Head of the Ecotron Nadia Soudzilovskaia (Prof. Ecosystem Functioning at CMK) has been awarded the prestigious international research prize issued by the Von Humboldt foundation to outstanding foreign mid-career scientists.
Although the award was issued last year, because of pandemic, the award ceremony took place on 23 June 2022, in Berlin. Prof. dr. Soudzilovskaia was nominated by her colleagues from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). ‘Together, we have initiated an exciting research program to study beneficial interactions between plants and soil fungi, called mycorrhiza. We focus on the impact of these interactions on soil carbon and nutrient cycles, and on their potential to mitigate climate change through reducing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.’ Prof. dr. Soudzilovskaia puts this personal award into the research. ‘This allows us to establish new exciting experiments on how our natural ecosystems could help us to mitigate the impacts of climate change’, explains Prof. dr. Soudzilovskaia.