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holzinger M. Sc. Anja Holzinger

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Population Ecology

Doctoral student

Research project A02 in the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics: The effects of microplastic particles on the soil-dwelling macrofauna and associated gut microbiota

My project is part of the CRC 1357 Microplastics. The aim is to investigate the effects of ingestion of microplastic (MP) particles on various terrestrial model organisms such as the soil-dwelling and substrate-eating compost worm Eisenia fetida or the soil-nesting omnivorous and native ant species Lasius niger. The effects of the most common polymer types as well as the effect of different MP shapes, sizes and concentrations are to be examined in order to better understand the mode of action of MP. For this purpose, we investigate classic life cycle parameters on the phenotypic level (mortality, reproductive success) but also sublethal stress and immune reactions using oxidative stress markers, transcriptome and proteome analyses. In addition, possible effects of MP on the activity and diversity of the gut microbiome will be investigated in order to determine possible indirect effects on the host.

CRC 1357 Microplastics


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Population Ecology



Anja Holzinger, Linda Hink, Elmar Sehl, Nadine Rüppel, Eva Lehndorff, Alfons Weig, Seema Agarwal, Marcus A. Horn, Heike Feldhaar: Biodegradable polymers boost reproduction in the earthworm Eisenia fetida. In: Science of the Total Environment, 892 (2023). - .

Linda Hink, Anja Holzinger, Tobias Sandfeld, Alfons Weig, Andreas Schramm, Heike Feldhaar, Marcus A. Horn: Microplastic ingestion affects hydrogen production and microbiomes in the gut of the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber. In: Environmental Microbiology, 25 (2023). - S. 2776-2791.


Anja Holzinger, Magdalena Mair, Darleen Lücker, Dimitri Seidenath, Thorsten Opel, Nico Langhof, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar: Comparison of fitness effects in the earthworm Eisenia fetida after exposure to single or multiple anthropogenic pollutants. In: Science of the Total Environment, 838, Part 3 (2022). - .

Simon Riedl, Matthias Völkl, Anja Holzinger, Julia Jasinski, Valérie Jérôme, Thomas Scheibel, Heike Feldhaar, Ruth Freitag: In vitro cultivation of primary intestinal cells from Eisenia fetida as basis for ecotoxicological studies. In: Ecotoxicology, 31 (2022). - S. 221-233.


Dimitri Seidenath, Anja Holzinger, Klara Kemnitz, Nico Langhof, Darleen Lücker, Thorsten Opel, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar: Individual vs. Combined Short-Term Effects of Soil Pollutants on Colony Founding in a Common Ant Species. In: Frontiers in Insect Science, 1 (2021). - .

Pauline Lenancker, Heike Feldhaar, Anja Holzinger, Melinda Greenfield, Angela Strain, Peter Yeeles, Benjamin D. Hoffmann, Wee Tek Tay, Lori Lach: Origin, behaviour, and genetics of reproductive workers in an invasive ant. In: Frontiers in Zoology, 18 (2021). - .


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Population Ecology

M. Sc. Anja Holzinger
Doctoral student

Animal Ecology I - Population Ecology
Building NW I, Room 5.0 01 07
University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstr. 30
95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55 2647
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E-mail: Anja1.Holzinger@uni-bayreuth.de

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