Biogeochemistry and biodiversity of agro- and forest ecosystems

Ecosystem Functioning and Global Change

Research in the Grassland Sciences group focuses on the process- and system-oriented understanding of functional plant diversity and of ecosystem biogeochemistry, in particular biospheric-atmospheric greenhouse gas exchange, both in response to human and biophysical drivers, across spatial and temporal scales.

Based on a multidisciplinary approach, we use classical ecological methods and further develop innovative tools, such as stable isotope analyses and micrometeorological measurements, in our observational and experimental studies.

Recent Publications

  • Cropping systems alter hydraulic traits of barley but not pea grown in mixture
    Sun, Qing; Gilgen, Anna K.; Signarbieux, Constant; Klaus, Valentin H.; Buchmann, Nina
    Plant Cell And Environment  10.1111/pce.14054  Early Access: APR 2021
  • The effect of temperature changes and K supply on the reproduction and growth of Bolboschoenus planiculmis
    Liu, Ying; Bachofen, Christoph; Lou, Yanjing; Ding, Zhi; Jiang, Ming; et al.
    Journal Of Plant Ecology 10.1093/jpe/rtaa091 Published: APR 2021
  • Are there memory effects on greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, N2O and CH4) following grassland restoration?
    Merbold, Lutz; Decock, Charlotte; Eugster, Werner; Fuchs, Kathrin; Wolf, Benjamin; et al.
    Biogeosciences, 10.5194/bg-18-1481-2021   MAR 2 2021
  • Evaluating long-term success in grassland restoration: an ecosystem multifunctionality approach
    Resch, Monika Carol; Schutz, Martin; Buchmann, Nina; Frey, Beat; Graf, Ulrich; et al.
    Ecological Applications, 10.1002/eap.2271   APR 2021
  • Biodiversity facets affect community surface temperature via 3D canopy structure in grassland communities
    Guimaraes-Steinicke, Claudia; Weigelt, Alexandra; Proulx, Raphael; Lanners, Thomas; Eisenhauer, Nico; et al.
    Journal Of Ecology, 10.1111/1365-2745.13631   MAR 2021
  • Evaluating the Potential of Legumes to Mitigate N2O Emissions From Permanent Grassland Using Process-Based Models
    Fuchs, Kathrin; Merbold, Lutz; Buchmann, Nina; Bellocchi, Gianni; Bindi, Marco; et al.
    Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 10.1029/2020GB006561    DEC 2020
  • Rethinking temperature effects on leaf growth, gene expression and metabolism: Diel variation matters
    Kronenberg, Lukas; Yates, Steven; Ghiasi, Shiva; Roth, Lukas; Friedli, Michael; Ruckle, Michael E; Werner, Roland A; Tschurr, Flavian; Binggeli, Melanie; Buchmann, Nina; Studer, Bruno; Walter, Achim
    Plant Cell And Environment   DOI: 10.1111/pce.13958 DEC 2020
  • Plant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning
    van der Plas, Fons; Schroeder-Georgi, Thomas; Weigelt, Alexandra; Barry, Kathryn; Meyer, Sebastian; et al.
    Nature Ecology & Evolution  DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-01316-9  DEC 2020
  • COSORE: A community database for continuous soil respiration and other soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas flux data
    Bond-Lamberty, Ben; Christianson, Danielle S.; Malhotra, Avni; Pennington, Stephanie C.; Sihi, Debjani; et al.
    Global Change Biology   DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15353  DEC 2020
  • The results of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic
    Jochum, Malte; Fischer, Markus; Isbell, Forest; Roscher, Christiane; van der Plas, Fons; Boch, Steffen; Boenisch, Gerhard; Buchmann, Nina; Catford, Jane A; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine; Ebeling, Anne; Eisenhauer, Nico; Gleixner, Gerd; Hoelzel, Norbert; Kattge, Jens; Klaus, Valentin H.; Kleinebecker, Till; Lange, Markus; Le Provost, Gaetane; Meyer, Sebastian T.; Molina-Venegas, Rafael; Mommer, Liesje; Oelmann, Yvonne; Penone, Caterina; Prati, Daniel; Reich, Peter B.; Rindisbacher, Abiel; Schaefer, Deborah; Scheu, Stefan; Schmid, Bernhard; Tilman, David; Tscharntke, Teja; Vogel, Anja; Wagg, Cameron; Weigelt, Alexandra; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Manning, Peter
    Nature Ecology & Evolution Nov 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1280-9
  • SoilTemp: A global database of near-surface temperature
    Lembrechts, Jonas J; Aalto, Juha; Ashcroft, Michael B; De Frenne, Pieter; Kopecky, Martin; et al.
