Research Infrastructure

Knowledge Resources, Laboratories & Research Platforms

The program Research Infrastructure is divided into three large sub-areas:

  •  Knowledge resources (collections, libraries, databases)
  •  Laboratories
  •  Research platforms

The program Research Infrastructure comprises those infrastructure units that constitute the indispensable basis for our research and are generally open to external users as well. Certain units are operated in conjunction with other entities (e.g., Joint Labs such as the Stable Isotope Laboratory in Frankfurt, run jointly with the Goethe-University). Based on the research, this program area is closely linked to the education and training of young academics. The upkeep and continual reinvestment in the laboratories and equipment fleet and the integration and investment in new future research technologies pose ongoing challenges. Each sub-area involves working groups that address the corresponding concepts.


Karsten Wesche
Prof. Dr. Karsten Wesche
Head of Botany Division and Head of Section Phanerogams I, Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz / Professor Biodiversity of Plants TU Dresden / Member of the Board of Directors, Senckenberg

Born 1970 in Lüchow, Lower Saxony, Germany

1990 to 1996: university studies; subject biology (botany, conservation biology, ecology) and related fields (soil science, geography) in Marburg, Gießen, and Aberdeen (UK). Diploma thesis on tropical Sal forests in southern Nepal

Aug. 1996 to Jan. 2000: PhD. project at the Fac. of Geography, Univ. of Marburg. Fieldwork on Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya). Thesis: “The high-altitude environment of Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya). Climate, vegetation and the impact of fire”

June 2000 to April 2008: Post-doctoral researcher/scientific assistant at the Institute of Biology – Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Univ. Halle-Wittenberg

July 2007: Habilitation / venia legendi for Botany, thesis: “Plant survival in southern Mongolian desert steppes – Ecology of communities, interactions and populations” (submitted Oct. 2006)

May 2008 to Dec. 2009: Scientific assistant / project coordinator for “BioChange – Germany”, Dept. of Ecology and Ecosystems Research, Georg August University Göttingen

Jan 2010 onwards: Head of Botany Division, Senckenberg Museum for Natural History, Görlitz

July 2016 onwards: Professor, Chair Biodiversity of Plants, International Institute Zittau, Technical University Dresden

Fieldwork in a number of countries including: Switzerland, Mongolia, China, Nepal, Russia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Bolivia, Costa Rica (and Germany of course)

Funding member German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Subject editor Flora, member of the editorial boards of Journal of Vegetation Science / Applied Vegetation Science and Phytocoenologia, Co-editor Rothmaler-Exkursionsflora.

Publications are ordered chronologically (peer-reviewed first, others follow)


Valencia, E., de Bello, F., Galland, T., Adler, P.B., Lepš, J., E-Vojtkó, A., van Klink, R., Carmona, C.P., Danihelka, J., Dengler, J., Eldridge, D.J., Estiarte, M., García-González, R., Garnier, E., Gómez‐García, D., Harrison, S.P., Herben, T., Ibáñez, R., Jentsch, A., Juergens, N., Kertész, M., Klumpp, K., Louault, F., Marrs, R.H., Ogaya, R., Ónodi, G., Pakeman, R.J., Pardo, I., Pärtel, M., Peco, B., Peñuelas, J., Pywell, R.F., Rueda, M., Schmidt, W., Schmiedel, U., Schuetz, M., Skálová, H., Šmilauer, P., Šmilauerová, M., Smit, C., Song, M., Stock, M., Val, J., Vandvik, V., Ward, D., Wesche, K., Wiser, S.K., Woodcock, B.A., Young, T.P., Yu, F.-H., Zobel, M., & Götzenberger, L. 2020. Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201920405

Valencia, E. de Bello, F., Lepš, J.,  …  Wesche, K, … Zobel, M., Götzenberger, L. 2020. Directional trends in species composition over time can lead to a widespread overemphasis of year‐to‐year asynchrony. – Journal of Vegetation Science:

Török, P., Neuffer, B., Heilmeier, H., Bernhardt, K. G., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate, landscape history and management drive Eurasian steppe biodiversity. – Flora, 151685

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. in press. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Grundband. 22., grundlegend überarbeite Auflage. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, ca. 1100 S.

Eichenberg, D., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bowler, D., Bruelheide, H., Conze K., Dauber, J., Dengler, J., Engels D., Fartmann, T., Frank D., Geske C., Grescho V., Harter, D., Henle, K., Hofmann, S., Jandt, U., Jansen, F., Kamp, J., Kautzner A., König-Ries, B., Krämer R., Krüß, A., Kühl, H., von B., Ludwig, M., Lueg H., May R., Musche, M., Opitz, A., Ronnenberg, K., Schacherer, A., Schäffler, L., Schiffers, K., Schulte, U., Schwarz J., Sperle T., Stab S., Stöck, M., Theves, F., Trockur, B., Wesche, K., Wessel M., Winter, M., Wirth, C., Bonn, A. in press. Langfristige Biodiversitätsveränderungen in Deutschland erkennen – mit Hilfe der Vergangenheit in die Zukunft schauen. – Natur und Landschaft.

Bruelheide, H., Jansen, F., Jandt, U., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bonn, A., Bowler, D., Dengler, J., Eichenberg, D., Grescho, V., Harter, D., Jugelt, M., Kellner, S., Ludwig, M., Wesche, K., Lütt, S. 2020. Using incomplete floristic monitoring data from habitat mapping programmes to detect species trends. – Diversity and Distributions: online first.

Oyundelger, K., Ritz, C.M., Munkhzul, O., Lang, B., Ahlborn, J., Oyuntsetseg, B., Römermann, C., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate and land use affect genetic structure of Stipa glareosa P. A. Smirn. in Mongolia. – Flora 266: 151572.

Borsch, T., Stevens, A.-D., Häffner, E., … Wesche, K., Yurkov, A., Zizka, G. 2020. A complete digitization of German herbaria is possible, sensible and should be started now. – Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e50675.

Treiber, J., von Wehrden, H., Zimmermann, H., Welk, E., Jäger, E.J., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2020. Linking large-scale and small-scale distribution patterns of steppe plant species — An example using fourth-corner analysis. – Flora 263: 151553.

Jäschke, Y., Heberling, G., Wesche, K. 2020. Environmental controls override grazing effects on plant functional traits in Tibetan rangelands. – Functional Ecology: 34:747–760

Ahlborn, J., von Wehrden, H., Lang, B., Römermann, C., Oyunbileg, M., Oyuntsetseg, B., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate – grazing interactions in Mongolian rangelands: Effects of grazing change along a large-scale environmental gradient. – Journal of Arid Environments 173: 104043.

Lang, B., Ahlborn, J., Munkhzul, Oyunbileg, Geiger, A., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyuntsetseg, Batlai, Römermann, C.  2020. Grazing effects on intraspecific trait variability vary with changing precipitation patterns in Mongolian rangelands. – Ecology and Evolution: online first.

Schuch, S., Ludwig, H., Wesche, K. 2020. Erfassungsmethoden für ein Insektenmonitoring – Eine Materialsammlung. – BfN-Skripten 565: 83 S.


