Symposium: 15 Years of the Jena Experiment: The Past, the Present, and the Future
It is our great pleasure to announce our 2-day symposium "15 Years of the Jena Experiment: The Past, the Present, and the Future" held on February 7th - 8th 2017 at the Volksbad, Jena, Germany. In the scientific symposium, we want to celebrate 15 Years of the Jena Experiment by presenting the findings of past research and the plans for near future research in the Jena Experiment. Additionally, poster presentations about your current research or your plans are very welcome. Therefore, you can submit an abstract during the registration process. Please, follow the link for registration and abstract submission: http://jena-experiment-symposium-2017.de/
The registration deadline is the 18th of December 2016. We are looking forward to seeing you in Jena.
The Jena Experiment is one of the longest-running biodiversity experiments in Europe. We have been studying biodiversity effects in experimental grassland communities for more than 10 years. This coordinated investigation of above-ground and below-ground consumers and processes, includes a full quantification of the most important element cycles, which will be used to unravel the mechanisms underlying biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning.
Most of our work focuses on abiotic and biotic relationships. These include species like decomposers (earthworms, arthropods and microbes), producers (plants), and consumers (herbivorous arthropods or parasitoids). We integrate information from greenhouse tests, mesocosm studies and field experimentation at multiple sites. Combined with data mining, and modelling our integrative approach is intended to provide insights in ecosystem functioning.
The design of the Jena Experiment allow to study management and land use effects (e.g. fertilization, climate change, bioenergy utilization) on species and species diversity. Our experiment has established itself as a platform of biodiversity research that is becoming more and more important in ecological long term research.