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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Herrmann M., Opitz S., Harzer R., Totsche K. U. and Küsel K. accepted. Attached and suspended denitrifier communities in pristine limestone aquifers harbor high fractions of potential authotrophs oxidizing resduced iron and sulfur compounds. Microb Ecol.
Mori J.F., Ueberschaar N., Lu S., Cooper R.E., Pohnert G., Küsel K.(2017) Sticking together: Inter-species aggregation of bacteria isolated from iron snow is controlled by chemical signaling. The ISME Journal Doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.186. [Epub ahead of print]