Max Planck Institute for Limnology

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Biological station at the Großer Plöner See 1891
Limnological River Station Schlitz

The Max Planck Institute for Limnology , based in Plön, was a Max Planck Institute for research into the ecology of inland waters ( limnology ).

The institute went back to the Biological Station in Plön founded by Emil Otto Zacharias in 1891 , which was taken over by the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in 1917 and was given the name Hydrobiologische Anstalt . In 1948 it was taken over by the Max Planck Society and was given its later name in 1966.

Since the 1990s, the institute has been divided into two departments, evolutionary ecology under the direction of Manfred Milinski and ecophysiology under the direction of Winfried Lampert , as well as two working groups, tropical ecology , headed by Wolfgang Junk, and the limnological river station Schlitz , located in Hesse , directed by Peter Zwick. Among other things, the river station has been investigating the most intensively researched stream in the world since 1951, the Breitenbach in the Breitecke nature reserve .

With the retirement of Winfried Lampert on September 30, 2006, the 115-year-old era of hydrobiological-limnological research in Plön was de facto ended. The Plön Institute was renamed the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in April 2007 . The river station in Schlitz was closed on December 31, 2006.


  • Harald Sioli , Hans Jürgen Overbeck , Joachim Illies : Max Planck Institute for Limnology (Series: Max Planck Society, Reports and Communications 1/76 (1976))
  • Max Planck Institute for Limnology (BMS) , in: Eckart Henning , Marion Kazemi : Handbook on the history of the institute of the Kaiser Wilhelm / Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science 1911–2011 - data and sources, Berlin 2016, 2 volumes , Volume 1: Institutes and Research Centers A – L ( online, PDF, 75 MB ), pp. 902–911 (chronology of the institute)

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  1. For the history of the river station cf. Peter Zwick: History of the Limnological River Station Schlitz , in: Rüdiger Wagner, Jürgen Marxsen, Peter Zwick & Eileen J. Cox. (eds., 2011): Central European stream ecosystems - The long term study of the Breitenbach, pp. 1–4; Weinheim (Wiley), ISBN 978-3-527-32952-6 .