Marcel van der Heijden

Research Interests

My research focuses on the role of soil biodiversity as a determinant of plant biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Special attention is given to microbial diversity, symbiotic associations between plants and soil microbes, plant-soil interactions, ecosystem sustainability and the development of ecological farming systems.

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Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present Guest Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - present Extra-ordinary Professor in Mycorrhizal Ecology, Plant Microbe Interactions Group, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2007 - present Head of Research Group, Ecological Farming Group, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon, Research Station ART
2000 - 2011 Postdoc / Researcher/ Assistant Professor, Institute of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994 - 2000 Ph.D. study (summa cum laude), Botanical Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
1989 - 1994 Bachelors & Masters degree; Agricultural University Wageningen, The Netherlands

Selected Publications

Research Papers

  • Verbruggen E., Kiers ET., Bakelaar PNC., Röling WFM., van der Heijden MGA. (2012) Soil communities from organically and conventionally managed fields provide different agro-ecosystem services. Plant and Soil 350: 43-55.
  • Wagg C., Jansa J., Stadler M., Schmid B., van der Heijden MGA. (2011) Below ground fungal diversity drives above ground productivity. Ecology Letters 14: 1001-1009.
  • Mulder C., Boit A., Bonkowski M., De Ruiter PC., Mancinelli G., van der Heijden MGA., Van Wijnen HJ., Vonk A., Rutgers M. (2011) A Belowground Perspective on Dutch Agroecosystems: How Soil Organisms Interact to Support Ecosystem Services. Advances in Ecological Research 44: 277-357.
  • Veiga R., Jansa JJ., Frossard E., van der Heijden MGA. (2011) Can arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi suppress agricultural weeds. PLOS One 6: e27825.
  • Oehl F., Jansa J., Ineichen K., Mäder P., van der Heijden MGA. (2011) Arbuskuläre Mykorrhizapilze als Bioindikatoren in Schweizer Landwirtschaftsböden. Agrarforschung Schweiz 2, 304-311.
  • Wagg C., Jansa J., Stadler M., Schmid B., van der Heijden MGA. (2011) Mycorrhizal fungal identity and diversity relaxes plant-plant competition. Ecology 92: 1303-131.
  • Verbruggen E., Röling WFM., Gamper H., Kowalchuk GA., Verhoef HA., van der Heijden MGA. (2010) Positive effects of organic farming on belowground mutualists – large scale comparison of mycorrhizal communities in agricultural soils. New Phytologist 186: 968-979.
  • Nottingham AT., Turner BL., Winter K., van der Heijden MGA., Tanner EVJ. (2010) Arbuscular mycorrhizal mycelial respiration in a moist tropical forest. New Phytologist 186: 957-967.
  • Oehl F., Laczko E., Bogenrieder A., Stahr K., Bösch R., van der Heijden MGA., Sieverding E. (2010) Soil type and land use intensity affect the composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 47: 724-738.
  • Kiers ET., Adler LS., Grman EL., van der Heijden MGA. (2010) The role of jasmonates in mediating aboveground and belowground mutualisms. Functional Ecology 24: 434-443.
  • Rinaudo V., Bàrberi P., Giovannetti M., van der Heijden MGA. (2010) Mycorrhizal fungi suppress aggressive agricultural weeds. Plant & Soil 333: 7-20.
  • van der Heijden MGA. (2010) Mycorrhizal fungi reduce nutrient loss from model grassland ecosystems. Ecology 91: 1163-1171.
  • van der Heijden MGA., Verkade S., de Bruin S. (2008) Mycorrhizal fungi reduce the negative effects of nitrogen enrichment on plant community structure in dune grassland. Global Change Biology 14: 2626-2635.
  • Scheublin TR., van Logtestijn R., van der Heijden MGA. (2007) Presence and identity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi influence competitive interactions between plant species. Journal of Ecology 95: 631-638.
  • van der Heijden MGA., Scheublin TR. (2007) Functional traits in mycorrhizal ecology: their use for predicting the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities on plant growth and ecosystem functioning. New Phytologist 174: 244-250 (including Front Cover).

