AG Wirth and Weigelt in 2021

Our working group

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Our Research Areas

Two student during the fieldwork in Jena Experiment

Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity

We examine the functional consequences of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems focusing on grasslands and forests. Our group integrates botany with the ecology of plants, community and ecosystems with implications for conservation and management.

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Field of Jena Experiment
Students during the fieldwork in the forest
River Mulde with woods holding the water
Frontpages of open access databases


Students and Prof. Wirth in an excursion

Our teaching courses

Here you can find our courses and internship possibilities.

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Student determine plant species with their supervisor Rolf Eigelmann
Summer teaching AG Wirth/Weigelt
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Internship Okt 2010



  • Bassi, L., Hennecke, J., Albracht, C., Bröcher, M., Solbach, M. D., Schaller, J., Doan, V. C., Wagner, H., Eisenhauer, N., Ebeling, A., Meyer, S. T., van Dam, N. M., & Weigelt, A. (n.d.). Uncovering the secrets of monoculture yield decline: Trade-offs between leaf and root chemical and physical defence traits in a grassland experiment. Oikos, e10061.

  • Bonato Asato AE, Wirth C, Eisenhauer N, Hines J (2023) On the phenology of soil organisms: Current knowledge and future steps. Ecology & Evolution. 10.1002/ece310022

  • Gomarasca U, Migliavacca M, Kattge J, Nelson JA, Niinemets Ü, Wirth C, Cescatti A, Bahn M, Nair R, Acosta A, Arain A, Beloiu M, Black T, Bruun HH, Bucher F, Buchmann N, Carrara A, Byun C, Conte A, da Silva A, Duveiller G, Fares S, Ibrom A, Knohl A, Komac B, Limousin J, Lusk C, Mahecha M, Martini D, Minden V, Montagnani L, Mori A, Onoda Y, Penuelas J, Perez-Priego O, Poschlod P, Powell T, Reich P, Šigut L, van Bodegom P, Walther S, Wohlfahrt G, Wright I, Reichstein M. (2023) Leaf-level coordination principles propagate to the ecosystem scale. Nature Communications 14(1) 3948

  • Hennecke, J., Bassi, L., Mommer, L., Albracht, C., Bergmann, J., Eisenhauer, N., Guerra, C. A., Heintz-Buschart, A., Kuyper, T. W., Lange, M., Solbach, M. D., & Weigelt, A. (2023). Responses of rhizosphere fungi to the root economics space in grassland monocultures of different age. New Phytologist, 240(5), 2035–2049.

  • Langer L, Burghardt M, Borgards R, Richter R, Wirth C (2023) The relation between biodiversity in literature and social and spatial situation of authors: Reflections on the nature–culture entanglementPeople and Nature. DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10551

  • Maciá-Vicente, J. G., Francioli, D., Weigelt, A., Albracht, C., Barry, K. E., Buscot, F., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Hennecke, J., Heintz-Buschart, A., Ruijven, J. van, & Mommer, L. (2023). The structure of root-associated fungal communities is related to the long-term effects of plant diversity on productivity. Molecular Ecology, 32(13), 3763–3777.

  • Munschek M, Witt R, Kaltofen K, Segar J, Wirth C, Weigelt A, Engelmann R, Staude IR (2023) Putting conservation gardening into practice. Scientific Reports 13, Article number 12671.

  • Pacheco‐Labrador J, de Bello F, Migliavacca M, Ma X, Carvalhais N, Wirth C (2023) A generalizable normalization for assessing plant functional diversity metrics across scales from remote sensing. Methods in Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X14163

  • Rüger N, Schorn ME, Kambach S, Chazdon RL, Farrior CE, Meave JA, Muñoz R, Breugel ML, Amissah L, Bongers F, Craven D, Hérault B, Jakovac CC, Norden N, Poorter L, van der Sande MT, Wirth C, Delgado D, Dent DH, DeWalt SJ, Dupuy JM, Finean B, Hall JS, Hernández‐Stefanoni JL, Lopez OR (2023) Global Ecology & Biogeography 32(6). DOI: 10.1111/geb.13669

  • Sanaei A, Herrmann H, Alshaabi L, Beck J, Ferlian O, Wadinga Fomba K, Haferkorn S, van Pinxteren M, Quaas J, Quosh J, Rabe R, Wirth C, Eisenhauer N, Weigelt A. (2023) Changes in biodiversity impact atmospheric chemistry and climate through plant volatiles and particles. Communications Earth & Environment 4(1), Article 455.  

