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Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Angela Sessitsch

Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Angela Sessitsch

Function

Head of Competence Unit

Center

Health & Bioresources

Competence Unit

Bioresources

E-Mail

Angela.Sessitsch(at)ait.ac.at

Phone

+43 50550 3509

Address

UFT, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 24, 3430 Tulln

Career

Field: Exploitation of Biological Resources

Main Research: Plant-Microbe Interactions; Molecular Microbial Ecology; Endophytes

Experience:

Angela Sessitsch is an internationally recognized expert on beneficial plant-microbe interactions and established this research area at AIT. Her know-how encompasses the understanding the ecology and functioning of microbial endophytes, molecular approaches to explore their potential and exploring plant beneficial microorganisms for agricultural applications.
Angela Sessitsch has coordinated various national and international projects, has organized international conferences, has been invited to give keynote and invited lectures at international symposia and was member of the EFSA Panel of Genetically Modified Organisms.

  • 2014-2018: President
    ÖGMBT - Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology / Austria
  • 2004-now: Head of Business Unit
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Austria
  • 2002-2004: Scientist
    ARC Austrian Reseach Centers / Austria
  • 1999-2002: APART habilitation fellowship
    ARC Austrian Reseach Centers / Austria
  • 1998-1999: Hertha-Firnberg fellowship
    ARC Austrian Research Centers / Austria
  • 1997-1997: post-doc
    Wageningen University / The Netherlands
  • 1997-1997: IAEA expert mission
    Accra University / Ghana
  • 1996-1997: Microbiologist
    IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency / Austria
  • 1994-1996: Associate Professional Officer
    FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization / Austria / Italy
  • 1996-1996: Expert
    EMBRAPA Seropedica / Brazil
  • 1995-1995: Expert
    CINVESTAV Irapuato / Mexico
  • 1994-1994: Research fellow
    CAMBIA - Center for Molecular Biology in International Agriculture / Australia
  • 1992-1997: Ph.D. student
    Wageningen University / The Netherlands
  • 1990-1993: Technician
    IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency / Austria
  • 1982-1990: Student - Technical Chemistry / Bio- and Food Chemistry
    Graz University of Technology / Austria
  • 2018-now: Vice-President
    ÖGMBT - Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • 2014 - 2018: President of the Austrial Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • 2010 - 2014: Vice-President of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • 1999 - now: Member of the Austrial Commission for Gene Technology
  • 2003 - 2006: Member of the EFSA Panel Genetically Modified Organisms
  • 2006 - 2010: Ad-hoc expert of the EFSA Panel Genetically Modified Organisms
  • 2011 - 2015: Management Team Member and WG Leader of the COST Action "Endophytes for Biotechnology and Agriculture"
  • 2011 - 2015: Editor of FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • 2015 - now: Senior Editor of FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • 2014 - now: Editor of Peer J
  • 2018 - now: Vice-President of the Austrian Association of olecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • 2017 - now: Leader of the EPSO WG Plants and Microbiomes

