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July 4, 2022

Ploughing and tilling soil on slopes is jeopardising future farm yields

Researchers from the University of Augsburg and Lancaster University are investigating how soil tillage on slopes affects the crop yields of entire regions. The results of their study have now been published in the journal Nature Food.

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June 24, 2022

Tillage exacerbates the vulnerability of cereal crops to drought

New publication:

Quinton, J.N., Öttl, L.K. & Fiener, P. (2022): Tillage exacerbates the vulnerability of cereal crops to drought. Nat Food 3, 472–479.

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May 9, 2022

UAS-based high resolution mapping of evapotranspiration in a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem

New publication:

Simpson et al. (2022): UAS-based high resolution mapping of evapotranspiration in a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 321 (2022).

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Nov. 16, 2021

World Soil Day, 5 December 2021

World Soil Day 2021 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health. 

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Nov. 11, 2021

Wasser als Welterbe, Ressource und Forschungsobjekt

Lecture organized by Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften:

Harald Kunstmann (Universität Augsburg)
Peter Fiener (Universität Augsburg)
Rainer Helmig (Universität Stuttgart)

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Oct. 1, 2021

Heterotrophic soil respiration and carbon cycling in geochemically distinct African tropical forest soils

New publication:

Benjamin Bukombe, Peter Fiener, Alison M. Hoyt, Laurent K. Kidinda and Sebastian Doetterl (2021)

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July 9, 2021

Assessing soil erosion of forest and cropland sites in wet tropical Africa using 239+240Pu fallout radionuclides

New publication:

Wilken, F., Fiener, P., Ketterer, M., Meusburger, K., Muhindo, D. I., van Oost, K., & Doetterl, S. (2021)

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May 10, 2021

Tillage erosion as an important driver of in-field biomass patterns in an intensively used hummocky landscape

New publication:

Öttl, L. K., Wilken, F., Auerswald, K., Sommer, M., Wehrhan, M. Fiener, P. (2021)

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April 7, 2021

High Spatial and Temporal Resolution Energy Flux Mapping of Different Land Covers Using an Off-the-Shelf Unmanned Aerial System

New publication:

Simpson, J. E.; Holman, F.; Nieto, H.; Voelksch, I.; Mauder, M.; Klatt, J.; Fiener, P.; Kaplan, J. O. (2021)

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March 12, 2021

Microplastics in Soils

Under the direction of the Augsburg geographer Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener, a Europe-wide "EU Innovative Training Network" has been launched to investigate the pollution of agricultural soils with macro- and microplastics. A total of 14 doctoral students at eleven European research institutions are working on the topic. Their expertise gained from research should bring influence to bear with innovative products, services and ideas for the economy and society.


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