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. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Alexander Konrad
Susanne Kurze
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann
Shreya Tilve
Prof. Dr. Martin Hofrichter
Jeff Beem-Miller
Sandra Kammann
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Katharina John
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Prof. Dr. Ellen Kandeler
Valentin Mader
Ralph Bolliger
Jana Kachler
Prof. Dr. Eric Allan
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
Ulrich Pruschitzki
Michael Ehrhardt
Dr. Daniel Prati
Julia Kurth
Anja Hoeck
Dr. Max Müller
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Dr. Nadja Simons
Dr. Anna Katharina Franke
Pascal Scherreiks
Jörg Hailer
Prof. Dr. Peter Leinweber
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer
Markus Birkenbach
Judith Hinderling
Prof. Dr. Paul Magdon
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Karoline Jetter
Dr. Franca Marian
Dr. Marion Schrumpf
Prof. Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel
Dr. Cornelia Fürstenau
Dr. Lena Neuenkamp
Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu
Dr. Sven Marhan
Dr. Karl Kasper
Verena Groß
Dr. Danilo Harms
Dr. Hans Fuchs

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.