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Prof. Dr. Johanna Pausch awarded with ERC Starting Grant

Johanna Pausch (Junior Professor, Chair of Agroecology) has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant, the highest European research prize. Johanna Pausch receives 1.5 million euros for the research project "MYCO-SoilC - Mycorrhizal Types and Soil Carbon Storage: A mechanistic theory of fungal mediated soil organic matter cycling in temperate forests". The project aims to elucidate mechanisms that contribute to carbon storage in soils, which play a central role in the fight against climate change. Johanna Pausch is researching the interactions between soil organic carbon and atmospheric CO2, with a special focus on mycorrhizae. With the help of innovative approaches, carbon fluxes in the plant and in the soil are to be visualised, turnover processes elucidated and the contribution of mycorrhizal fungi to carbon storage in the soil researched with the help of the latest isotope technologies in Bayreuth. The BayCEER is very pleased about the successful approval of the ERC grant and congratulates Johanna Pausch!


University of Bayreuth best-placed German university in "Nature Index Young Universities"

In the recently published „Nature Index" of the "Leading 150 Young Universities", the University of Bayreuth achieved 19th place worldwide. This puts it at the top of Nature‘s index of the young German universities. The new ranking clearly reflects the research strength of the University of Bayreuth: Overall, it is ranked 19th worldwide. Subject-wise, it is even better: Earth and environmental sciences are ranked 10th worldwide in the index.


Einbeere "Blume des Jahres 2022"

Die Vierblättrige Einbeere (Paris quadrifolia) aus der Familie der Germergewächse (Melianthaceae) kommt als später Frühjahrsaspekt in der Krautschicht naturnaher und historisch alter Wäldern vor. Die Loki Schmidt Stiftung möchte mit der Wahl der Blume des Jahres 2022 auf den Schutz dieser Waldstandorte aufmerksam machen. P. quadrifolia fällt durch seine ungewöhnliche Wuchsform mit vier zu einem Quirl ständigen Blättern auf; die grünlich-gelbe Blüte ist im Gegensatz zur später erscheinenden dunkelblauen Beere recht unauffällig. Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse aus dem BayCEER-IBG (Giesemann et al. 2020) zeigen, dass sich die Schattenpflanze die Hälfte ihres Kohlenstoffes von Pilzen liefern lässt. Ein umfangreiches Art-Portrait ist in der verlinkten Broschüre nachzulesen.


Chemical properties of key metabolites determine the global distribution of lichens

Lichens colonise all regions of the earth, from the poles to the equator. They are a symbiosis of fungi and algae. Secondary metabolites, so-called “lichen substances” produced by the fungal partner play a central role to maintain this symbiosis. An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Bayreuth (Matthias Ullmann, Rainer Schobert and BayCEER members Nicolai Nürk & Gerhard Rambold), the University of Hohenheim (former BayCEER member Andreas Schweiger), and the Bavarian State Natural Science Collections (Dagmar Triebel) has now discovered how different climatic conditions influence the chemical properties of lichen substances and thus the evolution and global distribution of lichens. They present their research results in "Ecology Letters".


DFG grants research group "Subsurface Stormflow"

Where and how are floods caused? What factors influence the water quality of flowing waters during such events? In order to better answer these questions, a sound understanding of interflow, a hitherto poorly researched runoff component in the transition between surface runoff and groundwater, is necessary. The research group FOR 5288/1 "Fast and Invisible: Conquering Subsurface Stormflow through an Interdisciplinary Multi-Site Approach" therefore focuses on this aspect in order to enable more reliable long-term predictions of hydrological extreme events and their impacts. The spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Peter Chifflard (University of Marburg), and Dr. Luisa Hopp from BayCEER (Hydrology) is a member of the new research group and head of two subprojects.

Books & literature

New publication: Springer Handbook of Atmospheric Measurements

The Springer Handbook of Atmospheric Measurements (Editor: Thomas Foken) has recently been published. Of the 140 authors of the 1761-page (!) handbook, 14 are (former) UBT staff and BayCEER members. "The book also contains - and this was important to me - many measurement methods from ecology with atmospheric reference, so it should be of interest to many groups in BayCEER", says Thomas Foken.The handbook is freely accessible to university staff. Please refer to the flyer for more details.


Upcoming ...

BayCEER Colloquium:
Th. 2022-01-27
BayCEER Member Assembly
Digitale Vortragsreihe KlimaDiskurse (bayklif):
Tu. 2022-02-08
10.000 Klafter Holz oder eine grüne Menschenfreude?
Ecological-Botanical Garden:
Su. 2022-02-06
Führung | Edel und gut? Tropenhölzer und heimische Alternativen
Su. 2022-02-20
Vortrag "Zwischen Elburs und Zagros: Auf botanischer Sammelreise im Irak"
Su. 2022-03-06
Sonntagsführung | Angepasst! Tropische Schmetterlinge und ihre Raupen-Futterpflanzen
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