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Prof. dr. ir. F.T. (Franciska) de Vries

Professor of Earth Surface Science
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: Victor van Velzen

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C3.220
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Profile

    My research focuses on how plants interact with soil organisms, how these interactions respond to global change, and what the consequences are for ecosystem functioning. Plants interact with soil organisms, in particular soil microbes, through a variety of mechanisms: they modify the soil environment through their litter inputs and through altering soil nutrient and moisture contents, but they also interact directy with soil organisms throuhg their roots and root exudates. I like to mechanistically unravel those mechanisms and assess their importance for ecosystem functioning in real-world ecosystems, with a particular focus on carbon and nitrogen cycling.

    I am doing this research together with my team and my colleagues, and with numerous external collaborators and stakeholders - science is a team effort! I also engage in broader societal discussions around sustainability and nature conservation, and I very much enjoy writing about a variety of topics. 

    I lead the Plant-Soil Ecology lab group - you can find more about who we are an what we do on our website.

    In addition to my research, I am passionate about instilling an appreciation of soils in the wider public, and about training the next generation of grounded soil scientists who will tackle our grand challenges of sustainable food production, conserving biodiversity, and climate mitigation and adaptation.

    I am also a strong proponent of diversity, equity, and transparency in academia and STEM. I blog about these issues, about my science, and about academia in general. 

  • Research

    My current research focuses on understanding the response of terrestrial ecosystems and their functioning to global change. I am particularly interested in how feedbacks between plants and soil microbes are altered under changing environmental conditions, and how a mechanistic understanding of these feedbacks will allow us to predict ecosystem response to climate change, with the ultimate aim of preserving their form and function, increasing their adaptability, and mitigating climate change.

    Have a look at all the reserach going on in the Plant-Soil Ecology lab

    Current and past projects that I am leading are:

    Harnessing root-microbe-mineral interactions for climate-friendly soils

    NWO-funded project on climate-friendly agriculutural soils - 2023-2028

    Soils hold more carbon (C) in soil organic matter (SOM) than vegetation and the atmosphere combined, and only a small loss of this C can exacerbate climate change. The awareness that soils are crucial in the global C cycle has led to many initiatives that aim to increase C storage in agricultural soils. Our understanding of the mechanisms that stabilise SOM has vastly increased in the past decade, with the most important advance undoubtedly being the shift from characterising SOM in terms of recalcitrance, to the importance of microbial transformations and interactions with the soil matrix . In addition, recent experimental evidence shows that belowground organic matter inputs, in the form of root litter and root exudates, are more important for the formation of stable SOM than aboveground inputs. Moreover, amidst growing concern that an increased frequency of extreme climatic events such as droughts and flooding, as we are experiencing in the Netherlands, are turning soils into a C source (Friedlingstein et al., 2006), most of our current understanding of the formation of SOM comes from experiments under ambient climatic conditions. In this project, we will link recent advances in root ecology to test how plants with different root systems affect the formation and stabilisation of soil organic matter (SOM). We will use an integrated approach to both test how root-microbemineral interactions build stable SOM and minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in real-world agricultural systems, and to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these processes, under current and future climates.


    Ecosystem response to drought: unravelling the unexplored role of plant-soil feedback

    ERC Starting Grant – 2020-2025

    As the world has seen all too well last summer, drought is severely threatening our ecosystems and their functioning. It can cause strong shifts in plant community composition, which might lead to a new ecosystem state from which it is difficult to revert back. These shifts can have severe consequences, including a loss of species, habitat, and ecosystem function. While we would expect drought-adapted species to increase after drought, often we see a counter-intuitive increase in plant species that should be vulnerable to drought. Here, I will test whether these ‘vulnerable’ species, that also happen to be on the rise with nitrogen enrichment and habitat loss, use the fungi and bacteria that live in the soil to improve their own regrowth after drought, and whether this causes persistent shifts in plant community composition. Me and my team will do this by using a number of long-term drought experiments across Europe, and by reviving a Dutch long-term drought experiment at Oldebroek (Veluwe). We will also set up a new field experiment in a chronosequence of abandoned agricultural sites, which form a gradient of different plant communities. Combined with targeted mechanistic experiments, state-of-the-art metabolomics and sequencing techniques, and statistical modelling, these experiments will elucidate the role of changes in soil microbial communities in drought-induced shifts in plant community composition. This knowledge is crucial for predicting and mitigating the effects of drought on our ecosystems and preventing irreversible shifts in plant community composition. 


