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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2014-08-28 - 2015-06-30

As a result of global warming increased exceptional floods and extreme heavy precipitation events take place. So the risk of remobilization of deposits increases. Subsequently radioactive heavily contaminated sediments can be mobilized. At LLC-Laboratory Arsenal radioactivity of the danube compartiments: water (dissolved radionuclides), suspended matter and sediment are continuously monitored based on monthly composite samples and event-related samples during floods since 1984. This is a unique Central European radioecological long time series of measurements. The continuation of this sampling and data collection is of great importance to meet future challenges in radiation protection with regard to potential large-scale environmental contamination.

The aim of the project "Adaptation of autochthone and culturally valuable Austrian Pine Forests to future climatic conditions with special reference to aspects of forest pathology and interspecific genetic variation", which is described in detail in the project application of the BFW to the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, is to investigate measures of adaptation of ecologically valuable forest ecosystems dominated by Austrian Pine to climatically-induced epidemics of Diplodia shoot dieback (Diplodia sapinea). For that purpose the intraspecific variation of susceptibility of Pinus nigra to Diplodia sapinea should be tested and utilized. Within this project the following aspects will be adressed by the tasks carried out at the Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, BOKU, Vienna: • Laboratory investigations with regard to the selection and phenotyping of resistant mother trees of Pinus nigra (working package 1) • Providing assistance and support on investigations aiming to evaluate the resistance of clones or ramets from the clone archive (working package 2). • Development and implementation of a new seed control protocol taking into account infections by Diplodia sapinea (working package 3). • Assistance in the course of the revision of the currently approved seed lots for Pinus nigra in Austria (considering the genetic resistance of pine provenances to Diplodia sapinea) (working package 4). • Documentation of the above described tasks via protocols and scientific reports; data analyses and electronic data procession; provision of data to the BFW
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-10-22 - 2021-10-21

This project is aimed at re-sampling topsoils from 300 soil monitoring sites in Lower Austria that had been initially sampled in 1990. Emphasis will be on soils in the Panonian region covered mainly by Chernozems and Phaeozems. The soils will be analysed for organic carbon, nitrogen, carbonate, p and selected metals and metalloids. This will generate fundamental information on temporal changes of relevant soil characteristics in cultivated soils of Lower Austria. The data will be explored for modelling carbon saturation potentials and may be used in supporting communities and farmers in improved soil management and adaptation to climate change.

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