Johann G. Zaller

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria


Johann Zaller is senior researcher at the Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research. He obtained his diploma in biology (Plant Ecology, Vegetation Ecology) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. For his PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland, he studied interactions between plants and earthworms under the influence of elevated CO2, plant biodiversity decline and varying rainfall patterns. During his postdoc research at the Utah State University (Logan, USA) and at the Centro Austral de Investigaciones Scientíficas (Ushuaia, Argentina) he studied the influence of ultraviolet-B radiation and warming on ecosystem functioning including primary productivity, decomposition, soil detritivores, herbivory and mycorrhizal fungi. During his stay at the University of Bonn (Germany) his focus was agroecology including organic farming, fertilization, weed ecology, soil tillage. In Vienna he focuses on the influence of landscape structure on interactions between beneficial organisms and pests, biological pest control and functional aspects especially the interactions between animals (soil detritivores, insect herbivores), plants (native plants, crops) and soil microorganisms (mycorrhizal fungi).

Biography Updated on 21 October 2010

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