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Complete list of publications

  • Wuest SE, Pires ND, Luo S, Vasseur F, Messier J, Grossniklaus U, Niklaus PA (2022) Increasing plant group productivity through latent genetic variation for cooperation. PLoS Biology 20(11) e3001842. DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001842
  • Parreño MA, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Petchey OL (2022) How puzzles are shaping our understanding of biodiversity. GAIA 31/3: 139-145.
  • Huang Y, Schuldt A, Hoenig L, Yang B, Liu X, Bruelheide H, MA K, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (2022) Effects of enemy exclusion on biodiversity–productivity relationships in a subtropical forest experiment. Journal of Ecology, 110: 2167-2178. DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.13940
  • Yang B, Liang Y, Schmid B, Baruffol M, Li YF, He L, Salmon Y, Tian QY, Niklaus PA, Ma KP (2021) Soil fungi promote biodiversity-productivity relationships in experimental communities of young trees. Ecosystems10.1007/s10021-021-00689-7
  • Guillen-Escriba C, Schneider FD, Schmid B, Tedder A, Morsdorf F, Furrer R, Hueni A, Niklaus PA, Schaepman ME (2021) Remotely sensed between-individual functional trait variation in a temperate forest. Ecology & Evolution 16: 10834-10867
  • Wuest SE, Peter R, Niklaus PA (2021) Ecological and evolutionary approaches to improving crop variety mixtures. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5: 1068-1077.
  • Schmid MW, van Moorsel SJ, Hahl T, de Luca E, de Deyn GB, Wagg C, Niklaus PA, Schmid B (2021) Effects of plant community history, soil legacy and plant diversity on soil microbial communities. Journal of Ecology 109: 3007-3023.
  • Engelhardt IC, Niklaus PA, Bizouard F, Breuil MC, Rouard N, Deau F, Philippot L, Barnard R (2021) Precipitation patterns and N availability alter plant-soil microbial C and N dynamics. Plant and Soil 466: 151-163.
  • Iturrate-Garcia M, Heijmans MMPD, Cornelissen JHC, Schweingruber FH, Niklaus PA, Schaepman-Strub G (2020) Plant trait response of tundra shrubs to permafrost thaw and nutrient addition. Biogeosciences 17: 4981–4998 DOI:10.5194/bg-17-4981-2020
  • Zohner CM, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Crowther TW (2020) Late-spring frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America but increased in Europe and Asia. PNAS 117: 12192-12200 DOI:10.1073/pnas.1920816117
  • Visser AN, Wankel SD, Niklaus PA, Byrne JM, Kappler AA, Lehmann MF (2020) Impact of reactive surfaces on the abiotic reaction between nitrite and ferrous iron and associated nitrogen and oxygen isotope dynamics. Biogeosciences 17: 4355-4374.
  • Donhauser J, Niklaus PA, Rousk J, Larose C, Frey B (2020) Temperatures beyond the community optimum promote the dominance of heat-adapted, fast growing and stress resistant bacteria in alpine soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 148:107873 DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107873
  • van der Plas F, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Wirth C (2020)  Plant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI:10.1038/s41559-020-01316-9,
  • Chen Y, Huang Y, Niklaus NA, Castro Izaguirre N, Clark AT, Bruelheide H, Ma KP, Schmid B (2020). Directed species loss reduces community productivity in a subtropical forest-biodiversity experiment. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1127-4
  • Oehri J., Schmid B., Schaepman-Strub G., Niklaus PA. (2020). Terrestrial land-cover type richness is positively linked to landscape-level functioning. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-14002-7
  • Forrester DI, Rodenfels P, Haase J, Härdtle W, Leppert KN, Niklaus PA, von Oheimb G, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Bauhus J (2019)Tree-species interactions increase light absorption and growth in Chinese subtropical mixed-species plantations. Oecologia 191:421-431
  • Ristok C., Leppert KN., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus PA., Brühlheide H. (2019). Soil macrofauna and leaf functional traits drive the decomposition of secondary metabolites in leaf litter. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 135: 429-437. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.06.007
  • Wuest S., Pires ND., Luo S., Vasseur F., Messier J., Grossniklaus U., Niklaus PA. (2019). Increasing plant group productivity through latent genetic variation for cooperation. bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/641449
  • Steidinger BS., ... , Niklaus PA., ... Peay KG. (2019). Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569, 404-408. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1128-0
  • Gonzalez-Dominguez B., Niklaus PA., Studer MS., Hagedorn F., Wacker L., Haghipour N., Zimmermann S., Walthert L., McIntyre C., Abiven S. (2019). Temperature and moisture are minor drivers of regional-scale soil organic carbon dynamics. Scientific Reports, 9:6422. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-42629-5
  • Hovenden MJ, Leuzinger S, Newton PCD, Fletcher A, Fatichi S, Lüscher A, Reich PB, Andresen LC, Beier C, Blumenthan DM, Chiariello NR, Dukes JS, Kellner J, Hofmockel K, Niklaus PA, Song J, Wan S, Classen AT, Langley JA (2018) Globally consistent influences of seasonal precipitation limit grassland biomass response to CO2. Nature Plants. DOI: 10.1038/s41477-018-0356-x.
