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Hosting Legal Entity
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Dornburger Str. 159, Jena, PO: 07743 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2002
Scientific Description
The Jena Experiment is one of the longest biodiversity experiments in Europe. We have been studying diversity effects in European grassland communities since 2002.The strengths of the Jena Experiment, a full quantification of the most important element cycles as well as a coordinated investigation of above-ground and below-ground processes, will be used to unravel the mechanisms underlying the observed biodiversity effects. Most of our work focuses on abiotic and biotic relationships. These include species like decomposers (earthworms, arthropods and microbes), producers (plants), and consumers (herbivorous arthropods or parasitoids). We integrate information from greenhouse tests, mesocosm studies and field experimentation at multiple sites. Combined with data mining and modelling, our integrative approach is intended to provide insights into ecosystem functioning.

RI Keywords
Grassland ecosystem, Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, Biodiversity experiment
RI Category
In situ Earth Observatories
Environmental Management Infrastructures
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Data collection

Access to the experimental field site for data collection.

Cooperation and data use

External researchers can apply for collaborations and data use.

Field laboratory

Drying oven, water access, electricity, refrigerator, freezer.

Date of last update: 24/10/2013
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