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Institute of Soil Landscape Research

Institute of Land Use Systems

Institute of Landscape Biogeochemistry

Institute of Landscape Systems Analysis

Institute of Landscape Hydrology

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Contributions to research of ZALF

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Core Topic I 'Landscape Functioning': With its research, LBG contributes the topic Impact of microbiomes and plants on processes of the C and N cycle of agricultural landscapes to Core Topic I.

Core Topic II 'Land Use and Impact': Research of LBG substantially contributes the topic Interactions of microbial networks with plant biomes to Core Topic II, specifically to questions in biodiversity and biogeography. 





Head of Institute: PD Dr. Steffen Kolb

Deputy: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Augustin

Secretary: Ines Mann



Research Groups (RGs)

The Research Groups of LBG use their own expertise to address the Core Topic research questions within the institute and the whole ZALF.


Terrestrial Microbiology

Head: Dr. Andreas Ulrich

  • Impact of the microbiome on trace gas emissions (N2O, bVOCs, GHGs)
  • Influence of weather and land use on the soil & plant microbiome
  • Interactions of the microbiome in the crop holobiont
  • Soil microbiome and carbon sequestration & stabilization





Organismic Interaction Biology

Head: Dr. Marina Müller

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  • Effects of plant-associated fungal networks on yield and biomass production of cereals
  • Interactions between (micro)organisms in the rhizo- and phyllosphere of crop plants influenced by land use management and microclimatic conditions
  • Dispersal and occurrence of antagonistic microbes in heterogeneous fields and landscapes (AgroScapeLabs Quillow)
  • Biogeography/biodiversity of fungi




Trace Gas Biogeochemistry

Head: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Augustin

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  • Ecophysiology of C fluxes across scales - Link of plant physiology with ecosystem C fluxes
  • Integrative C dynamics: Link of C gas flux with assimilate flux measurements and partitioning
  • Link between stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N, 13C- / 15N-tracer technique and -dilution approach) and radionuclide methods (14C pulse labelling und –tracer technique) for a better understanding of C/N formation and conversion processes in terrestrial ecosystems




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