Completed Research Projects
» Biodiversity Experiments
Funding: DFG | different project phases
core project 9 and 11 - Microorganisms
"Soil fungal diversity and community composition of grassland and forest ecosystems along land-use gradients in three German Biodiversity Explanatories"
Project term: 2014 - 2017 (forth phase)
Contact for core project 9: , , , Dr. Kathrin Patsias, Beatrix Schnabel
Contact for core project 11:Web: , , , , Beatrix Schnabel
MicroSYSteM (contributing project)
"Microbial Data Synthesis and Meta-analysis for the Biodiversity Exploratories"Project term: 2014 - 2017 (forth phase)
BLD-FFD-HZG (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"
Project term: 2014 - 2017 (forth phase)
core project - SOILFUNGI
"Long-term investigation of soil fungi in grasslands and forests; spatio-temporal variations of fungal communities"
Project term: 2011 - 2014
Contact: , , ,
Funwood and Funwood II (contributing projects)
"The effect of forest management intensity on the diversity of wood-decaying fungi and dead wood decomposition"Project term: 2009 - 2013 (Funwood), 2011 - 2014 (Funwood II)
Contact: , Dr. Dirk Krüger, ,
FuPerS (contributing project)
"Fungal perioxidases in soils: functional and taxonomic diversity and enzymatic activities under varying land use regimes in German biodiversity exploratories"Project term: 2008 - 2011
Contact: , Dr. Dirk Krüger, Danuta Kapturska
Funding: DFG | Project term:2014 - 2017
Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1076 “AquaDiva – Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and three non-university research institutes in Jena or Leipzig
BIODIV3 - Towards functional microbial subsurface biodiversity research (contributing project)"Links between surface and subsurface fungal communities along the land use gradients" Contact: , ,
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2014 - 2016 (third phase)
DFG Research Group "The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion conrtol, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems" (FOR 891)
BEF China - a joint Chinese-German-Swiss research project
BEF2ChinaSP7 - Soil microbial and mycorrhizal fungal diversity (contributing project)“Interplay of tree and shrub diversity with diversity and biomass of soil micro-organisms and mycorrhizal fungi in subtropical forests in China“ Contact: , ,
BEFChinaSP13 - Microbial biomass and activity (contributing project)
“Biomass and activity of the soil microbial community as a function of tree and shrub biodiversity, litter diversity, and soil erosion potential in subtropical forests”Contact: , Dr. Jessica Gutknecht,
BEFChina-Phase III (contributing project)
“Rhizosphere and decomposer metagenomes of subtropical forest tree species along tree species diversity and genetic diversity gradients”
Contact: , ,
Funding: DFG | Project term: since 2002
The Jena Experiment - Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
“Diversity and functions of arbuscular mycorrhizal and soil fungi with oxidative potential in grasslands with different levels of plant diversity”Contact:
» Oak – an important forest tree: physiology, traits, biotic/abiotic interactions, adaption under a changing environment
Funding: iDiv – Flexpool (DFG) | Web:
“Oak Clone DF 159 helps to depict the natural history of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis and the answer of the multitrophic interactome on trees to changing field conditions.”
Project term: 2014 - 2016
Contact: , , , Dr. Marie-Lara Bouffaud
“Cross comparing molecular and physiological regulation in ectomycorrhizal interactions of different fungi with oak trees: a way to understand biodiversity emergence in symbioses.”
Project term: 2013
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2010 - 2013 (2018)
RootPatho – EM (contributing project)
"Gene regulation and C and N fluxes during the endogenous rhythmic growth of oaks interacting with mycorrhizal as well as root pathogenic biotrophs"
LeafPatho – MHB (contributing project)
"Physiological and molecular responses of the oak Quercus robur L. to powdery mildew Microsphaera alphitoides and to Mycorrhiza Helper Bacterium Streptomyces AcH 505"Contact:
» Further projects
Funding: BLE / BMEL | Project term: 2013 - 2017
CARBOWERT - Hydrothermal carbonization of materials from the sanitation sector, and the sustainable reuse of their conversion products in terms of the biochar concept
A joint project of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Dept. UBZ, BOOEK, TUCHEM), Deutsches BiomasseForschungsZentrum (DBFZ), TerraNova Energy GmbH, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, and the Institute of Agricultural and Urban Ecological Projects (IAsP) affiliated to Berlin Humboldt University.
"Long-term effects of hydrothermal carbonized biosolids (HTCB) in soils from sewage sludge: effects on soil microbial biomass, potential for carbon sequestration and mitigation of trace gas emissions"
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2008 - 2012 (FunLink I), 2012 - 2016 (FunLink II)
DFG Research Group „Carbon flow on belowground food webs assessed by isotope tracers“ (FOR 918)
FunLink I and FunLink II (contributing project)„Symbiotic and saprobic fungi as link between plant derived carbon and soil food webs”
Contact for FunLink I:, Dr. Dirk Krüger,
Contact for FunLink II: , , Dr. Dirk Krüger,
Funding: Leibniz Gemeinschaft | Project term: 2011 - 2014
Work Package: Impact of Root Exudation on Microbial Community Dynamics
Funding: BMBF (0313285H) | Project term: 2005 - 2010
"Mycorrhizal symbioses of transgenic apple trees with increased fungal resistance"
Funding: DFG | Project term: 2005 - 2009
Cooperation: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Bodenkunde (IFBK); Universität Hohenheim, Institut für Bodenkunde und Standortslehre, Fachgebiet Bodenbiologie
Funding: BMBF | Project tem: 2000 - 2010
DIVA - The relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Grassland Ecosystems
A collaborative research effort of the Friedrich-Schiller-University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry both in Jena, with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Halle and the University of Leipzig.
"Soil carbon as well as soil fungi and mycorrhizal fungi in grassland ecosystems with different diversity"