CRC Host University & Funding
The Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva (CRC AquaDiva) of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere
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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Lehmann R., Totsche K.U. (2020) Multi-directional flow dynamics shape groundwater quality in sloping bedrock strata. Journal of Hydrology 580: 124291. Doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124291.
Geesink P., Wegner C.-E., Probst A.J., Herrmann M., Dam H.T., Kaster A.-K., Küsel K. (2020) Genome-inferred spatio-temporal resolution of an uncultivated Roizmanbacterium reveals its ecological preferences in oligotrophic groundwater. Environmental Microbiology, in print. Doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14865.
Herrmann M., Geesink P., Yan L., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2020) Complex food webs coincide with high genetic potential for chemolithoautotrophy in fractured bedrock groundwater. Water Research 170: 115306. Doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.115306.