Baasanmunkh, S., Shiga, T., Batlai, O., Wesche, K., Ritz, C.M., Khaliunaa, K., Kim, J.Y., Jo, H.J., Batkhuu, N.-O., Chung, G.Y., Choi, H.J. 2019 Contribution to the knowledge on the flora of Numrug Strictly Protected Area and some parts of East Mongolia.  –  Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity: 12: 284-301.

Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Jimenéz-Alvaro, B. et al. 2019. sPlot – a new tool for global vegetation analyses – Journal of Vegetation Science: 30: 161-186.

Schuch, S., Meyer, S., Bock, J., van Klink, R., Wesche, K. 2019. Drastischer Biomassenverlust bei Zikaden verschiedener Grasländer innerhalb von fünf bis sechs Jahrzehnten. – Natur und Landschaft 94: 141-145.

Diekmann, M., Andres, C., Becker, T., Bennie, J., Blüml, V., Bullock, J.M., Culmsee, H., Fanigliulo, M., Hahn, A., Heinken, T., Leuschner, C., Luka, S., Meißner, J., Müller, J., Newton, A., Peppler-Lisbach, C., Rosenthal, G., van den Berg, L.J.L., Vergeer, P., Wesche, K. 2019. Patterns of long-term vegetation change vary between different types of semi-natural grasslands in Western and Central Europe. – Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 187-202.

Lv Chaoyan, Schlecht, E., Goenster-Jordan, S., Buerkert, S., Zhang Ximing, Wesche, K. 2019. Vegetation responses to fixed stocking densities in highly variable montane pastures in the Chinese Altay. – Rangeland Ecology and Management 72: 812–821.

Miehe, G., Schleuss, P.-M., Seeber, E., Jäschke, Yun, Lehnert, L., Biermann, T., Babel, W., Ingrisch, J., Gerken, T., Willinghöfer, S., Hafner, S., Unteregelsbacher, S., Liu, Shibin Holzapfel, M.,  Coners, H., Miehe, S., Leuschner, C., Guggenberger, G., Kuzyakov,Y., Xu, Xingliang, Spielvogel, S., Foken, T., Graf, H.-F., Ma, Yaoming, Yang, Yongping,  Zhang, Shuren, Noltie, H. J. Opgenoorth, L., Schmidt, J., Braendle, M., Lai, Zhongping,  Mosbrugger, V., Chen Fahu, Liu, Jianquan,  Wesche, K. 2019. The Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands – origin, functioning and degradation of the world’s largest pastoral alpine ecosystem. – Science of the Total Environment 648: 754-771.

Lang, B., Geiger, A., Oyunbileg, M., Ahlborn, J., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyuntsetseg, B., Römermann, C. 2019. Intraspecific trait variation patterns along a precipitation gradient in Mongolian rangelands. – Flora 254, 135-146.

Lashchinsky, N., Korolyuk, A., Wesche, K. (2019). Vegetation Patterns and Ecological Gradients: From Forest to Dry Steppes. In: Guggenberger (G.) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture, pp. 33-48. Springer, Heidelberg

Wesche, K., Korolyuk, A., Lashchinsky, N., Silanteva, M.M., Rosche, C. and Hensen, I. 2019. The Kulunda steppe as part of the Eurasian steppe belt. In: Guggenberger (G.) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture, pp. 33-48. Springer, Heidelberg

IPBES Global Assessment (2019): K. Wesche contributing author on Temperate Grassland.

Dressler, S., Ritz, C., Wesche, K. 2019. Vom Kräuterbuch zum Informationsknoten – die heimische Flora in Forschung und Anwendung. In: Senckenberg 2018. Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 30-33

Xylander, W.E.R., Ansorge, H., Balkenhol, B., Burkhardt, U., Christian, A., Damm, U., Düker, Ch., Gebauer, P., Hohberg, K., Hutchinson, J.M.C., Lehmitz, R., Otte, V., Reise, H., Ritz, C., Russell, D. J., Schlitt, B., Schulz, H.-J., Seifert, B., Tietz, O., Voigtländer, K., Wesche, K. 2019. Obituary Prof. Dr. Wolfram Dunger. – Soil Organisms 91.

Franke, R., Gebauer, P, Ritz C., Wesche, K. 2019. Zum 70. Geburtstag von Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Sander – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 27: 225-226.

Pfeiffer, M., C. Dulamsuren, Y., Wesche K. 2019. Grasslands and shrublands of Mongolia. – Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes. Pp. 14.

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2019. Kommentare und Ergänzungen zur Neubearbeitung der 22. Auflage der Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland Grundband 2019: Eine Vorbemerkung. – Schlechtendalia 35: 41.  

Wesche, K. in press. Teil E: Subzonobiom VII (rIll) der zentralasiatischen Wüsten. In: Breckle, S.W. Ökologie der Erde. Bd. 3. Spezielle Ökologie der gemäßigten Zone. Borntraeger. 


Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Purschke, O., Lenoir, J., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Hennekens, S.M., Botta-Dukát, Z., Chytrý, M., Field, R., Jansen, F., Kattge, J., Pillar, V.D., Schrodt, F., Mahecha, M.D., Peet, R.K., Sandel, B., van Bodegom, P., Altman, J., Alvarez Davila, E., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Attorre, F., Aubin, I., Baraloto, C., Barroso, J.G., Bauters, M., Bergmeier, E., Biurrun, I., Bjorkman, A.D., Blonder, B., Čarni, A., Cayuela, L., Černý, T., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Craven, D., Dainese, M., Derroire, G., De Sanctis, M., Díaz, S., Doležal, J., Farfan-Rios, W., Feldpausch, T.R., Fenton, N.J., Garnier, E., Guerin, G.R., Gutiérrez, A.G., Haider, S., Hattab, T., Henry, G., Hérault, B., Higuchi, P., Hölzel, N., Homeier, J., Jentsch, A., Jürgens, N., Kącki, Z., Karger, D.N., Kessler, M., Kleyer, M., Knollová, I., Korolyuk, A.Y., Kühn, I., Laughlin, D.C., Lens, F., Loos, J., Louault, F., Lyubenova, M.I., Malhi, Y., Marcenò, C., Mencuccini, M., Müller, J.V., Munzinger, J., Myers-Smith, I.H., Neill, D.A., Niinemets, Ü., Orwin, K.H., Ozinga, W.A., Penuelas, J., Pérez-Haase, A., Petřík, P., Phillips, O.L., Pärtel, M., Reich, P.B., Römermann, C., Rodrigues, A.V., Sabatini, F.M., Sardans, J., Schmidt, M., Seidler, G., Silva Espejo, J.E., Silveira, M., Smyth, A., Sporbert, M., Svenning, J., Tang, Z., Thomas, R., Tsiripidis, I., Vassilev, K., Violle, C., Virtanen, R., Weiher, E., Welk, E., Wesche, K., Winter, M., Wirth, C., Jandt, U. 2018. Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities. – Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 1906-1917.

