New biocrust project on temperate sand dunes

Monitoring of biological soil crusts on degraded soils Soil degradation by human activities can be observed in many regions of the world. In Lusatia (Brandenburg, Germany) many ecosystems are destroyed by open-cast mining activities or affected by former large-scale military activities. The re-establishment of structures and functions in an important for the rehabilitation processes. On …

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Research visit at Stellenbosch University

Water use efficient agricultural landscapes The reduction of the crop water use is important for sustainable agriculture in South Africa. In cooperation with the University of Stellenbosch we ┬áinvestigate the impact of tree plantations on the evapotranspiration in a vineyard┬áin the Cape Winelands. After one year of continuous recording of microclimatic data, we are now …