Organisational unit: Research group
Research areas and keywords
The research group Microbial ecology works with identification of the microorganisms that carry out carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) turnover in soils, particularly forest soils. They characterize some of these processes at molecular levels and identify how they are regulated under different environmental scenarios. A major focus is on symbiotic interactions between fungi and roots of plants.
The microbial world represents the largest reservoir of biodiversity that also is fundamental to sustaining key ecosystem processes, including the terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles and the maintenance of plant fertility, across the breadth of the Earths ecosystems. In order to understand the role of microbial communities in ecosystem processes and to solve the major problems associated with human impact on the environment, a comprehensive and fundamental knowledge of microbial ecology is essential. The focus of the Microbial Ecology Group is to understand the ecology, diversity and functions of microorganisms in natural and engineered ecosystems, and the research is organized in five major research themes: Microbial control of biogeochemistry in soil Plant-microbial interactions Simulating soil structure Molecular science of biogeochemical processes Decomposition mechanisms of fungi at the molecular level
Recent research outputs
Drought legacies on soil respiration and microbial community in a Mediterranean forest soil under different soil moisture and carbon inputsLei Liu, Marc Estiarte, Per Bengtson, Jian Li, Dolores Asensio, Häkan Wallander & Josep Peñuelas, 2022 Jan, In: Geoderma. 405, 115425.
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