assorted Exemplary Projects

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"Eh da" (Already There) - Areas
In the light of the declining biodiversity in agricultural landscapes and the definition of the biological diversity as a legally protected good (EU pesticides ordinance 1107/2009) the institute of agroecology (IfA) attends to the identification and the management of efficient risk mitigation methods via analysis and evaluation based on geodata for the preservation of biodiversity.
The new method "SAFE" - Sicheres Abwehrsystem Für den Eichenprozessionsspinner (Safe control system for the oak processionary moth) should be used for the control of the oak processionary moth in urban areas in places where a treatment by spray application is not possible.
Plant Uptake of Chemicals with Environmental Concern
Plants’ uptake of chemicals in the environment, such as heavy metals and plant protection products and their degradation products, is an important dissipation process that may limit their availability for leaching, run-off and volatilisation. Beyond this the uptake of compounds of environmental concern is an important process in the context of bio-remediation and assessment of possible residues in agricultural crops.
IfA has developed and fully implemented a comprehensive, automatised mapping and context adapted classification of three dimensional vegetation features on the basis of official geo-data in Rhineland palatinate. These data facilitate an efficient, cost-effective and objective fulfilment of EU reporting obligations.
Copper in organic Farming
The search for alternative, environmentally friendly methods to reduce or even avoid the use of copper-containing pesticides in organic farming, represents a major challenge. The production of olive oil results in large amounts of polyphenol rich residues. The environmental technology department is doing research on the utilization of these residues to control fungal diseases in organic viticulture. The aim is to reduce or completely avoid the use of copper containing pesticides in the future.
Forest Structure Information
The procject deals with high-resolution remote sensing of dynamic and stable forest structure information for the test region “Quellgebiet der Wieslauter”, which is the biggest core zone of the transnational biosphere reserve Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen. The study was promoted by Landesforsten Rhineland-Palatina via the research institute for forest ecology and forestry (FAWF) in Trippstadt. The aim was to analyse the current forest structure via remote sensing and to estimate the possible monitoring potential for the prospective forest development in GIS.

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