Ingrid Whittle, PhD
Research and Development Scientist

Ingrid is a microbiologist interested in the lives of microorganism in various habitats. She obtained her PhD in 1999 from the University of Queensland (Australia) working on the taxonomy and ecology of acetic acid bacteria in the sugarcane leaf sheath microenvironment. From 2003-2015, Ingrid worked at the Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck (Austria) on the development and application of microarrays to detect microorganisms in the compost and anaerobic digestion environments.


Insam H, Franke-Whittle IH, Goberna M (2010) Microbes at work. From wastes to resources. Springer-Verlag.

Original Research Publications

Walter A, Silberberger S, Fernández-Delgado Juárez M, Insam H, Franke-Whittle IH (2016) Methane potential from pulp and paper industry wastes and investigation of the methanogens involved. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9:21 (DOI 10.1186/s13068-016-0435-z)

Franke-Whittle IH, Manici LM, Insam H, Stres B (2015) Rhizosphere bacteria and fungi associated with plant growth in soils of three replanted apple orchards. Plant and Soil 395: 317-333

Franke-Whittle IH, Walter A, Ebner C, Insam H (2014) Investigation into the effect of high concentrations of volatile fatty acids in anaerobic digestion on methanogenic communities. Waste Management 34: 2080-2089


Franke Whittle IH, Insam H (2013) Pathogen survival after the composting, anaerobic digestion and alkaline hydrolysis of slaughterhouse wastes: A Review. Critical Reviews in Microbiology 39: 139-151 

Franke-Whittle IH, Goberna M, Pfister V, Insam H (2009) Design and development of the ANAEROCHIP microarray for investigation of methanogenic communities. Journal of Microbiological Methods 79: 279-288   

Franke-Whittle IH, Knapp BA, Fuchs J, Kaufmann R, Insam H (2009) Application of COMPOCHIP microarray to investigate the bacterial communities of different composts. Microbial Ecology 57: 510-521

Goberna M, Insam H, Franke-Whittle IH (2009) Effect of Biowaste Sludge Maturation on the Diversity of Thermophilic Bacteria and Archaea in an Anaerobic Reactor. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 2566-2572     

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