    Developing a trait-based framework for predicting soil microbial community response to extreme events

    NERC funded project – 2018-2021

    Co-investigators: Chris Knight, University of Manchester; Rob Griffiths, CEH Wallingford

    In this project, we will investigate how bacterial and fungal populations that live in the soil are affected by extreme weather events, and we aim to identify the traits that are responsible for this. For example, some groups of bacteria can form spores and thus survive a wide range of stresses, but there might be many other traits that can allow bacteria and fungi to cope with extreme weather events. We will use a unique experiment in which we subject soils from different climates across Europe not just to drought and flooding, but also to heatwave and freezing, and we will combine this with state-of-the-art DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to quantify bacterial and fungal response and to infer the traits responsible for this. In addition, we will measure how the processes that these organisms perform change with these extreme weather events. This work will result in fundamental knowledge on soil bacterial and fungal response to extreme weather events, and in a framework that allows us to predict how soils and their functioning will respond to extreme weather events. This knowledge is of the highest importance for adapting the Earth’s ecosystems to climate change.


    The root to stability – the role of plant roots in ecosystem response to climate change

    BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship – 2015-2020

    This project aims to investigate how plant roots and their exudates affect the response of ecosystems and their functioning to drought and warming. It will focus on grasslands, which cover a large part of the world, and are crucial for biodiversity and carbon and nitrogen storage. Because so little is known about how and why plants differ in their root exudates, we will first look at how different root systems affect the composition of root exudates, and how roots and root exudates themselves respond to drought and warming. Then, in a combination of laboratory and field experiments, we want to find out how roots and their exudates affect the response of soil bacteria and fungi to drought and warming, and how they might affect longer-term ecosystem response to drought and warming. The results of this work might be used to increase the resistance of ecosystems to climate change, for example through sowing specific plant species, or by informing plant breeding programmes.


    Ecosystem stability along a primary succession gradient

    Royal Society International Exchanges Grant – 2015-2017

    Co-investigator: Wolfgang Wanek, University of Vienna

    This project tests the hypothesis that ecosystem response to climate change will change along a primary succession gradient in a glacier foreland, and identify the

    relative role of soil and plants in modifying this response. Specifically, we will test whether the resistance of plant performance and soil processes to warming and drought will increase with ecosystem age. We hypothesise that with increasing ecosystem age both plant performance (photosynthesis and respiration rates, and aboveground and belowground biomass) and soil processes of C and N cycling will become more resistant to both drought and warming. We use the well-characterised Odenwinkelkees glacier foreland chronosequence to test these hypotheses. This project will provide insight into fundamental controls of ecosystem response to climate change, and will quantify the relative role of soil and plants in this response.


    Primary succession and ecosystem nitrogen retention in glacier forelands

    British Ecological Society Early Career Project Grant – 2012-2016

    Although the productivity of most terrestrial ecosystems is limited by the availability of nitrogen (N), very little is known about the factors that regulate ecosystem N retention and loss. During primary succession, soil microbial communities become more fungal-dominated and plant communities more N-conservative. My recent research has shown that soils with a fungal-dominated microbial community, as opposed to one dominated by bacteria, retain N better and, as a result, have lower N leaching losses. In this project, I hypothesise that ecosystem N retention will increase as primary succession proceeds and, specifically, that fungal-dominated soil microbial communities of late-successional seres will immobilise, and thus retain, more N than bacterial-dominated microbial communities of early-successional stages. To address this hypothesis,I used a chronosequence approach on glacier forelands, which are commonly used for studies on primary succession, toasses how ecosystem N retention changes as ecosystems develop, and how this relates to shifts in plant and microbial community structure.I collected soil from three well-described Alpine glacier foreland to test my hypotheseis in a mechanistic laboratory experiment: the Rotmoos and Ödenwinkelkees glaciers in Austria, and the Damma glacier in Switzerland.


