Dr. Julia Moll

Kontakt / Adresse

Julia Moll

Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4 | 06120 Halle/Saale


+49 341 6025 4417

Julia Moll

Research interest

  • Microbial communities and their contribution to ecosystem processes
  • Microbial communities related to land use change and management intensities
  • Spatial and temporal distribution of plant-associated microbes
  • Molecular ecology, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Metabarcoding, qPCR
  • Fungal diversity
  • Bacterial diversity
  • Nematode diversity
  • Deadwood decomposition
  • Soils

Deadwood decomposition experiment
Long-term deadwood experiment: BELongDead, fungal fruiting body & wood sampling

Graphical overview
Fungal species from deadwood of Fagus sylvatica
Fungal species from deadwood of Fagus sylvatica

Carbon flow
While the paths of carbon flowing from plant material into and through the soil ecosystem can be conceptualized, the details and quantities are much lesser known. As a part of the research unit “Carbon flow in belowground food webs assessed by isotope tracers” this project focused on the role of fungi in the C cycle.

Curriculum Vitae

Since March 2023

Temporary Position for Principal Investigator (DFG SPP 1374) at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ

August 2018 - February 2023

Postdoc at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ

 July 2017 -  July 2018

Parental leave

October 2016 - June 2017

Scientist - Department for Soil Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

April 2015- September 2016

Method development for Next generation sequencing - at IDT Biologika

October 2014- March 2015

Applications specialist - Life science at Analytik Jena AG

January 2013- October 2014

Parental leave

April 2009- December 2016

PhD Student in the Department for Soil Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Thesis: "Fungi in an arable soil: Resource-related community dynamics, contribution to belowground food web and carbon flow."

October 2008

Diploma thesis at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) with major in ecology and minors in microbiology and zoology. Topic: "Transgenerational immune priming in insects? First experiments with Manduca sexta and the egg parasitoid Trichogramma"
Laboratory workplace: Institute of Biology, Applied Zoology / Animal Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Biology Student at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)


Kipping, L., Jehmlich, N., Moll, J., Noll, M., Gossner, M. M., Van Den Bossche, T., ... & Kellner, H. (2024). Enzymatic machinery of wood-inhabiting fungi that degrade temperate tree species. The ISME journal, 18(1), wrae050.

Roy, F., Ibayev, O., Arnstadt, T., Bässler, C., Borken, W., Groß, C., Hoppe, B., Hossen, S., Kahl, T., Moll, J., Noll, M., Purahong, W., Schreiber, J., Weisser, W.W., Hofrichter, M. & Kellner, H. (2023). Nitrogen addition increases mass loss of gymnosperm but not of angiosperm deadwood without changing microbial communities. Science of The Total Environment, 900, 165868.

Edelmann, P., Weisser, W. W., Ambarlı, D., Bässler, C., Buscot, F., Hofrichter, M., Hoppe, B., Kellner, H., Minnich, C., Moll, J., Persoh, D., Seibold, S., Seilwinder, C., Schulze, E., Wöllauer, S. & Borken, W. (2023). Regional variation in deadwood decay of 13 tree species: Effects of climate, soil and forest structure. Forest Ecology and Management, 541, 121094.

Douanla-Meli, C., & Moll, J. (2023). Bark-inhabiting fungal communities of European chestnut undergo substantial alteration by canker formation following chestnut blight infection. Frontiers in Microbiology, 14, 1052031.

Moll, J., & Hoppe, B. (2022). Evaluation of primers for the detection of deadwood-inhabiting archaea via amplicon sequencing. PeerJ, 10, e14567.

Rieker D, Krah F-S, Gossner MM, Uhl B, Ambarli D, Baber K, Buscot F, Hofrichter M, Hoppe B, Kahl T, Kellner H, Moll J, Purahong W, Seibold S, Weisser WW, Bässler C (2022) Disentangling the importance of space and host for the beta-diversity of beetles, fungi, and bacteria: lessons from a large dead-wood experiment. Biol Conser, 268, 109521.

