Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Research publications

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Research publications 2016

Dark taiga under threat through climate change

February 22, 2016

Boreal coniferous forests could see increased occurrences of fire as a result of global warming, with deciduous trees becoming more dominant in the future [more]


Competitive advantages in global forest ecosystems

February 14, 2016

Characteristic plant traits dictate which trees will prevail in the competition for resources in a location [more]


Flourishing vegetation increases carbon dioxide amplitude

January 27, 2016

The difference between the annual minimum and maximum concentrations of carbon dioxide (the amplitude) is increasing as plant productivity improves, particularly in northern ecosystems. [more]

Research publications 2015

Turbines weaken wind energy

September 04, 2015

Large wind farms with a high density of installed capacity slow down the wind and generate less electricity than previously thought [more]


Climate change: Savannahs are causing fluctuations in the carbon balance

June 01, 2015

Variations in the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by semi-arid ecosystems are causing fluctuations in the global carbon balance [more]


Eukaryotes: A new timetable of evolution

June 01, 2015

The first single-celled organisms with a nucleus originated more than a billion years later than biogeochemical evidence had previously indicated. [more]


No blank cheques

February 17, 2015

Ten years ago, on 16 February 2005, the Kyoto Protocol came into force. [more]

Research publications 2014

Biodiversity conservation is defeated by deer

December 03, 2014

The potential contribution of forest conservation areas to avoid species losses is very low, or even negative, as long as wildlife ruminants overgraze the protected areas [more]


Not enough land in sight!

November 21, 2014

If we would like to meet our future requirements in terms of arable land while also protecting the climate, land management will become increasingly important [more]


Carbon, linger on!

September 25, 2014

Researchers paint a new picture of carbon in land ecosystems and stress that precipitation is an important climate factor in the carbon cycle [more]

Research publications 2013

Extreme weather events fuel climate change

August 14, 2013

Extreme meteorological events and global warming: a vicious cycle?



The breath of the Earth

August 14, 2013

The amounts of carbon dioxide and other trace gases that vegetation and soil exchange with the atmosphere affect the climate in a variety of ways. Markus Reichstein and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena are analyzing this complex structure. [more]


The tower in the Taiga

April 08, 2013

High-precision measurement technology and a steel construction nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower are allowing scientists in Siberia to gain an ever greater understanding of climate change. The research of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry with ZOTTO would be inconceivable without Russian partners. [more]


The tower of Gobabeb

February 19, 2013

Scientists from the Jena-based Max Planck Institute establish an outpost of climate research in the Namibian desert [more]

Research publications 2012

Global carbon dioxide emissions reach new record high

December 12, 2012

New meta-analysis results indicate that 2-degree target is unlikely to be met [more]

Research publications 2011

High wind with low energy

December 09, 2011

The high winds of the upper atmosphere contain less renewable energy than previously assumed [more]


Anthropogenic nitrogen plays a double role in climate change

August 03, 2011

Increased nitrous oxide emissions from fertilised soils offset climatic benefits from carbon sequestration [more]

Research publications 2010

A new balance for the global carbon balance

July 06, 2010

Researchers determine how rates of photosynthesis and ecosystem respiration depend on the climate [more]

Research publications 2009

Climate Buried in the Soil

December 01, 2009

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena are studying climate-relevant processes that take place below ground. [more]


Intensive land-management leaves Europe without carbon sinks

November 23, 2009

A new calculation of Europe’s greenhouse gas balance shows that emissions of methane and nitrous oxide tip the balance [more]

Conference on climate change research

September 08, 2009

From September 13 to 19, 2009, more than 500 scientists from all over the world met in Jena [more]

Research publications 2006

An integrated carbon observation system for Europe

November 07, 2006

Pan-European infrastructure for climate research has been included in the first European roadmap for new large-scale research infrastructures. [more]

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