CRC Host University & Funding
The Collaborative Research Centre AquaDiva (CRC AquaDiva) of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
The CRC AquaDiva focuses on the important roles of water (Aqua) and biodiversity (Diva) for shaping the structure, properties and functions of the subsurface, the part of the Earth's Critical Zone (CZ) that begins below the highest density of plant roots and extends down into the first aquifers.
We seek to answer fundamental questions about the subsurface: What biota live there? How do they interact with and reflect their environment? How do they reflect surface properties? Answers are required to understand how increasing human activities impact this zone and the services it provides. Read more...
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Nawaz A, Purahong W, Lehmann R, Herrmann M, Küsel K, Totsche KU, Buscot F, Wubet T. 2016. Superimposed pristine limestone aquifers with marked hydrochemical differences exhibit distinct fungal communities. Front. Micobiol. accepted
Küsel K, Totsche KU, Trumbore SE, Lehmann R, Steinhäuser C and Herrmann M. 2016. How deep can surface signals be traced in the critical zone? Merging biodiversity with biogeochemistry research in a central German Muschelkalk landscape. Front. Earth Sci. 4:32. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00032