Integrating Soil Biodiversity into Ecosystem Services

University of Cologne, Germany

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Research of the Bonkowski group (Terrestrial Ecology, Institute of Zoology, Dept. of Biology) is at the interface between community and ecosystem ecology. Much of their research focusses on he interactions of plants with microorganisms and rhizosphere food webs belowground. We aim to understand the functional significance of belowground biodiversity for aboveground systems.

Role within SOB4ES

The Bonkowski group (Terrestrial Ecology, Institute of Zoology, UoC) is assessing soil biodiversity with advanced molecular methods and will be responsible for improving soil biodiversity indicators and their contribution to ecosystem services within the MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) framework.

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Photo of Bonkowski, Michael, Prof. Dr
Bonkowski, Michael, Prof. Dr

Professor for Terrestrial Ecology