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We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.


Similar characteristics found in both domesticated and wild species
October 22, 2018
More than 1000 domesticated species of livestock and crops have been analysed for their biological traits and evolutionary placement. more

BGC is part of new excellence cluster granted to FSU Jena
September 28, 2018
In yesterdays decision of the international commission in Bonn, the project "Balance of the Microverse" from FSU Jena, with participation of MPI-BGC, was granted status as excellence cluster. more

New plants on the block: Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic
September 26, 2018
In the tundra, increasingly higher-growing plant communities are spreading, a development attributed to climate change. more

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Recent Publications

Soil properties determine how Lasius flavus impact on topsoil organic matter and nutrient distribution in central Germany
Ehrle, A., Potthast, K., Tischer, A., Trumbore, S. E., Michalzik, B. (2018) Applied Soil Ecology. 133, 166-176. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.08.021.

Using research networks to create the comprehensive datasets needed to assess nutrient availability as a key determinant of terrestrial carbon cycling
Vicca, S., Stocker, B. D., Reed, S., Wieder, W. R., Bahn, M., Fay, P. A., Janssens, I. A., Lambers, H., Peñuelas, J., Piao, S., Rebel, K. T., Sardans, J., Sigurdsson, B. D., Sundert, K. V., Wang, Y.-P., Zaehle, S., Ciais, P. (in press) Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaeae7.

Using NO2 satellite observations to support satellite-based CO2 emission estimates of cities and power plants
Kuhlmann, G., Clément, V., Fuhrer, O., Marshall, J., Broquet, G., Meijer, Y., Löscher, A., Brunner, D. (in press) Light, Energy and the Environment. doi:10.1364/HISE.2018.HW3C.3.

Standardized protocols and procedures can precisely and accurately quantify non-structural carbohydrates
Landhäusser, S. M., Chow, P. S., Dickman, L. T., Furze, M. E., Kuhlman, I., Schmid, S., Wiesenbauer, J., Wild, B., Gleixner, G., Hartmann, H., Hoch, G., McDowell, N. G., Richardson, A. D., Richter, A., Adams, H. D. (2018) Tree Physiology. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpy118.

Repeated summer drought delays sugar export from the leaf and impairs phloem transport in mature beech
Hesse, B. D., Goisser, M., Hartmann, H., Grams, T. E. E. (2018) Tree Physiology.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

SIRS Project Meeting
December 05 - December 06, 2018

Events archive


November 22, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Markus Mueller
(Trumbore department)
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Milan Flach
(Reichstein department)
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November 29, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Nuno Carvalhais
(Reichstein department)
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Thomas Behrendt
(Trumbore department)
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