Plant Biogeochemistry

Welcome to the Plant Biogeochemistry Group!

Our research broadly focuses on the interplay of roots with soil minerals and microorganisms and what impact that has on the environment, food production, soil quality or the global carbon cycle. If these topics interest you, contact us!

Our lab, most field studies and experimental setups are based at the UFZ in Leipzig and the associated research station Bad Lauchstädt. Check out our main website of the UFZ for more information. 



October 2023

Plant biogeochemistry in Ökotest: Marie contributed to the October lead story on rice in Ökotest

August 2023

We warmly welcome Karolin Seiferth as a PhD student in the CLEANER TB4 PhD college. Karolin will study the Plant-microbe interplay influencing urban pollutant transformation in percolation systems.

August 2023

We warmly welcome Natascha Kalantar as new intern and master student. She will be involved in the spatial analysis of rhizosphere processes of heavy metal hyperaccumulating plants in agricultural soils under future climatic conditions. 

July 2023

A new intern joined our group in one of our climate change projects.
We warmly welcome Nawshin Atia Keya.

July 2023

The Plant Biogeochemistry group is in Goldschmidt!
This is the foremost annual international conference on geochemistry. We are presenting our research in talks and poster sessions.

June 2023
We warmly welcome Nikolai Michel, Paula Gscheidel und Swati Sharma to our lab. Within their internships, they will work within our projects on the effects of climate change on agricultural soils.

April 2023

We warmly welcome our new Master students Katja Lenge and Sarah Keldenich who will be working on plant controls on greenhouse gas fluxes from permafrost soils based in Tuebingen.