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Research flights over Canada analyze greenhouse gases

In August and September 2022, the HALO research aircraft is on mission over Canada. Also on board is Dr. habil. Christoph Gerbig, group leader at the MPI for Biogeochemistry. Together with researchers from DLR, the University of Bremen and LMU Munich, the scientists want to find out more about the natural and anthropogenic sources and sinks of methane and carbon dioxide. The CoMet 2.0 Arctic mission will also test new instruments for measuring greenhouse gases. more

Rising CO<sub>2</sub> first impacts ecosystem productivity before hitting the water cycle

A new study reveals that surprisingly small increases in atmospheric CO2 lead to detectable effects on ecosystem functioning. Using simulations of the land surface model developed at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, an international team of scientists finds that enhanced CO2 first affects entities of the carbon cycle such as vegetation productivity and the extension of leaf area. more

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. more

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. more

25 years of Max Planck research celebrated twice

25 years ago, the two Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry and for Chemical Ecology were founded in Jena. A few years later, they moved into their two newly constructed institute buildings on Beutenberg Campus as immediate neighbors. On June 1, 2022, they will celebrate their anniversary in a joint ceremony with renowned guests from science and politics, scientific partners, as well as former and current employees. more

When microbes fight over food

Microorganisms decompose falling leaves, thus improving soil quality and counteracting climate change. But how do these single-celled organisms coordinate their distribution of tasks? An international research team has investigated this hitherto poorly understood process. more

Breakthrough in estimating fossil fuel CO<sub>2</sub> emissions

Scientists have succeeded in detecting changes in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels much faster than before. Using a new method, they combined atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2). This allowed them to distinguish between natural CO2 emissions from the land surface and those from fossil fuels. more

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