Main Focus

  • Plant diversity effects on carbon storage and element cycling
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Impacts of soil fauna on plant-microbe interactions


Molecular Fingerprint of Ecosystems (project funded by the Zwillenberg-Tietz Foundation)

Dissolved molecular signals as mediators of biodiversity effects (subproject within The Jena Experiment)

Root Economics Space (project based at Leipzig University and iDiv)


Soil Ecology (Curriculum: Evolution, Ecology and Systematics, University of Jena)

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2018
PI at the research group: The Jena Experiment
Project: Dissolved Molecules

Since 2012
Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biogeochemistry group.
2011 – 2012
Scientific employee at Technische Universität München, Chair for Terrestrial Ecology.

2007 – 2011
PhD at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Project: Biodiversity Exploratories

Diploma in Biology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Key Publications


Lange, M., Eisenhauer, N., Chen, H., Gleixner, G., Increased soil carbon storage through plant diversity strengthens with time and extends into the subsoil. Global Change Biology (accepted).


Mielke, L., Taubert, M., Cesarz, S., Ruess, L., Küsel, K., Gleixner, G., Lange, M., Nematode grazing increases the allocation of plant-derived carbon to soil bacteria and saprophytic fungi, and activates bacterial species of the rhizosphere. Pedobiologia 90, 150787.


Lange, M., Roth, V.-N., Eisenhauer, N., Roscher, C., Dittmar, T., Fischer, C., Macé, O. G., Hildebrandt, A., Milcu, A., Mommer, L., Oram, N. J., Ravenek, J., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Strecker, T., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Gleixner, G. Plant diversity enhances production and downward transport of biodegradable dissolved organic matter. Journal of Ecology, 109(3), 1284-1297.


Roth, V.-N., Lange, M., Simon, C., Hertkorn, N., Bucher, S., Goodall, T., Griffiths, R. I., Mellado-Vázquez, P. G., Mommer, L., Oram, N. J., Weigelt, A., Dittmar, T., Gleixner, G. Persistence of dissolved organic matter explained by molecular changes during its passage through soil. Nature Geoscience, 12(9), 755-761.


Lange, M., Eisenhauer, N., Sierra, C., Bessler, H., Engels, C., Grif fiths, R. I., Mellado-Vázquez, P. G., Malik, A., Roy, J., Scheu, S., Steinbeiss, S., Thomson, B. C., Trumbore, S. E., Gleixner, G. Plant diversity increases soil microbial activity and soil carbon storage. Nature Communications, 6: 6707.

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