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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2022-02-28

The project Vanishing Treasures aims at protecting mountain flagship species key to ecosystem functioning and improving the communication between climate research and biodiversity conservation practitioners to ensure that the conservation sector appropriately responds to recommendations for adaptive action. Target species and areas of the project are the mountain gorilla in the Virunga Mountains (Uganda, Rwanda), the snow leopard in the Central Asian Mountains (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and the royal bengal tiger in Hindu-Kush Himalayas (Bhutan). Within the project BOKU-Met will develope an ensemble of bias-corrected, high-resolution regional climate change scenarios for the target areas in Hindu-Kush Himalayas (Bhutan).
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-02-01 - 2021-07-31

The scientific work on climate change and its impacts in Austria, which will be summarized in the new Austrian Assessment Report 2024, is largely based on the Austrian climate scenarios ÖKS 15, which have the global climate models of the generation CMIP 5 (Climate Model Intercomparison Program) or even scenarios from CMIP3 in the background. Within the currently produced next IPCC report AR6, which is expected to be published in October 2021, the climate scenarios of the next global model generation CMIP6 will be presented and introduces as the "state of the art" . In order to be able to take the CMIP6 results into account in the AAR24, a systematic comparison between the old and the new climate scenarios will be carried out by comparing the climate change signals, related to a reference period.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-01-01 - 2026-12-31

An important goal of the present research project is to validate and improve the efficiency of available soil management measures against wireworm by taking into account the biology of the pest when applying them. Due to the lack of sufficient data on the flight times of the main pest species, it has not been possible to accurately determine the ideal time of tillage for an area to prevent egg laying or to cause egg clutches and newly hatched larvae to die. The goal of the "ElatMon" project (LE 14-20; Lead: LKÖ) is to develop and operate a warning service for click beetles and wireworms. For this purpose, the flight phases of the most important pest species in the potato and maize growing areas of Austria are collected by means of pheromone traps in different regions and made available to the practice via the internet platform www.warndienst.at. So far, however, there is no experience on the practicability of the recommendations in the course of common crop rotations. These knowledge gaps are to be closed in the present project. The relationship between common tillage regimes, the natural occurrence of insect pathogenic fungi and the associated wireworm incidence is sometimes unclear and will be investigated in more detail in the project. The use of preparations with insect-pathogenic fungi over a longer period of time, integrated into the crop rotation, will also be investigated.

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