Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Login für Redakteure

Prof. Dr. Robert Mikutta

Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe Bodenkunde und Bodenschutz

Tel.: +49(0)345-5522530

E-Mail: robert.mikutta[at)

Raum: VSP 3 3.30

Lebenslauf - Curriculum Vitae

Since 10/2015: Full Professor of Soil Science and Soil Protection at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

2015: Habilitation at the Leibniz University Hannover (“Venia legend” in Soil Science)

2009-2015: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Soil Science, Leibniz University Hannover

2007-2008: Postdoctoral researcher at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2002-2006: Dissertation at the Institute of Soil Science at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

1997-2002: Study courses in Geography, Geology and Chemistry at the University Leipzig, Diploma in Geography

Forschungsschwerpunkte - Research Interests
  • Storage of organic carbon in arctic, temperate, and tropical soil ecosystems
  • Mechanisms of soil organic matter stabilization
  • Use of biomarkers in assessing transformation processes of organic matter
  • Surface properties and functions of soil minerals
  • Formation controls on soil structure
  • Molecular-scale interaction of organic matter with mineral surfaces
  • Biota-induced weathering of minerals
Gutachterliche Tätigkeit - Reviewer
  • Associate Editor Clays and Clay Minerals
  • Associate Editor Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for DFG, international journals on soil science, bio- and geochemistry
Auszeichnungen - Awards

2007: Fritz Scheffer Prize of the German Soil Science Society

Projekte - Projects

-> Projects

Publikationen - Publications


Gentsch N., Wild B., Mikutta R., Čapek P., Diáková K., Schrumpf M.,  Turner S., Minnich C., Schaarschmidt F., Shibistova O., Schnecker J.,  Urich T., Gittel A., Šantrůčková H., Bárta J., Lashchinskiy N., Fuß R.,  Richter A., Guggenberger G. (2018) Temperature response of permafrost soil carbon is attenuated by mineral protection. Global Change Biology.   

Gao J., Jansen B., Cerli C., Helmus R., Mikutta R., Dultz S., Guggenberger G., Vogel C., Kalbitz K. (2018) Organic matter coatings of soil minerals affect adsorptive interactions with phenolic and amino acids. European Journal of Soil Science doi.: org/10.1111/ejss.12562

Takriti M., Wild B., Schnecker J., Mooshammer M., Knoltsch A.,  Lashchinskiy N., Eloy Alves R. J., Gentsch N., Gittel A., Mikutta R.,  Wanek W. and Richter A. (2018) Soil organic matter quality exerts a  stronger control than stoichiometry on microbial substrate use  efficiency along a latitudinal transect. Soil Biology Biochemistry 121, 212–220.

Wild B., Alves R. J. E., Bárta J., Čapek P.,  Gentsch N., Guggenberger G., Hugelius G., Knoltsch A., Kuhry P.,  Lashchinskiy N., Mikutta R., Palmtag J., Prommer J., Schnecker J.,  Shibistova O., Takriti M., Urich T. and Richter A. (2018) Amino acid production exceeds plant nitrogen demand in Siberian tundra. Environmental  Research Letters 13, 034002

Poggenburg C., Mikutta R., Schippers A., Dohrmann R., Guggenberger G. (2018) Impact of natural organic matter coatings on the microbial reduction of iron oxides. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 24, 223–248.

Šantrůčková H., Kotas P., Bárta J., Urich T., Čapek P., Palmtag J., Eloy Alves R.J., Biasi C., Diáková K., Gentsch N., Gittel A., Guggenberger G., Hugelius G., Lashchinsky N., Martikainen P.J., Mikutta R., Schleper C., Schnecker J., Schwab C., Shibistova O., Wild B., Richter A. (2018) Significance of dark CO2 fixation in arctic soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 119, 11–21.

Leinemann T., Preusser S., Mikutta R., Kalbitz K., Cerli C., Höschen C., Mueller C.W., Kandeler E., Guggenberger G. (2018) Multiple exchange processes on mineral surfaces control the  transport of dissolved organic matter through soil profiles. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 118, 79–90.   

Bischoff  N., Mikutta R., Shibistova O., Dohrmann R., Herdtle D., Gerhard L.,  Fritzsche F., Puzanov A., Silanteva M., Grebennikova A., Guggenberger G. (2018) Organic matter dynamics along a salinity gradient in Siberian steppe soils. Biogeosciences 15, 13–29.

