Exploratories for functional biodiversity research
DFG-funded Infrastructure Priority Programme SPP 1374

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Central questions:
  • What are the effects of different forms and intensities of land-use on biodiversity and ecosystem processes?
  • What are the interactions between different components of biodiversity (e.g. between plant diversity and the diversity of soil organisms)?
  • How does biodiversity influence different ecosystem processes (such as biomass production, carbon cycling, flower pollination, or deadwood decomposition)?
The three Exploratories
For the integrated functional biodiversity research, study regions of long-term character have been established in three large German protected areas.
Background and research objectives
The Biodiversity Exploratories address crucial questions about biodiversity change. For the first time, they combine biodiversity and ecosystem research in real landscapes with a long-term perspective.
Interdisciplinary team of researchers
Scientists from different research disciplines from all over Germany and Europe work together in an interdisciplinary way on the common central questions of the Biodiversity Exploratories.
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Activities and research results that are particularly important for the practice of nature conservation, forestry and agriculture are presented in a short and practice-oriented way. The site is currently under construction and only available in German In the meantime we would like to refer to our public data section.
Dr. Karin Glaser
Dr. Max Müller
Valentin Mader
Katharina John
Dr. Martina Mund
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Ruth Pickert
Eleonora Petzold
Jan-Niklas Schmidt
Frank Suschke
Dr. Kirsten Jung
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Jörg Memmert
Natalia Conopliova
Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Dr. Julia Bass
Dr. Peter Manning
Martin Fellendorf
Jörg Hailer
Prof. Dr. Ellen Kandeler
Anja Hoeck
Yang Yang
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Andreas Ostrowski
Sarah Martin
Prof. Dr. Manfred Ayasse
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Tom Lachaise
Prof. Dr. Nico Blüthgen
Dr. Björn Hoppe
Matthias Groß
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Dr. Stefan Erasmi
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Borer
Dr. Nadja Simons
Christin Schreiber
Sophie Peter
Ulrich Pruschitzki
Melissa Jüds
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Michael Ehrhardt
Markus Rubenbauer
Roman Isaac

News from the Exploratories

More than 40 projects investigate cause-and-effect relationships in living nature using both observation and experiment.
More than 250 members from 49 working groups from a total of 47 research institutions are active in the exploratories.
The three exploratories "Schorfheide-Chorin", "Hainich-Dün" and the "Schwäbische Alb" cover an area in the Federal Republic of Germany of over 3,020 km².