Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Focus on the Earth

Our research is dedicated to the study of global biogeochemical cycles describing the interactions between the biosphere, the atmosphere, the geosphere and the entire climate system. We aim to better understand how living organisms - including humans - exchange basic resources such as water, carbon, nutrients, and energy with their environment and how this affects ecosystems and climate at regional to global scales. 


Free educational materials on current Amazon research
With "Mission ATTO", the research project ATTO sends German students from grade 8 onwards on a fictional research trip to the Brazilian rainforest.
“Live Fast, Die Young”: Agriculture is Transforming Entire Ecosystems
According to a new study, communities of organisms adapt collectively to grassland use.
Professor Christian Wirth in the Botanical Garden of University Leipzig
We have gained a new external member: Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth has been appointed by the Senate of the Max Planck Society as External Scientific Member.  As a former group leader and later fellow at the institute, Prof. Wirth initiated and supported the development of the TRY database, the world's largest collection on plant traits. 


Scientific events

Colombia PeatSense Congress: Exploring Wetland Ecology and Carbon Cycles through Earth Observation

Mar 19, 2024 - Mar 22, 2024
National University of Colombia in Bogotá, Biology Department

ICLR 2024 Workshop on AI4DifferentialEquations in Science

May 11, 2024
Vienna, Austria and Online

Public events

Hoch hinaus für die Klimaforschung im Amazonas-Regenwald

Vortrag von Iris Möbius
Apr 11, 2024 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Gaststätte Distelschänke, Room: Vereinsraum

Forsche Schüler

Apr 25, 2024 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie

Hoch hinaus für die Klimaforschung im Amazonas-Regenwald

Nov 6, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Uni Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3, Room: Seminarraum 308

Seminars & colloquia

Colloquium: Caroline Farrior

Mar 11, 2024 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Lecture Hall (C0.001)

Seminar: Antje Uhde

Estimating the regional below-ground C stock in the eastern Colombian lowlands' peatlands
Mar 14, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Wang, G.; Wang, M.; Xiao, L.; Sierra, C.; Chang, J.; Shi, Z.; Luo, Z.: Fast transit of carbon inputs in global soil profiles regardless of entering depth. Earth's Future 12 (2), e2023EF003982 (2024)
Duveiller, G.; Pickering, M.; Muñoz-Sabater, J.; Caporaso, L.; Boussetta, S.; Balsamo, G.; Cescatti, A.: Getting the leaves right matters for estimating temperature extremes. Geoscientific Model Development 16 (24), pp. 7357 - 7373 (2023)
Tao, F.; Lehmann, J.; Wang, Y.-P.; Jiang, L.; Ahrens, B.; Viatkin, K.; Manzoni, S.; Houlton, B. Z.; Huang, Y.; Huang, X. et al.; Luo, Y.: Reply to: Beyond microbial carbon use efficiency. National Science Review (accepted)
Damasceno, A. R.; Garcia, S.; Aleixo, I. F.; Menezes, J. C. G.; Pereira, I. S.; Kauwe, M. G. D.; Ferrer, V. R.; Fleischer, K.; Grams, T. E. E.; Guedes, A. V. et al.; Hartley, I. P.; Kruijt, B.; Lugli, L. F.; Martins, N. P.; Norby, R. J.; Pires-Santos, J. S.; Portela, B. T. T.; Rammig, A.; de Oliveira, L. R.; Santana, F. D.; Santos, Y. R.; de Souza, C. C. S.; Ushida, G.; Lapola, D. M.; Quesada, C. A. N.; Domingues, T. F.: In situ short‐term responses of Amazonian understory plants to elevated CO2 CO2. Plant, Cell and Environment (2024)
Notholt, J.; Schmithüsen, H.; Buschmann, M.; Kleidon, A.: Infrared radiative effects of increasing CO2 and CH4 on the atmosphere in Antarctica compared to the Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters 51 (2), e2023GL105600 (2024)
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