AG Organische und Ökologische Chemie

Dr. Katherine A. Muñoz Sepúlveda



Fortstraße 7
Gebäude I , Raum 4.30
76829 Landau


Tel.: +49 6341 280 35304


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  • Vorkommen, Verhalten und Auswirkungen von organischen Umweltschadstoffen in Böden
  • Mykotoxine im Kontext der Wechselwirkungen zwischen Menschen und Umwelt
  • Landwirtschaftliche Praktiken und Bodenqualität
  • Umwelt-Herausforderungen und interdisziplinäre Forschung


  1. Schmitz, D., Girardi, J., Ullrich, E., Muñoz, K., Bundschuh, M., Riess, K., & Schirmel, J. (2023). Fallopia japonica and Impatiens glandulifera are colonized by species-poor root-associated fungal communities but have minor impacts on soil properties in riparian habitats. Biological Invasions, 1-20.
  2. Rung, C., Welle, F., Gruner, A., Springer, A., Steinmetz, Z., & Muñoz, K. (2023). Identification and Evaluation of (Non-) Intentionally Added Substances in Post-Consumer Recyclates and Their Toxicological Classification. Recycling, 8(1), 24.
  3. Albert, J., More, C., Korz, S., & Muñoz, K. (2023). Soil Microbial Responses to Aflatoxin Exposure: Consequences for Biomass, Activity and Catabolic Functionality. Soil Systems, 7(1), 23.
  4. Girardi, J.P., Korz, S., Muñoz, K., Jamin, J., Schmitz, D., Rösch, V., Riess, K., Schützenmeister, K., Jungkunst, H.F., Brunn, M. (2022) Nitrification inhibition by polyphenols from invasive Fallopia japonica under copper stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 1-12
  5. Albert, J., & Muñoz, K. (2022). Kinetics of microbial and photochemical degradation of aflatoxin B1 in a sandy loam and clay soil. Scientific reports, 12(1), 1-11.
  6. Perfetti-Bolaño, A., Muñoz, K., Kolok, A. S., Araneda, A., & Barra, R. O. (2022). Analysis of the contribution of locally derived wastewater to the occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Antarctic coastal waters. Science of The Total Environment, 158116.
  7. Meyer, M. Schaumann, G.E., Muñoz, K. (2022) How does multiannual plastic mulching in strawberry cultivation influence soil fungi and mycotoxin occurrence in soil? Mycotoxin research, 38(2), 93-105.
  8. Muñoz, K., Thiele-Bruhn, S., Kenngott, K.G.J., Meyer, M., Diehl, D., Steinmetz, Z., Schaumann, G.E. (2022) Effects of Plastic versus Straw Mulching Systems on Soil Microbial Community Structure and Enzymes in Strawberry Cultivation. Soil Systems 6(1), 21.
  9. Kenngott, K.G.J., Albert, J., Meyer-Wolfarth, F., Schaumann, G.E., Muñoz, K. (2022) Fusarium mycotoxins in maize field soils: method validation and implications for sampling strategy. Toxins 14(2), 130.
  10. Steinmetz, Z.; Löffler, P.; Eichhöfer, S.; David, J.; Muñoz, K.; Schaumann, G.E., (2022) Are agricultural plastic covers a source of plastic debris in soil? A first screening study. SOIL8, 31-47, doi:10.5194/soil-8-31-2022.
  11. Perfetti-Bolaño, A., Araneda, A., Muñoz, K., & Barra, R. O. 2022. Occurrence and Distribution of Microplastics in Soils and Intertidal Sediments at Fildes Bay, Maritime Antarctica. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8:774055.doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.774055
  12. Muñoz, K., Wagner, M., Pauli, F., Christ, J., & Reese, G., 2021. Knowledge and Behavioral Habits to Reduce Mycotoxin Dietary Exposure at Household Level in a Cohort of German University Students. Toxins, 13(11), 760.
  13. Meyer, M., Diehl, D., Schaumann, G.E., Muñoz, K., 2021.Multiannual soil mulching in agriculture – Analysis of biogeochemical soil processes under plastic and straw mulches in a three‑year field study in strawberry cultivation. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 1-20.
  14. Foerster, C., Ríos-Gajardo, G., Gómez, P., Muñoz, K., Cortés, S., Maldonado, C., & Ferreccio, C., 2021. Assessment of Mycotoxin Exposure in a Rural County of Chile by Urinary Biomarker Determination. Toxins, 13(7), 439. 
  15. Meyer-Wolfarth, F., Oldenburg, E., Meiners, T., Muñoz, K., & Schrader, S., 2021. Effects of temperature and soil fauna on the reduction and leaching of deoxynivalenol and zearalenone from Fusarium graminearum-infected maize stubbles. Mycotoxin Research, 1-15.
  16. Albert, J., More, C., Dahlke, N., Steinmetz, Z., Schaumann, G.E. & Muñoz, K., 2021. Validation of a simple and reliable method for the determination of aflatoxins in soil and food matrices. ACS Omega
  17. Kenngott, K.G.J.,Riess, K., Muñoz, K., Schaumann, G.E., Buhk, C., Diehl, D. 2021. Flood Pulse Irrigation of Meadows Shapes Soil Chemical and Microbial Parameters More Than Mineral Fertilization. Soil Systems, 5(2), 24.
  18. Meyer, M., Diehl, D., Schaumann, G.E., Muñoz, K., 2021. Agricultural mulching and fungicides—impacts on fungal biomass, mycotoxin occurrence, and soil organic matter decomposition. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-16. doi:10.1007/s11356-021-13280-3
  19. Meyer, M., Diehl, D., Schaumann, G.E., Muñoz, K., 2020. Analysis of biogeochemical processes in plastic-covered soil during establishment period in strawberry cultivation. SN Applied Sciences, 2(10), 1-16.
  20. Steinmetz, Z., Kintzi, A., Muñoz, K., & Schaumann, G. E., 2020. A simple method for the selective quantification of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene plastic debris in soil by pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 104803.
