Welcome to Terrestrial Ecology

Brief description Facilities Projects /courses Research focus

The section is covering seven fields of research

 Anders Michelsen Plant physiological ecology and biogeochemistry
 Flemming Ekelund Diversity and function
 Helge Ro-Poulsen Ecophysiology and environmental management
 Rasmus Kjøller Fungal Ecology
 Riikka Rinnan Ecosystem-atmosphere interactions
 Søren Christensen Carbon turnover dynamics

The biological activity of plants and microorganisms transforms transports and sometimes accumulate natural as well as xenobiotic substances in our ecosystems. Environmental impacts, such as climate change and pesticide pollution, may affect organisms and can therefore result in deleterious effects on the biological processes and thus on the environment. Plants are found in symbiotic relationship with fungi and bacteria, and a number of other organisms are closely related to the plant root zone; such as bacteria, protozoa and nematodes. Our understanding of local and global biochemical cycles, and our chances to predict the effect of environmental impacts, therefore depends on our understanding of the interactions between organisms and between organisms and the environment. This dual focus on both ecosystem cycling and on the individual organisms, is the main focus of Terrestrial Ecology. The section offers a wide range of exciting courses and projects focusing on terrestrial organisms and processes. Our laboratories are newly re-build, well-functioning and contain a wide range of modern advanced equipment.