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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-04-01 - 2022-03-31

In the farming region of Eastern Austria, an operational group (OG) consisting of organic farmers, consultants, scientists, stakeholders, as well as partners from the economy is to be established on the topic of water-saving organic agriculture. The objective is to test strategies for adaptation to climate change in agriculture. These strategies include adapted conservation tillage (no-till methods, crops: maize, soybean), the use of farm crops as transfer mulch (to maize, potatoes), and the comparison of fertilization systems as well as testing various tillage techniques (cultivator vs. plow) in a long-term trial. These strategies make a significant contribution to adaption to climate change and to mitigate climate change-related water scarcity. In addition to soil and plant-based results, this study also provides insights into the labor and economic impacts for each farm.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-02-12 - 2020-02-11

This project is the continuation of the "Analysis of canine genomic diversity (DogGenomics)" project carried out in 2016 and 2017. The central aim of the current project is to (1) set up a user frinedly interface taht allows streamlined analysis of single nucleotide polymorhism (SNP) data; (2) to evaluate the genetic diversity within various dog populations using genomic relatedness and various population genomics techniques.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-06-01 - 2022-05-31

The topics of combination husbandry/running stables/grazing are currently the subject of much discussion in both organic and conventional dairy farming. The uncertainty is high - conversion solutions are expensive, must be well thought through and also require individual solutions. Stable construction companies usually do not have suitable cost-effective solutions for small businesses or cannot/do not want to serve them. There is a lot of pressure on official consulting. Even an exit from dairy farming is an issue on some farms and must be "well considered and accompanied" to safeguard the management or the farms. The project is intended to make an important contribution to supporting these small-scale farming operations in disadvantaged areas in order to maintain and further develop the multi functionality of these farms. The results of the project contribute to the economic safeguarding and modernization as well as to the improvement of animal husbandry and support the farm development in the mountain areas.

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