Dr Ellen Latz
I am interested in the factors that drive the structure, stability and functioning of microbial networks (bacteria and protozoa).
The soil microbial food-web is a highly complex system and its trophic structure is sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, pH and nutrient conditions.
I primarily work with sterile microcosms enabling me to disentangle drivers of e.g. coexistence patterns and determinants of microbial diversity. With this system I can test ecological theory with a high number of replicates and in reduced time-course compared to experiments with higher organisms.
The aim of my studies is not only to increase our knowledge on certain microbial systems, but also upscaling the results to a global scale, improving existing ecological theory and making the effects of environmental change more predictable.
Postdoc in the Biodiversity Theory Group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Resarch (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
2013 - 2014
BMBF cooperation “Effect of agricultural practice on protozoa-bacteria interactions and their impact on soil fertility” with the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina.
2011 - 2015
PhD Thesis at the Georg-August-University Göttingen
2003 - 2010
Study of Biology at the Technische Universität Darmstadt
For an up-to-date list of publications, see my ResearcherID.
Weidner, S., Koller, R., Latz, E., Kowalchuck, G., Bonkowski, M., Scheu, S. & Jousset, A. (online): Bacterial diversity amplifies nutrient-based plant-soil feedbacks. Functional Ecology; doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12445.
Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Scheu, S. & Jousset, A. (online): Plant identity drives the expression of biocontrol factors in a rhizosphere bacterium across a plant diversity gradient. Functional Ecology; doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12417.
Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Rall, B.C., Allan, E., Roscher, C., Scheu, S., Jousset, A. (2012): Plant diversity improves protection against soil-borne pathogens by fostering antagonistic bacterial communities. Journal of Ecology 100: 597-604; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01940.x.
Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Rall, B. C., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.(2016):
Rall, B. C., Latz, E.(2016):
Weidner, S., Latz, E., Agaras, B., Valverde, C., Jousset, A.(2016):
Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.(2015):
Weidner, S., Koller, R., Latz, E., Kowalchuk, G., Bonkowski, M., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.(2015):
Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig, Germany
Friedrich Schiller University Jena