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sp3 Soil microbes and plant–soil feedback

Soil micro-organisms are key players in ecosystem processes and we have good indications that they may also play a major role in explaining why species poor plant communities on average produce less biomass than species rich plant communities. The mechanisms underlying these relations are, however, still poorly understood. Therefore, we focus on the role of feedback interactions between plants (their diversity, composition and specific traits) and the soil microbial functional composition.

soil samples

The envisaged result of our group is to advance our mechanistic understanding of why plants often perform better in plant-species diverse mixtures and specifically the role of rhizosphere interactions in that. Overall our subproject will improve the predictability of community and ecosystem consequences of plant species loss and will provide tools for the restoration of ecosystems with originally high, but currently reduced plant species richness.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Gerlinde B. De Deyn
University of Wageningen
Email / Web
Tel.: ++31.317.48.2123

Participating head

Prof. Dr. Wim van der Putten
Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Tel.: ++31.26.4791.203

Prof. Dr. George Kowalchuck
Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Tel.: ++31(0)264791314

Prof. Bernhard Schmid
University of Zurich
Tel.: ++41.44.635.3402