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Grassland ecophysiology, carbon sequestration potential, management, and climate change adaptation

Grassland systems across different continents face a multitude of common problems; however, site specific or regional components such as e.g. the respective ecosystem's grazing history are also important and, thus, require system-specific approaches. The grassland systems under study on the different continents have similarities and also differences with regard to factors that determine their management and use. The pressure on natural grasslands is constantly increasing through population growth and associated encroachment of agriculture and increasing demand for food and raw materials.

Funds

Projects

LiveCarbon - Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro pastoral systems in Africa - BMZ 2011 - 2014

GrassRemote - Combining grass management and animal behavior to develop cost‐effective and sustainable grazing management strategies - Center for Agriclture in the Tropics and Subtropics - University of Hohenheim - 2012-2015

Carbon and water dynamics in Grasslands

PhD

 People

Sarah Glatzle
funded by the Anton und Petra Ehrmann Research Training Group: Water-People-Agriculture

Jan Pfister
 

Ditmar Kurz
funded by the Food Security Center, University Hohenheim and the Foundation fiat-panis

MSc

 

Effects of repeated bunch grazing on fodder quality and species composition of Argentinean pastures
Master of Science Thesis, Saskia Windisch [Germany]

Effects of  leaf area dynamics on the micro climate in semi-arid grasslands
Master of Science Thesis, Bosco Kidake [Kenya]

"Diurnal responses in carbon assimilation of grassland species to micro-climate".
Master of Science Thesis, Christina Seckinger [Germany]

"Effects of vegetation type on carbon sequestration in semi-arid Ethiopian Savannahs"
Master of Science Thesis, Beatrice Breuer [Germany]

"Effects of water availability on carbon sequestration in semi-arid Ethiopian Savannahs"
Master of Science Thesis, Sarah Glatzle [Germany]

"Effects of management practices on carbon sequestration in semi-arid Ethiopian Savannahs"
Master of Science Thesis, Lena Rathjen [Germany]

"Relationship between vegetation cover and soil carbon in Northern Kenyan grasslands"
Master of Science Thesis, Barnabas Kurgat [Kenya]

"Monitoring the encroachment of Northern Argentinean grasslands by invasive species using NDVI"
Master of Science Thesis, Ruben Gonzales [Argentina]

"Adaptation mechanisms of Leymus chinensis to grazing and salt-alkali stress"
Master of Science Thesis, Yanhua Wang [China]

 BSc

 

"Transpirationsdynamik von Steppengräsern nach Trockenstress"
Bachelor of Science Thesis, Caroline Weiler [Germany]

Paper

Publications

Kurtz, D. B., Asch, F., Giese, M., Huelsebusch, C., Goldfarb, M. C., Casco, J. F., 2016
High impact grazing as a management tool to optimize biomass growth in northern Argentinean grassland. Ecological Indicators 63, 100-109.

Diabate, B., Gao, Y., Li, Y., Wang, C., Sun, B., Asch, F., Zhou, D., 2015
Associations Between Species Distribution Patterns and Soil Salinity in the Songnen Grassland. Arid Land Research and Management 29, 199-209.

Kurgat, B. K., Golicha, D., Giese, M., Kuria, S. G., Asch, F. 2014
Relationship between vegetation cover types and soil organic carbon in the rangelands of Northern Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 26 (9), Article #162.

 

Poster