  21. Foerster, C., Muñoz, K., Delgado-Rivera, L., Rivera, A., Cortés, S., Müller, A., ... & Rios, G. 2020. Occurrence of relevant mycotoxins in food commodities consumed in Chile. Mycotoxin research, 36(1), 63-72.
  22. Schreiner, V.C., Feckler, A., Fernández, D., Frisch, K., Muñoz, K., Szöcs, E., Zubrod, J.P., Bundschuh, M., Rasmussen, J.J., Kefford, B.J., Axelsen, J., Cedergreen, N., Schäfer, R.B., 2018. Similar recovery time of microbial functions from fungicide stress across biogeographical regions. Scientific Reports 8, 17021.
  23. Schirmel, J., Albert, J., Kurtz, M.P., Muñoz, K.,2018Plasticulture changes soil invertebrate assemblages of strawberry fields and decreases diversity and soil microbial activity. Appl. Soil Ecol. 124. 379-393.
  24. Muñoz, K., Buchmann, C., Meyer, M., Schmidt-Heydt, M., Steinmetz, Z., Diehl, D., Thiele-Bruhn, S., Schaumann, G.E., 2017. Physicochemical and microbial soil quality indicators as affected by the agricultural management system in strawberry cultivation using straw or black polyethylene mulching. Appl. Soil Ecol. 113, 36-44.
  25. Degen G.H., Partosch F., Muñoz K., Gundert-Remy U. 2017. Daily uptake of mycotoxins – TDI might not be protective for nursed infants. Toxicology Letters 277:69-75.
  26. Ali, N., Muñoz, K., Degen, G.H., 2017. Ochratoxin A and its metabolites in urines of German adults—An assessment of variables in biomarker analysis. Toxicology letters 275, 19-26.
  27. Muñoz, K., Cramer, B., Dopstadt, J., Humpf, H.-U., Degen, G.H., 2017. Evidence of ochratoxin A conjugates in urine samples from infants and adults. Mycotoxin Research 33, 39-47.
  28. Fernández, D., Tummala, M., Schreiner, V.C., Duarte, S., Pascoal, C., Winkelmann, C., Mewes, D., Muñoz, K., Schäfer, R.B., 2016. Does nutrient enrichment compensate fungicide effects on litter decomposition and decomposer communities in streams? Aquatic Toxicology 174, 169-178.
  29. Steinmetz, Z., Wollmann, C., Schaefer, M., Buchmann, C., David, J., Troger, J., Muñoz, K., Fror, O., Schaumann, G.E., 2016. Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation? The Science of the total environment 550, 690-705.
  30. Buchmann, C., Felten, A., Peikert, B., Muñoz, K., Bandow, N., Dag, A., Schaumann, G.E., 2015. Development of phytotoxicity and composition of a soil treated with olive mill wastewater (OMW): an incubation study. Plant Soil 386, 99-112.
  31. Muñoz, K., Schmidt-Heydt, M., Stoll, D., Diehl, D., Ziegler, J., Geisen, R., Schaumann, G.E., 2015. Effect of plastic mulching on mycotoxin occurrence and mycobiome abundance in soil samples from asparagus crops. Mycotoxin Res 31, 191-201.
  32. Cramer, B., Osteresch, B., Muñoz, K., Hillmann, H., Sibrowski, W., Humpf, H.U., 2015. Biomonitoring using dried blood spots: Detection of ochratoxin A and its degradation product 2’R‐ochratoxin A in blood from coffee drinkers. Molecular nutrition & food research 59, 1837-1843.
  33. Fernandez, D., Vermeirssen, E.L., Bandow, N., Muñoz, K., Schafer, R.B., 2014. Calibration and field application of passive sampling for episodic exposure to polar organic pesticides in streams. Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) 194, 196-202.
  34. Muñoz, K., Blaszkewicz, M., Campos, V., Vega, M., Degen, G.H., 2014. Exposure of infants to ochratoxin A with breast milk. Archives of Toxicology 88, 837-846.
  35. Blaszkewicz M., Muñoz K., Degen GH, 2013. Methods for analysis of citrinin in human blood and urine. Arch Toxicol 87, 7.
  36. Degen, G., Muñoz, K., Hengstler, J., 2013. Occurrence of mycotoxins in breast milk. Handbook of dietary and nutritional aspects of human breast milk. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 813-831.
  37. Muñoz K, Wollin K.-M., Kalhoff H, Degen GH, 2013. Um Vorkommen des Mykotoxin Ochratoxin A in Muttermilchproben aus Deutschland. Gesundheitswesen 75, 3.
  38. Muñoz, K., 2012. Development of biomonitoring methods for the mycotoxin ochratoxin A and their application to assess infants’ exposure with human milk. Dissertation, Technische Universität Dortmund.
  39. Muñoz, K., Campos, V., Blaszkewicz, M., Vega, M., Degen, G.H., 2012. Lactational Transfer of the Mycotoxin Ochratoxin A in Humans. Naunyn-Schmiedebergs Archives of Pharmacology 385, 62-62.
  40. Muñoz, K., Vega, M., Rios, G., Geisen, R., Degen, G.H., 2011. Mycotoxin production by different ochratoxigenic Aspergillus and Penicillium species on coffee- and wheat-based media. Mycotox Res 27, 8.
  41. Muñoz, K., Blaszkewicz, M., Degen, G.H., 2010. Simultaneous analysis of ochratoxin A and its major metabolite ochratoxin alpha in plasma and urine for an advanced biomonitoring of the mycotoxin. Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences 878, 2623-2629.
  42. Muñoz, K., Campos, V., Blaszkewicz, M., Vega, M., Alvarez, A., Neira, J., Degen, G., 2010. Exposure of neonates to ochratoxin A: first biomonitoring results in human milk (colostrum) from Chile. Mycotox Res 26, 8.
  43. Vega M., Muñoz K., Sepúlveda C., Aranda M., Campos V., Villegas R., Villarroel O., 2009. Solid-phase extraction and HPLC determination of ochratoxin A in cereals products on Chilean market. Food Control 20, 3.
  44. Muñoz, K., Vega, M., Rios, G., Muñoz, S., Madariaga, R., 2006. Preliminary study of Ochratoxin A in human plasma in agricultural zones of Chile and its relation to food consumption. Food and Chemical Toxicology 44, 1884-1889.