Review Papers

  • Compant S., van der Heijden MGA., Sessitsch A. (2010) Climate change effects on beneficial plant-microorganism interactions. FEMS microbiology ecology 73: 197-214.
  • Gamper HA., van der Heijden MGA., Kowalchuk GA. (2010) Molecular trait indicators: Moving beyond phylogeny in arbuscular mycorrhizal ecology. New Phytologist 185: 67-82.
  • Berg MP., Kiers TR., Driessen G., van der Heijden M., Kooi B., Kuenen F., Liefting M., Verhoef HA., Ellers J. (2010) Adapt or disperse: understanding species persistence in a changing environment. Global Change Biology 16: 587-598.
  • van der Heijden MGA., Horton TR. (2009) Socialism in soil: The importance of mycorrhizal fungal networks for facilitation in natural ecosystems. Journal of Ecology 97: 1139-1150.
  • van der Heijden MGA., Bardgett RD., van Straalen NM (2008) The unseen majority: soil microbes as drivers of plant diversity and productivity in terrestrial ecosystems. Ecology Letters 11: 296-310.

Book Chapters

  • Dorn B., Jossi W., van der Heijden MGA. (2011) Leguminosen als Zwischenbegrünung im ökologischen Ackerbau mit konservierende Bodenbearbeitung. In: Leithold G, Becker K, Brock C, Wilbois K-P, Williges U (eds). 11. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau. Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, 16.-18.3.2011. 32-35.
  • Zihlmann U., Tschachtli R., Oberholzer HR., van der Heijden MGA., Oehl F., (2011) Langzeitversuch Burgrain: Ertrag und Qualität von biologisch und integriert angebauten Ackerkulturen im Vergleich. In: Leithold, G., Becker, K., Brock, C., Wilbois, K-P., Williges, U., (eds). 11. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau. Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, 16.-18.3.2011. 81-85. Organic E-prints.
  • van der Heijden MGA., Verbruggen E., Zihlmann U., Oehl F. (2011) Bioackerbau fördert Bodenbiodiversität: Artenvielfalt von nützlichen Mykorrhizapilzen in landwirtschaftlichen Böden. . In: Leithold, G., Becker, K., Brock, C., Wilbois, K-P., Williges, U., (eds). 11. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau. Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, 16.-18.3.2011. 44-45. Organic E-prints.
  • Oehl F., van der Heijden MGA., Jansa JJ., Ineichen K. (2010) Bodenbiodiversität: Artenvielfalt von nützlichen Mykorrhiza-Pilzen in schweizerischen Landwirtschaftsböden. ART Schriftreihe: 14.
  • Zihlmann U., Jossi W., Scherrer C., Krebs H., Oberholzer H., Albisser Vögeli G., Nemecek T., Richner W., Brack E., Gunst L., Hiltbrunner J., van der Heijden MGA., Weisskopf P., Dubois D., Oehl F., Tschachtli R., Nussbaumer A. (2010) Integrierter und biologischer Anbau im Vergleich. Resultate aus dem Anbausystemversuch Burgrain 1991 bis 2008. ART-Berichte: 722, pp. 1-16.
  • Mayer J., Alföldi T., Leiber F., Dubois D., Fried P., Heckendorn F., Hillmann E., Klocke P., Lüscher A., Riedel S., Stolze M., Strasser F., van der Heijden MGA., Willer H. (2009) Editors. Werte – Wege – Wirkungen: Biolandbau im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ernährungssicherung, Markt und Klimawandel. Beiträge zur 10. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau Zürich, 11.-13. Februar 2009. 1030 pp. Verlag Dr. Köster, Berlin
  • van der Heijden MGA., Rinaudo V., Verbruggen E., Scherrer C., Bàrberi P., Giovannetti M. (2008) The significance of mycorrhizal fungi for crop productivity and ecosystem sustainability in organic farming systems. Organic E-prints. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674.
  • Kothamasi D., Kiers ET., van der Heijden MGA. (2010) The Role of Mutualisms in community Organization. In Verhoef, H.A., Morin, P. (Eds.). Community Ecology, Oxford University Press, pp. 179-192.
  • Bell T., Gessner MO., Griffiths RI., McLaren J., Morin PJ., van der Heijden MGA., van der Putten WH. (2009) Microbial biodiversity and ecosystem functioning under controlled conditions and in the wild. In: Naeem S., Bunker D., Hector A., Loreau M., & Perrins C. (Eds.) Biodiversity and Human Impacts. Oxford University Press, pp. 121-133.
  • Horton TR., van der Heijden MGA. (2008) The role of symbiosis in seedling establishment and survival. In: Leck, M.A., Parker, V.T., Simpson, R.L. (Eds.). Seedling Ecology and Evolution. Cambridge University Press, pp. 189-213.