  • Publications




    • Guerra, C. A., Bardgett, R. D., Caon, L., Crowther, T. W., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Montanarella, L., Navarro, L. M., Orgiazzi, A., Singh, B. K., Tedersoo, L., Vargas-Rojas, R., Briones, M. J. I., Buscot, F., Cameron, E. K., Cesarz, S., Chatzinotas, A., Cowan, D. A., Djukic, I., van den Hoogen, J., ... Eisenhauer, N. (2021). Tracking, targeting, and conserving soil biodiversity. Science, 371(6526), 239-241. [details]


    • de Vries, F. T., Griffiths, R. I., Knight, C. G., Nicolitch, O., & Williams, A. (2020). Harnessing rhizosphere microbiomes for drought-resilient crop production. Science, 368(6488), 270-274. [details]


    • Gliesch, M., Hinojosa Sanchez, L., Jongepier, E., Martin, C., Hu, Y., Tietema, A., & de Vries, F. T. (2024). Heathland management affects soil response to drought. Journal of Applied Ecology. Advance online publication.
    • He, X., Wang, D., Jiang, Y., Li, M., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., McLaughlin, C., Marcon, C., Guo, L., Baer, M., Moya, Y. A. T., von Wirén, N., Deichmann, M., Schaaf, G., Piepho, H. P., Yang, Z., Yang, J., Yim, B., Smalla, K., Goormachtig, S., ... Yu, P. (2024). Heritable microbiome variation is correlated with source environment in locally adapted maize varieties. Nature Plants. Advance online publication.
    • Lavallee, J. M., Chomel, M., Alvarez Segura, N., de Castro, F., Goodall, T., Magilton, M., Rhymes, J. M., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Griffiths, R. I., Baggs, E. M., Caruso, T., de Vries, F. T., Emmerson, M., Johnson, D., & Bardgett, R. D. (2024). Land management shapes drought responses of dominant soil microbial taxa across grasslands. Nature Communications, 15, Article 29.
    • Neyret, M., Le Provost, G., Boesing, A. L., Schneider, F. D., Baulechner, D., Bergmann, J., de Vries, F. T., Fiore-Donno, A. M., Geisen, S., Goldmann, K., Merges, A., Saifutdinov, R. A., Simons, N. K., Tobias, J. A., Zaitsev, A. S., Gossner, M. M., Jung, K., Kandeler, E., Krauss, J., ... Manning, P. (2024). A slow-fast trait continuum at the whole community level in relation to land-use intensification. Nature Communications, 15(1), 1251.





