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Dr. Birgit Mitter

Dr. Birgit Mitter

Function

Scientist

Center

Health & Bioresources

Competence Unit

Bioresources

E-Mail

Birgit.Mitter(at)ait.ac.at

Phone

+43 50550 4668

Fax

+43 50550 3666

Address

UFT, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 24, 3430 Tulln

Career

Field: Exploitation of Biological Resources

Main Research: Microbial Bioeffectors

Experience:

Birgit Mitter is microbiologist and molecular biologist with strong experience in the field of plant-associated bacteria, in particular bacterial endophytes. She studied endophytes in a variety of plants including plants of agricultural importance, such as potato, rice and maize but also in wild flowers and tropical trees. B. Mitter applies metagenomic approaches to elucidate functional roles of (uncultivated) endophytes and classical genetics such as knock-out and over-expression of selected genes to study the mechanisms of beneficial plant-microbe interactions. Furthermore, she is experienced in (meta)genome sequence and transcriptome analysis. Recently, B. Mitter focused in her work on making the potential endophytic bacteria usable for improved and sustainable crop production. She is working on induced drought stress tolerance of crops upon colonization by selected endopyhtes and on the development of improved application strategies of inoculants strains. Furthermore, B. Mitter has experience in the field of biocatalysis; rationale design and directed evolution of enzymes.

  • 2010-: Scientist
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH / Austria
  • 2006-2010: Freelancer Scientist funded by the Austrian Science Foundation
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH / Austria
  • 2003-2006: Researcher
    Centre of Applied Biocatalysis Graz / Austria

Publications

  • Bacterial genomes reveal a wide spectrum of endophytic lifestyles based on interaction strategies with host plants
    Author(s): MITTER B., PETRIC A., SHIN M.W., CHAIN P.S.G., HAUBERG-LOTTE L., REINHOLD-HUREK B., NOVAK J., SESSITSCH A.
    Journal: Frontiers in Plant Sciences (2013) ; doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00120
  • Advances in Elucidating Beneficial Interactions between Plants, Soil and Bacteria.
    Author(s): MITTER B., BRADER G., AFZAL M., COMPANT S., NAVEED M., TROGNITZ F., SESSITSCH A.
    Journal: Adv. Agronomy, 121 (2013) ; 381-445
  • Increased drought stress resilience of maize through endophytic colonization by Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN and Enterobacter sp. FD17.
    Author(s): NAVEED, M., MITTER B., REICHENAUER T. G., KRZYSZTOF W., SESSITSCH A.
    Journal: Environmental and Experimental Botany , 97 (2014) ; 30-39
  • Transcriptome profiling of the endophyte Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN indicates sensing of the plant environment and drought stress.
    Author(s): RAHELEH SHEIBANI-TEZERJI, THOMAS RATTEI, ANGELA SESSITSCH, FRIEDERIKE TROGNITZ, AND BIRGIT MITTER
    Journal: mBio, 6 (2015) ; e00621-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.00621-15
  • Genome analysis, ecology and plant growth promotion of the endophyte Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN.;
    Molecular microbial ecology of the rhizosphere.

    Author(s): MITTER B., WEILHARTER A., CHAIN P.S.G., TROGNITZ F., NOWAK J., COMPANT S., SESSITSCH A.
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2013; 865-874; 978-1-118-29617-2
    Series: Frans J. de Bruijn

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