    Global Change Biology  DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15123  Published: NOV 2020
  • Altered energy partitioning across terrestrial ecosystems in the European drought year 2018 
    Graf, Alexander; Klosterhalfen, Anne; Arriga, Nicola; Bernhofer, Christian; Bogena, Heye; et al.
    Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B-biological Sciences  DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0524  OCT 26 2020
  • Physiological response of Swiss ecosystems to 2018 drought across plant types and elevation
    Gharun, Mana; Hoertnagl, Lukas; Paul-Limoges, Eugenie; Ghiasi, Shiva; Feigenwinter, Iris; Burri, Susanne; Marquardt, Kristiina; Etzold, Sophia; Zweifel, Roman; Eugster, Werner; Buchmann, Nina
    Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B-biological Sciences   10.1098/rstb.2019.0521  OCT 26 2020
  • Adaptation to drought is coupled with slow growth, but independent from phenology in marginal silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) populations
    Csillery, Katalin; Buchmann, Nina; Fady, Bruno
    Evolutionary Applications  DOI: 10.1111/eva.13029  OCT 2020
  • Nitrate and ammonium differ in their impact on delta C-13 of plant metabolites and respired CO2 from tobacco leaves
    Ghiasi, Shiva; Lehmann, Marco M.; Badeck, Franz-W; Ghashghaie, Jaleh; Haensch, Robert; et al.
    Isotopes In Environmental And Health Studies   DOI: 10.1080/10256016.2020.1810683 SEP 2020
  • Stomatal response to decreased relative humidity constrains the acceleration of terrestrial evapotranspiration
    Xiao, Mingzhong; Yu, Zhongbo; Kong, Dongdong; Gu, Xihui; Mammarella, Ivan; et al.
    Environmental Research Letters   DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab9967  SEP 2020
  • Canopy photosynthesis of six major arable crops is enhanced under diffuse light due to canopy architecture
    Emmel, Carmen; D'Odorico, Petra; Revill, Andrew; Hortnagl, Lukas; Ammann, Christof; et al.
    Global Change Biology  DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15226 SEP 2020
  • The results of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic
    Jochum, Malte; Fischer, Markus; Isbell, Forest; Roscher, Christiane; van der Plas, Fons; Boch, Steffen; Boenisch, Gerhard; Buchmann, Nina; Catford, Jane A; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine; Ebeling, Anne; Eisenhauer, Nico; Gleixner, Gerd; Hoelzel, Norbert; Kattge, Jens; Klaus, Valentin H.; Kleinebecker, Till; Lange, Markus; Le Provost, Gaetane; Meyer, Sebastian T.; Molina-Venegas, Rafael; Mommer, Liesje; Oelmann, Yvonne; Penone, Caterina; Prati, Daniel; Reich, Peter B.; Rindisbacher, Abiel; Schaefer, Deborah; Scheu, Stefan; Schmid, Bernhard; Tilman, David; Tscharntke, Teja; Vogel, Anja; Wagg, Cameron; Weigelt, Alexandra; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Manning, Peter
    Nature Ecology & Evolution Early Access: AUG 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1280-9
  • Biodiversity increases multitrophic energy use efficiency, flow and storage in grasslands
    Buzhdygan, OY; Meyer, ST; Weisser, WW; Eisenhauer, N; Ebeling, A; Borrett, SR; Buchmann, N; Cortois, R; De Deyn, GB; de Kroon, H; Gleixner, G; Hertzog, LR; Hines, J; Lange, M; Mommer, L ; Ravenek, J; Scherber, C; Scherer-Lorenzen, M; Scheu, S; Schmid, B; Steinauer, K; Strecker, T; Tietjen, B; Vogel, A; Weigelt, A; Petermann, JS
    Nature Ecology & Evolution 2020, 10.1038/s41559-020-1123-8
  • The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data
    Pastorello, Gilberto; Trotta, Carlo; Canfora, Eleonora; Chu, Housen; Christianson, Danielle; et al.
    Scientific Data  DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-0534-3  JUL 9 2020
  • Carbon allocation to the root system of tropical tree Ceiba pentandra using C-13 pulse labelling in an aeroponic facility
    Mannerheim, Neringa; Blessing, Carola H.; Oren, Israel; Grunzweig, Jose M.; Bachofen, Christoph; et al.
    Tree Physiology  DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpz142  Published: MAR 2020
  • Do biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments inform stakeholders how to simultaneously conserve biodiversity and increase ecosystem service provisioning in grasslands?
    Klaus, Valentin H.; Whittingham, Mark J.; Baldi, Andras; Eggers, Sonke; Francksen, Richard M.; et al.
