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Issue 2015

4/2015

Drilling Deep into Earth’s History
Life on Earth stagnated for billions of years in the stage of primitive single-celled organisms. Only when cells acquired a nucleus did things really take off, leading to diversification and the dazzling variety of life forms we see today. Christian Hallmann and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena are investigating how, when and where that happened.

3/2015

Balance in the Biotope
Biodiversity provides many ecological advantages. Using large-scale field tests, Gerd Gleixner and Ernst-Detlef Schulze, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, carry out research on biodiversity in meadows and forests, and explore its impacts on ecosystems and the Earth’s carbon balance. Their studies also yield surprising insights into the factors that really serve the purpose of species protection.
Issue 2014

3/2014

Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Plants and soils play an important role in the global carbon cycle and in the Earth’s climate, not least because they absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. Yet little is known about how global warming affects these natural sinks. Susan Trumbore, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, has dedicated her research to this subject, and even enjoys getting her hands dirty in search of answers.
Issue 2013

3/2013

Earth’s Breath
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 – with the aid of a global network of measuring stations and new data analysis methods.
Issue 2012

MPR 3/2012

Powerhouse Earth
Our planet is at work: The sun drives the wind, the waves and the water cycle. Plants store the energy from light in sugar, supplying the fuel of life. Geothermal forces knead the earth, while the moon and the sun primarily keep the oceans in motion. Axel Kleidon and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena are investigating how much energy flows in these processes and how much of this could be used on a sustainable basis in order to satisfy mankind’s energy needs.
Issue 2009

MPR 4 /2009

Climate Buried in the Soil
Most people associate the term climate with atmosphere, but there are also important processes that take place in the soil. These have been largely neglected in climate models to date.
Issue 2008

MPR 2 /2008

Survival through Diversity
More than 480 different sections of meadow in the Saale
valley near Jena form the test area for a unique biodiversity experiment.
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