SOM Group

Soils represent complex systems of relative high stability being capable for environmental features (filter, purge, transformation, decontamination and attenuation). Due to the very slowly running biogeochemical processes soil buffers negative impacts up to a certain extent. Only when reaching or exceeding trigger values the system becomes unstable and it takes likewise long time periods for remediation. Soil organic matter (SOM) represents a key controlling factor for almost all soil functions.

Research focus

- Pools and dynamics of soil organic matter (SOM)

- bridging abiotic and biotic processes of SOM dynamics

 iDiv - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research



Hermann von Helmholtz

Hermann von Helmholtz

Biodiversity Exploratories
Biodiversity Exploratories

Carbon Flow
Carbon flow in belowground food webs assessed by isotope tracers