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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.


Climate and soil determine the distribution of plant traits
December 23, 2021
Analysis of global plant traits reveals that characteristics such as plant size, structure, and life span are strongly determined by climate and soil properties. more

The diversity of plants’ water use strategies makes forests resilient to extreme drought
December 16, 2021
Large tracer experiment in experimental forest on drought-stressed plants shows different adaptation strategies and complex interactions to uphold stability. more

Joining forces for science: JenaVersum network founded
November 25, 2021
The MPI-BGC is a partner in the newly founded local network JenaVersum. more

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Recent Publications

Reconciling the carbon balance of northern Sweden through integration of observations and modelling
Sathyanadh, A., Monteil, G., Scholze, M., Klosterhalfen, A., Laudon, H., Wu, Z., Gerbig, C., Peters, W., Bastrikov, V., Nilsson, M. B., Peichl, M. (2021) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 126, e2021JD035185. doi:10.1029/2021JD035185

Vegetation characteristics control local sediment and nutrient retention on but not underneath vegetation in floodplain meadows
Kretz, L., Bondar-Kunze, E., Hein, T., Richter, R., Schulz-Zunkel, C., Seele-Dilbat, C., van der Plas, F., Vieweg, M., Wirth, C. (2021) PLoS One. 16, e0252694. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0252694

Canopy height affects the allocation of photosynthetic carbon and nitrogen in two deciduous tree species under elevated CO2
Byeon, S., Song, W., Park, M., Kim, S., Kim, S., Lee, H. T., Jeon, J., Kim, K., Lee, M., Lim, H., Han, S.-H., Oh, C., Kim, H. S. (2022) Journal of Plant Physiology. 268, 153584. doi:10.1016/j.jplph.2021.153584

Vertically divergent responses of SOC decomposition to soil moisture in a changing climate
Pallandt, M., Ahrens, B., Koirala, S., Lange, H., Reichstein, M., Schrumpf, M., Zaehle, S. (in press) Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1029/2021JG006684

A mosaic of induced and non-induced branches promotes variation in leaf traits, predation and insect herbivore assemblages in canopy trees
Volf, M., Volfová, T., Seifert, C. L., Ludwig, A., Engelmann, R. A., Jorge, L. R., Richter, R., Schedl, A., Weinhold, A., Wirth, C., van Dam, N. M. (2021) Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.13943

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Departments (quick links)

Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups (quick links)

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Biogeochemical Systems (Heimann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Extreme Events (Groucutt)

Video and Audio

The Flora Incognita Project (youtube video)
The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

EEBIOMASS Summer School
May 30 - June 01, 2022

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Seminars and Colloquia

January 20, 2022
11:30 am BGC Colloquium
Matthias Mauder
TU Dresden
How well can we quantify evapotranspiration?

January 20, 2022
2:00 pm BGC Colloquium
Jiquan Chen
(Michigan State University)
Albedo-induced global warming potentials of global ecosystems (GWPalpha): Did IPCC underestimate this term?

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