  • Bruelheide H, Chen YX, Huang YY, Ma KP, Niklaus PA, Schmid B (2018) Response to Comment on "Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment". Science 363, eaav9863. DOI: 10.1126/science.aav9863.
  • Wuest SE, Niklaus PA (2018) A plant biodiversity effect resolved to a single chromosomal region. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1933-1939. DOI:10.1038/s41559-018-0708-y.
  • Burri S, Niklaus PA, Grassow K, Buchmann N, Kahmen A (2018) Effects of plant productivity and species richness on the drought response of soil respiration in temperate grasslands. PLOS one 13:e0209031. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0209031
  • Huang Y, ... , Bruelheide H, Ma K, Niklaus PA Schmid B (2018) Strong Impacts of Biodiversity in a Large-Scale Subtropical Forest Experiment. Science 362:80-83. DOI:10.1126/science.aat6405
  • Liu X, ..., Niklaus PA, ... , Ma KP (2018) Tree species richness increases ecosystem carbon storage in subtropical forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285:20182090. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2018.1240.
  • Ley M, Lehmann MF, Niklaus PA, Luster J (2018) Alteration of nitrous oxide emissions from floodplain soils by aggregate size, litter accumulation and plant soil interactions. Biogeosciences (22) 7043-7057 DOI:10.5194/bg-15-7043-2018.
  • Ferrari A, Hagedorn F, Niklaus PA (2018) Disentangling effects of air and soil temperature on C allocation in cold environments: A 14C pulse-labelling study with two plant species. Ecology and Evolution 8:7778-7789. DOI:10.1002/ece3.4215.
  • Schnyder E, Bodelier PLE, Hartmann M, Henneberger R, Niklaus PA (2018) Positive diversity-functioning relationships in model communities of methanotrophic bacteria. Ecology 99:714-723. DOI:10.1002/ecy.2138.
  • Schuldt A, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Bruelheide H (2018) Biodiversity across trophic levels drives multifunctionality in highly diverse forests (2018) Nature Communications 9:2989. DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-05421-z
  • Huang YY, Ma KP, Niklaus PA, Schmid B (2018) Leaf-litter overyielding in a forest biodiversity experiment in subtropical China. Forest Ecosystems 5:38. DOI:10.1186/s40663-018-0157-8.
  • Milkereit J, Frossard E, Stoll P, Wagg C, Niklaus PA (2018) Experimental disconnection from common mycorrhizal networks has little effect on competitive interactions among common temperate grassland species. Journal of Ecology 106:2332-2343. DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12984.
  • Abiven S, Altermatt F, Backhaus N, Deplazes-Zemp A, Furrer R, Korf B, Niklaus PA, Schaepman-Strub G, Shimizu KK, Zuppinger-Dingley D, Petchey OL, Schaepman ME (2017) Integrative research efforts at the boundary of biodiversity and global change research. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29:215-222. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.016.
