GBIF Database on Soil

Welcome to edaphobase
– the database for distribution and ecology of soil organisms –

The soil-zoological information System edaphobase is a taxonomic-ecological database system, which combines existing taxonomical primary data on soil organisms from collections, scientific literature and reports etc. originating from many research institutes and persons involved in soil zoology. This data is linked at the species level to ecological background information of the species’ sites of occurrence (i.e. geography, soils, habitat type, climate). The data is available to the general public via a webapplication containing a comprehensive query system, which allows the analysis and evaluation of the data for complex ecological questions of soil-zoological research and monitoring. In general, edaphobase makes this data comprehensively available for soil-zoological biodiversity research – a unique undertaking within Germany!

The Information system is part of the existing GBIF data structure.

In its second phase applications are developed within edaphobase for optimised data queries and analysses as well as tools for purposes of nature conservation, especially for evaluation of ecological requirements of soil animal species, or influence of changes in land use on soil biodiversity. To ease access to data programs for data query and evaluation are further enhanced and developed.

Here you can find information on:

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  • the contents and structure of the database
  • search possibilities within edaphobase
  • our associated partners and

help to edaphobase

The further development of edaphobase foresees comprehensive applications of the system within the German National Biodiversity Initiative and projects.

edaphobase is being implemented in various applied studies on biodiversity, nature and soil protection. Analysis tools and methodological standards are being developed and incorporated in these studies.

The technologies within edaphobase are being further developed and the system expanded into a central repository for the mobilization and evaluation of soil-ecological data. Altogether the system will be established as a national service platform for information and data on soil animals.

Edaphobase is a joint research project of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (Prof. Dr. W. Xylander), the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (Dr. H. Höfer), ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH Flörsheim (Dr. J. Römbke), the Institute for Environmental Research (Bio V) of the RWTH Aachen University (Dr. M. Roß-Nickoll), the gaiac Research Institute for Ecosystem Analysis and Assessment Aachen (Dr. A. Toschki), and the FU Berlin, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
(Dr. W.G. Berendsohn).

edaphobase is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding codes 01LI0901A and 01LI1301A).

The continuation of edaphobase is ensured by the “Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturkunde” after governmental-funding ends.