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Kiefern/Eichen Mischkultur Freilandexperiment Kreinitz
Plant Ecophysiology

Head: Dr. Horst Schulz
phone: ++49-(0)345-5585-417
fax: ++49-(0)345-5585-449

UFZ, Department of Soil Ecology
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4
06120 Halle/Saale

Plant Ecophysiology

The research topic in our group is to study the effects of plant functional diversity on ecosystem functioning. Analyses of functional traits, including species interaction (competition or synergy), and its implications for ecosystem functioning (nitrogen cycling, net primary production) will help to understand the underlying mechanisms and to assess the causal relationships. Our research activities therefore focus on the following objectives:

- To analyse the potential for complementarity in nitrogen acquisition and utilization among plant species which differ in functional attributes such as growth rate or life-form;

- To test the hypothesis: Species diversity affects positively nitrogen acquisition and utilization through a stimulation of nitrogen mineralization and a better use of the belowground resources.

The results should be used to provide recommendations for an efficient ecosystem management.

Group members
Expertise, Techniques & Activities
Major accomplishments

 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