Projects. Graphic: Regina Stoltenburg/UFZ

Current Research Projects

» Biodiversity Experiments

Funding: DFG | Project term: 2020 - 2023 (sixth phase)
Web: Biodiversity Exploratories   Biodiversity Exploratories


Funding: DFG | Project term: 2020 - 2023  The Jena Experiment
Web: The Jena Experiment  

Biotic interactions, community assembly, and eco-evolutionary dynamics as drivers of long-term biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships

» Oak – an important forest tree: physiology, traits, biotic/abiotic interactions, adaption under a changing environment

Funding: ERC H2020-MSCA-IF | Project term: 2019 - 2021 

» GCEF – Global Change Experimental Facility: exploring ecosystem processes under climate and land use-specific changes

Funding: Ministry of Higher Education Egypt | Project term: 2017 - 2021 Ministry of Higher Education Egypt
Web: Ministry of Higher Education

» Biological Data / Bioinformatics

Funding: iDiv (DFG) | Project term: 2017 - 2021, 2021 - 2024 Logo-iDiv
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  • Joint project at UFZ/Soil ecology and iDiv

    “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: Prof. Dr. François Buscot

Funding: iDiv / FlexPool (DFG) | Project term: 2020 - 2021 (phase I) Logo-iDiv
                                                                          2021 - 2022 (phase II)


» Further Projects

Funding: DFG (TA 290/5-1) | Project term: 2018 - 2021 (first phase)
                                                                    2022 - 2025 (second phase)
Web: SPP - Rhizosphere  

Biodiversity Exploratories 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 - Root Genes

    “Spatial and temporal analysis of maize root gene expression patterns as a tool to elucidate how the maize interacts with rhizosphere microbiome”

    Contact:  Minh Ganther (first project phase), Dr. Mika Tarkka