Ashastina, K., Kuzmina, S., Rudaya, N., Troeva, E., Schoch, W.H., Römermann, C., Reinecke, J., Otte, V., Savvinov, G., Wesche, K., Kienast, F. 2018. Woodlands and steppes: Pleistocene vegetation in Yakutia’s most continental part recorded in the Batagay permafrost sequence. – Quaternary Science Reviews 196: 38-61.

Wang, Yun, Lehnert, L., Holzapfel, M., Schultz, R., Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Meyer, H., Seeber, E., Pinkert, S., Ritz, M., Fu Yao, Ansorge, H., Bendix, J., Seifert, B., Miehe, G., Long Ruijun, Yang Yong-Ping, Wesche, K. 2018. Multiple indicators yield diverging results on grazing degradation and climate controls across Tibetan pastures. – Ecological Indicators 93: 1199-1208.

Dengler, J., Wagner, V., Dembicz, I., … Wesche, K. & Biurrun, I. 2018. GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. – Phytocoenologia 48: 331–347.

Tserendulam, Ts., Wesche, K., Bayarsaikhan, U., Oyuntsetseg, B. 2018. The vascular plant flora of Hustai National Park, Mongolia: Composition, life forms, ecological groups and geographical elements. – Feddes Repertorium 129: 137-160.

Monaco, E. T., Borries, C., Nikolei, J., Chalise, M. K., Ganzhorn, J. U., Wesche, K., König, A. 2018. The function of geophagy in Nepal gray langurs: Sodium acquisition rather than detoxification or prevention of acidosis. – American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165: 1-10.

Schneider. J. V., Negraschis, V., Habersetzer, J., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2018. Taxonomic diversity masks leaf vein–climate relationships: lessons from herbarium collections across a latitudinal rainfall gradient in West Africa – Botany Letters: online first.

Schneider. J. V., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G., Habersetzer, J. 2018. Improved non-destructive 2D and 3D X-ray imaging of leaf venation. – Plant Methods 14: 7-15.

Rosche, C., Hensen, I., Silantieva, M. M., Stolz, J., Gröning, S., Wesche, K. 2018. Spatio-environmental determinants of the genetic structures of co-occurring species in a highly fragmented steppe. – Basic and Applied Ecology 28: 48-59.

IPBES Regional Assessment – Asia Pacific (3rd order draft): K. Wesche contributing author on Temperate Grasslands.

Pfeiffer, M., C. Dulamsuren, Y. Jäschke, Wesche K. 2018. Grasslands of China and Mongolia: Spatial Extent, Land Use and Conservation. Pp. 167-196 in: Squires, V.R., Dengler, J., Feng, H., Hua, L. (eds.) . CRC Press, Boca Raton, US. ISBN 9781498796262.


Hirsch, H., Brunet, J.,  Zalapa, J.E., von Wehrden, H., Hartmann, M., Kleindienst, C., Schlautmann, B., Kosman, E., Wesche, K., Renison, D. & Hensen, I. 2017. Intra- and interspecific hybridization in invasive Siberian elm. – Biological Invasions 19: 1889-1904.

Schneider, J.V., Habersetzer, J., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2017. Water supply and demand remain coordinated during breakdown of the global scaling relationship between leaf size and major vein density. – New Phytologist 214: 473-486.

Reinecke, J., Troeva, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Extrazonal steppes of northern Siberia – Phytosociological classification and ecological characterization. – Phytocoenologia: 47: 167–196.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Hellwig, F., Korsch, H., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Ritz, C. 2017. Comprehensive  and reliable: a new virtual herbarium of critical plant taxa in Germany. – Plant Systematics and Evolution 303: 1109–1113. DOI 10.1007/s00606-017-1419-6

Al-Gharaibeh, M.,  Hamasha, H.,  Rosche, C., Lachmuth, S., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2017. Environmental gradients shape the genetic structure of two medicinal Salvia species in Jordan. – Plant Biology 19: 227–238.

Paule, J., Gregor, T., , Schmitt, M., Gerstner, E.-M., Dersch, G., Dressler, S., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2017. Chromosome numbers of the flora of Germany – a new online database of georeferenced chromosome counts and flow cytometric ploidy estimates. – Plant Systematics and Evolution 303:1123–1129.

Wagner, Chytrý, M., Zelený, D., Wehrden, H., Brinkert, A., Danihelka, J., Hölzel, N., Kamp, J. H., Lustyk, P., Merunková, K., Palpurina, S., Preislerová, Z., Wesche, K.  2017. Plant species vary their soil pH niche in dry grasslands across Eurasia. – Oikos 126: 660–670.

Palpurina, S., Wagner, V., von Wehrden, H., Hajék, M., Horsak, M., Brinkert, A., Hölzel, N., Wesche, K., Kamp, J., … Chytry, M. 2017. The relationship between soil pH and plant species richness vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. – Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 425-434.

Wang Yun, Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Miehe, G., Seeber, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Combined effects of livestock grazing and environment on plant species composition and soil condition across Tibetan grasslands. – Applied Vegetation Science 20: 327-339.

Wesenberg, J., Gebauer, P., Ritz, C.M., Wesche, K. 2017. Virtuelles Herbarium der Lausitz. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, online resource.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Hellwig, F.H., Korsch, H., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Ritz, C.M. 2017. Bestimmungskritische Taxa der deutschen Flora. – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz & Herbarium Haussknecht Jena .

Dedek, M., Wesche, K. 2017 Die Segetalflora der Oberlausitz im Wandel – heutige Situation im Vergleich zu historischen Daten von Max Militzer. – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 25: 83-106.

Wesche, K. & Ritz, C. (Hrsg.) 2017. Von der Heide ins Gebirge – vielfältige Kulturlandschaft im Osten Deutschlands. Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 1-116. – darin:

Wesche, K., Beck, A., Ritz, C.M. 2017. Riesengebirge: Mitteleuropas nördlichster Hochgebirgskamm. – Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 95-112. 

Culmsee, H., Wesche, K. 2017. Das Biosphärenreservat Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft: Vielfalt in Biodiversität und Landnutzung. – Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 25-48.

Damm, U., Dressler, S., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F., Otte, V., Paule, J., Printzen, C., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Zizka, G. 2017. Botanik und Mykologie bei Senckenberg seit 1817 – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz, Weimar, Wilhelmshaven. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main.

Damm, U., Dressler, S., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F., Otte, V., Paule, J., Printzen, C., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Zizka, G. 2017. Botany and mycology at Senckenberg since 1817 – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz, Weimar, Wilhelmshaven. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main.

Jäger, E., Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Gefäßpflanzen: Atlasband. 13. Auflage. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, 822 S.


Hirsch, H., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Renison, D., Luti, R., Wypior, C., Hartmann, M., von Wehrden, H. 2016. Evolution of an invasive tree: non-native Siberian elms outperform native provenances. – AoB Plants 8: plw071 (

Heinicke, S., Hensen, I., Rosche, C., Hanselmann, D., Gudkova, P. D.; Silanteva, M. M.; Wesche, K. 2016. Fragmentation and environmental constraints influence genetic diversity and germination of Stipa pennata in natural steppes – Flora 224: 42–49.

