Environmental Plant Physiology | Plant Ecology |  Applied Botany 

Plant Ecophys Lab - Dr. Maik Veste

ASAP - Tree-crop-animal interactions in Southern AfricaClimateBiocrusts - Functional ecology of biocrusts in forest ecosystems Brandenburg

Our research is within general and physiological ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and their applications in agriculture, forestry and post-mining restoration. A key question is the integration of plant ecophysiology into understanding biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem functioning.

Major approaches includes investigations of plant ecophysiological and biogeochemical responces to environmental variations, disturbances, and climate variability. Short-term acclimation and long-term adaptation of plants to changing environmental conditions are the focus of the ecophysiological investigations. Understanding these basic physiological processes and their response to biotic and abiotic stress is crutical for plant production and ecosystem function and ecosystem services. The analyses is based on measurements of ecophysiological parameters like leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, water-use efficiency, plant water status, and chemical analysis of plants and soils in controlled greenhouse experiments and field trials.

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28. Feb. 2019

BMBF Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel visited FarmImpact project on site in South Africa.
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19. Dec. 2018

Agrarholz - Schnellwachsende Bäume in der Landwirtschaft

Planting of trees into agricultural systems have economical benefits as they provide timber,  fuelwood and other products. In those contemporary agroforestry systems, selection of tree species and their management are more economically oriented towards an optimizing biomass production, use and harvest, especially in short-rotation systems for bioenergy. The book give an overview about biology, ecology and management of fast-growing trees in short-rotation forestry and agroforestry. Read more at Springer - Spektrum


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