Ingrid Franke-Whittle
BioTreaT & FWF researcher

phone: +43 512 507 6394
mobile: +43 664 8251215
fax: +43 512 507 2928

Short Curriculum Vitae

Ingrid Whittle was born in 1974 in Wien, Austria, but has lived most of her life in Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree, with Honours in Microbiology in 1994 at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), studying “Antibiotic resistance plasmids in hospital isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae”. Ingrid started her Ph.D in 1995, also at The University of Queensland, researching “The taxonomy and ecology of galactoglucomannan producing acetic acid bacteria in the sugarcane leaf sheath microenvironment”, after receiving a Sugar Research and Development Corporation Scholarship. Postdoc studies researching the Molecular ecology of the formation of polysaccharide impurities in raw sugar followed the completion of the PhD (2000-2003). For a change in scenery, Ingrid has switched from sugar to compost, and from the Australian beaches to the Austrian mountains. She is currently working on the development of a microarray (CompChip) designed to detect different microorganisms, and in particular, pathogens in compost.


  • Franke, I. H., Fegan, M., Hayward A. C. & Sly, L. I. (1998) Nucleotide sequence of the nifH gene coding for nitrogen reductase in the acetic acid bacterium Acetobacter diazotrophicus. Letters in Applied Microbiology 26:12-16.

  • Franke, I. H., Fegan, M., Hayward, A. C., Leonard, G., Stackebrandt, E. & Sly, L. I. (1999) Description of Gluconacetobacter sacchari sp. nov., a new species of acetic acid bacteria isolated from the leaf sheath of sugar cane and from the pink sugar cane mealybug. International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology 49:1681-1693.

  • Franke, I. H., Fegan, M., Hayward, A. C., Leonard, G. & Sly, L. I. (2000) Molecular detection of Gluconacetobacter sacchari in the Pink Sugarcane Mealybug and in the Sugarcane Leaf Sheath Microenvironment by FISH and PCR. FEMS Microbiology and Ecology 31:61-71.

  • Franke-Whittle, I. H., O’Shea, M., Leonard, G. J. & Sly, L. I. (2005) Design, Development and Use of Molecular Primers and Probes for the Detection of Gluconacetobacter species in the Pink Sugarcane Mealybug. Microbial Ecology (In press).

  • Franke-Whittle, I. H., O’Shea, M., Leonard, G. J. & Sly, L. I. (2005) Molecular Investigation of the Endosymbiont Populations of the Pink Sugarcane Mealybug, Saccharicoccus sacchari. Annals of Microbiology 54:455-470.

  • Franke-Whittle, I. H., O’Shea, M., Leonard, G. J., Webb, R. & Sly, L. I. (2005) Investigation into the Ability of Gluconacetobacter sacchari to Live as an Endophyte in Sugarcane. Plant and Soil 271:285-295.

  • Franke-Whittle, I. H., Klammer, S. H. & Insam, H. (2005) Design and Application of an Oligonucleotide Microarray for the Investigation of Compost Microbial Communities. Journal of Microbial Methods 62:37-56.

  • Franke-Whittle, I. H., Klammer, S. H., Mayrhofer, S. & Insam, H. (2005) Comparison of different methods for the production of labeled target DNA for microarray hybridization. Journal of Microbial Methods (In press).

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