Publications

  • Endophytic bacteria: prospects and application for the phytoremediation of organic pollutants.
    Author(s): AFZAL, M., K.M. QAISER, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Chemosphere, 117 (2014) ; 232-242
  • Drought stress amelioration in wheat through inoculation with Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN
    Author(s): NAVEED, M., M.B. HUSSAIN, Z.A. ZAHIR, B. MITTER, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Plant Growth Regul., 73 (2014) ; 121-131
  • Antimicrobial drimane sesquiterpenes and their effect on endophyte communities in the medical tree Warburgia ugandensis
    Author(s): DRAGE, S., B. MITTER, C. TRÖLS, A. MUCHUGI, R.H. JAMNADASS, A. SESSITSCH, B. MITTER
    Journal: Front. Microbiol., 5 (2014) ; Article 13
  • Increased drought stress resilience of maize through endophytic colonization by Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN and Enterobacter sp. FD17
    Author(s): NAVEED, M., B. MITTER, T.G. REICHENAUER, KRZYSZTOF WIECZOREK, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Environ. Exp. Bot., 97 (2014) ; 30-39
  • The role of microbial inoculants in integrated crop management systems.
    Author(s): VELIVELLI, S.L.S., A. SESSITSCH, B. DOYLE PRESTWICH
    Journal: Potato Res, 57 (2014) ; 291-309
  • Fungal and bacterial utilization of organic substrates depends on substrate complexity and N availability
    Author(s): KORANDA M., C. KAISER, L. FUCHSLUEGER, B. KITZLER, A. SESSITSCH, S. ZECHMEISTER-BOLTENSTERN, A. RICHTER
    Journal: FEMS Microbiol. Ecol, 87 (2014) ; 142-152
  • SPR bacterial pathogen biosensor: The importance of fluidic conditions and probing depth
    Author(s): HUANG C.J., W. KNOLL, A. SESSITSCH, J. DOSTALEK
    Journal: Talanta, 122 (2014) ; 166-171
  • Metabolic potential of endophytic bacteria.
    Author(s): BRADER, G., S. COMPANT, B. MITTER, F. TROGNITZ, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Curr. Opin. Biotechnol., 27 (2014) ; 30-37
  • Cadmium-tolerant bacteria induce metal stress tolerance in cereals.
    Author(s): AHMAD, I., M.J. AKHTAR, Z.A. ZAHIR, M. NAVEED, B. MITTER, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Environ Sci. Poll. Res, 21 (2014) ; 11054-11065
  • Remarkable recovery and colonization behaviour of methane oxidizing bacteria in soil after disturbance is controlled by methane source only
    Author(s): PAN Y., G.C.J. ABELL, P.L.E. BODELIER, M. MEIMA-FRANKE, A. SESSITSCH, L. BODROSSY
    Journal: Microb. Ecol., 68 (2014) ; 259-270
  • Interkingdom transfer of the acne causing agent, Propionibacterium acnes, from human to grapevine
    Author(s): CAMPISANO, A., L. OMETTO, S. COMPANT, M. PANCHER, L. ANTONIELLI, C. VARROTTO, G. ANFORA, I. PERTOT, A. SESSITSCH, O. ROTA-STABELLI
    Journal: Mol. Biol. Evol., 5 (2014) ; 1059-1065.
  • Newly developed and improved group-specific primers for microbial community analysis based on full SILVA 16S rRNA reference database sequence information.
    Author(s): PFEIFFER, S., M. PASTAR, B. MITTER, P. LOJAN, A. OSWALD, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Environ. Microbiol., 16 (2014) ; 2389-2407
  • Draft genome sequence of Phaeomoniella chlamydospora strain RRHG1, a grapevine trunk disease (Esca)-related member of the Ascomycota
    Author(s): ANTONIELLI, L., S. COMPANT, J. STRAUSS, A. SESSITSCH, H. BERGER.
    Journal: Genome Announcem, 2 (2014) ; e00098-14
  • Draft genome sequences of 10 Microbacterium spp., with emphasis on heavy metal-contaminated environments.
    Author(s): CORRETTO, E., L. ANTONIELLI, A. SESSITSCH, P. KIDD, N. WEYENS, G. BRADER
    Journal: Genome Announcem, 3 (2015) ; e00432-15
  • Genome mining: Prediction of lipopeptides and polyketides from Bacillus and related Firmicutes
    Author(s): ALETI, G., A. SESSITSCH, G. BRADER.
    Journal: Comp. Struct. Biotechnol. J. , 13 (2015) ; 192-203
  • The hidden world within plants: ecological and evolutionary considerations for defining functioning of microbial endophytes.
