Dr. Ines Merbach


Dr. Ines Merbach
Senior Scientist

Department Community Ecology
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Experimental Station Bad Lauchstädt
Hallesche Straße 44
06246 Bad Lauchstädt

Phone: 0345 558 5393
Fax: 0341 235 45 5393

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CV / Scientific Career

1979 - 1984

Study of agriculture/plant production, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, Diploma degree in agriculture

1984 - 1987

PhD student, Institut of crop rotation and weed control, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, PhD thesis: Studies of the effects of splitted herbicide doses on Equisetum arvense L. and Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop.

Occupational activities

1987 - 1991

Scientist at the Research Centre of Soil Fertility Müncheberg, Part Bad Lauchstädt

1992 - 2001

Research Scientist, Department of Soil Research, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

2002 - 2012

since 2012

Head of the Experimental Station Bad Lauchstädt

Technical Coordinator of the Experimental Station Bad Lauchstädt

Research interests

  • C/N dynamic in long term experiments
  • Atmospheric nitrogen input
  • C/N dynamic of ruderal communities with special consideration of their litter


Pinggera, J., Geisseler, D., Merbach, I., Joergensen, R.G., Ludwig, B., (2015): Effect of substrate quality on the N uptake routes of soil microorganisms in an incubation experiment. Eur. J. Soil Biol. 69, 17 - 23

Schröder, B., Steiner, N., Merbach, I., Schädler, M., Filser, J., (2015): Collembolan reproduction in soils from a long-term fertilisation experiment opposes the Growth Rate Hypothesis. Eur. J. Soil Biol. 68, 56 - 60

Lausch, A., Salbach, C., Schmidt, A., Doktor, D., Merbach, I., Pause, M., (2015): Deriving phenology of barley with imaging hyperspectral remote sensing. Ecol. Model. 295, 123 – 135

Brosinsky, A., Lausch, A., Doktor, D., Salbach, C., Merbach, I., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Pause, M., (2014): Analysis of spectral vegetation signal characteristics as a function of soil moisture conditions using hyperspectral remote sensing. J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 42 (2), 311 - 324

Fester, T., Merbach, I., Schulz, E., Härtig, C., (2014): Metabolic response of Medicago sativa to severe nutrient imbalances and disturbances under field conditions. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 177 (2), 245 – 259

Lausch, A., Pause, M., Schmidt, A., Salbach, C., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Merbach, I., (2013): Temporal hyperspectral monitoring of chlorophyll, LAI and water content of barley during a growing season. Can. J. Remote Sens. 39 (3), 191 - 207

Lausch, A., Pause, M., Merbach, I., Zacharias, S., Doktor, D., Volk, M., Seppelt, R., (2013): A new multiscale approach for monitoring vegetation using remote sensing-based indicators in laboratory, field, and landscape. Environ. Monit. Assess. 185 (2), 1215 - 1235

Müller, K., Daus, B., Mattusch, J., Vetterlein, D., Merbach, I., Wennrich, R., (2013): Impact of arsenic on uptake and bio-accumulation of antimony by arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. Environ. Pollut. 174, 128 - 133

Körschens, M., Albert, E., Armbruster, M., Barkusky, D., Baumecker, M., Behle-Schalk, L., Bischoff, R., Čergan, Z., Ellmer, FF., Herbst, F., Hoffmann, S., Hofmann, B., Kismanyoky, T., Kubat, J., Kunzova, E., Lopez-Fando, C., Merbach, I., Merbach, W., Pardor, M.T., Rogasik, J., Rühlmann, J., Spiegel, H., Schulz, E., Tajnsek, A., Toth, Z., Wegener, H., Zorn, W., (2013): Effect of mineral and organic fertilization on crop yield, nitrogen uptake, carbon and nitrogen balances, as well as soil organic carbon content and dynamics: results from 20 European long-term field experiments of the twenty-first century. Arch. Agron. Soil Sci. 59 (8), 1017 - 1040

Merbach, I., Schulz, E., (2013): Long-term fertilization effects on crop yields, soil fertility and sustainability in the Static Fertilization Experiment Bad Lauchstädt under climatic conditions 2001–2010. Arch. Agron. Soil Sci. 59 (8), 1041 – 1057

Vendelboe, A.L., Schjønning, P., Moldrup, P., Jin, Y., Merbach, I., de Jonge, L.W., (2012): Colloid release from differently managed loess soil. Soil Sci. 177 (5), 301 - 309