  • Leppert KN, Niklaus PA, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2017) Does species richness of subtropical tree leaf litter affect decomposition, nutrient release, transfer and subsequent uptake by plants? Soil Biology and Biochemistry 115:44-53. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.007.
  • Trogisch S, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Bruelheide H (2017) Toward a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution 24:10652-10674. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3488.
  • Oehri J, Schmid B, Schaepman-Strub G, Niklaus PA (2017) Biodiversity promotes primary productivity and growing season lengthening at the landscape scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:10160-10165. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703928114.
  • O'Brien MJ, Brezzi M, Schuldt A, Zhang JY, Ma KP, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (2017) Tree diversity drives diversity of arthropod herbivores but successional stage mediates detritivores. Ecology and Evolution 7:8753-8760. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3411
  • Weisser WW., ... , Niklaus PA., ... , Eisenhauer N. (2017) Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: Patterns, mechanisms, and open questions. Basic and Applied Ecology 23:1-73. DOI:10.1016/j.baae.2017.06.002.
  • Iturrate-Garcia M., Heijmans MMPD., Schweingruber FH., Maximov TC., Niklaus PA., Schaepman-Strub G. (2017) Shrub growth rate and bark responses to soil warming and nutrient addition ‒ a dendroecological approach in a field experiment. Dendrochronologia, 45:12-22. DOI:10.1016/j.dendro.2017.07.001
  • Ristok C., Leppert KN., Franke K., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus PA., Wessjohann LA., Bruelheide H. (2017) Leaf litter diversity positively affects the decomposition of plant polyphenols. Plant and Soil 419:305-317. DOI:10.1007/s11104-017-3340-8
  • Bühlmann T., Caprez R., Hiltbrunner E., Körner C., Niklaus PA. (2017) Nitrogen fixation by Alnus species boosts soil nitrous oxide emissions. European Journal of Soil Science 68:740-748. DOI:10.1111/ejss.12457
  • Pei Z., Leppert KN., Eichenberg D., Bruelheide H., Niklaus PA., Buscot F., Gutknecht JLM. (2017) Leaf litter diversity alters the microbial community and nutrient cycling in a subtropical forest ecosystem. Biogeochemistry 134:163-181. DOI:10.1007/s10533-017-0353-6
  • Gonzalez-Dominguez B., Studer MS., Hagedorn F., Niklaus PA., Abiven S. (2017) Leaching of soils during laboratory incubations does not affect soil organic carbon mineralisation but solubilisation. PLoS one 12:e0174725. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174725
  • Li X., Pei KQ., Kery M., Niklaus PA., Schmid B. (2017) Decomposing functional trait associations in a Chinese subtropical forest. PLoS one 12:e0175727. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175727
  • Gosheva S, Walthert L, Niklaus PA, Zimmermann S, Gimmi U, Hagedorn F (2017) Reconstruction of historic forest cover changes indicates minor effects on carbon stocks in Swiss forest soils. Ecosystems 20:1512-1528. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0129-9
  • Schmid B., Niklaus PA. (2017). Biodiversity: Complementary canopies. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:0104. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0104
  • Niklaus PA., Baruffol M., He JS., Ma KP., Schmid B. (2017). Can niche plasticity promote biodiversity-productivity relationships through increased complementarity? Ecology 98:1104-1116.
