Phototrophic community succession as driver of mineral weathering and soil formation along chronosequences in maritime Antarctica



Dr. Jens Boy
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Bodenkunde (IFBK)



Weathering is of utmost importance for the support of life on earth, as it turns bedrock into soil and delivers nutrients to organisms. Vice versa, life itself is heavily engaged in mineral weathering by investment of photosynthates into weathering processes. We aim at investigating the processes and thresholds in biogenic weathering as a function of photoautotrophic community succession from microalgae/cyanobacteria to lichen-dominated stages towards the appearance of higher plants along soil chronosequences built by global-change induced glacier retreat in maritime Antarctica. For this, along the chronosequences weathering agents, organic carbon allocation to the soil, mineral in-situ composition and biogenic weathering on surfaces of introduced and defined, rock forming minerals will be assessed and related to phototrophic community structure. We expect to contribute to the understanding if and how life alters its own habitat in an extreme terrestrial ecosystem, and how this biogeosystem may respond to changes induced by Global Change in an increasingly warmer Antarctica.


DFG-Verfahren: Infrastruktur-Schwerpunktprogramme

Internationaler Bezug: Chile

Beteiligte Person: Professor Dr. Thomas Friedl; Professor Dr. Roberto Eduardo Godoy Borquez; Professor Dr. Georg Guggenberger; Professor Dr. Robert Mikutta; Dr. Olga Shibistova; Professor Dr. Dirk Wagner

Förderung von 2013 - 2017