  • Schellenberger Costa D, Bönisch G, Freiberg M, Govaerts R, Grenié M, Hassler M, Kattge J, Muellner-Riehl AN, Andrés BM, Winter M, Watson M, Zizka A, Wirth C (2023) The big for of plant taxonomy – a comparison of global checklists of vascular plant names. New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.18961

  • Schuldt A, Liu X, Buscot F, Bruelheide H, Erfmeier A, He J-S, Klein A-M, Ma K, Scherer‐Lorenzen M, Schmid B, Scholten T, Tang Z, Trogisch S, Wirth C, Wubet T, Staab M (2023) Carbon–biodiversity relationships in a highly diverse subtropical forest. Global Change Biology. 10.1111/gcb.16697

  • Staude IR, Weigelt A, Wirth C (2023) Biodiversity change in light of succession theory. Oikos 11 e09883, doi: 10.1111/oik.09883

  • The Herbivory Variability Network. (2023). Plant size, latitude, and phylogeny explain within-population variability in herbivory. Science, 382(6671), 679–683.

  • Van Der Plas, F., Hennecke, J., Chase, J. M., Van Ruijven, J., & Barry, K. E. (2023). Universal beta-diversity–functioning relationships are neither observed nor expected. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 38(6), 532–544.

  • van der Plas F, Schröder-Georgi T, Weigelt A, Barry K, Meyer S, Alzate A, Barnard RL, Buchmann N, de Kroon H, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Engels C, Fischer M, Gleixner G, Hildebrandt A, Koller-France E, Leimer S, Milcu A, Mommer L, Niklaus PA, Oelmann Y, Roscher C, Scherber C, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scheu S, Schmid B, Schulze E-D, Temperton V, Tscharntke T, Voigt W, Weisser W, Wilke W, Wirth C (2023) Reply to: Plant traits alone are good predictors of ecosystem properties when used carefully. Nature Ecology & Evolution:

  • Yu, W., Albert, G., Rosenbaum, B., Schnabel, F., Bruelheide, H., Connolly, J., Härdtle, W., von Oheimb, G., Trogisch, S., Rüger, N., Brose, U. (2023). Systematic Distributions of Interaction Strengths across Tree Interaction Networks Yield Positive Diversity–Productivity Relationships. Ecology Letters, ele.14338.

  • Babalou S, Schellenberger Costa D, Bruelheide H, Kattge J, Römermann C, Wirth C, König-Ries B (2022) iKNOW: A platform for knowledge graph construction for biodiversity. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 6:e93867.
  • Díaz S, Kattge J, Cornelissen HC, Wright IJ, Lavorel S, Dray S, Reu B, Kleyer M, Wirth C, et al. (2022) The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset. Scientific Data 9(1): 755 

  • Eisenhauer N, Bonfante P, Buscot F, Cesarz S, Guerra C, Heintz-Buschart A, Hines J, Patoine, G, Rillig M, Schmid B, Verheyen K, Wirth C, Ferlian O (2022) Biotic interactions as mediators of context-dependent biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. Research Ideas and Outcomes 8, e85873.
  • Guimarães-Steinicke C., Weigelt A., Ebeling A., Eisenhauer N., Wirth C. Diversity Effects on Canopy Structure Change throughout a Growing Season in Experimental Grassland Communities. Remote Sens. 14, 1557. Online Artikel.
  • Haack N, Borges PA, Grimm-Seyfarth A, Schlegel M, Wirth C, Bernhard D, Brunk I, Henle K, Pereira HM (2022) Response of common and rare beetle species to tree species and vertical stratification in a floodplain forest. Insects 13:161.

