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Exploring the Earth System

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.


Plant identification increased tenfold with Flora Incognita App in March
April 06, 2020
The Flora Incognita app for automatic plant identification is currently in intensive use. more

TRY has released more than a billion trait records
March 09, 2020
In a recent publication the success and achievements of the plant trait database TRY, hosted at MPI-BGC, are accredited. more

Biodiversity increases the efficiency of energy use in grasslands
March 05, 2020
Our scientists Gerd Gleixner and Markus Lange participated in a recent biodiversity study of the "Jena Experiment", published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. more

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Recent Publications

Sources of uncertainty in regional and global terrestrial CO2 exchange estimates
Bastos, A., O'Sullivan, M., Ciais, P., Makowski, D., Sitch, S., Friedlingstein, P., Chevallier, F., Rödenbeck, C., Pongratz, J., Luijkx, I. T., Patra, P. K., Peylin, P., Canadell, J. G., Lauerwald, R., Li, W., Smith, N. E., Peters, W., Goll, D. S., Jain, A., Kato, E., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D. L., Haverd, V., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Poulter, B., Tian, H., Walker, A. P., Zaehle, S. (2020) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 34, e2019GB006393. doi:10.1029/2019GB006393.

Reconstruction of the Late Holocene climate and environmental history from North Bolgoda Lake, Sri Lanka, using lipid biomarkers and pollen records
Gayantha, K., Routh, J., Anupama, K., Lazar, J., Prasad, S., Chandrajith, R., Roberts, P., Gleixner, G. (2020) Journal of Quaternary Science. doi:10.1002/jqs.3196.

Assessing impacts of plant stoichiometric traits on terrestrial ecosystem carbon accumulation using the E3SM land model
Zhu, Q., Riley, W. J., Iversen, C. M., Kattge, J. (in press) Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. doi:10.1029/2019MS001841.

Production of constitutive and induced secondary metabolites is coordinated with growth and storage in Norway spruce saplings
Huang, J., Rücker, A., Schmidt, A., Gleixner, G., Gershenzon, J., Trumbore, S. E., Hartmann, H. (in press) 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

September 15 - September 17, 2020

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April 20, 2020

Corona break
(for BGC seminars and colloquia)
currently scheduled until April 20

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