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.
Steffen Ferber
Prof. Dr. Ellen Kandeler
Eleonora Petzold
Sven Rubanschi
Dr. Sven Marhan
Dr. Tim Richter-Heitmann
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Dr. Danilo Harms
Dr. Stefan Erasmi
Dr. Daniel Prati
Dr. Lena Neuenkamp
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Dr. Karin Glaser
Prof. Dr. David Kleijn
Prof. Dr. Alexander Keller
Julia Kurth
Anja Hoeck
Prof. Dr. Peter Manning
Yang Yang
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Frank Suschke
André Junggebauer
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Prof. Dr. Tim Urich
Dr. Harald Kellner
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Prof. Dr. Andrea Polle
Ralph Bolliger
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Borer
Prof. Dr. Peter Leinweber
Florian Männer
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Anna Küchler
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wilcke
Dr. Javier Muro
Susanne Kurze
Robert Künast
Dr. Hans Fuchs
Dr. Christian Poll
Dr. Max Müller
Dr. Caterina Penone
Tobias Spanner
Susanne Butschkau
Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer
Dr. Martina Mund

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.