Wiehle, M., Vornam, B., Wesche, K.,  Goenster S., Buerkert, A. 2016. Population structure and genetic diversity of Populus laurifolia in fragmented riparian gallery forests of the Mongolian Altai Mountains. – Flora 224: 112–122.

Lehnert, L., Wesche, K., Trachte, K., Reudenbach, C., Bendix, J. 2016. Climate variability rather than overstocking  causes recent degradation of Tibetan pastures. – Scientific Reports 6: 24367 DOI: 10.1038/srep24367.

Reichel, K., Richter, F.,  Eichel, L., Kącki, Z.,  Wesche, K. Welk, E., Neinhuis, C.,  Ritz, C. 2016. Genetic diversity in the locally declining Laserpitium prutenicum L. and the more common Selinum carvifolia (L.) L. – a “silent goodbye”?” – Conservation Genetics 17:847-860.

Kadereit, J. W., Albach, D. C., Ehrendorfer, F., Galbany-Casals, M., Garcia-Jacas, N., Gehrke, B., Kadereit. G., Kilian, N., Klein, J. T., Koch, M. A., Kropf, M., Oberprieler,  C., Pirie, M. D., Ritz, C. M., Röser, M., Spalik, K., Susanna, A., Weigend, M., Welk., E., Wesche, K., Li-Bing Zhang & Dillenberger, M. (2016). Generic circumscriptions in the German flora. – Willdenowia 46:39-91.

Törok, P., Ambarli, D., Kamp, J., Wesche, K., Dengler, J. 2016. Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of the Palaearctic natural grasslands. – Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2187–2195.

Wesche, K., Ambarli, D., Kamp, J., Törok, P., Treiber, J., Dengler, J. 2016. The Palaearctic steppe biome: a new synthesis – Biodiversity and Conservation 25:2197–2231.

Wang, Yun, Wesche, K. 2016. Vegetation and soil responses to livestock grazing in Central Asian grasslands: a review of Chinese literature. – Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2401–2420.

Karger, D. N., Cord, A., Kessler, M., Kreft, H., Kühn, I., Pompe, S., Sandel, B., Sarmento-Cabral, J., Smith, A., Svenning, J. C., Tuomisto, H., Weigelt, P., Wesche, K. 2016. Probabilistic species pools in ecology and biogeography. – Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 489–501.

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2016. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Kritischer Ergänzungsband. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, 221. S.

Wesche, K., Otte, V., Damm, U., Ritz, C., Wesenberg, J., Boyle, H., Gebauer, P. 2016. Die botanisch-mykologischen Sammlungen in Görlitz – zentrale Anlaufstellen für die berufliche und ehrenamtliche Pflanzen- und Pilzkunde in der Oberlausitz. – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 24: 37-50.

Reinecke, J., Troeva, E., Wesche, K. 2016. Was von der Mammutsteppe übrig blieb. Beweidete Steppeninseln in Nordsibirien sind Relikte eiszeitlicher Vergangenheit – Natur, Forschung, Museum 146: 275-283.


Seeber E., Miehe G., Hensen I., Yang Y., Wesche K. 2015. Mixed reproduction strategy and polyploidy facilitate dominance of Kobresia pygmaea on the Tibetan Plateau. – Journal of Plant Ecology 9: 87-99.

Meyer, S., Bergmeier, E., Becker, T., Wesche, K., Krause, B. & Leuschner, C. 2015. Detecting long-term losses at the plant community level – arable fields in Germany revisited. – Applied Vegetation Science 18, 432-442.

Meyer, S., Hans, J., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C., Albach, D. 2015. Landscape complexity has limited effects on genetic structure of two arable weed species, Adonis aestivalis and Consolida regalis. – Weed Research 55: 406-415.

Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C. 2015. Historical and recent fragmentation of temperate floodplain grasslands: Do patch size and distance affect plant species richness of wet meadow communities?” – Folia Geobotanica: 50:253-266.


Babel, T. Biermann, H. Coners, E. Falge, E. Seeber, J. Ingrisch, P.-M. Schleuß, T. Gerken, J. Leonbacher, T. Leipold, S. Willinghöfer, K. Schützenmeister, O. Shibistova, L. Becker, S. Hafner, S. Spielvogel, X. Li, X. Xu, Y. Sun, L. Zhang, Y. Yang, Y. Ma, K. Wesche, H.-F. Graf, C. Leuschner, G. Guggenberger, Y. Kuzyakov, G. Miehe, Foken, T. 2014. Pasture degradation modifies the water and carbon cycles of the Tibetan highlands. – Biogeosciences: discussion forum.

Von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyundari, Chuluunkhuyag, Fust, P. 2014. Trends in cashmere production and declines of large wild mammals are correlated yet not causally linked – a reply to Berger et al. 2013 – Conservation Biology 29: 286–289.

Seeber, E., Winterfeld, G., Hensen, I., Sharbel, T. F., Durka, W., Liu Jianquan, Yang Yongping, Wesche, K. 2014. Ploidy levels in the alpine sedge Kobresia pygmaea (Cyperaceae) and related species – combined application of chromosome counts, new microsatellite markers and flow cytometry – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 22-35.

Krause, B., Wesche, K., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2014. Diversitätsverluste und floristischer Wandel im Grünland seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 399-404.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Brütting, T., Krause, B., Hensen, I., Leuschner, C. 2014. Diversitätsverluste und floristischer Wandel im Ackerland seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 392-397.

Wesche, K., Schuch, S., Bock, J. 2014. Diversitätsverlust und faunistischer Wandel in ausgewählten Insektengruppen des Grünlandes seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 417-421.

Rueff, H., Sternberg, T., Batbuyan Bajav, Middleton, N., Ganzorig, G, Wesche, K. 2014. Pastoral mobility must be preserved to ensure Mongolian rangeland sustainability. Univ. of Oxford, Senckenberg.


Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Krause, B., Leuschner, C. 2013. Dramatic impoverishment of arable plant communities since the 1950s/60s – a large scale analysis across geological substrate groups. – Diversity and Distributions 19: 1175-1187.

Durka, W., Nossol, C., Ruprecht, E., Welk, E., Wagner, V., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2013. Extreme genetic depauperation and differentiation of both populations and species in Eurasian feather grasses (Stipa) – Plant Systematics and Evolution 299: 259-269.

Brütting, C., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2013. Ex situ cultivation reduces genetic diversity of arable plants. – Plant Biology 15: 505-513.

Leuschner, C., Wesche, K., Meyer, S., Krause, B., Steffen, K., Becker, T., Culmsee, H. 2013. Veränderungen und Verarmung in der Offenlandvegetation Norddeutschlands seit den 1950er Jahren: Wiederholungsaufnahmen in Äckern, Grünland und Fließgewässern – Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 25: 166-210.

Meyer, S. Wesche, K., Krause, B., Leuschner, C. 2013. Veränderungen der Segetalflora der letzten Jahrzehnte und mögliche Konsequenzen für Agrarvögel – Julius Kühn Archiv 442: 64-78.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Otte, V., Paule, J., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J. 2013. Forschungen zur heimischen Flora. – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 254-255.