    • Phillips, H. R. P., Guerra, C. A., Bartz, M. L. C., Briones, J. I., Brown, G., Crowther, T. W., Ferlian, O., Gongalsky, K. B., van den Hoogen, J., Krebs, J., Orgiazzi, A., Routh, D., Schwarz, B., Bach, E. M., Bennett, J., Brose, U., Decaens, T., Konig-Ries, B., Loreau, M., ... Eisenhauer, N. (2020). Erratum for the Report “Global distribution of earthworm diversity”. Science, 369(6503).
    • Thakur, M. P., Phillips, H. R. P., Brose, U., De Vries, F. T., Lavelle, P., Loreau, M., Mathieu, J., Mulder, C., Van der Putten, W. H., Rillig, M. C., Wardle, D. A., Bach, E. M., Bartz, M. L. C., Bennett, J. M., Briones, M. J. I., Brown, G., Decaëns, T., Eisenhauer, N., Ferlian, O., ... Cameron, E. K. (2020). Towards an integrative understanding of soil biodiversity. Biological Reviews, 95(2), 350-364.
    • Thomas, H. J. D., Bjorkman, A. D., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., de Vries, F. T., & Tundra Trait Team (2020). Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications, 11, Article 1351. [details]
    • Williams, A., & de Vries, F. T. (2020). Plant root exudation under drought: implications for ecosystem functioning. New Phytologist, 225(5), 1899-1905. [details]
    • de Vries, F. T., Griffiths, R. I., Knight, C. G., Nicolitch, O., & Williams, A. (2020). Harnessing rhizosphere microbiomes for drought-resilient crop production. Science, 368(6488), 270-274. [details]


    • Chomel, M., Lavallee, J. M., Alvarez-Segura, N., de Castro, F., Rhymes, J. M., Caruso, T., de Vries, F. T., Baggs, E. M., Emmerson, M. C., Bardgett, R. D., & Johnson, D. (2019). Drought decreases incorporation of recent plant photosynthate into soil food webs regardless of their trophic complexity. Global Change Biology, 25(10), 3549-3561. [details]
    • Phillips, H. R. P., De Vries, F. T., & sWorm workshops (2019). Global distribution of earthworm diversity. Science, 366(6464), 480-485. [details]
    • Thomas, H. J. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Bjorkman, A. D., Elmendorf, S. C., Blok, D., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Forbes, B. C., Hollister, R. D., Normand, S., Prevéy, J. S., Rixen, C., Schaepman-Strub, G., Wilmking, M., Wipf, S., Cornwell, W. K., Kattge, J., Goetz, S. J., Guay, K. C., Alatalo, J. M., ... van Bodegom, P. M. (2019). Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(2), 78-95. Advance online publication.
    • Veen, G. F., Wubs, E. R. J., Bardgett, R. D., Barrios, E., Bradford, M. A., Carvalho, S., De Deyn, G. B., de Vries, F. T., Giller, K. E., Kleijn, D., Landis, D. A., Rossing, W. A. H., Schrama, M., Six, J., Struik, P. C., van Gils, S., Wiskerke, J. S. C., van der Putten, W. H., & Vet, L. E. M. (2019). Applying the Aboveground-Belowground Interaction Concept in Agriculture: Spatio-Temporal Scales Matter. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, Article 300. [details]
    • de Vries, F. T., Williams, A., Stringer, F., Willcocks, R., McEwing, R., Langridge, H., & Straathof, A. L. (2019). Changes in root-exudate-induced respiration reveal a novel mechanism through which drought affects ecosystem carbon cycling. New Phytologist, 224(1), 132-145. [details]


    • Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Normand, S., Ruger, N., Beck, P. S. A., Blach-Overgaard, A., Blok, D., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Forbes, B. C., Georges, D., Goetz, S. J., Guay, K. C., Henry, G. H. R., HilleRisLambers, J., Hollister, R. D., Karger, D. N., Kattge, J., Manning, P., ... Weiher, E. (2018). Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature, 562, 57-62.
    • Caruso, T., De Vries, F. T., Bardgett, R. D., & Lehmann, J. (2018). Soil organic carbon dynamics matching ecological equilibrium theory. Ecology and Evolution, 8(22), 11169-11178.
    • Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Fry, E. L., Eldridge, D. J., de Vries, F. T., Manning, P., Hamonts, K., Kattge, J., Boenisch, G., Singh, B. K., & Bardgett, R. D. (2018). Plant attributes explain the distribution of soil microbial communities in two contrasting regions of the globe. New Phytologist, 219(2), 574-587.
    • Ramirez, K. S., Knight, C. G., de Hollander, M., Brearley, F. Q., Constantinides, B., Cotton, A., Creer, S., Crowther, T. W., Davison, J., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Dorrepaal, E., Elliott, D. R., Fox, G., Griffiths, R. I., Hale, C., Hartman, K., Houlden, A., Jones, D. L., Krab, E. J., ... de Vries, F. T. (2018). Detecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils. Nature Microbiology, 3(2), 189-196.
    • de Vries, F. T., Griffiths, R. I., Bailey, M., Craig, H., Girlanda, M., Gweon, H. S., Hallin, S., Kaisermann, A., Keith, A. M., Kretzschmar, M., Lemanceau, P., Lumini, E., Mason, K. E., Oliver, A., Ostle, N., Prosser, J. I., Thion, C., Thomson, B., & Bardgett, R. D. (2018). Soil bacterial networks are less stable under drought than fungal networks. Nature Communications, 9, Article 3033.


