebdon, J.M. Haider, N. Schuster, W. Ahmed, J. Åström, AR. Blanch, G. Blöschl, D, Byamukama, T. Coakleyi, C. Ferguson, G. Goshu, G.P. Ko, A.M. de Roda Husman, D. Mushi, R. Poma, B. Pradhan, V. Rajal, M. Schade, R. Sommer, H. Taylor, E.M. Toth, V. Vrajmasu, S. Wuertz , R.L. Mach, and AH. Farnleitner (2013): Performance characteristics of qPCR assays targeting human- and ruminant-associated Bacteroidetes for microbial source tracking across sixteen countries on six continents.Environmental Science and Technology 47 (15):8548-8556

Vierheilig J, Frick C, Mayer R, Kirschner A, Reischer G, Derx J, Mach R, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH (2013): Clostridium perfringens is not Suitable for the Indication of Fecal Pollution from Ruminant Wildlife but is Associated with Excreta from Non-Herbivorous Animals and Human Sewage. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79: 5089-5092

Wilhartitz IC, Kirschner AKT, Fischer UR, Wieltschnig C, Brussaard CPD, Stadler H, Farnleitner AH (2013): Dynamics of natural prokaryotes, viruses and heterotrophic nanoflagellates in alpine karstic groundwater. Microbiology Open 2: 633-43


Stadler, H., R. Sommer, Kirschner, A.K.T., Reischer, G.H., Mach R.L., & Farnleitner, A.H. (2012): Neue Erkenntnisse zur mikrobiologischen Qualitätsdynamik an ausgewählten Karstquellen der Nördlichen Kalkalpen mittels automatisierter und feldtauglicher Untersuchungsmethoden.Beiträge zur Hydrogeologie, 59:95-108

Schauer, S., R. Sommer, A.H. Farnleitner and A.K.T. Kirschner (2012): Rapid and Sensitive Quantification of Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio mimicus Cells in Water Samples by Use of Catalyzed Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Combined with Solid-Phase Cytometry.Applied and Environmental Microbiology (78) 20: 7369-7375

Kirschner, A.K.T., M. Atteneder, A. Schmidhuber, S. Knetsch, A.H. Farnleitner, R. Sommer (2012): Holy springs and holy water: underestimated sources of illness?Journal of Water & Health 10.3: 349-357

Mushi Douglas, Byamukama Denis , Kirschner Alexander K.T. , Mach Robert L. , Farnleitner Andreas H. (2012): Sanitary inspection of wells using risk-of-contamination scoring indicates a high predictive ability for bacterial faecal pollution in the peri-urban tropical lowlands of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Journal of Water and Health 10: 236-243

Kirschner Alexander K.T., Rameder Alexandra, Schrammel Barbara, Indra Alexander, Farnleitner Andreas H., Sommer Regina (2012): Development of a new CARD-FISH protocol for quantification of Legionella pneumophila and its application in two hospital cooling towers.Journal of Applied Microbiology 112:1244-1256


Velimirov B, Milosevic N, Kavka GG, Farnleitner AH, Kirschner AKT (2011): Development of the Bacterial Compartment Along the Danube River: A Continuum Despite Local Influences. Microbial Ecology 61: 955-967

Ryzinska-Paier G, Sommer R, Haider JM, Knetsch S, Frick C, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH (2011): Acid phosphatase test proves superior to standard phenotypic identification procedure for Clostridium perfringens strains isolated from water.Journal of Microbiological Methods 87: 189–194

Riepl M, Schauer S, Knetsch S, Holzhammer E, Farnleitner AH, Sommer R, Kirschner AKT (2011): Applicability of solid phase cytometry and epifluorescence microscopy for rapid assessment of the microbiological quality of dialysis water.Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation 26: 3640-3645

Reischer GH, Kollanur D, Vierheilig J, Wehrspaun C, Mach RL, Sommer R, Stadler H, Farnleitner AH (2011): Hypothesis-Driven Approach for the Identification of Fecal Pollution Sources in Water Resources.Environmental Science & Technology 45: 4038-4045

Kirschner AKT, Schauer S, Steinberger B, Wilhartitz I, Grim CJ, Huq A, Colwell RR, Herzig A, Sommer R (2011): Interaction of Vibrio cholerae non-O1/non-O139 with Copepods, Cladocerans and Competing Bacteria in the Large Alkaline Lake Neusiedler See, Austria.Microbial Ecology 61: 496-506