    Author(s): HARDOIM, P.R., L.S. VAN OVERBEEK, G. BERG, A. M. PIRTTILÄ, S. COMPANT, A. CAMPISANO, M. DÖRING, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev., 79 (2015) ; 293-320
  • L-Tryptophan-dependent biosynthesis of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) improves plant growth and colonization of maize by Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN.
    Author(s): NAVEED, M., M. A. QURESHI, Z. A. ZAHIR, M. B. HUSSAIN, A. SESSITSCH AND B. MITTER
    Journal: Ann. Microbiol., 65 (2015) ; 1381–1389
  • Combined amendment of immobilizers and the plant growth-promoting strain Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN favours plant growth and reduces heavy metal uptake.
    Author(s): TOUCEDA-GONZALEZ, M., G. BRADER, L. ANTONIELLI, V. BALAKRISHNAN RAVINDRAN, G. WALDNER, W. FRIESL-HANL, E. CORRETTO, A. CAMPISANO, M. PANCHER, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Soil Biol Biochem, 91 (2015) ; 140-150
  • Effect of different heterotrophic plate count methods on the estimation of the composition of the culturable microbial community
    Author(s): GENSBERGER, E.T., E.-M. GÖSSL, L. ANTONIELLI, A. SESSITSCH, T. KOSTIC.
    Journal: Peer J, 3 (2015) ; e862
  • Characterization of endophytic bacteria from cucurbit fruits with potential benefits to agriculture in melons (Cucumis melo L.) and visualization of the bacterial niches of colonization
    Author(s): GLASSNER, H., S. YARON, S. COMPANT, A. SESSITSCH, N. KATZIR, V. PORTNOY, E. ZCHORI-FEIN.
    Journal: FEMS Microbiol. Ecol., doi 10.1093/femsec/fiv074 (2015)
  • Grapevine colonization by endophytic bacteria shifts secondary metabolism and suggests activation of defense pathways.
    Author(s): LÒPEZ-FERNÀNDEZ, S., S. COMPANT, U. VRHOVSEK, P. L. BIANCHEDI, A. SESSITSCH, I. PERTOT, A. CAMPISANO
    Journal: lant Soil, 10.1007/s11104-015-2631-1 (2015)
  • The genomes of closely related Pantoea ananatis maize seed endophytes having different effects on the host plant differ in secretion system genes and mobile genetic elements.
    Author(s): SHEIBANI-TEZERJI, R., M. NAVEED, M.-A. JEHL, A. SESSITSCH, T. RATTEI, B. MITTER.
    Journal: Front. Microbiol., 6 (2015) ; Article 440
  • Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria: An alternate way to improve yield and quality of wheat (Triticum aestivum).
    Author(s): ABAID-ULLAH, M., M.N. HASSAN, M. JAMIL, G. BRADER, M.K.N. SHAW, A. SESSITSCH, F.Y. HAFEEZ.
    Journal: Int. J. Agricult. Biol., 17 (2015) ; 51-60
  • Deciphering the niches of colonisation of Vitis vinifera L. by the Esca-associated fungus Phaeoacremonium aleophilum using a gfp marked strain and cutting systems.
    Author(s): PIERRON, R., M. GORFER, H. BERGER, A. JACQUES, A. SESSITSCH, J. STRAUSS, S. COMPANT.
    Journal: PLoS One, 10 (2015) ; e0126851
  • 21st century agriculture: integration of plant microbiomes for improved crop production and food security
    Author(s): SESSITSCH, A. AND B. MITTER.
    Journal: Microb Biotechnol, 8 (2015) ; 32-33
  • Transcriptome profiling of the endophyte Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN indicates sensing of the plant environment and drought stress
    Author(s): SHEIBANI-TEZERJI, R., T. RATTEI, A. SESSITSCH, F, TROGNITZ, B. MITTER.
    Journal: mbio, 6 (2015) ; e00621-15
  • Cr-resistant rhizo- and endophytic bacteria associated with Prosopis juliflora and their potential as phytoremediation enhancing agents in metal-degraded soil.
    Author(s): KHAN, M.U., A. SESSITSCH, M. HARRIS, K. FATIMA, A. IMRAN, M. ARSLAN, G. SHABIR, Q. M. KHAN, M. AFZAL
    Journal: Front. Plant Sci., 5 (2015) ; Artilcle 755
  • Plant-microbe partnerships in 2020
    Author(s): MITTER, B., N. PFAFFENBICHLER, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Microbiol. Biotechnol. (2016) ; doi:10.1111/1751-7915.12382
  • High-quality draft genome sequence of an endophytic Pseudomonas viridiflava strain with herbicidal properties against its host, the weed Lepidium draba.
    Author(s): SAMAD, A., F. TROGNITZ, S. COMPANT, L. ANTONIELLI, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Genome A, 4 (2016) ; pii: e01170-16