  • Holz, H., Segar, J., Valdez, J., & Staude, I. R. (2022). Assessing extinction risk across the geographic ranges of plant species in Europe. Plants, People, Planet, 4(3), 303-311. Online Artikel.
  • Joswig J.S., Wirth C., Schuman M.C., Kattge J., Reu B., Wright I.J., Sippel S.D., Rüger N., Richter R., ..., Mahecha M.D. Climatic and soil factors explain the two-dimensional spectrum of global plant trait variation. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 36–50. Online Artikel.
  • Kambach S, Condit R, Aguilar S, Bruelheide H, Bunyavejchewin S, Chang-Yang C-H, Chen Y-Y, Chuyong G, Davies SJ, Ediriweera S, Gunatilleke N, Gunatilleke S, Hubbell SP, Itoh A, Kenfack D, Kiratiprayoon S, Lin YC, Makana JR, Mohamad MB, Pongpattananurak N, Pérez R, Rodriguez LJV, Sun IF, Tan S, Thomas D, Thompson J, Uriarte M, Valencia R, Wirth C,  Wright SJ, Wu SH, Yamakura T, Yao TL, Zimmerman J, Rüger N (2022) Consistency of demographic trade-offs across 13 (sub) tropical forests. Journal of Ecology 110:1485–1496.

  • Kattenborn T, Richter R, Guimarães-Steinicke C, Feilhauer H, Wirth C (2022) AngleCam: Predicting the temporal variation of leaf angle distributions from image series with deep learning. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1–15, Online Artikel
  • Kretz L, Koll K, Seele-Dilbat C, van der Plas F, Weigelt A, Wirth C (2022) Effects of plant species identity override diversity effects in explaining sedimentation within vegetation in a flume experiment. International Review of Hydrobiology 107:108–116.

  • Langer L., Burghardt M., Borgards R., Köhring E., Wirth C. Digital Environmental Humanities – Zum Potential von „Computational and Literary BiodiversityStudies“ (CoLiBiS). In: Proceedings of the 8th annual conference of the DHd (Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum) Association, 82-86. Online Artikel.
  • Liu X, Huang Y, Chen L, Li S, Bongers FJ, Castro‐Izaguirre N, Liang Y, Yang B, Chen Y, Schnabel F, Tang T, Xue Y, Trogisch S, Staab M, Bruelheide H, Schmid B, Ma K (2022). Species richness, functional traits and climate interactively affect tree survival in a large forest biodiversity experiment. Journal of Ecology. Online Artikel.
  • Mahecha MD, Bastos A, Bohn FJ, Eisenhauer N, Feilhauer H, Hartmann H, Hickler T, Kalesse-Los H, Migliavacca M, Otto FE, Peng J, Quaas J, Tegen I, Weigelt A, Wendisch M, Wirth C (2022) Biodiversity loss and climate extremes—study the feedbacks. Nature 612:30–32.

  • Overbeck, G. E., Vélez-Martin, E., da Silva Menezes, L., Anand, M., Baeza, S., Carlucci, M. B., ... Staude, I. R., … & Müller, S. C. (2022). Placing Brazil's grasslands and savannas on the map of science and conservation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 125687. Online Artikel. 
  • Pacheco-Labrador J, Migliavacca M, Ma X, Mahecha M, Carvalhais N, Weber U, Benavides R, O. Bouriaud O, Barnoaiea I, Coomes DA, Bohn FJ, Kraemer G, Heiden U, Huth A, Wirth C (2022) Challenging the link between functional and spectral diversity with radiative transfer modeling and data. Remote Sensing of Environment 280:113170.

  • Richter R, Ballasus H, Engelmann RA, Zielhofer C, Wirth C (2022) Tree species matter for forest microclimate regulation during the drought year 2018: Disentangling environmental drivers and biotic drivers. Scientific Reports, 12, 17559, Online Artikel.
  • Schulz-Zunkel C, Seele-Dilbat C, Anlanger C, Baborowski M, Bondar-Kunze E, Brauns M, Gapinski CM, Gründling R, von Haaren C, Hein T, Henle K, Junge FW, Kasperidus HD, Koll K, Kretz L, Rast G, Schnauder I, Scholz M, Schrenner H, Sendek A, Sproessig C, Tavares CN, Vieweg M, von Tümpling W, Weitere C, Wirth C, Wunsch T, Dziock F (2022) Effective restoration measures in river-floodplain ecosystems: Lessons learned from the ‘Wilde Mulde’project. International Review of Hydrobiology 107:9–21.

