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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-10-01 - 2022-11-30

The role of digitalization in everyday life is getting more and more important – a development that can also be observed in agriculture. For people working in this sector, digitalization offers many ways to get things done more easily, such as documentation for legislative purposes or societal demands. Agricultural production is supposed to getting more efficient using digitalization technologies which not only antagonizes the increase of cost pressure on agricultural production, but can also help to tackle problems such as climate change. Sensor technology, robotics, automation and artificial intelligence play an important role in this trend (BMEL, 2017). The project "DiLaAg - Digitalization-and Innovation Laboratory in Agricultural Sciences" based in Tulln pursues the main goal of establishing a scientific nucleus dealing with this topic via a cooperation between the Forum Morgen Privatstiftung and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and its consortium partners Vienna University of Technology and Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine. Dealing with digitization in the context of agriculture and science includes both, the training of young scientists through a doctorate college and creating a platform for research, development, training and consulting (Innovation Platform "Digital Agriculture Lab"), which is also open to the interested public and is intended to be a meeting place for social discourse on the subject.
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 : 2019-02-01 - 2021-01-31

Wild food gathering was repeatedly found to be one of the most popular outdoor activities in Europe and the commercialization of wild foods is increasingly discovered as bearing significant economic potential. Wild foods are marketed as innovative and trendy products bearing exceptional health benefits and unique flavors and about 100 million EU citizens were estimated to consume wild foods. Urban and suburban areas have high potential for commercializing but also sourcing wild foods but concerns of overexploitation of urban green spaces and unsustainable gathering practices has arisen. Such concerns are hardly ever backed up with scientific evidence about the potential and limits for sustainable harvesting in urban areas. This research project aims to counteract this gap of knowledge and aims to understand the ecological and socio-political sustainability of wild food gathering in urban areas. Research is guided by the overarching research question ‘How sustainable is gathering wild foods in urban areas?’, which is investigated through adapting a conceptual framework for sustainable gathering so far used in rural areas of countries in the global south. Investigating sustainable gathering in urban areas in Europe is innovative from the ground up. It fosters the sustainable provision, processing and consumption of local resources, as supported by the concept of bioeconomy, and the attainment of the UN Sustainable development goals 11 and 12. Research is conducted in Vienna, Austria, along a sequential exploratory mixed-methods design. Semi-structured expert interviews with 30 local experts for wild food gathering, are followed-up with several hundred face-to-face surveys with urban gatherers in eight gathering hotspots in urban and suburban green spaces.

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