  • Rime T., Niklaus PA. (2017). Spatio-temporal dynamics of soil CH4 uptake after application of N fertilizer with and without the nitrification inhibitor 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 104:218-225. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.11.001:
  • Peng S., Schmid B., Alexander F., Niklaus PA. (2017). Leaf area increases with species richness in young experimental stands of subtropical trees. Journal of Plant Ecology, 10:128-135. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw016
  • Schmid B., Baruffol M., Wang Z., Niklaus PA. (2017). A guide to analyzing biodiversity experiments. Journal of Plant Ecology 10:91-110. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw107
  • Brezzi M., Schmid B., Niklaus PA., Schuldt A. (2017). Tree diversity increases levels of herbivore damage in a subtropical forest canopy: evidence for dietary mixing by arthropods? Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 13-27. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw038
  • Scholten T., ..., Niklaus PA., ... (2017). On the combined effect of soil fertility and topography on tree growth in subtropical forest ecosystems - a study from SE China. Journal of Plant Ecology 10:111-127. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw065
  • Hahn CZ., Niklaus PA., Bruelheide H., Michalski S., Shi MM., Yang X., Zheng X., Fischer M., Durka W. (2017). Opposing intra vs. interspecific diversity effects on herbivory and growth in subtropical experimental tree assemblages. Journal of Plant Ecology 10:242-251. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw098
  • Huang Y., Ma Y., Zhao K., Niklaus PA., Schmid B., Jin-Sheng H. (2017). Positive effects of tree species diversity on litterfall quantity and quality along a secondary successional chronosequence in a subtropical forest. Journal of Plant Ecology 10:28-35. DOI:10.093/jpe/rtw115
  • Karbin S, Hagedorn F, Hiltbrunner D, Zimmermann S, Niklaus PA (2016) Spatial micro-distribution of methanotrophic activity along a 120-year afforestation chronosequence. Plant and Soil. DOI:10.1007/s11104-016-3141-5.
  • Castro-Izaguirre N, Chi X, Tang Z, Ma KP, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (2016) Tree diversity enhances stand carbon stroage but not lead area in a subtropical forest. PLoS one 11(12):e0167771. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167771
  • Liang J, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Reich PB (2016) Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science 354:aaf8957. DOI:10.1126/science.aaf8957
  • Iturrate-Garcia M, O'Brien MJO, Khitun O, Abiven S, Niklaus PA, Schaepman-Strub GS (2016) Interactive effects between plant functional types and soil factors on tundra species diversity and community composition. Ecology and Evolution 6:8126-8137. DOI:10.1002/ece3.2548
  • Seidelmann KN, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Niklaus PA (2016) Direct vs. microclimate-driven effects of tree species diversity on litter decomposition in young subtropical forest stands. PLoS one 11(8):e0160569. 10.1371/journal.pone.0160569
  • Niklaus PA, Le Roux X, Poly F, Barnard RL, Buchmann N, Scherer-Lorenzen S, Weigelt A, Barnard RL (2016) Plant species diversity affects soil-atmosphere fluxes of methane and nitrous oxide. Oecologia 181:919-930. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3611-8.
  • Ferrari A, Hagedorn F, Niklaus PA (2016) Experimental soil warming and cooling alters the partitioning of recent assimilates: evidence from a C-14-labelling study at the alpine treeline. Oecologia 181 25-37. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3427-y
  • Argüello A, O'Brien M, van der Heijden MGA, Wiemken M, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (2016) Options of partners improve carbon for phosphorus trade in the arbuscular mycorrhizal mutualism. Ecology Letters 19:648-656 DOI:10.1111/ele.12601.
  • Isbell F, ..., Niklaus PA, ... Eisenhauer N (2015) Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes. nature 526:574-577 DOI:10.1038/nature15374.
  • Krause S, Niklaus PA, Morcillo SB, Franke MM, Lüke C, Reim A, Bodelier PLE (2015) Compositional and functional stability of aerobic methane consuming communities in drained and rewetted peat meadows. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91:fiv119 DOI:10.1093/femsec/fiv119.
  • Thakur MP, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Eisenhauer N (2015) Plant diversity drives soil microbial biomass carbon in grasslands irrespective of global environmental change factors. Global Change Biology 11 4076-4085 DOI:10.1111/gcb.13011.
  • Leuzinger S, Fatichi S, Cusens J, Körner C, Niklaus PA (2015) The 'island effect' in terrestrial global change experiments: a problem with no solution? AoB Plants 7:plv092 DOI:10.1093/aobpla/plv092.
