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Corona pandemic leads to record decline in global CO<sub>2</sub> emissions

The new assessment of the Global Carbon Project, in which Sönke Zaehle and Christian Rödenbeck from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena are involved, shows an unprecedented decrease in fossil CO2 emissions for the year 2020. However, the atmospheric CO2 concentration continues to rise. more

Drought damages trees and forest soils

A team of researchers found that "drought stress" of trees also has a negative effect on the forest soil. As a result, fewer important minerals are available for plants. However, small amounts of water are sufficient to reactivate the processes. more

Highly cited influential authors: Again 5 BGC scientists in citation ranking 2020

Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle, Susan Trumbore, Martin Jung and Jens Kattge again honored. more

Award ceremony: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes 2020, prize winner Markus Reichstein

Prof. Markus Reichstein, was honored with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in December 2019. With the research prize, which is the most highly endowed in Germany with 2.5 million euros, the DFG recognizes the geoecologist for his scientific achievements in data-driven research on the interactions between climate and the biosphere. more

ERC Synergy Grant for permafrost research

Mathias Göckede and Martin Heimann together with cooperation partners receive a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant for climate-relevant permafrost research. Their successfully evaluated project "Quantify disturbance impacts on feedbacks between Arctic permafrost and global climate - Q-ARCTIC" will be funded with a total of €10 million over 6 years. more

"To leave the forest alone is naive"

Henrik Hartmann, head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, explores the question of how forests must change if they are to survive as climate change progresses. We spoke with him about the state and future of the forest, and how science and politics can support forest transformation. more

Land management in forest and grasslands

High intensity in agriculture and forestry undermines biodiversity and the benefits humans can derive from ecosystems. An international study with the participation of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry shows for the first time how the intensity of land use influences the interactions between biodiversity, and ecosystem functions and services for humans. more

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