» Biodiversity Experiments
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2017 - 2020 (fifth phase)
core project 8 - Microorganisms
"Soil fungal diversity and community composition of grassland and forest ecosystems along land-use gradients in three German Biodiversity Explanatories"
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MicroSYSteM II (contributing project)
"Microbial Data Synthesis and Meta-analysis for the Biodiversity Exploratories"
BLD-FFD-HZG II (contributing project)
"BELongDead - Fungal Functional Diversity - Halle/Zittau/Grafenau (BLD-FFD-HZG). Fungal and bacterial structural diversity and the expression and diversity of wood decay relevant genes in coarse woody debris"Contact:
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Funding: BiodivERsA | Project term: 2017 - 2019
BiodivERsA - the network programming and funding research on biodiversity and ecosystem services across European countries and territories. It is an ERA-NET Co-fund, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
European Joint Call 2015-2016 – funded project:
SoilForEurope - Predicting European forest soil biodiversity and its functioning under ongoing climate change
"Determination of soil microbial communities and their ecosystem functions according to tree species richness in different types of European forests."
Platforms: and two sites
» Oak – an important forest tree: physiology, traits, biotic/abiotic interactions, adaption under a changing environment
Funding: iDiv – Flexpool (DFG) | Project term: 2017 - 2019
“How trees adapt to changing abiotic and biotic pressure during their long life? Using the endogenous rhythmic growth trait of oak trees to disentangle interplays between morphological, genetic and defence-metabolic plasticity.”Contact:
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Funding: DAAD | Project term: 2017 - 2019
Project in frame of a doctoral scholarship
“Molecular characterization of the microbiome associated to roots of a clonal oak tree used as an indicator system (a phytometer) across different field sites in central Germany and in Europe”Contact: , , ,
» GCEF – Global Change Experimental Facility: exploring ecosystem processes under climate and land use-specific changes
Funding: DBU (20015/391 | Project term: 2016 - 2019
Project in frame of the DBU Doctoral Scholarship Programme
"Increasing the stress resistance of agricultural ecosystems through plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) using winter wheat (Triticum L.) production as a case study."Contact: , ,
Funding: Ministry of Higher Education Egypt | Project term: 2017 - 2021
"Environmental drivers of soil and plant microbiomes in agricultural and grassland ecosystems."
» Biological Data / Bioinformatics
Funding: iDiv (DFG) | Project term: 2017 - 2020
Joint project at UFZ/Soil ecology and iDiv/Bioinformatics Unit (BIU)
“Developing and adaption of bioinformatics analysis pipelines for metagenome and metatranscriptome data of highly diverse (micro)organisms communities. Performing bioinformatics and multivariate statistics. Providing guidance and training.”Contact: ,
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2013 - 2015 (GFBio), 2015 - 2018 (GFBio II)
GFBio – a sustainable, service oriented, national data infrastructure facilitating data sharing for biological and environmental research
» Further Projects
DFG Priority Program 2089 “Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organization – a Key to Rhizosphere Functions”
Funding: DFG (TA 290/5-1) | Project term: 2018 - 2021 (first phase)
The Rhizosphere Priority Program aims at the identification of patterns in space and time in the volume of the soil affected by living roots, the rhizosphere. Its major goal is the explanation of the mechanisms behind and feedback processes between the soil, soil microorganisms and the plants during rhizosphere establishment. The overall hypothesis of the Priority Program is that resilience emerges from self-organized spatiotemporal pattern formation in the rhizosphere.
contributing project P8 - Rootgenes
“Spatial and temporal analysis of maize root gene expression patterns as a tool to elucidate how the maize interacts with rhizosphere microbiome”