  • Ferrari A, Hagedorn F, Niklaus PA (2015) Experimental soil warming and cooling alters the partitioning of recent assimilates: evidence from a 14C-labelling study at the alpine treeline. Oecologia in press. DOI:10.1007/s00442-015-3427-y
  • Goebes P, Seitz S, Kühn P, Ying L, Niklaus PA, von Oheimb G, Scholten T (2015) Throughfall kinetic energy in young subtropical forests: Investigation on tree species richness effects and spatial variability. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 213: 148-159. DOI:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.06.019
  • Hagedorn F, Bruderhofer N, Ferrari A, Niklaus PA (2015) Tracking litter-derived dissolved organic matter along a soil chronosequence using 14C imaging: Biodegradation, physico-chemical retention or preferential flow? Soil Biology & Biochemistry 88 333-343. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.06.014
  • Karbin S, Guillet C, Kammann CI, Niklaus PA (2015) Effects of long-term CO2 enrichment on soil-atmosphere CH4 fluxes and the spatial micro-distribution of methanotrophic bacteria. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0131665. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0131665
  • Keil D, Niklaus PA, von Riedmatten L, Boeddinghaus R, Dormann C, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Kandeler E, Marhan S (2015) Effects of warming and drought on potential N2O emissions and denitrifying bacteria abundance in grasslands with different land-use. FEMS Microbiology Ecology in press.
  • Strecker T, Barnard RL, Niklaus PA, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Weigelt A, Scheu S, Eisenhauer N (2015) Effects of plant diversity, functional group composition, and fertilization on soil microbial properties in experimental grassland. PloS one 10(5):e0125678. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0125678
  • Karbin S, Hagedorn F, Dawes MA, Niklaus PA (2015) Treeline soil warming does not affect soil methane fluxes and the spatial micro-distribution of methanotrophic bacteria. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 86:164-171. 10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.03.022
  • Seitz S, Goebes P, Zumstein P, Schuldt A, Assmann T, Kühn P, Niklaus PA, Scholten T (2015) The influence of leaf litter diversity and soil fauna on initial soil erosion in subtropical forests. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms in press. DOI:10.1002/esp.3726
  • Nadrowski K, ... Niklaus PA, ... Wirth C (2014) Tree species traits but not diversity mitigate stem breakage in a subtropical forest following a rare and extreme ice storm. PLoS ONE 9(5):e96022. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0096022
  • Hartmann M, Niklaus PA, Zimmermann S, Schmutz S, Kremer J, Abarenkov K, Lüscher P, Widmer F, Frey B (2014) Resistance and resilience of the forest soil microbiome to logging-associated compaction. ISME Journal, 8:226-244 DOI:10.1038/ismej.2013.141.
  • Krause S, LeRoux X, Niklaus PA, van Bodegom P, Lennon JT, Bertilsson S, Grossart HP, Philippot L, Bodelier P (2014) Trait-based approaches for understanding microbial biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5: article 251. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00251
  • Vicca S, ... Niklaus PA, ..., Jannssen IA (2014) Can current moisture responses predict soil CO2 efflux under altered precipitation regimes? A synthesis of manipulation experiments. Biogeosciences 11 2991-3013 DOI:10.5194/bg-11-2991-2014
  • Bruelheide H, ... Niklaus PA, ... Schmid B (2014) Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations exemplified by a new large experiment in subtropical China (2013) Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5:74–89. DOI:10.1111/2041-210X.12126
  • Hiller RV, Bretscher D, DelSontro T, Diem T, Eugster W, Henneberger R, Hobi S, Hodson E, Imer D, Kreuzer M, Künzle T, Merbold L, Niklaus PA, Rihm B, Schellenberger A, Schroth MH, Schubert CJ, Siegrist H, Stieger J, Buchmann N, Brunner D (2014) Anthropogenic and natural methane fluxes in Switzerland synthesized within a spatially-explicit inventory. Biogeosciences 11: 1941-1959DOI:10.5194/bg-11-1941-2014
  • Barrufol M, Schmid B, Bruelheide H, Chi X, Hector A, Ma K, Michalski S, Tang Z, Niklaus PA (2013) Biodiversity promotes tree growth during succession in subtropical forest. PLoS one 8(11):e81246. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0081246
  • Shrestha J, Niklaus PA, Pasquale N, Hubera B, Barnard RL, Frossard E, Schleppi P, Tockner K, Luster J (2014) Flood pulses control soil nitrogen cycling in a dynamic river floodplain. Geoderma, 228 14-24.
