Dr. Eva Oburger

University of Vienna
Department of Microbial Ecology and Ecosystem Science
Althanstrasse 14
A-1090 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 4277
Phone Extension: 76666


My research focuses on revealing the mechanisms of plant-soil-microbe interactions in natural as well as in contaminated soils. My work specifically focuses on

  1. Development and application of sampling techniques to collect root exudates from soil grown plants and the implementation of novel analytical approaches for root exudate analysis.
  2. Investigating fate and function of root exudates, including microbial decomposition dynamics and exudate-driven solubilisation of macro- and micronutrients
  3. Development and application of growth and imaging techniques (e.g. DGT, planar optodes) for in-situ visualization of rhizosphere processes.
  4. Bioavailability of pollutants in soil including risk assessment


  • The biogeochemistry of W in the plant-soil environment, BOKU, University of Vienna (FWF, 2014-2018)
  • Development of innovative wood dash applications in the environment, BOKU, TU-Graz, FHP, Bios Bioenergy 2020+, Landwirtschaftskammer Steiermark (FFG, 2011-2014)
  • The rhizosphere biogeochemistry of phytosiderophores and plant iron uptake, BOKU, University of Vienna

Novel methods for sampling and detection of root exudates, BOKU (FWF, 2007-2010)


  • Oburger, E. and Schmidt, H., 2016. "New methods to unravel rhizosphere processes," Trends in Plant Science, 21, 243-255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2015.12.005
  • Oburger, E., Gruber, B., Wanek, W., Watzinger, A., Stanetty, C., Schindlegger, Y., Hann, S., Schenkeveld, W. D. C., Kraemer, S. M., and Puschenreiter, M., 2016. "Microbial decomposition of c-13- labeled phytosiderophores in the rhizosphere of wheat: Mineralization dynamics and key microbial groups involved," Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 98, 196-207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.04.014
  • Schindlegger, Y., Oburger, E., Puschenreiter, M., Stingeder, G., Koellensperger, G., and Hann, S., 2015. "Speciation of 2 '-deoxymugineic acid-metal complexes in top soil extracts by multi-modal stationary phase LC-ICP-MS," Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30, 1345-1355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5ja00018a
  • Schenkeveld, W. D. C., Schindlegger, Y., Oburger, E., Puschenreiter, M., Hann, S., and Kraemer, S. M., 2014. "Geochemical processes constraining iron uptake in strategy ii fe acquisition," Environmental Science & Technology, 48, 12662-12670, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es5031728
  • Oburger, E., Gruber, B., Schindlegger, Y., Schenkeveld, W. D. C., Hann, S., Kraemer, S. M., Wenzel, W. W., and Puschenreiter, M., 2014. "Root exudation of phytosiderophores from soil-grown wheat," New Phytologist, 203, 1161-1174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.12868
  • Oburger, E., Dell'mour, M., Hann, S., Wieshammer, G., Puschenreiter, M., and Wenzel, W. W., 2013. "Evaluation of a novel tool for sampling root exudates from soil-grown plants compared to conventional techniques," Environmental and Experimental Botany, 87, 235-247,
  • Oburger, E., Jones, D. L., and Wenzel, W. W., 2011. "Phosphorus saturation and ph differentially regulate the efficiency of organic acid anion-mediated p solubilization mechanisms in soil," Plant and Soil, 341, 363-382, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-010-0650-5