Dao T.T.,  Gentsch N., Mikutta R., Sauheitl L., Shibistova O., Wild B., Schnecker  J., Bárta J., Čapek P., Gittel A., Lashchinskiy N., Urich T.,  Šantrůčková H., Richter A., Guggenberger G. (2018) Fate of carbohydrates and lignin in north-east Siberian permafrost soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 116, 311–322. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.10.032   

Heinze S., Ludwig B., Piepho H.-P., Mikutta R., Don A., Wordell-Dietrich  P., Helfrich M., Hertel D., Leuschner C., Kirfel K., Kandeler E.,  Preusser S., Guggenberger G., Leinemann T., Marschner B. (2018)  Factors controlling the variability of organic matter in the top- and  subsoil of a sandy Dystric Cambisol under beech forest. Geoderma 311, 37–44. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.09.028   

Klotzbücher T., Klotzbücher A., Kaiser K., Vetterlein D., Jahn R.,  Mikutta, R. (2018) Variable silicon accumulation in plants affects  terrestrial carbon cycling by controlling lignin synthesis. Global Change Biology 24, e183–e189.   

Stahr S., Graf-Rosenfellner M., Klysubun W., Mikutta R., Prietzel J., Lang, F. (2018) Phosphorus speciation and C:N:P stoichiometry of functional organic matter fractions in temperate forest soils. Plant and Soil 427, 53–69.    


Lang F., Krüger J., Amelung W., Willbold S., Frossard E., Bünemann E.K.,  Bauhus J., Nitschke R., Kandeler E., Marhan S., Schulz S., Bergkemper  F., Schloter M., Luster J., Guggisberg F., Kaiser K., Mikutta R.,  Guggenberger G., Polle A., Pena R., Prietzel J., Rodionov A., Talkner  U., Meesenburg H., Wilpert K. von, Hölscher A., Dietrich H.P., Chmara I. (2017) Soil phosphorus supply controls P nutrition strategies of beech forest ecosystems in Central Europe. Biogeochemistry 1–25. doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0375-0    

Gao J., Jansen B., Cerli C., Helmus R., Mikutta R., Dultz S.,  Guggenberger G., Kalbitz K. (2017) Competition and surface  conditioning alter the adsorption of phenolic and amino acids on soil  minerals. European Journal of Soil Science 68, 667–677. doi:10.1111/ejss.12459    

Totsche K.U., Amelung W., Gerzabek M.H., Guggenberger G., Klumpp  E., Knief C., Lehndorff E., Mikutta R., Peth S., Prechtel A., Ray N.,  Kögel-Knabner I. (2017) Microaggregates in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science doi:10.1002/jpln.201600451    

Bischoff N., Mikutta R.,  Shibistova O., Puzanov A., Silanteva M., Grebennikova A., Fuß R., Guggenberger G. (2017) Limited protection of macro-aggregate occluded  organic carbon in Siberian steppe soils. Biogeosciences 14, 2627-2640. doi:10.5194/bg-14-2627-2017.    

Turner S., Mikutta R., Meyer-Stüve S., Guggenberger G., Schaarschmidt F., Lazar C.S., Dohrmann R., Schippers A. (2017) Microbial community dynamics in soil depth profiles over 120,000 years of ecosystem development. Frontiers in Microbiology 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00874.    

Goebel M.-O., Adams F., Boy J., Guggenberger G., Mikutta R. (2017) Mobilization of glucose-6-phosphate from ferrihydrite by ligand-promoted dissolution is higher than of orthophosphate. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. doi:10.1002/jpln.201600479.    

Woche S.K., Goebel M.-O., Mikutta R., Schurig C., Kaestner M., Guggenberger G., Bachmann J. (2017) Soil wettability can be explained by the chemical composition of particle interfaces - An XPS study. Scientific Reports 7, 42877. doi:10.1038/srep42877    

Turner S., Meyer-Stüve S., Schippers A., Guggenberger G., Schaarschmidt F., Wild B., Richter A., Dohrmann R., Mikutta R. (2017) Microbial utilization of mineral-associated nitrogen in soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 104, 185–196.