  • Seele-Dilbat C., Kretz L., Wirth C., 2022. Vegetation of natural and stabilized riverbanks and early effects of removal of bank fixation. Int. Rev. Hydrobiol. Online Artikel.
  • Segar, J., Callaghan, C. T., Ladouceur, E., Meya, J. N., Pereira, H. M., Perino, A., & Staude, I. R. (2022). Urban conservation gardening in the decade of restoration. Nature Sustainability, 1-8. Online Artikel.
  • Sporbert M, Jakubka D, Bucher SF, Hensen I, Freiberg M, Heubach K, König A, Nordt B, Plos C, Blinova I, Bonn A, Knickmann B, Koubek T, Linstädter A, Maskova T, Primack RB, Rosche C, Shah MA, Stevens AD, Tielbörger K, Träger S, Wirth C, Römermann C (2022) Functional traits influence patterns in vegetative and reproductive plant phenology–a multi-botanical garden study. New Phytologist 235:2199–2210.
  • Staude, I. R., Pereira, H. M., Daskalova, G. N., Bernhardt‐Römermann, M., Diekmann, M., Pauli, H., ... & Baeten, L. (2022). Directional turnover towards larger‐ranged plants over time and across habitats. Ecology letters, 25(2), 466-482. Online Artikel.
  • Wolf S, Mahecha MD, Sabatini FM, Wirth C, Bruelheide H, Kattge J, Moreno Martínez A, Mora K, T. Kattenborn T (2022) Citizen science plant observations encode global trait patterns. Nature Ecology & Evolution:1–10.

  • Zanne AE, Flores-Moreno H, Powell JR, Cornwell WK, Dalling JW, Austin AT, Classen AT, Eggleton P, Okada K, Parr CL, …,Kahl A, ... Richter R, … [31 more co–authors], Wirth C, Woods MJ, Zalamea P-C (2022) Termite sensitivity to temperature affects global wood decay rates. Science, 377, 1440–1444. Online Artikel.