K. Ruzicka, M. Zessner, A. Blaschke, M. Clara, H. Kroiss (2011): Evaluating the success of sewer reconstruction by using carbamazepine as anthropogenic marker in groundwater.Water Science and Technology, 63, 4; S. 727 - 732


Goshu G, Byamukama D, Manafi M, Kirschner AKT, Farnleitner AH (2010): A pilot study on anthropogenic faecal pollution impact in Bahir Dar Gulf of Lake Tana, northern Ethiopia. Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology 10: 271-280

Farnleitner AH, Ryzinska-Paier G, Reischer GH, Burtscher MM, Knetsch S, Kirschner AKT, Dirnböck T, Kuschnig G, Mach RL, Sommer R (2010): Escherichia coli and enterococci are sensitive and reliable indicators for human, livestock and wildlife faecal pollution in alpine mountainous water resources.Journal of Applied Microbiology 109: 1599-1608

I.Baart, Ch. Gschöpf, A. Blaschke, St. Preiner, Th. Hein (2010): Prediction of potential macrophyte development in response to restoration measures in an urban riverine wetland.Aquatic Botany, 93, S. 153 - 162

Derx J., A.P. Blaschke, G. Blöschl (2010): Three dimensional flow patterns at the stream-aquifer interface – a case study at the Danube.Advances in Water Resources


Wilhartitz IC, Kirschner AKT, Stadler H, Herndl GJ, Dietzel M, Latal C, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH (2009): Heterotrophic prokaryotic production in ultraoligotrophic alpine karst aquifers and ecological implications.FEMS Microbiology Ecology 68: 287-299

Kirschner AKT, Kavka GG, Velimirov B, Mach RL, Sommer R, Farnleitner AH (2009): Microbiological water quality along the Danube River: Integrating data from two whole-river surveys and a transnational monitoring network.Water Research 43: 3673-3684

Gschöpf Ch. & A. P. Blaschke (2009): Unterstützung gekoppelter hydraulischer Modelle durch Fernerkundungsdaten. Österreichische Wasser und Abfallwirtschaft; Springer Verlag; Band 7-8/2009; 111 – 115

Blaschke A.P., R.Schmalfuß (2009): Die donaunahen Grundwasserverhältnisse östlich von Wien.Österreichische Ingenieur- und Architekten-Zeitschrift (ÖIAZ) 154, Heft 1-6/2009; 121 – 126


Stadler H, Skritek P, Sommer R, Mach RL, Zerobin W, Farnleitner AH (2008): Microbiological monitoring and automated event sampling at karst springs using LEO-satellites.Water Science and Technology 58: 899-909

Reischer GH, Haider JM, Sommer R, Stadler H, Keiblinger KM, Hornek R, Zerobin W, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH (2008): Quantitative microbial faecal source tracking with sampling guided by hydrological catchment dynamics. Environmental Microbiology 10: 2598-2608

Krammer M, Velimirov B, Fischer U, Farnleitner AH, Herzig A, Kirschner AKT (2008): Growth response of soda lake bacterial communities to simulated rainfall.Microbial Ecology 55: 194-211

Kirschner AKT, Schlesinger J, Farnleitner AH, Hornek R, Süß B, Golda B, Herzig A, Reitner B (2008): Rapid growth of planktonic Vibrio cholerae non-O1/non-O139 strains in a large alkaline lake in Austria: Dependence on temperature and dissolved organic carbon quality.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 2004-2015

Zessner M., Blaschke A.P., Farnleitner A., Kirnbauer R., Schilling Ch., Strelec H., Kavka G., Hassler Ch., Tentschert E., Kroiss H. (2008): Entwicklung eines Leitfadens zur Beurteilung einer dezentralen Versickerung von gereinigtem Abwasser in Österreich“. Gewässerschutz-Wasser-Abwasser, Aachen.ISBN 978-3-938996-17-1


M. Zessner, A. Blaschke, A.H. Farnleitner, R. Fenz, G. Kavka, H. Kroiss (2007): Risks for groundwater contamination from domestic waste water: tracers, model applications and quality criteria.Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 7, 3; 121 - 130

C. Schilling, M. Zessner, A. Blaschke, D. Gutknecht, H. Kroiss(2007): Groundwater protection and diffuse nitrogen emissions to surface waters - which catchment areas have to be considered?Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 7, 3; S. 103 - 110