    Biological Conservation   DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108552 Published: MAY 2020
  • Carbon-nitrogen interactions in European forests and semi-natural vegetation - Part 1: Fluxes and budgets of carbon, nitrogen and greenhouse gases from ecosystem monitoring and modelling
    Flechard, Chris R.; Ibrom, Andreas; Skiba, Ute M.; de Vries, Wim; van Oijen, Marcel; et al.
    Biogeosciences  DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-1583-2020, Published: MAR 26 2020
  • Carbon-nitrogen interactions in European forests and semi-natural vegetation - Part 2: Untangling climatic, edaphic, management and nitrogen deposition effects on carbon sequestration potentials
    Flechard, Chris R.; van Oijen, Marcel; Cameron, David R.; de Vries, Wim; Ibrom, Andreas; et al.
    Biogeosciences  DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-1621-2020, Published: MAR 26 2020
  • Plant diversity effects on forage quality, yield and revenues of semi-natural grasslands
    Schaub, S; Finger, R; Leiber, F; Probst, S; Kreuzer, M; Weigelt, A; Buchmann, N; Scherer-Lorenzen, M
    Nature Communications 11(1) Article Number: 768 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-14541-4  FEB 7 2020
  • Assessing the response of forest productivity to climate extremes in Switzerland using model-data fusion
    Trotsiuk, Volodymyr; Hartig, Florian; Cailleret, Maxime; Babst, Flurin; Forrester, David I.; Baltensweiler, Andri; Buchmann, Nina; Bugmann, H; Gessler, A; Gharun, M; Minunno, F;  Rigling, A; Rohner, B; Stillhard, J; Thurig, E; Waldner, P; Ferretti, M; Eugster, W; Schaub, M
    Global Change Biology 10.1111/gcb.15011 FEB 2020
  • Light and VPD gradients drive foliar nitrogen partitioning and photosynthesis in the canopy of European beech and silver fir
    Bachofen, Christoph; D'Odorico, Petra; Buchmann, Nina
    Oecologia, 10.1007/s00442-019-04583-x, FEB 2020
  • TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access
    Kattge, Jens; Boenisch, Gerhard; Diaz, Sandra; Lavorel, Sandra; Prentice, Iain Colin; et al.
    Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.14904, JAN 2020
  • Multimodel Evaluation of Nitrous Oxide Emissions From an Intensively Managed Grassland
    Fuchs, Kathrin; Merbold, Lutz; Buchmann, Nina; Bretscher, Daniel; Brilli, Lorenzo; et al.
    Journal Of Geophysical Research-biogeosciences   DOI: 10.1029/2019JG005261  JAN 2020
  • Economic benefits from plant species diversity in intensively managed grasslands
    Schaub, Sergei; Buchmann, Nina; Luscher, Andreas; Finger, Robert
    Ecological Economics,  DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106488  2020
  • Adaptation to local climate in multi-trait space: evidence from silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) populations across a heterogeneous environment
    Csillery, Katalin; Ovaskainen, Otso; Sperisen, Christoph; Buchmann, Nina; Widmer, Alex; Gugerli, F
    Heredity,  DOI: 10.1038/s41437-019-0240-0, 2020
  • Limited evidence for spatial resource partitioning across temperate grassland biodiversity experiments
    Barry, Kathryn E.; van Ruijven, Jasper; Mommer, Liesje; Bai, Yongfei; Beierkuhnlein, Carl; Buchmann, N; de Kroon, H; Ebeling, A; Eisenhauer, N; Guimaraes-Steinicke, C; Hildebrandt, A; Isbell, F; Milcu, A; Nesshover, C; Reich, PB; Roscher, C; Sauheitl, L; Scherer-Lorenzen, M; Schmid, B; Tilman, D; von Felten, S; Weigelt, A
    Ecology,  DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2905, 2020
  • Transferring biodiversity-ecosystem function research to the management of 'real-world' ecosystems
    Manning, Peter; Loos, Jacqueline; Barnes, Andrew D.; Batary, Peter; Bianchi, Felix J. J. A.; et al.
    Mechanisms Underlying The Relationship Between Biodiversity And Ecosystem Function, 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.009, 2019
Nina Buchmann ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann
ETH Zurich
Institute of Agricultural Sciences
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 39 59

Research topics

  • Plant and Ecosystem Ecophysiology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Greenhouse Gas Exchange (CO2, H2O, CH4, N2O)
  • Biodiversity & Ecosystem Functioning
  • Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Policy Advice

Interdisciplinary

  • Global change biology
  • Sustainable and efficient resource use.
  • Ecosystem Ecology