  • Volf M, Volfová T, Seifert C L, Ludwig A, Engelmann R A, Jorge L R, Richter R, Schedl A, Weinhold A, Wirth C, van Dam N M. A mosaic of induced and non-induced branches promotes variation in leaf traits, predation and insect herbivore assemblages in canopy trees. Ecology Letters, 00, 1– 11. Online Article
  • Schnabel F, Purrucker S, Schmitt L, Engelmann RA, Kahl A, Richter R, Seele‐Dilbat C, Skiadaresis G & Wirth C. Cumulative growth and stress responses to the 2018–2019 drought in a European floodplain forest. Global Change Biology. Online Article.
  • Schnabel F, Liu X, Kunz M, Barry KE, Bongers FJ, Bruelheide H, Fichtner A, Härdtle W, Li S, Pfaff C-T, Schmid B, Schwarz JA, Tang Z, Yang B, Bauhus J, von Oheimb G, Ma K & Wirth C. Species richness stabilizes productivity via asynchrony and drought-tolerance diversity in a large-scale tree biodiversity experiment.  Science Advances, 7(51). Online Article. 
  • Sendek A, Kretz L, van der Plas F, Schulz-Zunkel C, Seele-Dilbat C, Vieweg M, Bondar-Kunze E, Weigelt A, Wirth C.  Topographical factors related to flooding frequency promote ecosystem multifunctionality of riparian floodplains. Ecological indicators. Vol. 132, 108312. Online Article.
  • Perino A, Pereira, H M, Felipe-Lucia M, Kim H, Kühl H, Marselle M R, Meya J N, Meyer C, Navarro L M, van Klink R, Albert G, Arratt C D, Bruelheide H, Cao Y, Chamoin A, Darbi M, Dornelas M, Eisenhauer N, Schnabel F, Staude I R, Wirth C, Essl F, … Bonn A. Biodiversity post-2020: Closing the gap between global targets and national-level implementation. Conservation Letters. 00 e12848. Online Article
  • Welti E A R., Zajicek P, Frenzel M, Ayasse M, Bornholdt T, Buse J, Classen A, Dziock F,  Engelmann R A, Englmeier J, Fellendorf M, Förschler MI, Fricke U, Ganuza C, Hippke M, Hoenselaar G, Kaus-Thiel A, Kerner J, Kilian D, Mandery K, Marten A, Monaghan MT, Morkel C, Müller J, Puffpaff S, Redlich S, Richter R, ...Haase P: Temperature drives variation in flying insect biomass across a German malaise trap network. Insect Conservation and Diversity, Online Article.
  • Hornick T, Richter A, Harpole W S, Bastl M, Bohlmann S, Bonn A, Bumberger J, Dietrich P, Gemeinholzer B, Grote R, Heinold B, Keller A, Luttkus ML, Mäder P, Motivans Švara E, Passonneau S, Punyasena SW, Rakosy D, Richter R, … Dunker, S: An integrative environmental pollen diversity assessment and its importance for the Sustainable Development Goals. Plants, People, Planet, Online Article.
  • Richter R, Hutengs C, Wirth C, Bannehr L, Vohland M: Detecting Tree Species Effects on Forest Canopy Temperatures with Thermal Remote Sensing: The Role of Spatial Resolution. Remote Sensing, Online Article.
  • Volf M, Weinhold A, Seifert CL, Holicová T, Uthe H, Alander E, Richter R, Salminen J-P, Wirth C, van Dam NM: Branch-Localized Induction Promotes Efficacy of Volatile Defences and Herbivore Predation in Trees. Journal of Chemical Ecology, Online Article.
  • Herrmann M, Geesink P, Richter R, Küsel K: Canopy Position Has a Stronger Effect than Tree Species Identity on Phyllosphere Bacterial Diversity in a Floodplain Hardwood Forest. Microbial Ecology, Online Article.  
  • Njovu H K, Steffan-Dewenter I, Gebert F, Schellenberger Costa D, Kleyer M, Wagner T, and Peters M K. 2021. Plant traits mediate the effects of climate on phytophagous beetle diversity on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ecology 00( 00):e03521. Online Article.
  • Hietz P, Wagner K, Nunes Ramos F, Cabral J S, Agudelo C, Benavides A M, Cach-Pérez M J, Cardelús C L, Chilpa Galván N, Erickson Nascimento da Costa L, de Paula Oliveira R, Einzmann H J R, de Paiva Farias R, Guzmán Jacob V, Kattge J, Kessler M, Kirby C, Kreft H, Krömer T, Schellenberger Costa D, … Zotz G. Putting vascular epiphytes on the traits map. Journal of Ecology, 00, 1– 19. Online Article.
  • Schellenberger Costa D, Otto J, Chmara I, Bernhardt-Römermann M. Estimating historic N- and S-deposition with publicly available data – An example from Central Germany. Environmental Pollution, Vol. 292, Part B. Online Article.
  • Schmidt A, Hines J, Türke M, Buscot F, Schädler M, Weigelt A, Gebler A, Klotz S, Liu T, Reth S, Trogisch S, Roy J, Wirth C, and Eisenhauer N. (2021). The iDiv Ecotron—A flexible research platform for multitrophic biodiversity research. Ecology and Evolution, 11, 15174– 15190. Online Article.
  • Schaub S, Finger R, Leiber F,  Probst S, Kreuzer M, Weigelt A, Buchmann N and Scherer-Lorenzen M. Reply to: “Results from a biodiversity experiment fail to represent economic performance of semi-natural grasslands”. Nat Commun 12, 2124. Online Article.
