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Water Quality & Health


The latest research results of the Department of Water Quality and Health are mainly published in international journals that conduct a peer review of quality assurance procedures. In addition, review articles are published in books and national journals which serve not only scientific experts but also authorities and interested practitioners in the water sector for information.

  1. 2019

    • Journal Article

      • Kits, K. D., Jung M. Y., Vierheilig J., Pjevac P., Sedlacek C. J., Liu S., et al.
        (2019).  Low yield and abiotic origin of N2O formed by the complete nitrifier Nitrospira inopinata.
        Nat Commun. 10, 1836.

      • Kolm, C., Martzy R., Fuhrer M., Mach R. L., Krska R., Baumgartner S., et al.
        (2019).  Detection of a microbial source tracking marker by isothermal helicase-dependent amplification and a nucleic acid lateral-flow strip test.
        Sci Rep. 9, 393.

      • Martzy, R., Kolm C., Krska R., Mach R. L., Farnleitner A. H., & Reischer G. H.
        (2019).  Challenges and perspectives in the application of isothermal DNA amplification methods for food and water analysis.
        Anal Bioanal Chem. 411, 1695-1702.

      • Savio, D., Stadler P., Reischer G. H., Demeter K., Linke R. B., Blaschke A. P., et al.
        (2019).  Spring Water of an Alpine Karst Aquifer Is Dominated by a Taxonomically Stable but Discharge-Responsive Bacterial Community.
        Front Microbiol. 10, 28.

      • Stadler, P., Bloschl G., Nemeth L., Oismuller M., Kumpan M., Krampe J., et al.
        (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.
        Sci Total Environ. 662, 236-245.

      • Stadler, P., Loken L. C., Crawford J. T., Schramm P. J., Sorsa K., Kuhn C., et al.
        (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, 1742-1752.

      • van Driezum, I. H., Derx J., Oudega T. J., Zessner M., Naus F. L., Saracevic E., et al.
        (2019).  Spatiotemporal resolved sampling for the interpretation of micropollutant removal during riverbank filtration.
        Science of the Total Environment. 649, 212-223.

      • Wu, L., Ning D., Zhang B., Li Y., Zhang P., Shan X., et al.
        (2019).  Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants.
        Nat Microbiol. 4, 1183-1195.

      • Youngblut, N. D., Reischer G. H., Walters W., Schuster N., Walzer C., Stalder G., et al.
        (2019).  Host diet and evolutionary history explain different aspects of gut microbiome diversity among vertebrate clades.
        Nat Commun. 10, 2200.

  2. 2018

    • Journal Article

      • Bliem, R., Reischer G., Linke R., Farnleitner A. H., & Kirschner A. K. T.
        (2018).  Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae in Turbid Alkaline Lakes as Determined by Quantitative PCR.
        Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84,

      • Frick, C., Vierheilig J., Linke R., Savio D., Zornig H., Antensteiner R., et al.
        (2018).  Poikilothermic Animals as a Previously Unrecognized Source of Fecal Indicator Bacteria in a Backwater Ecosystem of a Large River.
        Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84,

      • Hatvani, I. G., Kirschner A. K. T., Farnleitner A. H., 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, 28884-28898.

      • Kirschner, A. K. T., Pleininger S., Jakwerth S., Rehak S., Farnleitner A. H., Huhulescu S., et al.
        (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, 1186-1198.

      • Mayer, R. E., Reischer G. H., Ixenmaier S. K., Derx J., Blaschke A. P., Ebdon J. E., et al.
        (2018).  Global Distribution of Human-Associated Fecal Genetic Markers in Reference Samples from Six Continents.
        Environmental Science & Technology. 52, 5076-5084.

      • Mayer, R., Karl M., Linke R., Kirschner A. K. T., Reischer G., Sommer R., et al.
        (2018).  Analytik fäkaler mikrobiologischer Verunreinigungen im Zeitalter der molekularbiologischen Diagnostik.
        Wiener Mitteilungen . 247, 47-54.

      • Savio, D., Stadler P., Reischer G. H., Kirschner A. K. T., Demeter K., Linke R., et al.
        (2018).  Opening the black box of spring water microbiology from alpine karst aquifers to support proactive drinking water resource management.
        WIREs Water. 5, e1282.

      • van Driezum, I. H., Chik A. H. S., Jakwerth S., Lindner G., Farnleitner A. H., Sommer R., et al.
        (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.

    • Book Chapter

      • Farnleitner, A. H., Savio D., Sommer R., Reischer G., Kirschner A. K. T., Zerobin W., et al.
        (2018).  Integrated strategy to guide health-related microbial quality management at alpine karstic drinking water resources.
        (White, W., Herman J., Herman E., & Rutigliano M., Ed.).Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. 185-192.

  3. 2017

    • Journal Article

      • Kirschner, A. K. T., Reischer G. H., Jakwerth S., Savio D., Ixenmaier S., Toth E., et al.
        (2017).  Multiparametric monitoring of microbial faecal pollution reveals the dominance of human contamination along the whole Danube River.
        Water Research. 124, 543-555.

      • Kittinger, C., Kirschner A. K. T., Lipp M., Baumert R., Mascher F., Farnleitner A. H., et al.
        (2017).  Antibiotic Resistance of Acinetobacter spp. Isolates from the River Danube: Susceptibility Stays High.
        International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15,

      • Kolm, C., Martzy R., Brunner K., Mach R. L., Krska R., Heinze G., et al.
        (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, 7028-7035.

      • Martzy, R., Kolm C., Brunner K., Mach R. L., Krska R., Sinkovec H., et al.
        (2017).  A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the rapid detection of Enterococcus spp. in water.
        Water Research. 122, 62-69.

      • van Driezum, I. H., Derx J., Saracevic E., Kirschner A. K. T., Sommer R., Farnleitner A. H., et al.
        (2017).  Does Pumping Volume Affect the Concentration of Micropollutants in Groundwater Samples?.
        Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation. 37, 82-88.

      • Zibuschka, F., Kirschner A. K. T., Frick C., Lindner G., Reischer G., Lendenfeld T., et al.
        (2017).  Mikrobiologie und Wasser - Teil 1: Übersicht zu den methodischen Möglichkeiten der Analyse.
        ÖWAV-Arbeitsbehelft. Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband (ÖWAV). 52,

The Division Water Quality and Health at KL works closely with the other members of the Interuniversity Cooperation Centre Water and Health (ICC Water & Health). All publications of the ICC Water & Health can be found on the website www.waterandhealth.at.


  1. 13 Sep

    KL Symposium - "20 Years of Bologna-Process"

    13. September 2019, 15:00 - 20:00
    Karl Landsteiner University, Trakt Y, Hall
  2. 14 Sep

    Academic Celebration - BACHELOR HEALTH SCIENCES

    14. September 2019, 11:00 - 15:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, Trakt Y, Festsaal
  3. 16 Sep

    Academic Celebration - MASTER HUMAN MEDICINE

    16. September 2019, 10:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, Trakt Y, Festsaal