Dr. Stefanie Heinze

Position: Senior scientist

Room: IA 5/89

Office hours: By arrangement

Phone: +49 234 32 - 23661

E-mail: stefanie.heinze@rub.de


  • Role of microbial biomass in C, N, P and S cycles in soils
  • Activity of microbial biomass
  • Enzyme activities (C, N, P and S Cycle)
  • Influence of agricultural management (e.g. fertilization, processing, irrigation) on microbial biomass and its activity


Heinze, S., Hemkemeyer, M., Schwalb, S. A., Khan, K. S., Joergensen, R. G., Wichern, F. (2021): Microbial biomass sulphur - an important yet understudied pool in soil. Agronomy 11 (8). https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11081606

Hemkemeyer, M., Schwalb, S., Heinze, S., Joergensen, R. G., Wichern, F. (2021): Functions of elements in soil microorganisms. Microbial Reasearch 252 (126832). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micres.2021.126832

Raklami, A., Oubane, M., Meddich, A., Hafidi, M., Marschner, B., Heinze, S., Oufdou, K. (2021): Phytotoxicity and genotoxicity as a new approach to assess heavy metals effect on Medicago sativa L.: role of metallo-resistant rhizobacteria. Environmental Technology & Innovation 24 (101833). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2021.101833

Asirifi, I., Werner, S., Heinze, S., Saba, C. K. S., Lawson, I. Y. D., Marschner, B. (2021): Short-term effect of biochar on microbial biomass, respiration and enzymatic activities in wastewater irrigated soils in urban agroecosystems of the West African savannah. Agronomy 11 (2). https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020271

Ahrens, B., Guggenberger, G., Rethemeyer, J., John, S., Marschner, B., Heinze, S., Angst, G., Mueller, C. W., Kögel-Knabner, I., Leuschner, C., Hertel, D., Bachmann, J., Reichstein, M., Schrumpf, M. (2020): Combination of energy limitation and sorption capacity explains 14C depth gradients. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 148 (107912). https://doi.org/j.soilbio.2020.107912

Gharaibeh, M. A., Marschner, B., Heinze, S., Moos, N. (2020): Spatial distribution of metals under agriculture in the Jordan Valley. Geoderma Regional 20 (e00245). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geodrs.2019.e00245

Kirfel, K., Heinze, S., Hertel, D., Leuschner, C. (2019): Effects of bedrock type and soil chemistry on the fine roots of European beech - A study on the belowground plasticity of trees. Forest Ecology and Management 444 (256-268). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.04.022

Heinze, S., Ludwig, B., Piepho, H.-P., Mikutta, R., Don, A., Wordell-Dietrich, P., Helfrich, M., Hertel, D., Leuschner, C., Kirfel, K., Kandeler, E., Preusser, S., Guggenberger, G., Leinemann, T., Marschner, B. (2018): Factors controlling the variability of organic matter in the top- and subsoil of a sandy Dystric Cambisol under beech forest. Geoderma 311 (37-44). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.09.028

Heitkötter, J., Heinze, S., Marschner, B. (2017): Relevance of substrate quality and nutrients for microbial C-turnover in top- and subsoil of a Dystric Cambisol. Geoderma 302 (89-99). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.04.029

Faust, S., Heinze, S., Ngosong, C., Sradnick, A., Oltmanns, M., Raupp., J., Geisseler, D., Joergensen, R. G. (2017): Effects of biodynamic soil amendments on microbial communities in comparison with inorganic fertilization. Applied Soil Ecology 114 (82-89). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.03.006

Heitkötter, J., Niebuhr, J., Heinze, S., Marschner, B. (2017): Patterns of nitrogen and citric acid induced changes in C-turnover and enzyme activities are different in topsoil and subsoils of a sandy Cambisol. Geoderma 292 (111-117). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.01.017