    • Butler, E. E., Datta, A., Flores-Moreno, H., Chen, M., Wythers, K. R., Fazayeli, F., Banerjee, A., Atkin, O. K., Kattge, J., Amiaud, B., Blonder, B., Boenisch, G., Bond-Lamberty, B., Brown, K. A., Byun, C., Campetella, G., Cerabolini, B. E. L., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Craine, J. M., ... Reich, P. B. (2017). Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(51), E10937-E10946. Advance online publication.
    • Kaisermann, A., de Vries, F. T., Griffiths, R. I., & Bardgett, R. D. (2017). Legacy effects of drought on plant-soil feedbacks and plant-plant interactions. New Phytologist, 215(4), 1413-1424.
    • de Vries, F. T., & Wallenstein, M. D. (2017). Below-ground connections underlying above-ground food production: a framework for optimising ecological connections in the rhizosphere. Journal of Ecology, 105(4), 913-920.


    • Griffiths, B. S., Römbke, J., Schmelz, R. M., Scheffczyk, A., Faber, J. H., Bloem, J., Peres, G., Cluzeau, D., Chabbi, A., Suhadolc, M., Sousa, J. P., Martins da Silva, P., Carvalho, F., Mendes, S., Morais, P., Francisco, R., Pereira, C., Bonkowski, M., Geisen, S., ... Stone, D. (2016). Selecting cost effective and policy-relevant biological indicators for European monitoring of soil biodiversity and ecosystem function. Ecological Indicators, 69, 213-223.
    • Thion, C. E., Poirel, J. D., Cornulier, T., De Vries, F. T., Bardgett, R. D., & Prosser, J. I. (2016). Plant nitrogen-use strategy as a driver of rhizosphere archaeal and bacterial ammonia oxidiser abundance. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92(7).
    • de Vries, F. T., & Bardgett, R. D. (2016). Plant community controls on short-term ecosystem nitrogen retention. New Phytologist, 210(3), 861-874.
    • de Vries, F. T., & Caruso, T. (2016). Eating from the same plate? Revisiting the role of labile carbon inputs in the soil food web. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 102, 4-9.
    • de Vries, F. T., Brown, C., & Stevens, C. J. (2016). Grassland species root response to drought: consequences for soil carbon and nitrogen availability. Plant and Soil, 409(1-2), 297-312.