Ansorge, H., Wesche, K. 2013. Im Land der Gräser und wilden Pferde. Schlaglichter der Biologischen Forschung in der Mongolei. – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 46-51.

Jäger, E.J., Müller, F., Ritz, C.M., Welk, E. & Wesche, K. 2013. Rothmaler – Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Gefäßpflanzen: Atlasband, 20 edn. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 822 p.

Wesche, K. 2013. Wie verbreitet ist Degradation in tibetischen Weideländern? – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 18-23.

Biermann , T with contributions from Seeber, E., Schleuß, P., Willinghöfer, S., Leonbacher,J., Schützenmeister, K., Steingräber, L., Babel, W. Coners, H. Foken, T. Guggenberger, G., Kuzyakov, Y. Leuschner, C. Miehe, G., Wesche K. 2013. Tibet Plateau Atmosphere-Ecology-Glaciology Cluster Joint Kobresia Ecosystem Experiment: Documentation of the 2nd Intensive Observation Period Summer 2012 in KEMA, Tibet. Arbeitsergebnisse Nr. 54, Eigenverlag: Universität Bayreuth, Abt. Mikrometeorologie, Bayreuth, ISSN 1614-8916.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Wesche, K., Seeber, E., Behrendes, L., Kaiser, K., Reudenbach, C., Nölling, J., Hanspach, J. Herrmann, M., Ma Yaoming, Mosbrugger, V. 2013. Resilience of vulnerability? Vegetation patterns of the central Tibetan pastoral ecotone. – In: Morales Prieto, M. J., Diaz, J. T. Steppe Ecosystems. Biological diversity, management and restoration. Nova publisher, New York, p. 111-152.


Schuch, S., Bock, J., Krause, B., Wesche, K. Schaefer, M. 2012. Long-term population trends in three grassland insect groups: a comparative analysis of the years 1951 and 2009. – Journal of Applied Entomology 136: 321-331.

von Wehrden, H., Hanspach, J., Kaczensky, P., Fischer, J. & Wesche, K. 2012. A global assessment of the non-equilibrium concept in rangelands. – Ecological Applications 22: 393-399.

Zimmermann, H., von Wehrden, H., Renison, D., Wesche, K., Welk, E., Damascos, M. A., Hensen, I. 2012. Shrub management is the principal driver of differing population sizes between native and invasive populations of Rosa rubiginosa L. – Biological Invasions 14: 2141-2157.

Wagner, V., Treiber, J., Danihelka, J., Ruprecht, E., Wesche, K. 2012. Declining genetic diversity and increasing genetic isolation towards the range periphery of a Eurasian feather grass: A study along a 3000 km longitudinal gradient – International Journal of Plant Sciences 173: 802-811.

Ruppert, J. Holm, A., Miehe, S., Muldavin, E., Snyman, H.A., Wesche, K., Linstädter, A. 2012. Meta-analysis of rain-use efficiency confirms indicative value for degradation and supports non-linear response along precipitation gradients in drylands. – Journal of Vegetation Science: 23: 1035-1050.

Brütting, C., Meyer, S., Kühne, P., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2012. Spatial genetic structure and low diversity of the rare arable plant Bupleurum rotundifolium L. in Central Europe – Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 161: 70-77.

Hirsch, H., Wypior, C., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Renison, D.,Hensen, I. 2012. Germination performance of native and non-native Ulmus pumila populations. – NeoBiota 15: 53-68.

Wesche, K.,  Treiber, J. 2012. Abiotic and biotic determinants of steppe productivity and performance – a view from Central Asia, In: Werger, M.J.A. & van Staalduinen, M. (eds.) Eurasian Steppes. Ecological problems and livelihoods in a changing world, pp. 3-43. Springer, Heidelberg.

Hensen, I., Cierjacks, K, Hirsch, H., Kessler, M., Romoleroux, K, Renison, D., Wesche, K. 2012. Historic and recent fragmentation coupled with altitude affect the genetic population structure of one of the world’s highest tropical tree line species – Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 455-464.

Brütting, C., Wesche, K., Meyer, S., Hensen, I. 2012. Genetic diversity of six arable plants in correlation to their Red List status – Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 745-761.

Wesche, K., Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2012. Fifty years of change in Central European grassland vegetation: large losses in species richness and animal-pollinated plants. – Biological Conservation 150: 76-85.

Schuch, S., Wesche, K., Schaefer, M. 2012. Long-term decline in the abundance of leafhoppers and planthoppers (Auchenorrhyncha) in Central European protected dry grasslands. – Biological Conservation: 149: 75-83.

Kohlbrecher, C., Wesche,  K., Hilbig,  W., Leuschner Ch., Meyer St. 2012. Veränderungen in der Segetalflora am Kyffhäusergebirge in den letzten 50 Jahren (1961-2011). – Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz in Thüringen 49: 1-9.


Hafner, S., Unteregelsbacher, S., Seeber, E., Lena, B., Xu, Xingliang, Li, Xiaogang, Guggenberger, G., Miehe, G., Kuzyakov, Y. 2011. Effect of grazing on carbon stocks and assimilate partitioning in a Tibetan montane pasture revealed by 13CO2 pulse labeling. – Global Change Biology 18.: 528–538.

Otte, V., Wesche, K., Dressler, S., Zizka, G., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F. 2011. The New Herbarium Senckenbergianum: Old institutions under a new common roof. – Taxon 60: 617-618.

Wagner, V. von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Fedulin, A., Sidorova, T., Hensen, I. 2011. Similar performance in peripheral and central populations of Stipa capillata L. despite a different climate and soil pH. – Ecography: 34: 498-506.

Hirsch, H., Zimmermann, H., Ritz, C., Wissemann, V., von Wehrden, H., Renison, D., Wesche, K., Welk, E., Hensen, I. 2011. Tracking the origin of invasive Rosa rubiginosa populations in Argentina. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 172: 530-540.

Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Wesche, K., Bergmeier, E., Leuschner, C. 2011. Habitat loss of floodplain meadows in north Germany since the 1950s. – Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2347–2364.

Schuch, S., Bock, J., Leuschner, C., Schaefer, M., Wesche, K. 2011. Minor changes in orthopteran assemblages of Central European dry grasslands during the last 40 years. – Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 811-822.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Kluge, J., Wesche, K., Yongping, Yang; Jianquan, Liu 2011. Ecological stability during LGM and mid-Holocene in an arid alpine biome indifferent to environmental changes? The Alpine Steppes of the Tibetan highlands – Quaternary Research 76: 243-252.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Nölling, J., Hanspach, J., Reudenbach, C., Kaiser, K., Wesche, K., Mosbrugger, V., Yongping, Yang, Yaoming, Ma. 2011. Plant communities of central Tibetan pastures in the Alpine Steppe / Kobresia pygmaea ecotone. – Journal of Arid Environments 75: 711-723.

Miehe, G.; Miehe, S.; Bach, K.; Kluge, J.; Yongping, Yang; Duo, La; Co, Sonam; Wesche, K. 2011. Alpine Steppe Plant Communities of the Tibetan highlands. – Applied Vegetation Science: 14: 547-560.