  • Ma YL, Geng Y, Huang YY, Shi Y, Niklaus PA, Schmid B, He JS (2013) Effect of clear-cutting silviculture on soil respiration in a subtropical forest of China. Journal of Plant Ecology, 6:335-348.
  • LeRoux, ..., Niklaus PA, ..., Weigelt A (2013) Soil environmental conditions and microbial build-up mediate the effect of plant diversity on soil nitrifying and denitrifying enzyme activities in temperate grasslands. PLoS one, 8:e61069. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0061069
  • Krause K, Niklaus PA, Schleppi P (2013) Soil-atmosphere fluxes of the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O in a mountain spruce forest subjected to long-term N addition and to tree girdling. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, in press.
  • Hartmann M, Niklaus PA, Zimmermann S, Schmutz S, Kremer J, Abarenkov K, Lüscher P, Widmer F, Frey B (2013) Resistance and resilience of the forest soil microbiome to logging-associated compaction. ISME Journal, in press.
  • Allan E, ... , Niklaus PA, ... Schmid B (2013) A comparison of the strength of biodiversity effects across multiple functions. Oecologia, DOI:10.1007/s00442-012-2589-0
  • Poll C, Marhan S, Back F, Niklaus PA, Kandeler E (2013) Field-scale manipulation of soil temperature and precipitation change soil CO2 flux in a temperate agricultural ecosystem. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 165:88-97
  • Hartmann AA, Barnard RL, Marhan S, Niklaus PA (2013) Effects of drought and N-fertilization on N cycling in two grassland soils. Oecologia, DOI:10.1007/s00442-012-2578-3 and Erratum DOI:10.1007/s00442-013-2604-0.
  • Shrestha J, Niklaus PA, Frossard E, Samaritani E, Huber B, Barnard RL, Schleppi P, Tockner K, Luster J (2012) Soil nitrogen dynamics in a river floodplain mosaic. Journal of Environmental Quality, 41(6):2033-2045.
  • Hiltbrunner D, Zimmermann S, Karbin S, Hagedorn F , Niklaus PA (2012) Increase in soil methane sink along 120-year afforestation chronosequence driven by soil moisture. Global Change Biology, 18(12):3664-3671.
  • Caprez R, Niklaus PA, Körner Ch (2012) Forest soil respiration reflects NPP across a temperature gradient in the Alps. Oecologia, 170(4):1143-1154.
  • Batlle-Aguilar J, Brovelli A, Luster J, Shrestha J, Niklaus PA, Barry DA (2012) Analysis of carbon and nitrogen dynamics in riparian soils: Model validation and sensitivity to environmental controls. Science of the Total Environment, 429:246-256.
  • Schroth MH, Eugster W, Gomez KE, Gonzalez-Gil G, Niklaus PA, Oester P (2012) Above- and below-ground methane fluxes and methanotrophic activity in a landfill-cover soil. Waste Management 32(5):879-889.
  • Hartmann AA, Niklaus PA (2012) Effects of simulated drought and nitrogen fertilizer on plant productivity and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions of two pastures. Plant and Soil, in press.
  • von Felten S, Niklaus PA, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Hector A, Buchmann N (2012) Do grassland communities profit from N partitioning by soil depth? Ecology, 93:2386-2396.
  • Frey B, Niklaus PA, Kremer J, Lüscher P, Zimmermann S (2011) Heavy-machinery traffic impacts methane emissions as well as methanogen abundance and community structure in oxic forest soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:6060-6068. 
  • Stiehl-Braun PA, Hartmann AA, Kandeler E, Buchmann N, Niklaus PA (2011) Interactive effects of drought and N fertilization on the spatial distribution of methane assimilation in grassland soils. Global Change Biology 17: 2629-2639.
  • Samaritani E, Shresta J, Fourni B, Frossard E, Gillet F, Guenat C, Niklaus PA, Pasquale N, Tockner K, Mitchell EAD, Luster J (2011) Heterogeneity of soil carbon pools and fluxes in a channelized and a restored floodplain section (Thur River, Switzerland). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15: 1757-1769.
  • Blankinship JC, Niklaus PA, Hungate BA (2011) A meta-analysis of responses of soil biota to global change. Oecologia 165: 553-565.