Kanfra X, Wrede A, Moll J, Heuer H (2022) Nematode–Microbe Complexes in Soils Replanted with Apple. Microorganisms, 10(1), 157

Moll J, Roy F, Bässler C, Heilmann-Clausen J, Hofrichter M, Kellner H, Krabel D, Schmidt JH, Buscot F, Hoppe B (2021) First evidence that nematode communities in deadwood are related to tree species identity and to co-occurring fungi and prokaryotes. Microorganisms, 9(7), 1454. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms-9071454

Moll J, Heinz-Buschart A, Bässler C, Hofrichter M, Kellner H, Buscot F, Hoppe B (2021) Amplicon sequencing-based bipartite network analysis confirms a high degree of specialization and modularity for fungi and prokaryotes in deadwood. mSpehre, 6(1), e00856-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00856-20

Leonhardt S, Hoppe B, Stengel E, Noll L, Moll J, Bässler C, Dahl A, Buscot F, Hofrichter M, Kellner H (2019) Molecular fungal community and its decomposition activity in sapwood and heartwood of 13 temperate European tree species. PLOS ONE 14(2): e0212120. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212120

Moll J, Kellner H, Leonhardt S, Stengel E, Dahl A, Bässler C, Buscot F, Hofrichter M, Hoppe B (2018). "Bacteria inhabiting deadwood of 13 tree species are heterogeneously distributed between sapwood and heartwood." Environ Microbiol. 20.10 (2018): 3744-3756. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14376

Kramer S*, Dibbern D*, Moll J*, Huenninghaus M*, Koller R, Krüger D, Marhan S, Urich T, Wubet T, Bonkowski M, Buscot F, Lueders T, Kandeler E (2016). "Resource partitioning between bacteria, fungi and protists in the detritusphere of an agricultural soil." Front Microbiol 7-1524. * contributed equally to this work.

Moll J, Hoppe B, König S., Wubet T, Buscot F, Krüger D (2016). "Spatial distribution of fungal communities in an arable soil. " PLOS ONE 11(2): e0148130.

Moll J, Goldmann K, Kramer S, Hempel S, Kandeler E, Marhan S, Ruess L, Krüger D, Buscot F (2015). "Resource type and availability regulate fungal communities along arable soil profiles." Microb Ecol 70: 390-399.

Scharroba A, Dibbern D, Hünninghaus M, Kramer S, Moll J, Butenschoen O, Bonkowski M, Buscot F, Kandeler E, Koller R, Krüger D, Lueders T, Scheu S, Ruess L (2012). "Effects of resource availability and quality on the structure of the micro-food web of an arable soil across depth." Soil Biol Biochem 50: 1-11.


Moll J, Bässler C, Buscot F, Hoppe B, Kellner H, Noll M, Goldmann K (2023): Is soil a source for deadwood-inhabiting fungi?. 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dublin, Ireland (Poster).

Goldmann K & Moll J (2019): Dead or alive – trees and their associated microbial communities. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany (GFÖ), Potsdam, Germany (Session chair).

Moll J, Heintz-Buschart A, Hofrichter M, Kellner H, Buscot F, Hoppe B (2019): Deadwood-based fungal and prokaryotic networks are highly modular and specialized. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany (GFÖ), Münster (Talk).

Moll J, Dibbern D, Kramer S, Krüger D, Wubet T, Buscot F (2013). Fungal community structure, distribution and food web members in an arable soil. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany (GFÖ), Potsdam, Germany (Talk).

Moll J, Dibbern D, Kramer S, Buscot F, Krüger D, Lueders T, Marhan S, Kandeler E. (2012): Fungal and bacterial diversity in connection with soil decomposition processes resolved using 13C rRNA-SIP. Mycological Society of America (MSA) Annual Meeting, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. (Talk).

Moll J, Goldmann K, Krüger D, Buscot F (2012): Effects of resource quality and quantity on fungal communities in an agricultural soil. VAAM, Tübingen, Germany (Poster).

Moll J, Goldmann K, Krüger D, Buscot F (2011): Einfluss von Ressourcenqualität und –quantität auf die Gemeinschaft von Bodenpilzen auf einer landwirtschaftlichen Nutzfläche, IHD Mykologisches Kolloqium, Dresden, Germany (Talk).

Moll J, Krüger D, Kramer S, Kandeler E , Buscot F (2011): Temporal and spatial variation of general fungal and arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in a maize field Ecology of Soil Microorganisms, Prague, Czech Republic (Poster).