Matthias Rillig’s lab at Freie Universität Berlin is part of the Institute of Biology and the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB).
Our research focus is on soil ecology and global change biology, with most people in the lab working on fungi. We work with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and also saprobic fungi.
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Some examples of research themes we currently pursue:
- ecological synthesis (e.g., using meta-analytical techniques and research weaving)
- the biodiversity of soil aggregation, particularly the role of mycorrhizal and saprobic fungi and their interactions with other soil biota
- biodiversity and community ecology of of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, using methods of molecular ecology, for example as part of the BMBF initiative BonaRes examining communities of AM fungi in agroecosystems
- soil biota effects on plants and plant communities
- trait-based approaches in fungi, for example using saprobic fungi as model systems to test ecological principles
- understanding impacts of global change drivers (see ERC Advanced Grant), including work on microplastic in soil, and work on multiple drivers of global change