  • Stiehl-Braun PA, Powlson D, Poulton P, Niklaus PA (2011) Effects of N fertilizers and liming on the micro-scale distribution of methane uptake in the soil of the long-term Pasrk Grass experiment at Rothamsted. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43: 1034-1041.
  • Hartmann AA, Buchmann N, Niklaus PA (2011) Mechanisms of soil methane sink regulation: A study in two grasslands exposed to drought and N fertilization. Plant & Soil  342: 265-275.
  • Proulx R, Wirth C, Voigt W, Weigelt A, Roscher C, Fischer C, Weisser W, Schulz E, Baade J, Barnard R, Beßler H, Buchmann N, Buscot F, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Engels C, Fergus A, Gleixner G, Gubsch M, Habekost M, Halle S, Klein A, König S, Kowalski E, Kreutziger Y, Kertscher Y, Kummer V, Lange M, Lauterbach D, Marquard E, Migunova V, Milcu A, Mwangi P, Niklaus PA, Oelmann Y, Peterman J, Rottstock T, Rosenkranz S, Sabais A, Scherber C, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scheu S, Schmitz M, Schumacher J, Soussana J, Steinbeiss S, Temperton V, Tscharntke T, Wilcke W, Schmid B (2010) Stability of twelve ecological functions increases with plant diversity in large experimental grasslands. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013382
  • Hautier Y, Niklaus PA, Hector A (2009) Competition for light as a mechanism of plant biodiversity loss after eutrophication. Science 324: 636-638.
  • Marhan S, Kandeler E, Rein S, Fangmeier A, Falloon P, Niklaus PA (2009) Carbon sequestration in soil of a spring wheat agroecosystem exposed to elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 16: 469-483.
  • von Felten S, Buchmann N, Hector A, Niklaus PA, Schmid B, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2009) Testing for belowground resource partitioning in experimental grassland communities. Ecology 90: 1389-1399.
  • Niklaus PA, Alphei J, Kampichler C, Kandeler E, Körner C, Tscherko D, Wohlfender M (2007) Interactive effects of plant species diversity and elevated CO2 on soil biota and nutrient cycling. Ecology 88: 3153-3163.
  • Newton PCD, Carran RA, Edwards GR, Niklaus PA (eds.) (2005) Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate. Advances in Agroecology, CRC Press, ISBN 0849320887.
  • Niklaus PA (2006) Biogeochemical cyclies, nutrient and water supply. In: Newton PCD, Carran RA, Edwards GR (eds.) Agroecosystems in a changing climate. CRC Press.
  • Niklaus PA, Falloon P (2006) Estimating soil carbon sequestration under elevated CO2 by combining carbon isotope labelling with soil carbon cycle modelling. Global Change Biology 12(10): 1909-1921.
  • Niklaus PA, Wardle DA, Tate KR (2006) Effects of plant species diversity and composition on nitrogen cycling and the trace gas balance of soils. Plant and Soil 282: 83-98.
  • Niklaus PA, Körner C (2004) Synthesis of a six-year study of calcareous grassland responses to in situ CO2 enrichment. Ecological Monographs 74(3): 491-511.
  • Ebersberger D, Wermbter N, Niklaus PA, Kandeler E (2004) Effects of long term CO2 enrichment on microbial community structure in calcareous grassland. Plant and Soil, 264(1-2): 313-323.
  • Morgan JA, Pataki DE, Körner C, Clark H, Del Grosso SJ, Grünzweig JM, Knapp AK, Mosier AR, Newton PCD, Niklaus PA , Nippert JB, Nowak RS, Parton WJ, Polley HW, Shaw MR (2004) Water relations in grassland and desert ecosystems to elevated atmospheric CO2. Oecologia, 140: 11-25.
  • Ebersberger D, Niklaus PA, Kandeler E (2003) Elevated atmospheric CO2 stimulates soil enzyme activities in a calcareous grassland. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 35(7): 965-972.
