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The Jena Experiment is a DFG-funded Research Unit (FOR 5000) that builds on a long history of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) research (FOR 456; FOR 1451). Despite broad consensus of the positive BEF relationship, the underlying ecological and evolutionary mechanisms have not been well understood. The Jena Experiment aims at filling this gap of knowledge by applying novel experimental and analytical approaches in one of the longest-running biodiversity experiments in the world (running since 2002). The central aim of the Research Unit is to uncover the mechanisms that determine BEF relationships in the short- and in the long-term.

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New publication from de Souza et al. in Environmental Microbiome: The seeds of Plantago lanceolata comprise a stable core microbiome along a plant richness gradient February 9, 2024 3:40pm - Seed endophytic bacteria are beneficial to plants. They improve seedling growth by enhancing plant nutrient…
Plant-consumer interactions (1 PhD position) January 22, 2024 10:28am - commencing on 01 April 2024.Original link: https://jobs.uni-jena.de/jobposting/5b1c37b9ca4f6efa349f34ea0b4921cc52dcc3980 The Friedrich Schiller University together with the Technical…
Subproject 02: Chemical Interactions (1 PhD position) January 12, 2024 11:11am - Principle Investigators: Unsicker, Sybille, Kiel University; Weisser, Wolfgang, Technical University of Munich Summary: Plants constitutively…
Deciphering nature’s climate shield: Plant diversity stabilises soil temperature December 6, 2023 11:33am - Based on a media release of Leipzig University A new study has revealed a natural…
New publication from Eisenhauer et al. in npj Biodiversity: Reply: Functional similarity is more appropriate than functional redundancy November 8, 2023 9:43am - Replying to Felícia M. Fischer and Francesco de Bello npj Biodiversity https://doi.org/10.1038/s44185-023-00029-z (2023) In our…
New publication from Ristok et al. in Ecology and Evolution: Plant diversity and soil legacy independently affect the plant metabolome and induced responses following herbivory November 6, 2023 10:07am - Plant and soil biodiversity can have significant effects on herbivore resistance mediated by plant metabolites.…

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