Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner


Soil Science

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The manner and intensity of land utilization gives rise to significant anthropogenic effects on global climate and soil function. Prof. Kögel-Knabner studies the formation, composition and properties of the organic substances in soil and their central role in the global carbon cycle. This is done primarily through the use of spectroscopic methods, such as 13C-NMR spectroscopy and nano-SIMS.  

Prof. Kögel-Knabner studied geo-ecology at Bayreuth University, where she obtained her doctorate (1987) and completed her postdoctoral studies (1992). In 1991, she was appointed professor of soil science and ecology at Ruhr University Bochum and she has taught soil science at TUM since 1995. Prof. Kögel-Knabner is a member of the Leopoldina, Acatech and the Ecology Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. She heads up the Senatorial Commission for Agricultural Materials and Resources and is a member of the Senate and Steering Committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Key Publications

Kögel-Knabner I, Guggenberger G, Kleber M, Kandeler E, Kalbitz K, Scheu S, Eusterhues K, Leinweber P: „Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: integrating biology, mineralogy and organic matter chemistry.“ Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 2008; 171: 61-82.


Kiem R, Kögel-Knabner I: “Contribution of lignin and polysaccharides to the refractory carbon pool as studied in C-depleted arable soils.” Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 2003; 35: 101-118.


Schmidt MWI, Skjemstad JO, Gehrt E, Kögel-Knabner I: „Charred organic carbon in German chernozemic soils“. European Journal of Soil Science. 1997; 50: 351-365.

Kögel-Knabner I: “13C and 15N NMR spectroscopy as a tool in soil organic matter research.” Geoderma. 1997; 80: 243-270.


Kögel I: “Estimation and decomposition pattern of lignin in forest humus layers”. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 1986; 18: 589-594.