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Virus Update
Covid-19 Update

During winter 2021/22, teaching is expected to be more face-to-face again. However, there will also be hybrid and online formats, depending on conditions.. Information on the individual courses can be found on Ilias. Make sure that e-mails from the Ilias system can reach you. Please also see the KIT FAQ page on the topic.

Pastures unfertilisedJörg Hailer
Biodiversity closes the phosphorus cycle

In a publication in the renowned journal Nature Communications Sophia Leimer and Wolfgang Wilcke from IFGG together with Yvonne Oelmann from the University of Tübingen and the consortia of two large German biodiversity experiments were able to show that in agricultural grassland ecosystems both the above- and belowground biodiversity contribute to optimally use the available phosphorus - an important plant nutrient element and a scarce ressource as mineral fertiliser.

Rio NegroChristian Damm
Rio Negro

During a two-week excursion over 30 students from both the KIT (Germany) and INPA (Brazil) installed permanent forest inventories on the Rio Negro, a large tributary of the Amazon River. We subsequently merged resulting inventory data with historical hydrological data to model the flooding distribution of 111 tree species.

VjosaStefan Schmutz

This baseline survey summarises the value of the Vjosa River system as one of the few remaining reference sites for dynamic floodplains in Europe on the one hand, and reveals the detrimental effects dams could have on the river system on the other: Only one dam will significantly destroy the ecological continuum of a pristine river.

New tool to recognize ecosystem change

In a new publication in the renowned journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), the consortium of the German Biodiversity Exploratories with the participation of Sophia Leimer and Wolfgang Wilcke of the IFGG show that increasing land-use intensity in grassland and forest changes the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the resulting ecosystem services, which are important for humans. With the proposed method which is based on network theory, a novel tool becomes available with which the entire complexity of the anthropogenically caused ecosystem changes can be recognized.

Alfred Wirthmann
Obituary - Alfred Wirthmann

Alfred Wirthmann; who has died at the age of 92, was a central figure of this institute. From 1968 to 1996 he was Professor of Geography in Karlsruhe. The study course Geoecology in Karlsruhe was introduced on his initiative in 1986.

Obituary (in German)

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Erwin Project
New project

The project called ErWiN contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of forest fires and to reducing the risk of forest fires. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Fabian Faßnacht.

Reflectance follows function
Why plant reflectance follows function

An article in Nature Scientific Reports with Dr. Teja Kattenborn as first author explains why the reflectance of plants follows function.