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ITMS: The Integrated Greenhouse Gas Moinitoring System – or in German: Integriertes Treibhausgas-Monitoringsystem (ITMS) – will enable Germany to monitor operationally the sources and sinks of the three most important long-lived greenhouse gases CO2, CH4, N2O with the help of independent measurements.

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duration: 2023 - 2025

Contact at IMK-IFU:

PD Dr. Ralf Kiese

Dr. Clemens Scheer

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The overall objective of CircAgric-GHG is to enhance circularity within and between farm typologies across an agro-ecological gradient, including farms located in the arctic, oceanic, continental, mediterranean and tropic climate. Solutions will be achieved by the combined efforts of scientists, stakeholders and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) including satellite and drone remote sensing, flux-tower and GreenFeed monitoring of livestock and soil emissions, and state-of-the-art environmental modelling.

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Funding: financial support through the partners of the Joint Call of the Cofund ERA-Nets SusCrop (Grant N° 771134), FACCE ERA-GAS (Grant N° 696356), ICT-AGRI-FOOD (Grant N° 862665) and SusAn (Grant N° 696231)

duration: 03-2022 - 02-2025

Contact at IMK-IFU:

Dr. Clemens Scheer

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Functional rhizosphere traits are of fundamental importance to increase resistance and resilience of yields to future climate change. Future agroecosystems in South Germany will suffer from increasing abiotic stress such as summer droughts. Are key rhizosphere traits capable of increasing the resistance and resilience of crops under drought in order to secure yields? To answer this question, a comparative approach is chosen in this project.
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Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

duration: 04-2020 - 02.2014

Contact at IMK-IFU:

PD Dr. Ralf Kiese

Dr. Carolin Boos

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MINCA: MItigation of Nitrogen pollution at CAtchment scale

Funded by: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Funding period: 2019 – 2022

Dr. David Kraus (KIT IMK-IFU)
Elizabeth Wangari Gachibu (KIT IMK-IFU)
Dr. Tobias Houska (JL University Giessen)

Department of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management, Justus-Liebig University, Gießen

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SUSALPS: Sustainable USe of ALPine and pre-alpine grassland Soils in a changing climate

The aim of the SUSALPS project is to improve our knowledge on the effects of current and future climate and management on ecosystem functions performed by grasslands.

Funding period: 2015 to 2024
PD Dr. Ralf Kiese
PD Dr. Michael Dannenmann
Dr. Katrin Schneider

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IBAN: Integrative assessment of N turnover processes for optimizing nitrogen efficiency

IBAN project investigates the impact of nitrogen management on all environmentally relevant reactive nitrogen compounds, including N2, providing a substantial increase in knowledge with the objective of improving nutrient efficiency.

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The Sino-German NIFROCLIM project aims at a holistic, process-based and functional understanding of the gross nitrogen turnover as well as associated nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions regarding the main ecosystems in the permafrost region of Northeast China.

It is jointly funded by DFG and NSFC and involves several institutes and disciplines, including soil biogeochemistry (Michael Dannenmann, KIT-IMK/IFU), atmospheric physics (Chunyan Liu, IAP-CAS), soil science (Carsten W. Mueller, University of Copenhagen) and microbiology (Michael Schloter, TUM+Helmholtz Zentrum München).

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MOPGA: Make Our Planet Great Again: reactive Nitrogen

This project investigates the relationships between food production, fertilizer use and climate change. It particularly focusses on the effects of land use and farming on the exchange of greenhouse gases between soils, plants and the atmosphere. The aim is to develop strategies for producing larger volumes of food at a lower environmental cost.

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UPSCALERS project is an innovative research-for-development projected aimed at integrating climate, crop, and livestock systems to achieve the maximum benefits.

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NIVEP: Minimizing Nitrogen Environmental Impacts in Intensive Greenhouse Vegetable Production Systems of China

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ResidueGas will document an improved methodology to quantify N2O emissions from agricultural crop residues management. ResidueGas will further identify and communicate best practice for crop residue management strategies with respect to their net greenhouse gas effect in terms of N2O emissions and SOC storage.

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