Ludwig, B., Vormstein, S., Niebuhr, J., Heinze, S., Marschner, B., Vohland, M. (2017): Estimation accuracies of near infrared spectroscopy for general soil properties and enzyme activities for two forest sites along three transects. Geoderma 288 (37-46). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.10.022

Bachmann, J., Krueger, J., Goebel, M.-O., Heinze, S. (2016): Occurence and spatial pattern of spatial repelleny in a beech forest subsoil. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics (100-110). https://doi.org/10.1515/johh-2016-0005

Gharaibeh, M. A., Marschner, B., Heinze, S. (2015): Metal uptake of tomato and alfalfa plants as affected by water source, salinity and Cd and Zn levels under greenhouse conditions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22 (18894-18905). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-015-5077-3

Ludwig, B., Sawallisch, A., Heinze, S., Joergensen, R. G., Vohland, M. (2015): Usefulness of middle infrared spectroscopy for an estimation of chemical and biological soil properties - underlying principles and comparison of different software packages. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 86 (116-125). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.03.015

Heinze, S., Chen, Y., El-Nahhal, Y., Hadar, Y., Jung, R., Safi, J., Safi, M., Tarchitzky, J., Marschner, B. (2014): Small scale stratification of microbial activity parameters in Mediterranean soils under freshwater and treated wastewater irrigation. soil Biology and Biochemistry 70 (193-204). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.12.023

Heinze, S., Vohland, M., Joergensen, R. G., Ludwig, B. (2013): Usefulness of near infrared spectroscopy for the prediction of chemical and biological soil properties in different long-term experiments. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 176 (4). https://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201200483

Heitkamp, F., Jacobs, A., Jungkunst, H. F., Heinze, S., Wendland, M., Kuzyakov, Y. (2012): Processes of soil carbon dynamics and ecosystem carbon cycling in a changing world. In: Lal, R., Lorenz, K., Hüttle, R. F., Schneider, B. U., Von Braun, J. (2012): Recarbonization of the biosphere ecosystems and the global carbon cycle. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4159-1_18

Stumpe, B., Werner, S., Jung, R., Heinze, S., Jüschke, E., Strippel, E., Marschner, B. (2012): Organic carbon dynamics and enzyme activities in agricultural soils amended with biogas slurry, liquid manure and sewage sludge. Agricultural Sciences 3 (104-113). https://doi.org/10.4236/as.2012.31014

Heinze, S., Oltmanns, M., Raupp, J., Joergensen, R. G. (2011): Changes in microbial biomass indices after 10 years of farmyard manure and vegetal fertilizer application to a sandy soil under organic management. Plant and Soil 343 (221-234). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-010-0712-8

Heinze, S., Rauber, R., Joergensen, R.G. (2010): Influence of mouldboard ploug and rotary harrow tillage on microbial biomass and nutrient stocks in two long-term experiments on loess derived Luvisols. Applied Soil Ecology 46 (405-412). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2010.09.011

Heinze, S., Raupp, J., Joergensen, R. G. (2010): Effects of fertilizer and spatial heterogeneity in soil pH on microbial biomass indices in a long-term field trial of organic agriculture. Plant and Soil 328 (203-215). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-009-0102-2

Zareitalabad, P., Heinze, S., Rottmann, N., Potthoff, M., Dyckmans, J., Joergensen, R. G. (2010): Decomposition of 15N-labelled maize leaves in soil affected by endogeic geophagous Aporrectodea caliginosa. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42 (276-282). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.11.002

Khan, K. S., Heinze, S., Joergensen, R. G. (2009): Simultaneous measurement of S, macronutrients, and heavy metals in the soil microbial biomass with CHCl3 fumigation and NH4NO3 extraction. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41 (309-314). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2008.11.001

Current research Projects

  • DFG-PAK 1018 - Spatial patterns of organic matter formation in subsoil: Nutritional control of microbial hot spot formation and dynamics (October 2020 - September 2023)




  • Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • Geoderma
  • European Journal of Soil Science
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Plant and Soil
  • Agronomy