Sun, D.S., Wesche, K., Chen, D.D., Zhang, S.H., Wu, G.L., Du, G.Z. & Comerford, N.B. 2011. Grazing depresses soil carbon storage through changing plant biomass and composition in a Tibetan alpine meadow. – Plant, Soil and Environment 57: 271-278.

Wesche, K., von Wehrden, H. 2011. Surveying Southern Mongolia: application of multivariate classification methods in drylands with low diversity and long floristic gradients. – Applied Vegetation Science 14: 561-570.

Ronnenberg, K., Hensen I., Wesche K. 2011. Water availability unequally affects seed production and seed viability of Stipa krylovii Roshev. in Mongolian drylands. – Basic and Applied Ecology 12: 141-151.

Wesche, K., Walther, D., von Wehrden, H., Hensen, I. 2011. Trees in the desert: Reproduction and genetic structure of fragmented Ulmus pumila forests in Mongolian drylands. – Flora 206: 91-99.

Ronnenberg, K. & Wesche, K. 2011. Effects of fertilization and irrigation on Stipa steppes in dry southern Mongolia. – Plant and Soil 340: 239-251.

Biermann T, Leipold T. with contributions from Babel W, Becker L, Coners H, Foken T, Guggenberger G, He S, Ingrisch J, Kuzyakov Y, Leuschner C, Miehe G, Richards K, Seeber E, Wesche K. 2011. Joint Kobresia Ecosystem Experiment: Documentation of the first Intensive Observation Period Summer 2010 in Kema, Tibet. Arbeitsergebnisse Nr. 44, Eigenverlag: Universität Bayreuth, Abt. Mikrometeorologie, Bayreuth, ISSN 1614-8916.

Yoseph Assefa, Wesche, K. & Masresha Fetene. 2011. The status of the ericaceous vegetation on the southern slopes of the Bale Mountains. In: Tanskanen, H., Nelson, A. & William, S. (eds.) Conservation of the Bale Mountains. Walia (Special Issue), pp. 158-170, Addis Ababa.      pdf


Hirsch, H.,  von Wehrden, H. , Wesche, K. , Renison, D., Hensen, I. 2010. Investigations on the invasion success of Ulmus pumila L. in North America and Argentina. – Newsletter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico 35: 14.

Zimmermann, H., Ritz, C. M., Hirsch, H. , Renison, D., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2010.  Highly reduced genetic diversity of Rosa rubiginosa L. populations in the invasive range. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 171: 435-446.

Wagner, V. von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Fedulin, A., Sidorova, T., Hensen, I. 2010. Similar performance in peripheral and central populations of Stipa capillata L. despite a different climate and soil pH. – Ecography: online first.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Leuscher, C., van Elsen, T., Metzner, J. 2010. A new conservation strategy for arable weed vegetation in Germany – the project “100 fields for biodiversity”. – Plant Breeding und Seed Science 61: 25-34.

von Wehrden, H.,  Hanspach, J., Ronnenberg, K. & Wesche, K. 2010. The inter-annual climatic variability in Central Asia – a contribution to the discussion on the importance of environmental stochasticity in drylands. – Journal of Arid Environments 74: 1212-1215.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Metzner, J., van Elsen, T., Leuscher, C. 2010. Are current agri-environment schemes suitable for long-term conservation of arable plants? – A short review of different conservation strategies from Germany and short remarks on the new project “100 fields for diversity”. – Aspects of Applied Biology 100: 287-294.

Bläß, C., Ronnenberg, K., Tackenberg, O., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2010. Relative importance of different seed dispersal types in dry Mongolian rangelands. – Journal of Arid Environments: 74: 991-997.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K. 2010. Effects of NPK-fertilisation in arid southern Mongolian steppes. – Plant Ecology 207: 93-105.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K., Retzer, V., Miehe, G. 2010. Effects of herbivore exclusion in southern Mongolian desert steppes. – Acta Oecologica 36: 234-241.

Hensen, I., Kilian, C., Wagner, V., Durka, W., Pusch, J., Wesche, K. 2010. Low genetic variability and strong differentiation among isolated populations of the rare steppe grass Stipa capillata L. in central Europe. – Plant Biology 12: 526-536.

Wesche, K., Miehe, G. Kaiser, K. 2010. Wald oder Weide? Zum Einfluss der nomadischen Viehhaltung auf die Grasländer Tibets. In: Herrmann, B. (ed.) Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2009 – 2010: 89-108.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C., van Elsen, T., Metzner, J. 2010. Schutzbemühungen für die Segetalflora in Deutschland – Das Projekt “100 Äcker für die Vielfalt”. – Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt IX – BFN-Skripten 265: 59-64.


(older publications by K. Wesche)


Wesche, K., Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2009. Veränderungen in der Flächen-Ausdehnung und Artenzusammensetzung des Feuchtgrünlandes in Norddeutschland seit den 1950er Jahren. – Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 21: 196-210.

von Wehrden, H., Hanspach, J., Bruelheide, H., Wesche, K. 2009. Pluralism and diversity – trends in the use and application of ordination methods 1990-2007. – Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 695-705.    pdf

Seltmann, P., Hensen, I., Renison, D., Ploch, S., Dueñas, J. R., Cocucci, A., Wesche, K. 2009. Biparental inbreeding depression, genetic relatedness and progeny vigor in a wind-pollinated treeline species in Argentina – Plant Ecology 205: 155-164.

von Wehrden, H., Zimmermann, H., Hanspach, J., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2009. Predicting plant species and communities by using GIS and Landsat data in a southern Mongolian mountain range. – Folia Geobotanica 44: 211-225.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Miehe, G. 2009. Plant communities of the southern Mongolian Gobi – Phytocoenologia 39: 331-376.

Schiebold, S., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Röser, M. 2009. Extensive clonality of the endemic Calamagrostis pseudopurpurea ex O.R. Heine in central Germany revealed by RAPD markers. – Plant Biology 11: 473-482.


Bläß, C., Ronnenberg, K., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2008. Grazing impact on seed production in southern Mongolia. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 6: 3-9.

Esfeld, K., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Jakob, S. S., Tischew, S., Blattner, F. R. 2008. Molecular data indicate multiple independent colonizations of former lignite mining areas in Eastern Germany by Epipactis palustris (Orchidaceae) – Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 2441-2453.

Wesche, K., Cierjacks, A., Yoseph Assefa, Wagner, S., Masresha Fetene, Hensen, I. 2008. Recruitment of trees at tropical-alpine treelines: Polylepis in South America and Erica species in Africa. – Plant Ecology and Diversity 1: 35-46.

Marcora, P., Hensen, I., Renison, D., Seltmann, P., Wesche, K. 2008. Performance of the tree line species Polylepis australis along its entire altitudinal range in Central Argentina. – Diversity and Distributions 14: 630-636.

Ronnenberg K., Wesche K., Hensen, I. 2008. Germination ecology of Central Asian Stipa spp: differences among species, seed provenances, and the importance of field studies. – Plant Ecology 196: 269-280.

