German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
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The Jena Experiment

Researchers at work during field work on the experimental field site of the Jena Experiment (Photo: Annette Gockele)
Researchers at work during field work on the experimental field site of the Jena Experiment (Photo: Annette Gockele)
Experimental plots of the trait-based biodiversity experiment, established in 2010 in the framework of the Jena Experiment.
Experimental plots of the trait-based biodiversity experiment, established in 2010 in the framework of the Jena Experiment.

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The Jena Experiment funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) started in 2002 and is one of the longest running biodiversity experiments in Europe. The experiment comprises more than 400 grassland research plots on a 10 ha field site. For the main experiment, plant communities of 1 to 60 plant species and 1 to 4 plant functional groups were established. The coordinated investigation of above-ground and below-ground consumers and processes includes a full quantification of the most important element cycles, which will be used to unravel the mechanisms underlying biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning.

Research focus

  • To understand the role of biodiversity for the functioning of ecosystems
  • To analyze the interdependence of plants, soil, atmosphere, climate, consumers, and land-use management in grassland ecosystems
  • To enable scientists to study ecosystem processes on the same plot and over a time- scale of more than two years

Key data

    • Location: Near the Saale river within the city boundaries of Jena in Thuringia
    • Platform type: Grassland experiment with approx. 400 research plots
    • Research groups involved: More than 50 scientists from 22 research institutions involved

    Contact

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
    wolfgang.weisser@tum.de

    Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer
    nico.eisenhauer@idiv.de

    Dr. Anne Ebeling (Scientific coordinator)
    anne.ebeling@uni-jena.de

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