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Strategies for better gardens: Integrated analysis of soil quality, biodiversity and social value of urban gardens
Strategies for better gardens: integrated analysis of soil quality, biodiversity and social value of urban gardens

Despite increasing recognition of its social and ecological importance, and the considerable proportion of urban land under cultivation, there has been insufficient study of urban gardens. Consequently, the relationships between urban gardens and both the well-being of residents and the provision of habitats and corridors for plants and animals are new and important fields in which knowledge gaps exist.

Available languages: German English

Landscape-scale biodiversity and the balancing of provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services (BASIL)
Landscape-scale biodiversity

Biological diversity has a huge potential to preserve and support agricultural ecosystem services. The socio-economic research team analyses the impact of agricultural and environmental policies on biodiversity and ecosystem services of agricultural production systems.

Available languages: German English

Compartmentation of de-icing salts and structural reactions to salt accumulation in foliage of ornamental lime trees
Antimony uptake as a function of waterlogging in the rhizosphere

Street greenery, as a way of mitigating pollution problems in cities and providing the inhabitants with different sorts of ecosystem services, has recently emerged as a major research and urbanization issue. The main objectives in this project are to study the accumulation and effects of de-icing salts in foliage of lime trees (Tilia x vulgaris) and to apply this knowledge for selecting more tolerant lime species and cultivars, with a view to street plantation. The expected results should provide mechanistic insights on salt allocation and injury and better understanding of possible tolerance mechanisms, with a view to selecting more resistant ornamental lime trees.

Available languages: English

Disentangling truffle ecology
Disentangling truffle ecology

We study the complex biotic and abiotic ecology and the population genetics of the Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum) in Switzerland and the German pre-Alps, with particular emphasis on the ecological and climatological drivers for the productivity and phenology of this most valuable truffle species.

Available languages: English

La Chanéaz Fungus Reserve: Long-term monitoring to discover drivers of mushroom productivity and phenology
La Chanéaz Fungus Reserve

The La Chanéaz Fungus Reserve is nationally and internationally unique; nowhere else in the world has the development of the fungal flora been studied with a similar accuracy over such a long period. All epigeous (aboveground) fruiting bodies of larger fungi were macroscopically and/or microscopically identified, counted, and mapped at weekly intervals with a spatial resolution of 1 m².

Available languages: German English French

Monitoring and diagnostics of forest quarantine pathogens in Switzerland
Quarantaeneorganismen

Invasive pests and pathogens are increasingly threatening forests and natural ecosystems worldwide. We are monitoring the status of quarantine pathogens in Switzerland and providing molecular diagnostics for forest pests and diseases.

Available languages: German English

Integrales Flussgebietsmanagement
Integrales Flussgebietsmanagement

Wir erarbeiten ökologische und wasserbauliche Grundlagen zur Revitalisierung von Fliessgewässern und unterstützen so deren Planung und Umsetzung. Das Projekt wird gemeinsam von den Institutionen Eawag, WSL, LCH-EPFL und VAW-ETHZ durchgeführt.

Available languages: German

Biodiversity and livelihood in land-use gradients in Nepal
Biodiversity and livelihood in land-use gradients in Nepal

In this Nepal – Swiss research cooperation we study how different levels of land-use intensity (from primeval forests to arable fields) and climate do affect biodiversity on the southern slope of the Nepalese Himalayas. We investigate replicated land-use gradients at various altitudes in three regions with a different regional climate, and in particular, different levels of seasonal precipitation.

Available languages: English

Ecological genetics of Swiss stone pine
Ecological genetics of Swiss stone pine

We describe the genetic structure of the Swiss stone pine to understand small-scale gene flow and its adaptation to local environmental conditions.

Available languages: German English

Conservation biology of the lung lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria)
Conservation biology of the lung lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria)

The lung lichen is a conspicuous and easily recognizable foliose lichen. In Central Europe it mainly grows on old deciduous trees. Lobaria pulmonaria is characterisitc in old-growth forests and primeval forest landscapes. The species has suffered a tremendous decline during the last 100 years and is now vulnerable in Switzerland and endangered, critically endangered or regionally extinct in other countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

Available languages: German English

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