Hertel, D., Wesche, K. 2008. Tropical moist Polylepis stands at the treeline in East Bolivia: the effect of elevation on stand microclimate, above- and below-ground structure, and regeneration. – Trees 22: 303-315.     pdf

Cierjacks, A., Salgado, S., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2008. Post-fire population dynamics of two tree species in high-altitude Polylepis (Rosaceae) forests of central Ecuador – Biotropica 40: 176-182.

Wesche, K., Yoseph Assefa, von Wehrden, H. 2008. Temperate Grassland Region: Equatorial Africa (high altitude). In: Peart, B. Life in a Working Landscape: Towards a Conservation Strategy for the World’s Temperate Grasslands – Compendium of Regional Templates on the Status of Temperate Grasslands. Conservation and Protection. IUCN / WCPA. Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative, Vancouver: 5-21. 

Wesche, K., Retzer, V. 2008. Die Bedeutung von Niederschlag und Beweidung für süd-mongolische Wüstensteppen – ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um die Nicht-Gleichgewichtstheorie. – Hamburger Beiträge zur Physischen Geographie und Landschaftsökologie 18: 165-181.


von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2007. Relationships between climate, productivity and vegetation in southern Mongolian drylands. – Basic and Applied Dryland Research 1: 100-120.

Ronnenberg K., Pietsch M., Wesche K., Hensen I. 2007. Seed germination of five mountain steppe species of Central Asia. – Journal of Arid Environments 71: 404-410.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Opgenoorth, L., Cermak, J., Schlütz, F., Jäger, E., Samiya, R., Wesche, K. 2007. Mountain forest islands and Holocene forest retreat in Central Asian deserts. A case study from the South Gobi Altay, Mongolia. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 250: 155-166.       pdf

Cierjacks, A., Rühr, N., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. Effects of altitude and livestock on the regeneration of two tree line forming Polylepis species in Ecuador. – Plant Ecology 194: 207-221.     pdf

Wesche, K., Nadrowski, K., Retzer, V. 2007. Habitat engineering under dry conditions: The impact of pikas (Ochotona pallasi) on vegetation and site condition in southern Mongolian steppes. – Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 665-674.    pdf

Cierjacks, A., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. Impact of sowing, canopy cover and litter on seedling dynamics of Polylepis species at upper treelines in Central Ecuador. – Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 309-318.

Cierjacks, A., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. High natural recruitment in forest edges indicates potential lateral expansion of Polylepis fragments in central Ecuador. – Forest Ecology and Management 242: 477-486.

Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2007. Genetic structure of the rare Poa badensis (Poaceae) in central Germany. – Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 131: 177-186.

Leyer, I., Wesche, K. 2007. Multivariate Statistik in der Ökologie. Springer-Lehrbuch. Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: 221 Seiten.

Stubbe, M., Heidecke, D., Wesche, K., Stubbe, A. 2007. Springmaus, Amurfalke, Biber & Co – Biodiversitätsforschung in Zentralasien – Grundlagen des Internationalen Naturschutzes. – Scientia Halensis 1/07:26-27.

von Wehrden H., Wesche K. 2007. Mapping the vegetation of southern Mongolian protected areas: application of GIS and remote sensing techniques. – Arid Ecosystems 13: 130-139.

Hilbig, W., Wesche, K., Jäger, E. J. 2007. Die Forschungen der Mitarbeiter und Absolventen des Institutes für Geobotanik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in der Mongolei in Zusammenarbeit mit ihren mongolischen Fachkollegen. Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 10: 551-568. Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2007. Mapping Khulan habitats – a GIS-based approach. Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 10: 31-44. Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle.


von Wehrden H., Wesche K., Tungalag, R. 2006. Plant communities of the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area in south-western Mongolia. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 4: 3-17.

von Wehrden H., Hilbig W., Wesche, K. 2006. Plant communities of the Great Gobi A Special Protected Area in the Mongolian Transaltay Gobi. – Feddes Repertorium 117: 526-570.

Wesche, K., Hensen, I., Undrakh, R. 2006. Range-wide genetic analysis provides evidence for natural isolation among populations of the Central Asian endemic Potentilla ikonnikovii Juz. (Rosaceae). – Plant Species Biology 21: 155-163.

Buhk, C., Götzenberger, L., Wesche, K., Sánchez Gómez, P., Hensen, I. 2006. Post-fire regeneration in Mediterranean pine forest with historically low fire frequency. – Acta Oecologica 30: 288-298.

Wesche, K., Hensen, I., Undrakh, R. 2006. Genetic structure of Galitzkya macrocarpa and G. potaninii, two closely related endemics of central Asian high mountain ranges. – Annals of Botany 98: 1025-1034.     pdf

Wesche, K., Pietsch, M., Ronnenberg, K., Undrakh, R., Hensen, I. 2006. Germination of fresh and frost-treated seeds from dry Central Asian steppes. – Seed Science Research 16: 123-136.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Reudenbach, C., Miehe G. 2006. A LANDSAT 7-based vegetation map of the deserts and desert steppes in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan NP, southern Mongolia (scale 1: 200 000). – Erdkunde 60: 261-272.  pdf

Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2006. Population size affects plant fitness in the rare Dictamnus albus in Central Germany. – Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 2249-2261.

Wesche, K. 2006. Is afroalpine plant biodiversity negatively affected by high-altitude fires? In: Spehn, E., Liberman, M., Körner, C. (Hrsg.). Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL, USA: 39-49.

Bläß, K., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2006. Exozoochorous seed dispersal: seed retention under experimental natural conditions in Mongolian steppes. In: Shmakov, A. I., Kamelin, R. V., Terekhina, T. A., Dyachenko, S. A., Smirnov, S. V., Kuzev, M. G., German, D. A. Problems of Botany of South Siberia and Mongolia. “Azbuka” Press, Barnaul: 329-331.

Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2006. The effects of NPK-fertilization and irrigation on Stipa krylovii and S. gobica in southern Mongolian desert steppes. In: Shmakov, A. I., Kamelin, R. V., Terekhina, T. A., Dyachenko, S. A., Smirnov, S. V., Kuzev, M. G., German, D. A. Problems of Botany of South Siberia and Mongolia. “Azbuka” Press, Barnaul: 332-334.



Wesche, K., Jäger, E., von Wehrden, H., Undrakh, R. 2005. The distribution of some rare plants in the Gobi-Altay. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 3: 3-11.

Dittbrenner, A., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2005. Genetic structure and RAPD diversity of the rapidly declining Angelica palustris (Apiaceae) in Eastern Germany in relation to population size and seed production. – Plant Species Biology 20: 191-200.

Wesche, K., Miehe, S., Miehe, G. 2005. Plant communities of the Gobi Gurvan Sayhan National Park (South Gobi Aimag, Mongolia). – Candollea 60: 149-205.

Wesche, K., Partzsch, M., Krebes, S., Hensen, I. 2005. Effects of habitat size, age, and nutrients in fragmented grassland communities. – Folia Geobotanica 40: 341-356.