Poggenburg C., Mikutta R., Sander M., Schippers A., Marchanka A., Dohrmann R., Guggenberger G. (2016) Microbial reduction of ferrihydrite-organic matter coprecipitates by Shewanella putrefaciens and Geobacter metallireducens in comparison to mediated electrochemical reduction. Chemical Geology 447, 133–147, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.09.031    

Bischoff N., Mikutta R., Shibistova O.,  Puzanov A., Reichert E., Silanteva M., Grebennikova A., Schaarschmidt  F., Heinicke S. and Guggenberger G. (2016) Land-use change  under different climatic conditions: Consequences for organic matter and  microbial communities in Siberian steppe soils. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 235, 253–264.

Dietel J., Dohrmann R., Guggenberger G., Meyer-Stüve S., Turner S., Schippers A., Kaufhold S., Butz-Braun R., Condron L.M., Mikutta R. (2016) Complexity of clay mineral formation during 120,000 years of  soil development along the Franz Josef chronosequence, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, doi:10.1080/00288306.2016.1245668    

Lehndorff E., Houtermans M., Winkler P., Kaiser K.,Kölbl A., Romani M., Said-Pullicino D, Utami S.R., Zhang G.L., Cao Z.H., Mikutta R., Guggenberger G., Amelung W. (2016) Black carbon and black nitrogen storage under long-term paddy and non-paddy management in major reference soil groups. Geoderma 284, 214-225.

Hoppe M., Mikutta R., Kaufhold S., Utermann J., Duijnisveld W., Wargenau E., Fries E., Guggenberger G. (2016): Retention of sterically and electrosterically stabilized silver nanoparticles by soil minerals. European Journal of Soil Science, 67, 573-582. DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12367

Weiss C., Weiss J., Boy J., Iskandar I., Mikutta R.,  Guggenberger G. (2016): Soil organic carbon stocks in estuarine and  marine mangrove  ecosystems are driven by nutrient colimitation of P and  N. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 5043-5056 DOI:10.1002/ece3.2258   

Schampera B., Tunega D., Šolc R., Woche S. K., Mikutta R., Wirth R., Dultz S., Guggenberger G. (2016): External surface structure of organoclays analysed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in combination with molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 478, 188-200.

Wild B., Gentsch N., Čapek P., Diáková K., Eloy Alves R.J.,  Bárta J., Gittel A., Hugelius G., Knoltsch A., Kuhry P., Lashchinskiy  N., Mikutta R., Palmtag J., Schleper C., Schnecker J., Shibistova O.,  Takriti M., Torsvik V.L., Urich T., Watzka M., Šantrůčková H., Guggenberger G., Richter A. (2016): Plant-derived compounds stimulate the decomposition of organic matter in arctic permafrost soils. Scientific Reports 6:25607; DOI 10.1038/srep25607.

Boy J., Godoy R., Shibistova O., Boy D., McCulloch R., Andrino de la Fuente A., Aguirre Morales M., Mikutta R., Guggenberger G. (2016): Successional patterns along soil development gradients formed  by glacier retreat in the Maritime Antarctic, King George Island. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 89, 6; DOI 10.1186/s40693-016-0056-8.


Eibisch, N., R. Schroll, R. Fuß, R. Mikutta, M. Helfrich, H. Flessa (2015): Pyrochars and hydrochars differently alter the sorption of the herbicide isoproturon in an agricultural soil. Chemosphere 119, 155–162.

Eibisch, N., W. Durner, M. Bechtold, R. Fuß, R. Mikutta, S.K. Woche, M. Helfrich  (2015): Does water repellency of pyrochars and hydrochars counter their positive effects on soil hydraulic properties?, Geoderma 245-246, 31-39.

Gentsch, N., R. Mikutta, O. Shibistova, B. Wild, J. Schnecker, A. Richter, T. Urich, A. Gittel, H. Šantrůčková, J. Bárta, N. Lashchinskiy, C.W. Mueller, R. Fuß, and G. Guggenberger (2015): Properties and bioavailability of particulate and mineral-associated organic matter in Arctic permafrost soils, Lower Kolyma Region, Russia., European Journal of Soil Science 66, 722-734.

Gentsch, N., R. Mikutta, R.J.E. Alves, J. Barta, P. Čapek, A. Gittel, G. Hugelius, P. Kuhry, N. Lashchinskiy, J. Palmtag, A. Richter, H. Šantrůčková, J. Schnecker, O. Shibistova, T. Urich, B. Wild, and G. Guggenberger (2015): Storage and transformation of organic matter fractions in cryoturbated permafrost soils across the Siberian Arctic., Biogeosciences Discuss., 12, 2697-2743.

