Dr Ellen Latz

Postdoc

Research Interest

 

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.

Short CV

 

Since 2015
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

Selected Publications

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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iDiv publications

 

Brose, U., P. Archambault, A. D. Barnes, L.-F. Bersier, T. Boy, ..., C. Digel, A. Dissanayake, A. A. V. Flores, K. Fussmann, B. Gauzens, C. Gray, J. Häussler, M. R. Hirt, U. Jacob, ..., E. Latz, K. Layer-Dobra, P. Legagneux, Y. Li, ..., B. C. Rall, B. Rosenbaum, R. Ryser, A. Silva, E. H. Sohlström, ..., S. Wang, J. M. Wefer, ..., A. C. Iles

(2019):
Predator traits determine food-web architecture across ecosystems Nature ecology & evolution 3(6), 919-927

Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Rall, B. C., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.

(2016):
Unravelling Linkages between Plant Community Composition and the Pathogen-Suppressive Potential of Soils Scientific Reports 6, 23584

Rall, B. C., Latz, E.

(2016):
Analyzing pathogen suppressiveness in bioassays with natural soils using integrative maximum likelihood methods in R PeerJ 4, e2615

Weidner, S., Latz, E., Agaras, B., Valverde, C., Jousset, A.

(2016):
Protozoa stimulate the plant beneficial activity of rhizospheric pseudomonads Plant and Soil 410(1-2), 509-15

Latz, E., Eisenhauer, N., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.

(2015):
Plant identity drives the expression of biocontrol factors in a rhizosphere bacterium across a plant diversity gradient Functional Ecology 29(9), 1225-34

Weidner, S., Koller, R., Latz, E., Kowalchuk, G., Bonkowski, M., Scheu, S., Jousset, A.

(2015):
Bacterial diversity amplifies nutrient-based plant-soil feedbacks Functional Ecology 29(10), 1341-49
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