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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.


Root growth of plants follows economic principles
July 03, 2020
International research group describes how growth strategies of plant roots depend on the interaction with fungi. more

Interactions between land ecosystems, atmosphere, and climate
June 11, 2020
New director Dr. Sönke Zaehle and his new department are investigating the interactions of biogeochemical cycles between land and atmosphere in the context of climate change. more

Drought 2018: Warm springtime’s unwelcome legacy
June 10, 2020
A hot spring also affects the vegetation in summer. There are differences between the various ecosystems. more

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Recent Publications

SIFT-MS optimization for atmospheric trace gas measurements at varying humidity
Lehnert, A.-S., Behrendt, T., Ruecker, A., Pohnert, G., Trumbore, S. E. (2020) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 13, 3507-3520. doi:10.5194/amt-13-3507-2020

Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features
Penone, C., Allan, E., Soliveres, S., Felipe-Lucia, M. R., Gossner, M. M., Seibold, S., Simons, N. K., Schall, P., van der Plas, F., Manning, P., Manzanedo, R. D., Boch, S., Prati, D., Ammer, C., Bauhus, J. €. u., Buscot, F., Ehbrecht, M., Goldmann, K., Jung, K., Müller, J., Müller, J. C., Pena, R., Polle, A., Renner, S. C., Ruess, L., Schöning, I., Schrumpf, M., Solly, E., Tschapka, M., Weisser, W. W., Wubet, T., Fischer, M. (2019) Ecology Letters. 22, 170-180. doi:10.1111/ele.13182

Soil sampling and preparation for monitoring soil carbon
Arrouays, D., Saby, N. P., Boukir, H., Jolivet, C., Ratié, C., Schrumpf, M., Merbold, L., Gielen, B., Gogo, S., Delpierre, N., Vincent, G., Klumpp, K., Loustau, D. (2018) International Agrophysics. 32, 633-643. doi:10.1515/intag-2017-0047

Temperature response of permafrost soil carbon is attenuated by mineral protection
Gentsch, N., Wild, B., Mikutta, R., Capek, P., Diáková, K., Schrumpf, M., Turner, S., Minnich, C., Schaarschmidt, F., Shibistova, O., Schnecker, J., Urich, T., Gittel, A., Šantrucková, H., Bárta, J., Lashchinskiy, N., Fuß, R., Richter, A., Guggenberger, G. (2018) Global Change Biology. 24, 3401-3415. doi:10.1111/gcb.14316

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

Research Groups

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

Video and Audio

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

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Future Events

MINT-Festival - postponed to 2021
September 15 - September 17, 2020

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July 16, 2020
2:00 pm
Alon Angert
Hebrew University
Constraining carbonyl sulfide sources by isotopes, to improve global GPP estimates

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