  • Chen Y, Vogel A, Wagg C, Xu T, Iturrate-Garcia M, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Weigelt A, Eisenhauer N and Schmid B. Evolution of species complementarity in response to drought in a grassland biodiversity experiment. Research Square. Online Article.
  • Wagemaker C A M, Mommer L, Visser J W, Weigelt A, van Gurp T, Postuma M, Smit-Tiekstra A E A and de Kroon H. msGBS: A new high-throughput approach to quantify the relative species abundance in root samples of multispecies plant communities. Mol Ecol Resour. 2021; 21: 1021– 1036. Online Article.
  • Langer, L., Burghardt, M., Borgards, R., Böhning-Gaese, K., Seppelt, R., & Wirth, C. The rise and fall of biodiversity in literature: A comprehensive quantification of historical changes in the use of vernacular labels for biological taxa in Western creative literature. People and Nature3(5). Online Article.
  • Rouet-Leduc J., Pe'er G., Moreira F., Bonn A., Helmer W., Shahsavan Zadeh S. A. A., Zizka A., and van der Plas F. Effects of large herbivores on fire regimes and wildfire mitigation. Journal of Applied Ecology, 00, 1– 13. Online Article.
  • Messier C., Bauhus J., Sousa-Silva R., Auge H., Baeten L., Barsoum N., Bruelheide H., Caldwell B., Cavender-Bares J., Dhiedt E., Eisenhauer N., Ganade G., Gravel D., Guillemot J., Hall J.S., Hector A., Hérault B.‬, Jactel H., Koricheva J., Kreft H., Mereu S., Muys B., Nock C.A., Paquette A., Parker J.D., Perring M.P., Ponette Q., Potvin C., Reich P.B., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Schnabel, F., Verheyen K., Weih M., Wollni M., Zemp D.C‬. For the sake of resilience and multifunctionality, let’s diversify planted forests! Conservation Letters. Online Article.
  • Kretz L, Bondar-Kunze E, Hein T, Richter R, Schulz-Zunkel C, Seele-Dilbat C, van der Plas F, Vieweg M and Wirth C (2021) Vegetation characteristics control sediment and nutrient retention on but not underneath vegetation in floodplain meadows. bioRxiv. Online Article.
  • Weigelt A., Mommer L., Andraczek K., Iversen C.M., Bergmann J., Bruelheide H., Fan Y., Freschet G.T., Guerrero-Ramírez N.R., Kattge J., Kuyper, T.W., Laughlin D.C., Meier I.C., van der Plas F., Poorter H., Roumet C., van Ruijven J., Sabatini F.M., Semchenko M., Sweeney C.J., Valverde-Barrantes O.J., York L.M. and McCormack M.L. An integrated framework of plant form and function: The belowground perspective. New Phytologist. Online Article.
  • Laughlin, D.C., Mommer, L., Sabatini, F.M. et al and Weigelt A. Root traits explain plant species distributions along climatic gradients yet challenge the nature of ecological trade-offs. Nat Ecol Evol. Online Article.
  • Schwarz, J, Schnabel, F, Bauhus, J. A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) in agroforestry systems. Basic and Applied Ecology. Online Article.
  • Kretz L, Koll K, Seele-Dilbat C, van der Plas F, Weigelt A, Wirth C. Vegetation structure alter fine sediment retention on and underneath herbaceous vegetation in a flume experiment. PLoS ONE. Online Article.
  • Kretz L, Koll K, Seele-Dilbat C, van der Plas F, Weigelt A, Wirth C. Effects of plant species identity overrides diversity effects in explaining sedimentation within vegetation in a flume experiment. Int­ernational Review of Hydrobiology, Online Article.
  • Barry KE, Pinter GA, Strini J W, Yang K, Lauko I G, Schnitzer SA, Clark AT, Cowles J, Mori AS,  Williams L, Peter B. Reich PB, Wright AJ. A graphical null model for scaling biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Journal of Ecology, 109,3, Online Article.
  • Guimarães-Steinicke C, Weigelt A, Proulx R, Lanners T, Eisenhauer N, Duque-Lazo J, Reu B, Roscher C, Wagg C, Buchmann N, Wirth C. Biodiversity facets affect community surface temperature via 3D canopy structure in grassland communities. Journal of Ecology, Online Article.
  • Barry K, Schnitzer S A : Are we missing the forest for the trees? Spatial patterns of diversity in temperate deciduous forests. bioRxiv, Online Article.
  • Schnabel F, Liu X, Kunz M, Barry KE, Bongers FJ, Bruelheide H, Fichtner A, Härdtle W, Li S, Pfaff C-T, Schmid B, Schwarz JA, Tang Z, Yang B, Bauhus J,  von Oheimb G, Ma K, Wirth C. Hydraulic diversity stabilizes productivity in a large-scale subtropical tree biodiversity experiment. bioRxiv, Online Article.
  • Schnabel F, Purrucker S, Schmitt L, Engelmann RA, Kahl A, Richter R, Seele-Dilbat C, Georgios Skiadaresis, Wirth C. Cumulative growth and stress responses to the 2018-2019 drought in a European floodplain forest. bioRxiv, Online Article.
  • Wirth C, Engelmann RA, Haack N, Hartmann H, Richter R, Schnabel F, Scholz M, Seele-Dilbat C. Naturschutz und Klimawandel im Leipziger Auwald: Ein Biodiversitätshotspot an der Belastungsgrenze. Biologie in unserer Zeit, Online Article.