Hornek R, Pommerening-Röser A, Koops HP, Farnleitner AH, Kreuzinger N, Kirschner A, Mach RL (2006): Primers containing universal bases reduce multiple amoA gene specific DGGE band patterns when analysing the diversity of beta-ammonia oxidizers in the environment. Journal of Microbiological Methods 66: 147-155

Burtscher MM, Köllner KE, Sommer R, Keiblinger K, Farnleitner AH, Mach RL (2006): Development of a novel amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) typing method for enterococci isolates from cattle faeces and evaluation of the single versus pooled faecal sampling approach.Journal of Microbiological Methods 67: 281-293


Zechmeister TC, Kirschner AKT, Fuchsberger M, Gruber SG, Süß B, Rosengarten R, Pittner F, Mach RL, Herzig A, Farnleitner AH (2005): Prevalence of Botulinum neurotoxin C1 and its corresponding gene in environmental samples from low and high risk avian botulism areas.ALTEX-Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten 22: 185-195

Farnleitner AH, Wilhartitz I, Ryzinska G, Kirschner AKT, Stadler H, Burtscher MM, Hornek R, Szewzyk U, Herndl G, Mach RL (2005): Bacterial dynamics in spring water of alpine karst aquifers indicates the presence of stable autochthonous microbial endokarst communities.Environmental Microbiology 7: 1248-1259

R. Fenz, A. Blaschke, M. Clara, H. Kroiss, D. Mascher, M. Zessner (2005): Monitoring of carbamazepine concentrations in wastewater and groundwater to quantify sewer leakage.Water Science and Technology, 52, 5; S. 205 - 213

R. Fenz, A. Blaschke, M. Clara, H. Kroiss, M. Zessner(2005): Quantification of sewer exfiltration using the anti-epileptic drug carbamazepine as marker species for wastewater.Water Science and Technology, 52, 9; S. 209 - 217

C. Schilling, H. Behrendt, A. Blaschke, S. Danielescu, G. Dimova, O. Gabriel, U. Heinecke, A. Kovacs, C. Lampert, C. Postolache, H. Schreiber, P. Strauss, M. Zessner (2005): Lessons learned from investigations on case study level for modelling of nutrient emissions in the Danube Basin.Water Science and Technology, 51, 11; S. 183 - 191


Kirschner AKT, Zechmeister TC, Kavka GG, Beiwl C, Herzig A, Mach RL, Farnleitner AH (2004): Integral strategy for evaluation of fecal indicator performance in bird-influenced saline inland waters.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 7396-7403


Farnleitner AH, Kasimir GD, Kavka GG, Zechmeister TC, Mach RL, Kirschner AKT (2003): The choice of standardisation reveals a significant influence on the dynamics of bacterial abundance in newly deposited river sediments. International Review of Hydrobiology 88: 284-289

Eiler A., Farnleitner A. H., Zechmeister T. C., Herzig A., Hurban C., Wesner W., Krachler R., Velimirov B., Kirschner A. K. T. (2003): Factors controlling extremely productive heterotrophic bacterial communities in shallow soda pools. Microbial Ecology 46: 43-54

Blaschke, A.P., K.-H. Steiner, R. Schmalfuß, D. Gutknecht und D. Sengschmitt (2003): Clogging processes in hyporheic interstices of an impounded river, the Danube at Vienna, Austria.International Review of Hydrobiology, 88, 3-4, pp. 397-413


Zechmeister TC, Farnleitner AH, Rocke TE, Pittner F, Rosengarten R, Mach RL, Herzig A, Kirschner AK (2002): PCR and ELISA--in vitro alternatives to the mouse-bioassay for assessing the botulinum-neurotoxin-C1 production potential in environmental samples?ALTEX-Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten 19 Suppl 1: 49-54

Kirschner AKT, Eiler A, Zechmeister TC, Velimirov B, Herzig A, Mach R, Farnleitner AH (2002) Extremely productive microbial communities in shallow saline pools respond immediately to changing meteorological conditions.Environmental Microbiology 4: 546-555


Farnleitner AH, Hocke L, Beiwl C, Kavka GG, Zechmeister T, Kirschner AKT, Mach RL (2001) Rapid enzymatic detection of Escherichia coli contamination in polluted river water.Letters in Applied Microbiology 33: 246-250

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