Functional diversity of mycorrhizal fungi in relation to land use change and ecosystem functions
Ecophysiological/ mechanistic relationships between forest use and diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi.
1. Do differences in stand structure between managed and unmanaged forests influence belowground carbon distribution and thus EMP diversity?
2. is the taxonomic diversity of soil fungi related to the taxonomic diversity of EMPs?
3. does the increased productivity of root litter / material exchange due to forest use create new niches that result in increased EMP species richness?
4. do beech family structures influence the occurrence of EMP?
1. analysis of root carbohydrate concentration in relation to stand structure in all forest EPs (cooperation with the working groups Ammer and Kleinn)
2. analysis of fungal species richness in roots using sequencing (cooperation with the Buscot and Daniel working group)
3. disturbance experiment (root detachment) and analysis of EMP concerning soil and litter nutrient composition
4. planting experiment of beech trees with defined family structures (further cooperation with AG Finkeldey)