  • Niklaus PA, Alphei J, Ebersberger D, Kampichler C, Kandeler E, Tscherko D (2003) Six years of in situ CO2 enrichment evoke changes in soil structure and biota of nutrient-poor grassland. Global Change Biology 9(4): 585-600.
  • Volk M, Niklaus PA (2002) Respiratory carbon loss of calcareous grasslands in winter shows no effects of 4 years' CO2 enrichment. Functional Ecology 16: 162-166.
  • Goverde M, Erhardt R, Niklaus PA (2002) In situ development of a satyrid butterfly on calcareous grassland exposed to elevated carbon dioxide. Ecology 83(5): 1399-1411.
  • Niklaus PA, Glöckler E, Siegwolf R, Körner C (2001) Carbon allocation in calcareous grassland under elevated CO2: a combined 13C pulse-labelling/soil physical fractionation study. Functional Ecology 15(1): 43-50.
  • Niklaus PA, Kandeler E, Leadley PW, Schmid B, Tscherko D, Körner C (2001) A link between elevated CO2, plant diversity and soil nitrate. Oecologia 127(4): 540-548.
  • Niklaus PA, Leadley PW, Schmid B, Körner C (2001) A long-term field study on biodiversity x elevated CO2 interactions in grassland. Ecological Monographs 71(3): 341-356.
  • Niklaus PA, Wohlfender M, Siegwolf R, Körner C (2001) Effects of six years atmospheric CO2 enrichment on plant, soil, and soil microbial C of a calcareous grassland. Plant and Soil 233(2): 189-202.
  • Arnone JA, Zaller JG, Spehn E, Niklaus PA, Wells CA, Körner C (2000) Dynamics of roots systems in intact native grasslands: effects of elevated atmospheric CO2. New Phytologist147: 73-85.
  • Niklaus PA, Stocker R, Körner C, Leadley PW (2000) CO2 flux estimates tend to overestimate ecosystem carbon sequestration at elevated CO2. Functional Ecology 14(5): 546-559.
  • Volk M, Niklaus PA, Körner C (2000) Soil moisture effects determine CO2-responses of grassland species. Oecologia 125: 380-388.
  • Leadley PW, Niklaus PA, Stocker R, Körner C (1999) A field study of the effects of elevated CO2 on plant biomass and community structure in a calcareous grassland. Oecologia 118: 39-49 .
  • Stocker R, Schmid B, Körner C, Niklaus PA, Leadley PW (1999) A field study of the effects of elevated CO2 and plant species diversity on ecosystem level gas exchange in a planted calcareous grassland. Global Change Biology 5(1): 97-108.
  • Niklaus PA (1998) Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbiota in calcareous grassland. Global Change Biology 4: 451-458.
  • Niklaus PA, Leadley PW, Stöcklin J, Körner C (1998) Nutrient relations in calcareous grassland under elevated CO2. Oecologia 116: 67-75 .
  • Niklaus PA, Spinnler D, Körner C (1998) Soil moisture dynamics of calcareous grassland under elevated CO2. Oecologia 117: 177-186.
  • Körner C, Diemer M, Schäppi B, Niklaus PA, Arnone J (1997) The responses of alpine grassland to four seasons of CO2 enrichment: a synthesis. Acta Oecologia 18(3): 165-175.
  • Leadley PW, Niklaus PA, Stocker R, Körner C (1997) Screen-aided CO2 control (SACC): a middle ground between FACE and open-top chambers. Acta Oecologia 18(3): 207-219.
  • Niklaus PA, Körner C (1996) Responses of soil microbiota of a late successional alpine grasslands to long term CO2 enrichment. Plant and Soil 184(2): 219-229.
  • Karlin KD, Wei N, Jung B, Kaderli S, Niklaus PA, Zuberbühler AD (1993) Kinetics and thermodynamics of formation of copper-dixoygen adducts: Oxygenation of mononuclear copper(I) complexes containing tripodal tetradentate ligands. Journal of the American Chemical Society 115: 9506-9514.

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Oehri J, Schmid B, Schaepman-Strub G, Niklaus PA (2020)
Terrestrial land-cover type richness is positively linked to landscape-level functioning. Nature Communications. e DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-14002-7.


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