Hoppe, M., R. Mikutta, J. Utermann, W. Duijnisveld, S. Kaufhold, C.F. Stange, and G. Guggenberger (2015): Remobilization of sterically stabilized silver nanoparticles from farmland soils determined by column leaching., European Journal of Soil Science 66, 898-909. DOI:

Kleber, M., K. Eusterhues, M. Keiluweit, C. Mikutta, R. Mikutta, P.S. Nico (2015): Mineral–Organic Associations: Formation, Properties, and Relevance in Soil Environments., Advances in Agronomy Volume 130, 1-140.

Schampera B., R. Solc, S.K. Woche, R. Mikutta, S. Dultz, G. Guggenberger, D. Tunega (2015): Surface structure of organoclays as examined by  X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations.  Clay Minerals 50, 353-367.

Schnecker, J., B. Wild, M. Takriti, R.J. Eloy Alves, N. Gentsch, A. Gittel, A. Hofer, K. Klaus, A. Knoltsch, N. Lashchinskiy, R. Mikutta, A. Richter (2015): Microbial community composition shapes enzyme patterns in topsoil and subsoil horizons along a latitudinal transect in Western Siberia., Soil Biology and Biochemistry 83, 106–115.

Wild, B., J. Schnecker, A. Knoltsch, M. Takriti, M. Mooshammer, N. Gentsch, R. Mikutta, R.J.E. Alves, A. Gittel, N. Lashchinskiy and A. Richter (2015): Microbial nitrogen dynamics in organic and mineral soil horizons along a latitudinal transect in western Siberia., Glob. Biogeochem. Cycles 29, 567-582.


Hoppe, M., R. Mikutta, J. Utermann, W. Duijnisveld, G. Guggenberger (2014): Retention of sterically and electrosterically stabilized silver nanoparticles in soils., Environmental Science and Technology 48, 12628-12635.

Mikutta, R., D. Lorenz, G. Guggenberger, L. Haumaier, A. Freund (2014): Properties and reactivity of Fe-organic matter associations formed by coprecipitation versus adsorption: Clues from arsenate batch adsorption., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 144, 258-276.

Schnecker, J., B. Wild, F. Hofhansl, R.J. Eloy Alves, J. Bárta, R. Čapek, L. Fuchslueger, N. Gentsch, A. Gittel, G. Guggenberger, A. Hofer, S. Kienzl, A. Knoltsch, N. Lashchinskiy, R. Mikutta, H. Šantrůčková, O. Shibistova, M. Takriti, T. Urich, G. Weltin, A. Richter (2014): Effects of soil organic matter properties and microbial community composition on enzyme activities in cryoturbated arctic soils., PLoS ONE 9, e94076.

Turner, S., A. Schippers, S. Meyer-Stüve, G. Guggenberger, N. Gentsch, R. Dohrmann, L.M. Condron, A. Eger, P.C. Almond, D.A. Peltzer, S.J. Richardson, R. Mikutta (2014): Mineralogical impact on long-term patterns of soil nitrogen and phosphorus enzyme activities., Soil Biology and Biochemistry 68, 31–43.

Wild, B., J. Schnecker, R.J. Eloy Alvez, P. Barsukov, J. Bárta, P. Čapek, N. Gentsch, A. Gittel, G. Guggenberger, N. Lashchinskiy, R. Mikutta, O. Rusalimova, H. Šantrůčková, O. Shibistova, T. Urich, M. Watzka, G. Zrazhevskaya, A. Richter (2014): Input of easily available organic C and N stimulates microbial decomposition of soil organic matter in arctic permafrost soil., Soil Biology and Biochemistry 75, 143–151.


Eibisch, N., M. Helfrich, A. Don, R. Mikutta, A. Kruse, R. Ellerbrock, H. Flessa (2013): Properties and degradability of hydrothermal carbonization products., Journal of Environmental Quality 42, 1565-1573.

Gittel, A., J. Bárta, I. Kohoutová, R. Mikutta, S. Owens, J. Gilbert, J. Schnecker, B. Wild, B. Hannisdal, J. Maerz, N. Lashchinskiy, P. Čapek, H. Šantrůčková, N. Gentsch, O. Shibistova, G. Guggenberger, A. Richter, V.L. Torsvik, C. Schleper, and T. Urich (2013): Distinct microbial communities associated with buried soils in the Siberian tundra., The ISME Journal.