Seit 10.2018Vertretungsprofessur (W2) für Organische und Ökologische Chemie an der Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau 
01.2015 - 12.2020Leiterin der Interdisziplinären Forschungsgruppe Umwelt (IFG-Umwelt), Universität Koblenz-Landau
Seit 10.2012Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Arbeitsgruppe Umwelt- und Bodenchemie, Institut für Umweltwissenschaften (iES), Universität Koblenz-Landau
Assoziierte Wissenschaftlerin an der Interdisziplinären Forschungsgruppe Umwelt
01.2012 - 08.2012Postdoc, Leibniz-Forschungszentrum für Arbeitsumwelt und Humanfaktoren -IfADo (Arbeitsgruppe: Chemische Risiken), Dortmund
01.2012Promotion in Chemie (Dr. rer. nat), Universität Dortmund
06.2005 - 09.2007Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung für Lebensmittelwissenschaften, Ernährung und Diätetik, Fakultät für Pharmazie, Universität Concepción, Chile
03.2003 - 12.2005Magister in Pharmazeutischen Wissenschaften, Universität Concepción, Chile
03.1996 - 12.2002Pharmazeutischer Chemiker, Fakultät für Pharmazie, Universität Concepción, Chile.


Assoziiert mit


  • Organische Chemie I (Vorlesung)
  • Organische Chemie I (Übung)
  • Vertiefung organische Chemie (Seminar)
  • Organische Chemie II (Vorlesung)
  • Organische Chemie II Seminar
  • Organische Chemie III (Vorlesung)
  • Organische Chemie III (Übung)
  • Projekt organische Chemie (Seminar/Übung)
  • Ökologische Chemie (Vorlesung/Seminar) 
  • Wissenschaftliches inter- und transdisziplinäres Arbeiten und Forschen
  • Interdisziplinäre Fallstudie
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