Dr. Pauline Sophie Rummel

Former Scientist

I am working on plant and plant root effects on denitrification and its product stoichiometry in agricultural ecosystems in the research unit DASIM. I use 15N and 13C tracer and natural abundance studies to investigate the interrelation of plant-derived C on denitrification in the rhizosphere of living plants and after harvest.


  • Isotopes in Agricultural and Ecosystem Science (Mineral nutrition of crops under different climate and environmental conditions)
  • Nährstoffdynamik in der Rhizosphäre

Committee activities

  • Elected Member of the Board of the Department of Crop Science
  • Deputy in the Graduate committee of the Graduate School Forest and Agricultural Sciences


Rummel PS, Beule L, Hemkemeyer M, Schwalb SA and Wichern F (2021) Black Soldier Fly Diet Impacts Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Frass Applied as Fertilizer. Front. Sustain. Food Syst.5:709993, https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.709993

Rummel PS, Well R, Pausch J, Pfeiffer B, Dittert K (2021) Carbon Availability and Nitrogen Mineralization Control Denitrification Rates and Product Stoichiometry during Initial Maize Litter Decomposition, Applied Sciences, https://doi.org/10.3390/app11115309

Rummel PS, Well R, Pfeiffer B, Dittert K, Floßmann S, Pausch J (2021) Nitrate uptake and carbon exudation – do plant roots stimulate or inhibit denitrification? Plant and Soil, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04750-7

Rummel PS, Pfeiffer B, Pausch J, Well R, Schneider D, Dittert K (2020) Maize root and shoot litter quality controls short-term CO2 and N2O emissions and bacterial community structure of arable soil. Biogeosciences, 17: 1181–1198, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1181-2020

Surey R, Schimpf CM, Sauheitl L, Mueller CW, Rummel PS, Dittert K, Kaiser K, Böttcher J, Mikutta R (2020) Potential denitrification stimulated by water-soluble organic carbon from plant residues during initial decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 147: 107841, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107841