  • Schaub S, Finger R, Leiber F, Probst S, Kreuzer M, Weigelt A, Buchmann N, Scherer-Lorenzen M : Plant diversity effects on forage quality, yield and revenues of semi-natural grasslands. Nature Communications, Online Article.
  • Jochum M, Fischer M, Isbell F, Roscher C, van der Plas A, Boch S, Boenisch G, Buchmann N, Catford JA, Cavender-Bares J, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Gleixner G, Hölzel N, Kattge J, Klaus V, Kleinebecker T, Lange M, Le Provost G, Meyer ST, Molina-Venegas R, Mommer L, Oelmann Y, Penone C, Prati D, Reich PB, Rindisbacher A, Schäfer D, Scheu S, Schmid B, Tilman D, Tscharntke T, Vogel A, Wagg C, Weigelt A, Weisser WW, Wilcke W, Manning P : The results of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic.em>Nature Ecology & Evolution, Online Article.
  • Wagemaker CAMW, Mommer L, Visser EJW, Weigelt A, van Gurp TP, Smit-Tiekstra AE, de Kroon H : msGBS: A new high-throughput approach to quantify species proportions in root samples of multi-species plant communities.GMolecular Ecology Resources, Online Article.
  • Guerrero-Ramírez NR, Mommer L, Freschet GT, Iversen CM, McCormack ML, Kattge J, Poorter H, van der Plas F, Bermann J, Kuyper TW, York LM, Bruelheide H, Laughlin DC, Meier IC, Roumet C, Semchenko M, Sweeney CJ, van Ruijven J, Valverde-Barrantes OJ, Aubin I Catford JA, Manning P, Martin A, Milla R, Minden V, Pausas JG, Smith SW, Soudzilovskaia NA, Ammer C, Butterfield B, Craine J, Cornelissen JHC, de Vries FT, Isaac ME, Kramer K, König C, Lamb EG, Onipchenko VG, Peñuelas J, Reich PB, Rillig MC, Sack L, Shipley B, Tedersoo L, Valladares F, van Bodegom P, Weigelt P, Wright JP & Weigelt A :Global root traits (GRooT) database. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30,1, Online Article.
  • Wright A J, Mommer L, Barry K, van Ruijven J : Stress gradients and biodiversity: environmental amelioration drives stronger biodiversity effects during drought years. Journal of Ecology, 101, 1,e03193, Online Article.
  • Lama S, Velescu A, Leimer S, Weigelt A, Chen H, Eisenhauer N, Scheu S, Oelmann Y, Wilcke W. Plant diversity decreased gross nitrogen mineralization and microbial ammo-nium consumption in a grassland experiment. Oecologia, 193, pages731–748, Online Article.
  • Freiberg M, Winter M, Gentile A, Ziska A, Muellner-Riehl A-N, Weigelt A, Wirth C: LCVP, The Leipzig catalogue of vascular plants, a new taxonomic reference list for all known vascular plants. Sci Data,7, 416 , Online Article.
  • Herrmann M, Geesink P, Richter R, Küsel K: Canopy position has a stronger effect than tree species identity on phyllosphere bacterial diversity in a floodplain hardwood forest. bioRxiv, Online Article.
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