Lausch, A., Pause, M., Merbach, I., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Schulz, K., Zacharias, S., Seppelt, R., (2012): Scale-specific hyperspectral remote sensing approach in environmental research. Photogramm. Fernerkund. Geoinf. 2012/5, 589 – 601

Fraser, R.A., Bogaard, A., Heaton, T., Charles, M., Jones, G., Christensen, B.T., Halstead, P., Merbach, I., Poulton, P.R., Sparkes, D., Styring, A.K., (2011): Manuring and stable nitrogen isotope ratios in cereals and pulses: towards a new archaeobotanical approach to the inference of land use and dietary practices. J. Archaeol. Sci. 38 (10), 2790 - 2804

Götze, C., Jung, A., Merbach, I., Wennrich, R., Gläser, C., (2010): Spectrometric analyses in comparison to the physiological condition of heavy metal stressed floodplain vegetation in a standardised experiment. Central European Journal of Geosciences 2 (2), 132 - 137

Angelstein, S., Wolfram, C., Rahn, K., Kiwel, U., Frimel, S., Merbach, I., Schubert, H., (2009): The influence of different sediment nutrient contents on growth and competition of Elodea nuttallii and Myriophyllum spicatum in nutrient-poor waters. Fundam. Appl. Limnol. 175 (1), 49 - 57

Werban, U., Kuka, K., Merbach, I., (2009): Correlation of electrical resistivity, electrical conductivity and soil parameters at a long term fertilisation experiment. Near Surf. Geophys. 7 (1), 5 - 14

Post, J., Krysanova, V., Suckow, F., Mirschel, W., Rogasik, J., Merbach, I., (2007): Integrated eco-hydrological modelling of soil organic matter dynamics for the assessment of environmental change impacts in meso- to macro-scale river basins. Ecol. Model. 206 (1-2), 93 - 109

Bogaard, A., Heaton, T.H.E., Poulton, P., Merbach, I., (2007): The impact of manuring on nitrogen isotope ratios in cereals: archaeological implications for reconstruction of diet and crop management practices. J. Archaeol. Sci. 34 (3), 335 - 343

Ludwig, B., Schulz, E., Rethemeyer, J., Merbach, I., Flessa, H., (2007): Predictive modelling of C dynamics in the long-term fertilization experiment at Bad Lauchstädt with the Rothamsted Carbon Model. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 58 (5), 1155 - 1163

Franko, U., Puhlmann, M., Kuka, K., Böhme, F., Merbach, I., (2007): Dynamics of water, carbon and nitrogen in an agricultural used Chernozem soil in Central Germany. In: Kersebaum, K.C., Hecker, H.-J., Mirschel, W., Wegehenkel, M., (eds.). Modelling water and nutrient dynamics in soil-crop systems, Springer, Dordrecht, p. 245 - 258

Altermann, M., Rinklebe, J., Merbach, I., Körschens, M., Langer, U., Hofmann, B., (2005): Chernozem - Soil of the year 2005. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 168 (6), 725 – 740

Böhme, F., Merbach, I., Weigel, A., Russow, R., (2003): Effect of crop type and crop growth on atmospheric nitrogen deposition. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 166 (5), 601 - 605

Merbach, I., Körschens, M., (2002): Der Statische Düngungsversuch zu Beginn und Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts. Arch. Acker- Pflanzenbau Bodenkd. 48 (5), 413 - 422

Körschens, M., Merbach, I., Schulz, E., (2002): 100 Jahre Statischer Düngungsversuch Bad Lauchstädt, UFZ Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Leipzig, 63 pp.

Merbach, I., Körschens, M., (2002): Der Statische Düngungsversuch zu Beginn und Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts. Archiv für Acker- und Pflanzenbau und Bodenkunde 48, 413-422.

Merbach, I., (2000): Stickstoffaufnahme und -freisetzung durch Ruderalzönosen auf Dauerbrachen im Mitteldeutschen Trockengebiet. Arch. Acker- Pflanzenbau Bodenkd. 45 (5), 417 - 430

Merbach, I., (2000): Nitrogen-15-dynamic of Atriplex nitens. Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 36 (4), 361

Merbach, I., (1997): Uptake of weed-borne 15N by maize in field experiments. Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 33, 45-52.

Merbach, I., Keplin, B., (1996): Vorkommen und Bedeutung von Lumbriciden in Lysimetern. Arch. Agron. Soil Sci. 40 (6), 503 - 513

Merbach, I., (1996): Course of uptake of weed borne nitrogen by maize, tested with 15N. Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 32, 167-172.

Merbach, I., (1995): Nitrogen-15 leaching under temporarily weedy maize. Isotopes Environ. Health Stud. 31, 339-344.