Stumpp, M., Wesche, K., Retzer, V., Miehe, G. 2005. Impact of grazing livestock and distance from water points on soil fertility in southern Mongolia. – Mountain Research and Development 25: 244-251.    pdf

Sommerwerk, A., Partzsch, M., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2005. Standortökologie und phytozönologische Bindung der beiden Adventivarten Gypsophila perfoliata und G. scorzonerifolia (Caryophyllaceae) in Zentraldeutschland. – Hercynia 38: 263-286.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K., Hensen, I. 2005. Lack of sexual reproduction in dry mountain steppe populations of the clonal shrub Juniperus sabina L. in southern Mongolia. – Journal of Arid Environments 63: 390-405.

Hensen, I., Oberprieler, C., Wesche, K. 2005. Genetic structure, population size, and seed production of Pulsatilla vulgaris Mill. (Ranunculaceae) in Central Germany. – Flora 200: 3-14.

Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2005. Clonal versus sexual reproduction – examples for complementary regeneration strategies in a dry ecosystem. In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House “Bembi San”, Ulaanbaatar: 143-145.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2005. Mapping the vegetation of southern Mongolian protected areas: application of GIS and remote sensing techniques. In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House “Bembi San”, Ulaanbaatar: 232-234.

Wesche, K. 2005. Enclosure studies indicate non-equilibrium dynamics in southern Mongolian rangelands In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House “Bembi San”, Ulaanbaatar: 198-200.

Leyer, I., Wesche, K. 2005. Ordinationsmethoden zur Analyse ökologischer Daten. In: Grözinger, G., Matiaske, W. (Hrsg.) Deutschland regional – Sozialwissenschaftliche Daten im Forschungsverbund. – Rainer Hamp Verlag, München: 157-170.

Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. 2005. Herausgabe Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei 9. – Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle: 1-494. ISSN 0440-1298 Darin:

Wesche, K., Retzer, V. 2005. Is degradation a major problem in semi-desert environments of the Gobi region in southern Mongolia? In: Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. (Hrsg.) Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 9: 133-146.

Miehe, G., Samjaa, R., Wesche, K. 2005. Preface: Ecosystem research in the arid environments of Central Asia: Results, challenges, perspectives. In: Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. (Hrsg.) Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 9: 1-3.



Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K. 2004. Phytosociological affinities and habitat preferences of Juniperus sabina L. and Artemisia santolinifolia Turcz. ex Bess. in mountain sites of the south-eastern Gobi Altay, Mongolia. – Feddes Repertorium 115: 585-600.

Schulze, H., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Stordeur, R. 2004. Die Verbreitung epigäischer Flechten und ihre Beziehungen zu ausgewählten Phanerogamengesellschaften im NSG Harslebener Berge und Steinholz (Sachsen-Anhalt). – Hercynia 37: 73-85.

Wesche, K., Kessler, M. 2004. Die humide tropisch-alpine Stufe – weltweite Gemeinsamkeiten. In: Breckle, S.W., Walter, H. (Hrsg.). Ökologie der Erde. Bd. 2. Spezielle Ökologie der tropischen und subtropischen Zonen. – Spektrum, Heidelberg: 129-156.

Götzenberger, L., Ohl, C., Hensen, I., Sánchez Gómez, P., Wesche, K. 2003. Postfire regeneration of a thermomediterranean shrubland area in south-eastern Spain. – Anales de Biología 25:21-28.    pdf

Wesche, K. 2003. The importance of occasional droughts for afroalpine landscape ecology. – Journal of Tropical Ecology 19: 197-208.

Wesche, K. 2002. Structure and dynamics of Erica forest at tropical-African treelines. – Verhandlungen der Reinhold-Tüxen Gesellschaft 14: 145-159.

Ochyra, R., Wesche, K., Miehe, G., Miehe, S. 2002. New records of pleurocarpous mosses for Africa and Uganda. – Journal of Bryology 24: 251-258.

Wesche, K. 2002. The high-altitude environment of Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya) – Climate, vegetation and the impact of fire. – Ecotropical Monographs 2: 1-253.  

Wesche, K. 2001. Hochgebirgslebensräume am Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenia) – Klima, Vegetation und die Bedeutung von Feuern. – Jahrbuch der Marburger Geographischen Gesellschaft 2001: 172-178.

Wesche, K. 2001. The high altitude vegetation of Mt. Elgon/Kenya as influenced by climate and fire. – Proceedings of the Workshop for Integrated Natural Resources Manage­ment Planning – Mt. Elgon, Kitale – IUCN, Kenya: 22-29. 

Wesche, K., Miehe, G., Kaeppeli, M. 2000. The significance of fire for the ericaceous belt of the East African Mountains. – Mountain Research and Development 20: 340-347.     pdf

Wesche, K., Clausnitzer, V., Miehe, S., Miehe, G. 2000. Habitat conditions in afroalpine communities – examples from East Africa. In: Breckle, S.-W., Schweizer, B., Arndt, U. (Hrsg.) Results of worldwide ecological studies – Proceedings of the 1st symposium of the A.F.W. Schimper-Foundation est. by H. & E. Walter – Hohenheim, October 1998. – G. Heimbach, Stuttgart: 335-346. 

Wesche, K. 1997. A classification of a tropical Shorea robusta forest stand in southern Nepal. – Phytocoenologia 27: 103-118.

Clausnitzer, V., Wesche, K. 1996. Odonata records from Nepal (around Annapurna, Chitwan District, Royal Bardia National Park). – Opuscula Zoologica Fluminensia 147: 1-8.

Wesche, K. 1995. Struktur und Nutzung eines Sal-Waldes im Süden Nepals. – GTZ/TÖB, Eschborn. 58 Seiten. 

Wesche, K. 1995. Structure and use of a Sal-forest in southern Nepal. – GTZ/TÖB, Eschborn. 35 Seiten.



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Wittig, R., Streit, R. 2004. Ökologie. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Hercynia.

Kriechbaum, M. 2002. Flora, Vegetation und Landnutzung des Muktinath-Tales (Mustang, Nepal) als Beziehungsmuster von naturräumlicher Ausstattung und menschlicher Gestaltung im Zentralhimalaya. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Feddes Repertorium.

Succow, M., Joosten, H. (Hrsg.) 2002. Landschaftsökologische Moorkunde. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Feddes Repertorium.

Munk, K. 2001. Grundstudium Biologie – Botanik. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Wissen­schaft Online.

Riedel, W., Lange, H. (Hrsg.) 2001. Landschaftsplanung. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Wissenschaft Online.

Baumann, H., Müller, T. 2001. Farbatlas geschützte und gefährdete Pflanzen – besprochen von K. Wesche in Hercynia.

Porembski, S., Barthlott, W. (Eds.) 2000. Inselbergs. Biotic Diversity of Isolated Rock Out­crops in Tropical and Temperate Regions. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Flora.

Osmaston, H., Tukahirwa, J., Basalirwa, C., Nyakaana, J. (editors) 1998. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Mountain Re­search and Development.

Fischer, E. 1996. Die Vegetation des Parc National de Kahuzi-Biéga, Sud-Kivu, Zaire. – be­sprochen von K. Wesche in Mountain Research and Development.