  • Surfactin variants mediate species-specific biofilm formation and root colonization in Bacillus
    Author(s): ALETI, G., S. LEHNER, M. BACHER, S. COMPANT, B. NIKOLIC, M. PLESKO, R. SCHUHMACHER, A. SESSITSCH, G. BRADER.
    Journal: Environmental Microbiology, 18 (2016) ; 2634-2645
  • Back to the future of soil metagenomics
    Author(s): NESME, J., W. ACHOUAK, S. AGATHOS, …….., A. SESSITSCH, ……, P. SIMONET.
    Journal: Front. Microbiol., doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00073 (2016)
  • The role of plant-microbiome interactions in weed establishment and control.
    Author(s): TROGNITZ, F., E. HACKL, S. WIDHALM, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: FEMS Microb. Ecol., 92 (2016)
  • Grapevine colonization by endophytic bacteria shifts secondary metabolism and suggests activation of defense pathways
    Author(s): LOPEZ-FERNANDEZ, S., S. COMPANT, U. VROVSEK, P. L. BIANCHEDI, A. SESSITSCH, I. PERTOT, A. CAMPISANO
    Journal: Plant and Soil, 405 (2016) ; 155-175
  • Plants Assemble Species Specific Bacterial Communities from Common Core Taxa in Three Arcto-Alpine Climate Zones.
    Author(s): KUMAR, M., G. BRADER, A. SESSITSCH, A. MAKI, J.D. VAN ELSAS, R. NISSINEN
    Journal: Front. Microbiol., 8 (2017) ; 12
  • Secondary metabolite genes encoded by potato rhizosphere microbiomes in the Andean highlands are diverse and vary with sampling site and vegetation stage.
    Author(s): ALETI, G., B. NIKOLIC, G. BRADER, R.V. PANDEY, L. ANTONIELLI, S. PFEIFFER, A. OSWALD, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Scientific Reports, 7 (2017) ; 2330
  • Rhizosphere microbiomes of potato cultivated in the High Andes show stable and dynamic core microbiomes with different responses to plant development
    Author(s): PFEIFFER, S., B. MITTER, A. OSWALD, B. SCHLOTER-HAI, M. SCHLOTER, S. DECLERCK, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 93 (2017) ; fiw242
  • Shared and host-specific microbiome diversity and functioning of grapevine and accompanying weed plants.
    Author(s): SAMAD, A., F. TROGNITZ, S. COMPANT, L. ANTONIELLI, A. SESSITSCH
    Journal: Environ. Microbiol., 19 (2017) ; 1407-1424
  • Ecology and Genomic Insights into Plant-Pathogenic and Plant-Nonpathogenic Endophytes
    Author(s): BRADER, G., S. COMPANT, K. VESCIO, B. MITTER, F. TROGNITZ, L.-J. MA, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Annu Rev Phytopathol, 55 (2017) ; 61-63
  • A new approach to modify plant microbiomes and traits by introducing beneficial bacteria at flowering into progeny seeds.
    Author(s): MITTER, B., N. PFAFFENBICHLER, R. FLAVELL, S. COMPANT, L. ANTONIELLI, A. PETRIC, T. BERNINGER, M. NAVEED, R. SHEIBANI TEZERJI, G. VON MALTZAHN, A. SESSITSCH.
    Journal: Front. Microbiol, 8 (2017) ; 11
  • Agromyces aureus sp. nov., isolated from the rhizosphere of Salix caprea L. grown in a heavy metal contaminated soil
    Author(s): CORRETTO, E., L. ANTONIELLI, A. SESSITSCH, S. COMPANT, M. GORFER, M. KUFFNER, G. BRADER
    Journal: . Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., , 66 (2018) ; 3749-3754
  • Method for producing plant seed
    Inventor: B. Mitter, A. Sessitsch, M. Naveed
    Submission Date: 31.12.9999
    Issue Date: 19.03.2016
  • Method for propagating microorganisms within plant bioreactors and stably storing microorganisms within agricultural seeds
    Inventor: B. Mitter, M. Naveed, T. Berninger, S. Compant, A. Sessitsch, G. von Maltzahn, R. Flavell, et al.
    Submission Date: 31.12.9999
    Issue Date: 19.03.2016
  • Plants containing beneficial endophytes
    Inventor: B. Mitter, M. Naveed, T. Berninger, S. Compant, A. Sessitsch, G. von Maltzahn, R. Flavell et al.
    Submission Date: 31.12.9999
    Issue Date: 19.03.2016
  • Plant-endophyte combinations and uses therefor
    Inventor: B. Mitter, M. Pastar, A. Sessitsch
    Submission Date: 31.12.9999
    Issue Date: 19.03.2016

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