    • De Vries, F. T., Jorgensen, H. B., Hedlund, K., & Bardgett, R. D. (2015). Disentangling plant and soil microbial controls on carbon and nitrogen loss in grassland mesocosms. Journal of Ecology, 103(3), 629-640.
    • Manning, P., de Vries, F. T., Tallowin, J. R. B., Smith, R., Mortimer, S. R., Pilgrim, E. S., Harrison, K. A., Wright, D. G., Quirk, H., Benson, J., Shipley, B., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Kattge, J., Boenisch, G., Wirth, C., & Bardgett, R. D. (2015). Simple measures of climate, soil properties and plant traits predict national-scale grassland soil carbon stocks. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(5), 1188-1196.
    • Ramirez, K. S., Döring, M., Eisenhauer, N., Gardi, C., Ladau, J., Leff, J. W., Lentendu, G., Lindo, Z., Rillig, M. C., Russell, D., Scheu, S., St. John, M. G., de Vries, F. T., Wubet, T., van der Putten, W. H., & Wall, D. H. (2015). Towards a global platform for linking soil biodiversity data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3, Article 91.
    • Tsiafouli, M. A., Thebault, E., Sgardelis, S. P., de Ruiter, P. C., van der Putten, W. H., Birkhofer, K., Hemerik, L., de Vries, F. T., Bardgett, R. D., Brady, M. V., Bjornlund, L., Jorgensen, H. B., Christensen, S., D' Hertefeldt, T., Hotes, S., Hol, W. H. G., Frouz, J., Liiri, M., Mortimer, S. R., ... Hedlund, K. (2015). Intensive agriculture reduces soil biodiversity across Europe. Global Change Biology, 21(2), 973-985.


    • Bardgett, R. D., Mommer, L., & De Vries, F. T. (2014). Going underground: root traits as drivers of ecosystem processes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(12), 692-699.
    • Setala, H., Bardgett, R. D., Birkhofer, K., Brady, M., Byrne, L., de Ruiter, P. C., de Vries, F. T., Gardi, C., Hedlund, K., Hemerik, L., Hotes, S., Liiri, M., Mortimer, S. R., Pavao-Zuckerman, M., Pouyat, R., Tsiafouli, M., & van der Putten, W. H. (2014). Urban and agricultural soils: conflicts and trade-offs in the optimization of ecosystem services. Urban Ecosystems, 17(1), 239-253.


    • Bardgett, R. D., Manning, P., Morriën, E., & de Vries, F. T. (2013). Hierarchical responses of plant soil interactions to climate change: consequences for the global carbon cycle. Journal of Ecology, 101(2), 334-343.
    • de Vries, F. T., & Shade, A. (2013). Controls on soil microbial community stability under climate change. Frontiers in Microbiology, 4.
    • de Vries, F. T., Thebault, E., Liiri, M., Birkhofer, K., Tsiafouli, M. A., Bjornlund, L., Jorgensen, H. B., Brady, M. V., Christensen, S., de Ruiter, P. C., d'Hertefeldt, T., Frouz, J., Hedlund, K., Hemerik, L., Hol, W. H. G., Hotes, S., Mortimer, S. R., Setala, H., Sgardelis, S. P., ... Bardgett, R. D. (2013). Soil food web properties explain ecosystem services across European land use systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(35), 14296-14301.


    • Thiele-Bruhn, S., Bloem, J., de Vries, F. T., Kalbitz, K., & Wagg, C. (2012). Linking soil biodiversity and agricultural soil management. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(5), 523-528. [details]
    • de Vries, F. T., & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Plant-microbial linkages and ecosystem nitrogen retention: lessons for sustainable agriculture. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(8), 425-432.
    • de Vries, F. T., Bloem, J., Quirk, H., Stevens, C. J., Bol, R., & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Extensive management promotes plant and microbial nitrogen retention in temperate grassland. PLoS ONE, 7(12), e51201.
    • de Vries, F. T., Liiri, M. E., Bjornlund, L., Bowker, M. A., Christensen, S., Setala, H. M., & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Land use alters the resistance and resilience of soil food webs to drought. Nature Climate Change, 2(4), 276-280.
    • de Vries, F. T., Liiri, M. E., Bjornlund, L., Setala, H. M., Christensen, S., & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Legacy effects of drought on plant growth and the soil food web. Oecologia, 170(3), 821-833.
    • de Vries, F. T., Manning, P., Tallowin, J. R. B., Mortimer, S. R., Pilgrim, E. S., Harrison, K. A., Hobbs, P. J., Quirk, H., Shipley, B., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Kattge, J., & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Abiotic drivers and plant traits explain landscape-scale patterns in soil microbial communities. Ecology Letters, 15(11), 1230-1239.


