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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-06-09 - 2020-09-30

Architect Thomas Herzig (Pneumocell) has developed an alternative concept for a greenhouse, an inflatable habitat for plants ( This Pneumocell greenhouse protects against temperature fluctuations, but leaves enough natural sunlight in the interior to grow vegetables and fruit and to keep the living space sufficiently warm for the plants. If the temperature is sufficiently low in summer and high enough for plant production in winter without energy for heating or cooling, this would be a significant advance for greenhouse architecture in the direction of year-round climate-neutral food production, even in desert regions or even colonization of space could be used. The study initiated by Mr. Herzig aims to conceptualize the greenhouse aspect of the greenhouse project. Specifically, it should be answered which crops (vegetables but also soft fruit) can be grown there, which combination of crops is possible, what properties the cultivated soil must have, whether useful insects should be introduced into the greenhouse, how the water and carbon dioxide requirements can be met, which environmental sensors are necessary and what personnel support is required for such a system in the test phase?
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-05-01 - 2017-04-30

The aim of the proposed study is the scientific study of innovative subdivisions in plant pots. It should be investigated whether an effective interruption of the root zone is possible by lamellas and thereby the long roots formation can be suppressed as well as the hair roots formation optimized. In an experimental study with several ceramic pot prototypes, in which the lamellas for dividing the root zone in different combinations are used (short to long, low to high, narrow to broad), can these influences be for the first time scientifically investigated. This would make it possible to demonstrate the efficacy of internals in plant pots scientifically. It would be also conceivable to demonstrate, that through the stimulation of the hair roots formation the positive effects on plant health can be achieved. Thus, the consequences of stress (partially drought, lack of irrigation and unfavorable locations) may be at least reduced and contribute to the better resistance of the plant. This could be both for indoor as well as balcony, and patio plants beneficial.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-07-01 - 2019-10-31

The overall goal of the project is to significantly improve our understanding of the molecular interaction between grapevine and the causal agents of grapevine yellows diseases (GYs) through the integration of research approaches of the Slovenian and Austrian teams and with support of leading teams in plant physiology and in research of phytoplasmas – still poorly explored phytopathogenic bacteria from the Mollicutes class. Here we will perform a comprehensive molecular study together with predictive modeling in which we will use natural and model experimental systems and innovative data analysis for identification of the key components of plant responses to infection. Europe is the world’s main producer and exporter of grapevine planting material and wine. This important economic sector is facing epidemic threats of several GYs caused by taxonomically unrelated phytoplasmas. In Europe, the main GYs are the widespread “bois noir” associated with the presence of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma solani’ (henceforth: BNp) and “flavescence dorée”, associated with the presence of quarantine phytoplasmas belonging to ribosomal subgroups 16SrV-C and 16SrV-D (henceforth: FDp).

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