Research report 2020 - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

The endangered skin we live on

apl. Prof. Dr. Gerd Gleixner
Abteilung Biogeochemische Prozesse, Molekulare Biogeochemie
The life and survival of humans on Earth depends on the functioning of the outermost layer of our planet, the "Critical Zone." In the Anthropocene, human actions have interfered with the exchange of matter between organisms and ecosystems, threatening the functioning of the Critical Zone. We examine how biodiversity loss reduces continental carbon storage, accelerating climate change. The world of soil microorganisms is the focus of our interest, as this is where the molecular drive of global matter cycles is hidden.

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