    • de Vries, FT., van Groenigen, JW., Hoffland, E., & Bloem, J. (2011). Nitrogen losses from two grassland soils with different fungal biomass. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 43(5), 997-1005.


    • de Vries, F., Baath, E., Kuyper, TW., & Bloem, J. (2009). High turnover of fungal hyphae in incubation experiments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 67(3), 389-396.
    • van Eekeren, N., van Liere, D., de Vries, F., Rutgers, M., de Goede, R., & Brussaard, L. (2009). A mixture of grass and clover combines the positive effects of both plant species on selected soil biota. Applied Soil Ecology, 42(3), 254-263.


    • Wijnhoven, S., Leuven, R. S. E. W., Van Der Velde, G., Jungheim, G., Koelemij, E. I., De Vries, F. T., Eijsackers, H. J. P., & Smits, A. J. M. (2007). Heavy-metal concentrations in small mammals from a diffusely polluted floodplain: Importance of species- and location-specific characteristics. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 52(4), 603-613.
    • de Vries, FT., Bloem, J., van Eekeren, N., Brusaard, L., & Hoffland, E. (2007). Fungal biomass in pastures increases with age and reduced N input. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 39(7), 1620-1630.


    • de Vries, FT., Hoffland, E., van Eekeren, N., Brussaard, L., & Bloem, J. (2006). Fungal/bacterial ratios in grasslands with contrasting nitrogen management. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 38(8), 2092-2103.


    • Postma-Blaauw, MB., de Vries, FT., de Goede, RGM., Bloem, J., Faber, JH., & Brussaard, L. (2005). Within-trophic group interactions of bacterivorous nematode species and their effects on the bacterial community and nitrogen mineralization. Oecologia, 142(3), 428-439.


    • Olff, H., Aerts, R., Bobbink, R., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Erisman, J. W., Galloway, J. N., Stevens, C. J., Sutton, M. A., de Vries, F. T., Wamelink, G. W. W., & Wardle, D. A. (2022). Explanations for nitrogen decline. Science, 376(6598), 1169-1170. [details]

    Membership / relevant position

    • de Vries, F. (2020). Member of BBSRC Committee E (fellowship proposal assessment committee), BBSRC Committee E.
    • de Vries, F. (2017-2020). Member of the BBSRC Pool of Experts (grant assessment committee), BBSRC Pool of Experts.
    • de Vries, F. (2012). Member of the Grant Review College of the British Ecological Society, Review College of the British Ecological Society.
    • de Vries, F. (2009). Member, British Ecological Society.

    Journal editor

    • de Vries, F. (editor) (2020). Ecology Letters (Journal).
    • de Vries, F. (editor) (2019). Soil Organisms (Journal).
    • de Vries, F. (editor) (2014). Oxford Bibliographies (Journal).
    • de Vries, F. (editor) (2013-2020). Journal of Ecology (Journal).
    • de Vries, F. (editor) (2013-2019). Ecosystems (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • de Vries, F. (speaker) (2020). Machiavellian microbes: how drought-induced changes in belowground communities can have aboveground consequences, BES Ecology Live Seminar.
    • de Vries, F. (speaker) (2019). Soil C cycling in a changing world: the role of root-microbe interactions, SOM2019 - Soil Organic Matter conference, Adelaide.
    • de Vries, F. (speaker) (2018). Climate change goes underground: How plants modify soil microbial responses to drought, ISME17, Leipzig.


    • de Vries, F. (participant) (2019). Third Global Soil Biodiversity Meeting. Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the Third Global Soil Biodiversity Meeting in 2021 (now 2023) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).



    • Heredia Acuña, C., Semchenko, M. & de Vries, F. (27-9-2023). Root litter decomposition is suppressed in species mixtures and in the presence of living roots. DRYAD.
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