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Oktober 2020

  • 5 Oktober: Apero + Eintrittsvorlesung Prof. Marcel van der Heijden: Pesticides, Climate Change & Microbiome Engineering: Agricultural Challenges for a Sustainable Future. UZH main building.

July 2020

  • A large article featuring our work “the jungle below our feet” and the potential of mycorrhizal inoculation and microbes for agriculture was published in one of the main Swiss newspapers, the “Tagesanzeiger” (PDF of this article (PDF, 1360 KB)).

June 2020

  • PhD Position: In collaboration with Alberto Orgiazzi and others at the JRC, we are looking for a PhD student: “Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Assessment across Europe“ Apply at: Jobs UZH
  • Start of SNF project “microbiome complexity and microbial keystone taxa as drivers of agro-ecosystem functioning”.
  • Klaus Schläppi, former team- and project leader, started a new position as associate professor on plant-microbe interactions at the University of Basel.

May 2020

April 2020 

  • Gina Garland, former postdoc in the digging deeper project got a permanent position as researcher in the research group soil quality and soil protection at Agroscope.
  • Verena Säle, former PhD student on mycorrhizas got a position as researcher in the “Extension Gemüsebau” group at Agroscope, location Wädenswil.

March 2020 

  • Lecture cancelled and postponed due to Corona outbreak. 16 March: Apero + Eintrittsvorlesung Prof. Marcel van der Heijden: Pesticides, Climate Change & Microbiome Engineering: Agricultural Challenges for a Sustainable Future. UZH main building.

February 2020

  • We are looking for a Postdoc in Microbiome Ecology & Agro-ecosystem functioning (application deadline 28. February 2020). Job description 
  • The paper “Keystone taxa in microbiology: roles, drivers and importance for microbiome functioning” “ by Banerjee, S., Schlaeppi, K., van der Heijden, M.G.A., (2018). Nature Reviews Microbiology 16: 567-576. is a “Web of Science hot paper”, meaning that it is in the top 0.1% of its academic field.

January 2020

  • Claire Stanley, former SNF Ambizione Fellow and teamleader in our group starts her new position as assistant professor at Imperial College London
  • Janine Moll, former PhD student in our group starts a scientist position in the NABO group at Agroscope.
  • We are looking for a PhD student “Soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning assessment across Europe” (application deadline 6. February 2020). This is a joint research project between the University of Zurich and Joint Research Centre of the EU

November 2019

  • Marcel van der Heijden is again elected as “Highly Cited Researcher” (section Cross Fields), together with approximately 6000 other researchers in the world.
  • «Ohne Bakterien und Pilze sähe es auf der Erde aus wie auf dem Mars». This press release on the importance of microbial networks for ecosystem functioning was picked up by the media and published in a wide range of newspapers including Blick, Bauernzeitung, le Matin, 20 Minuten, etc.): Blick 

Oktober 2019

  • new paper in Nature Communications: Wagg, C., Schlaeppi, K., Banerjee, S., Kuramae, E. E., & van der Heijden, M. G.A. (2019). Fungal-bacterial diversity and microbiome complexity predict ecosystem functioning. Nature Communications 10(1), 1-10.
  • Kompost Experiment Ehrendingen: We established a new field experiment and test the impact of compost application on soil carbon storage, soil biodiversity and nutrient use efficiency. Funded by Stiftung Mercator Schweiz.

September 2019

  • Sam Banerjee, former postdoc and teamleader in our group starts his new position as assistant professor at North Dakota State University
  • 4 September: Marcel van der Heijden gave a Russell lecture in Sheffield and was distinguished by the British Soil Science Society for this scientific work. 

August 2019

  • For the third year we simulate climate change (drought) in our farming system and tillage experiment (FAST). The result show that drought has a major impact on plant yield (yield was reduced with approximately 25%). This is a research collaboration with the group of Prof. Nina Buchmann. Funding by Stiftung Mercator Schweiz and the World Food Systems Centre der ETHZ.
    See interviews with Raphael Wittwer:
    SRF Tagesschau
    Radio Télévision Suisse
    SRF Einstein (6.12.2018)

June & August 2019

  • Our Day of Subterrean Life (Tag des unterirdischen Lebens), including soil your undies (Unterhosen verbuddeln) received a lot of attention in the Swiss media. It was reported on Television (SRF Schweiz aktuell and SRF Glanz & Gloria), various radio stations (e.g. SRF Morgengast, Radio24, Energy Radio, Radio Central, Radio Toxic, Radio Sunshine, Radio Rottu Oberwallis, etc.) and many newspapers (e.g. Tagesanzeiger, Bauernzeitung, Blick, 20 Minuten, Aargauer Zeitung) and blogs. Aim of this event was to reach the general public and raise the importance of soil quality, soil health and soil life (soil biodiversity) for agriculture and natural processes.
    Radio SRF1
    SRF Schweiz Aktuell
    SRF Glanz & Gloria