Publications Christian Körner


Christian Körners ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7768-7638


Latest publications

Körner C (2022) The forest’s nutrient cycle drives its carbon cycle. Tree Physiology,

He XF, Wang SW, Körner C, Yang Y (2021) Water and nutrient relations of mistletoes at the drought limit of their hosting evergreen oaks in the semiarid upper Yangtze region, SW China. Trees 35:387-394,

Hiltbrunner E, Arnaiz J, Körner C (2021) Biomass allocation and seasonal non-structural carbohydrate dynamics do not explain the success of all forbs in short alpine grassland. Oecologia 197:1063–1077,

Körner C (2021) ‘Fading of the temperature-growth coupling’ in treeline trees reflects a conceptual bias. Global Change Biology 27:3951-3952, doi: 10.1111/gcb.15730

Körner C (2021) The cold range limit of trees. Trends Ecol Evol 26:979-989,

Körner C (2021) Mountain definitions and their consequences. Alpine Botany 131:213-217,

Körner C (2021) Tools shape paradigms of plant-environment interactions. Progress in Botany 82:1-42,

Körner C, Hiltbrunner E (2021) Why is the alpine flora comparatively robust against climatic warming? Diversity 13, 383,

Seeber J, Newesely C, Steinwandter M, Rief A, Körner C, Tappeiner U, Meyer E (2021) Soil invertebrate abundance, diversity and community composition across steep high elevation snowmelt gradients in the European Alps. Arctic Antarctic Alpine Res 53:288-299,

Vorkauf M, Kahmen A, Körner C, Hiltbrunner E (2021) Flowering phenology in alpine grassland strongly responds to shifts in snowmelt but weakly to summer drought. Alpine Botany 131: 73–88,

Walker A et >40 coauthors (2021) Integrating the evidence for a terrestrial carbon sink caused by increasing atmospheric CO2. New Phytol 229:2413-2445, doi: 10.1111/nph.16866

Key Publications

Körner C, Basler D, Hoch G, Kollas C, Lenz A, Randin CF, Vitasse Y, Zimmermann NE (2016) Where, why and how? Explaining the low-temperature range limits of temperate tree species. J Ecol 104:1076-1088

Klein T, Bader MKF, Leuzinger S, Mildner M, Schleppi P, Siegwolf RTW, Körner C (2016) Growth and carbon relations of mature Picea abies trees under 5years of free-air CO2 enrichment. J Ecol 104:1720-1733

Körner C (2015) A paradigm shift in plant growth control. Curr Opin Plant Biol 25:107-114

Paulsen J, Körner C (2014) A climate-based model to predict potential treeline position around the globe. Alp Bot 124:1-12

Körner C (2013) Plant ecology (Chapt 11-14). In: Bresinsky et al. (eds) Strasburger's plant sciences. Springer, Berlin

Bader MKF, Leuzinger S, Keel SG, Siegwolf RTW, Hagedorn F, Schleppi P, Körner C (2013) Central European hardwood trees in a high-CO2 future: synthesis of an 8-year forest canopy CO2 enrichment project. J Ecol 101:1509-1519

Körner C (2012) Alpine treelines. Springer, Berlin

Scherrer D, Körner C (2011) Topographically controlled thermal-habitat differentiation buffers alpine plant diversity against climate warming. J Biogeogr 38:406-416

Körner C (2006) Plant CO2 responses: an issue of definition, time and resource supply. New Phytol 172:393-411

Körner C (2003) Alpine plant life. 2nd. Edition; Springer, Berlin

Körner C (2003) Carbon limitation in trees. J Ecol 91:4-17

Körner C, Farquhar GD, Wong SC (1991) Carbon isotope discrimination by plants follows latitudinal and altitudinal trends. Oecologia 88:30-40

Körner C, Scheel JA, Bauer H (1979) Maximum leaf diffusive conductance in vascular plants. Photosynthetica 13:45-82


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