Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity

Welcome to the Group "Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity"

Functional biodiversity research of plants studies the characteristics and the changes in plant functional traits along environmental gradients as well as the effects of species richness and species identitiy on ecosystem functioning and -services.

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To the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv


To the Botanical Garden Leipzig Botanical Garden aerial view

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International Conference BES Ecology Across Borders: Joint Annual Meeting 2017

05.02.2018

BES, Gfö, NECOV and EEF Joint Annual Meeting: Ecology across borders from 11. to 14. Dec 2017

Hongmei Chen, Claudia Guimaraes-Steinicke and Claas-Thido Pfaff from our AG were in Ghent, Belgium. With them around 1500 ecologists from Europa and USA attended the BES Conference for 4 days sharing very interesting discussions about ecology. Claudia gave an oral presentation about her work named "Temporal changes of biodiversity effects on grassland productivity over two growing seasons using laser scanning. Hongmei presented a poster titled "Effects of Plant Species richness on root dynamics in 13-year-old Experimental Grassland and as Hongmei, Claas also showed his work in the Poster called "Essential Annotation Schema for Ecology (EASE).

ZDF Broadcast Terra X with Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth

07.06.2017

Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth participated at the ZDF Program Terra X about the topic: Forests are the largest freshwater reservoir in the world.

ZDF Terra X - Unsere Wälder (3/3): Im Reich des Wassers

MRD Broadcast with Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth

07.06.2017

On the 22th May 2017, Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth participated in a MDR-Rundfunk broadcast discussion about the economic viability and the conservation of biodiversity in the Thuringian Forest.

MDR Fakt ist! Aus Erfurt

Ecotron Inauguration

29.05.2017

On the 17th of May 2017, our working group attended the official launch of the IDiv Ecotron in Bad Lauchstädt.

The IDiv Ecotron Inauguration 17th May 2017

Module Vegetation Ecology and Plant Geography

29.05.2017

Botanical excursions

Module Vegetation Ecology and Plant Geography

On the 12th of May 2017, PD Dr. Alexandra Weigelt went to Porphyrkuppen region nearby Halle (Salle) with Bachelor and Master students for a Botanical excursion.
The students could observe the flowering peak of some plant species such as Orchis morio a native of western Eurasia orchid species and Adonis vernalis found in dry meadows and steppes along Europe.

Botanical excursions

29.05.2017

Botanical excursions

Module Vegetation Ecology and Plant Geography

On the 19th of May 2017, PD Dr. Alexandra Weigelt and Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth went to Pennickental in Jena with Bachelor and Master students for a Botanical excursion.
During the day, the students learnt about different plant species description and effects of habitat on plant performance such as soil conditions.

International Conference on Forests

17.05.2017

2017

Conferences

2nd International Conference on Forests from 26. to 29. April 2017

Bettina Ohse from our working group participated in the conference in the middle of the Bavarian Forest National park. Researchers from all over Europe and the US met for 4 days to exchange and discuss their latest findings from forest research. Bettina presented in a talk her work on the effect of tree sapling diversity on browsing intensity of deer.

AG Retreat

14.03.2017

AG Retreat March 2017

From 20.3. to 24.3.2017 our working group will be in a retreat in Kohren-Sahlis. In this week, our group will not be available at the office.

15. Jahre Jena-Experiment: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft - Symposium

14.03.2017

7 and 8 2017 in Jena

Aus unserer AG werden Vorträge gehalten und Poster präsentiert geleitet von:

From our Lab following people will give talks and present posters sessions:

15. Jahre Jena-Experiment Symposium , 07. und 08. Februar 2017, Jena

Symposium: 15 Years of the Jena Experiment: The Past, the Present, and the Future

14.03.2017

15 Years of the Jena Experiment: The Past, the Present, and the Future - Symposium

From our Lab following people will give talks and present posters sessions:

15 Years of the Jena Experiment: The Past, the Present, and the Future , 07. und 08. Februar 2017, Jena

Doctorate

02.12.2016

Daniel Magnabosco Marra completed his PhD with the defense of his Dissertation "Effects of windthrows on the interaction between tree species composition, forest dynamics and carbon balance in Central Amazon." on December, 2nd.

2nd iDiv Annual Conference 2016

07.11.2016

2nd iDiv Annual Conference 2016, 7 and 8 November 2016, Leipzig

From our Lab following people will give talks, make demonstrations, present posters or lead brainstorming sessions:

    Retreat of the lab

    26.09.2016

    From Sep, 26th till Sep, 30th the lab is on a retreat. In this time period the availablity may be limited.

    46th Annual Meeting of the GfÖ in Marburg

    02.09.2016

    Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, "150 years of ecology – lessons for the future", Marburg, 05 – 09 September 2016

    From our Lab following people will give talks or present posters:

    Dr. Katie Barry new to the lab.

    06.06.2016

    Dr. Katie Barry joined the lab as a postdoctoral reseacher.

    Conference of the Nationalpark Hainich

    30.04.2016

    On the annual conference of the Nationalpark Hainich Christian Wirth, Bettina Ohse and Frédéric Holzwarth from our lab gave a talk, presented a poster and lead an excursion.

    Research Seminar

    14.04.2016

    The Research Seminar of the lab in the summer term 2016 begins on Thursday, 14th of April with a talk by Benjamin Dechant:
    Mechanisms behind the estimation of photosynthesis traits from leaf reflectance observations.

    Schedule for the Research Seminar during the current term.

    Press release to the articles published in "Nature Communications" and "PNAS"

    24.03.2016

    "Woodlands in Europe: more tree species, more benefits" Christian Wirth are co-authors of the articles in "Nature Communications" and in "PNAS", cf. the press release of the iDiv.

    Doctorate

    02.02.2016

    Frédéric Holzwarth completed his PhD with the defense of his Dissertation "Pathways of tree diversity effects on forest dynamics – combining empirical analysis and mechanistic modelling." on January, 29.

    Fieldwork in the Central Amazon on forest dynamics

    30.06.2015

    Daniel Marra has been in Central Amazon (Manaus) in June 2015 for collecting data on tree community dynamics in permanent plots installed in a wind-disturbed terra firme forest. By monitoring naturally disturbed forests we aim to better understand forest succession and diversity patterns.

     

     

    last modified: 15.06.2018

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    Systematic Botany and
    Functional Biodiversity Lab
    University of Leipzig
    Johannisallee 21
    04103 Leipzig

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    Recent Publications

    Negrón-Juárez et al.: Vulnerability of Amazon forests to storm-driven tree mortality. Environ. Res. Lett. Article

    van der Plas et al.: Continental mapping of forest ecosystem functions reveals a high but unrealized potential for forest multifunctionality. Ecology Letters Article

    Ratcliffe et al.: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relations in European forests depend on environmental context. Ecology Letters Article

    Chen et al.: Root chemistry and soil fauna but not soil abiotic conditions explain the effects of plant diversity on root decomposition. Functional Ecology Article

    Guderle et al.: Dynamic niche partitioning in root water uptake facilitates efficient water use in more diverse grassland plant communities. Functional Ecology Article

    Schuldt et al.: Belowground top-down and aboveground bottom-up effects structure multitrophic community relationships in a biodiverse forest. Scientific Reports Article