Wild, B., J. Schnecker, J. Bárta, Petr Čapek, G. Guggenberger, F. Hofhansl, C. Kaiser, N. Lashchinsky, R. Mikutta, M. Mooshammer, H. Šantrůčková, O. Shibistova, T. Urich, S.A. Zimov, and A. Richter (2013): Nitrogen dynamics in Turbic Cryosols from Siberia and Greenland., Soil Biology Biochemistry 67, 85-93.


Mikutta R., A. Baumgärtner, A. Schippers, L. Haumaier, and G. Guggenberger (2012): Extracellular polymeric substances from Bacillus subtilis associated with minerals modify the extent and rate of heavy metal sorption., Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 3866-3873.


Mikutta, R. and K. Kaiser (2011): Organic matter bound to mineral surfaces: Resistance to chemical and biological oxidation., Soil Biology Biochemistry 43, 1738-1741.

Mikutta, R., U. Zang, J. Chorover, L. Haumaier, and K. Kalbitz (2011): Stabilization of extracellular polymeric substances (Bacillus subtilis) by adsorption to and coprecipitation with Al forms., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3135-3154.


Dörr, N., K. Kaiser, R. Mikutta, G. Guggenberger (2010): Slow response of soil organic matter to the reduction in atmospheric nitrogen deposition in a Norway spruce forest., Global Change Biology.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02148.x   

Mikutta, R., K. Kaiser, N. Dörr, A. Vollmer, O.A. Chadwick, J. Chorover, M.G. Kramer, G. Guggenberger (2010): Mineralogical impact on organic nitrogen across a long-term soil chronosequence (0.3–4100 kyr)., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 2142-2164.

Schneider, M.P.W., T. Scheel, R. Mikutta, P. van Hees, K. Kaiser, K. Kalbitz (2010): Sorptive stabilization of organic matter by amorphous Al hydroxide., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 1606-1619.


Mikutta, R., G.E. Schaumann, D. Gildemeister, S. Bonneville, M.G.Kramer, O.A. Chadwick, G. Guggenberger. (2009): Biogeochemistry of mineral–organic associations across a long-term mineralogical soil gradient (0.3–4100 kyr), Hawaiian Islands., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73: 234–260.


Mikutta C., R. Mikutta, S. Bonneville, F. Wagner, A. Voegelin, I. Christl, R. Kretzschmar. (2008): Synthetic coprecipitates of exopolysaccharides and ferrihydrite. Part I: Characterization., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72:1111–1127.


Helfrich, M., H. Flessa, R. Mikutta, A. Dreves, B. Ludwig. (2007): Comparison of chemical fractionation methods for isolating stable soil organic carbon pools., European Journal of Soil Science 58:1316–1329.

Mikutta R., C. Mikutta, K. Kalbitz, T. Scheel, K. Kaiser, R. Jahn. (2007): Biodegradation of forest floor organic matter bound to minerals via different binding mechanisms., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71:2569–2590.


Kaiser K., R. Mikutta, G. Guggenberger. (2006): Increased stability of organic matter sorbed to ferrihydrite and goethite on aging., Soil Science Society of America Journal 71:711–719.

Mikutta R., C. Mikutta. (2006): Stabilization of organic matter at micropores (, Soil Science Society of America Journal 70:2049–2056.

Mikutta R., M. Kleber, M.S. Torn, R. Jahn. (2006): Stabilization of soil organic matter: association with minerals or chemical recalcitrance?, Biogeochemistry 77:25–56.


Kleber M., R. Mikutta, M.S. Torn, R. Jahn. (2005): Poorly crystalline mineral phases protect organic matter in acid subsoil horizons., European Journal of Soil Science 56:717–725.

Mikutta R., M. Kleber, R. Jahn. (2005): Poorly crystalline minerals protect organic carbon in clay subfractions from acid subsoil horizons., Geoderma 128:106–115.

Siregar A., M. Kleber, R. Mikutta, R. Jahn. (2005): Sodium hypochlorite oxidation reduces soil organic matter concentrations without affecting inorganic soil constituents. , European Journal of Soil Science 56:481–490.

Reviews  2005

Mikutta R., M. Kleber, K. Kaiser, R. Jahn. (2005): Review: Organic matter removal from soils using hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite, and disodium peroxodisulfate., Soil Science Society of America Journal 69:120–135.

Zum Seitenanfang