Soil CO2 fluxes in disturbed landscapes

Soils are an important sink for carbon and reduce the CO2 content of the atmosphere. Studies of soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions are of high importance for understanding CO2 fluxes and their fundamental ecological and physiological processes.  Within the framework of the project, the CO2 gas exchange between soil and atmosphere is continuously recorded using state-of-the-art gas analysis technology, so that total carbon balances can be calculated. By using new transparent cuvettes, net photosynthesis and respiration can now be balanced, which opens up new fields of application in soil research. In a first long-term experiment, investigations are being carried out in the post-mining landscape. The aim is to characterize soil and ecosystem development by comparing respiration (loss) and photosynthesis (gain) and their ratios.

Project team: apl. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schaaf, Dr. Maik Veste, Tatiana Kholiavko
Funding: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Assessing Soil Quality for Evaluating of Yield Potentials of Renewable Resources at Marginal Lands (BodenPotential)

The aim of the proposed project is the development and establishment of an instrument for the provision of criteria which allow identifying suitable locations for biomass production - outside of productive food production areas - based on their local (soil, water balance, climate, etc.) site conditions. This assessment method to be developed will be able to be used for determining and evaluating yield potentials of bioenergy plants at sites of different soil quality more reliably than previously possible. The soil assessment method will thus be able to help delineating the suitability and potential of marginal lands for the production of biomass.

Project staff: apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese, Dr. Werner Gerwin, Dr. Frank Repmann, Michael Kanzler
Duration: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023
Funding: Förderprogramm Nachwachsende Rohstoffe: BMEL (Projektträger: FNR)

Innovative value chains from tree & shrub species grown in marginal lands as a source of biomass for bio-based industries - BeonNAT

BeonNAT Project aims to increase knowledge in obtaining different bioproducts from woody species, trees and shrubs, currently underused. The project assesses the key aspects in the value chain including a selection of the and includes a selection of the most adequate species for different European countries. BeonNAT is based on the following concepts: mixed cultivation of selected woody species in marginal lands using the coppice management method and to obtain of a cascade of products within the biorefinery conception. BTU is responsible for work package 2 "Biomass cultivation, harvesting, logistics and supply plan".

Project staff: apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese, Dr. Werner Gerwin, Dr.-Ing. Steffi Schillem
Duration: 01.07.2020 - 30.06.2025
Funding: EU H2020 / Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)

Collaborative research project: Strategies for developing pyrophobic and climate resilient forests at burned areas (PYROPHOB); Subproject 3: Soil conditions and soil fauna

The collaborative project investigates the effects of different forest management strategies of forest fire areas on the ecosystemic development. Using permanent observation plots, areas with a history of fire are analysed and the potential and effectiveness of natural regeneration processes in the ecosystem are recorded in order to formulate recommendations for dealing with fire-damaged areas. The PYROPHOB subproject 3 "Soil conditions and soil fauna" (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) includes includes the sub-task "Soil". The subproject focuses on soil characterization as basis for the overall site assessment and on matter translocation processes in burned forest soils.

Project staff: apl. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schaaf, Prof. Dr. Thomas Raab, Dr. Werner Gerwin, Dr. Frank Repmann
Duration: 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2025
Funding: Waldklimafonds: BMEL / BMU (Projektträger: FNR)

Sustainable exploitation of biomass for bioenergy from marginal lands (SEEMLA)

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Projektleitung: apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.01.2016-31.12.2018
Mittelgeber: EU Horizon 2020
Projektbearbeitung: Dr. Frank Repmann, Dr. Werner Gerwin

Coal to Green

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Laufzeit: 01.06.2015- 30.05.2016
Mittelgeber: Climate-KIC
Projektbearbeitung: Dr.-Ing. Steffi Schillem, Uwe Zeihser

BonaRes (Modul A): SIGNAL

Nachhaltige Intensivierung der Landwirtschaft durch Agroforstsysteme, Teilprojekt E: Modellierung der Erträge in Agroforstsystemen
Projektleitung: apl. Prof. Dr. habil. agr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.07.2015- 30.06.2018
Mittelgeber: BMBF

InnoSoilPhos-BonaRes: Innovative solutions to sustainable soil phosphorus management Teilprojekt: Overcoming the P fixation by Fe/Al-oxides and P-precipitation by Ca/Mg-compound

Projektleitung: apl. Prof. Dr. habil. agr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.04.2015- 31.03.2018
Mittelgeber: BMBF

MycoRoot: The impact of root growth and arbuscular mycorrhizal functional interactions for the acquisition of heterogeneous distributed nutrients in the initial stage of soil development

Projektleitung: Dr. Katja Boldt-Burisch
Laufzeit: 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017
Mittelgeber: DFG
Projektbearbeitung: Dr. Katja Boldt-Burisch

Monitoring Hühnerwasser

Leitung: apl. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schaaf
Laufzeit: seit 01.07.2012
Mittelgeber: Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg (MWFK)
Projektbearbeiter: Annika Baddoreck (MSc Agr.), Dr. Davoud Moghadas, Rossen Nenov, Denis Henning, Silvio Vogt

Innovationsgruppe AUFWERTEN - Agroforstliche Umweltleistungen für Wertschöpfung und Energie

Projektleitung: Dr. Christian Böhm
Laufzeit: 01.11.2014-31.07.2019
Mittelgeber: BMBF

FP 7: AGroFORestry that Will Advance Rural Development "AGFORWARD"

Projektleitung: Cranfield University (UK), apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.01.2014-30.12.2017
Mittelgeber: EU FP 7
Projektbearbeitung: Jaconette Mirck (Ph.D), Penka Tsonkova (MSc.)

BRAIN: The Brandenburg Research Academy and International Network

Projektleitung: apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.11.2014-31.10.2016
Mittelgeber: Brandenburgische Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Projektbearbeitung: Jaconette Mirck (Ph.D)

Innovation Project: MFC-4-CLIMAG - Metropolitan Food Clusters for Climate Agriculture by an increased Resource Use Efficiency

Projektleitung: Alterra Wageningen (NL), apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese
Laufzeit: 01.09.2013-31.08.2016
Mittelgeber: Climate KIC

PhD Project Tools for carbon, nutrient and water-use efficient food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture "Food-Power-Carbon-Calculator"

Projektleitung: apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Freese, Prof. Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Laufzeit: 10/2013 - 09/2015
Mittelgeber: Climate KIC