Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Focus on the Earth

We study how living organisms - including humans - exchange basic substances such as water, carbon, nitrogen as well as energy with their environment. We want to better understand how this exchange and global climate and environmental change influence each other.

Current News

Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture
Global vegetation and associated ecosystem services critically depend on soil moisture availability which has decreased in many regions during the last three decades.

Ecosystems get increasingly thirsty due to climate change
A new study shows that future ecosystem functioning will increasingly depend on water availability. Using recent simulations from climate models, an international team of scientists found several “hot spot regions” where increasing water limitation strongly affects ecosystems. These include Central Europe, the Amazon, and western Russia.

Life in the earth’s interior as productive as in some ocean waters
Microorganisms in aquifers deep below the earth’s surface produce similar amounts of biomass as those in some marine waters. Applying a unique, ultra-sensitive measurement method using radioactive carbon, researchers were able to demonstrate for the first time that these biotic communities in absolute darkness do not depend on sunlight.


Scientific events

HK2023 - Climate crisis and systemic risks: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Jun 21, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Public events

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Jena 2022

Nov 25, 2022 06:00 PM - 11:55 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie

Seminars & colloquia

Seminar: Sommerpause bis 1. September

Jul 14, 2022 - Sep 1, 2022
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Kolloquium: Sommerpause bis 1. September

Jul 21, 2022 - Sep 1, 2022
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Knauer, J.; Cuntz, M.; Evans, J. R.; Niinemets, Ü.; Tosens, T.; Veromann-Jürgenson, L.-L.; Werner, C.; Zaehle, S.: Contrasting anatomical and biochemical controls on mesophyll conductance across plant functional types. New Phytologist (2022)
Park , C.; El-Madany, T. S.; Lee, S.: Environmental factors contributing to variations in CO2 flux over a barley–rice double-cropping paddy field in the Korean Peninsula. International Journal of Biometeorology (2022)
Simon, C.; Dührkop, K.; Petras, D.; Roth, V.-N.; Böcker, S.; Dorrestein, P. C.; Gleixner, G.: Mass difference matching unfolds hidden molecular structures of dissolved organic matter. Environmental Science & Technology 56 (15), pp. 11027 - 11040 (2022)
Sarquis, A.; Siebenhart, I. A.; Austin, A. T.; Sierra, C. A.: Aridec: an open database of litter mass loss from aridlands worldwide with recommendations on suitable model applications. Earth System Science Data 14 (7), pp. 3471 - 3488 (2022)
Mehrabi, Z.; Delzeit, R.; Ignaciuk, A.; Levers, C.; Braich, G.; Bajaj, K.; Amo-Aidoo, A.; Anderson, W.; Balgah, R. A.; Benton, T. G. et al.; Chari, M. M.; Ellis, E. C.; Gahi, N. Z.; Gaupp, F.; Garibaldi, L. A.; Gerber, J. S.; Godde, C. M.; Grass, I.; Heimann, T.; Hirons, M.; Hoogenboom, G.; Jain, M.; James, D.; Makowski, D.; Masamha, B.; Meng, S.; Monprapussorn, S.; Müller, D.; Nelson, A.; Newlands, N. K.; Noack, F.; Oronje, M.; Raymond, C.; Reichstein, M.; Rieseberg, L. H.; Rodriguez-Llanes, J. M.; Rosenstock, T.; Rowhani, P.; Sarhadi, A.; Seppelt, R.; Sidhu, B. S.; Snapp, S.; Soma, T.; Sparks, A. H.; Teh, L.; Tigchelaar, M.; Vogel, M. M.; West, P. C.; Wittman, H.; You, L.: Research priorities for global food security under extreme events. One Earth 5 (7), pp. 756 - 766 (2022)
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