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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-01 - 2020-03-31

The main objective of this research project is to study the natural performance and resilience of Austria's arable soils. This is of great importance because the demand for food will increase in the near future, the effects of climate change in Austria will become more noticeable and the negative impacts of agriculture have to be reduced. Above all, the aspect of resilience and the resistance of soils against external impacts is in the main focus of attention. The results of the survey will be compared with the results of the BEAT project. A further aim of this research project is to create a basic document which can be used for public activities by the BMNT. Recommendations for land use at regional and local level will be given in a concrete and clear description.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-02-01 - 2021-01-31

The goal of this project is to establish an isotope technology platform in NÖ which underpins and supports product innovation, economic development and scientific research across a wide range of applied science disciplines. Moreover within this project we want to establish a quality management system that engenders confidence and trust in the laboratory outputs, whilst securing and developing the institutional technical knowhow of the applicants (Milestone 1). Through publications and events we want to publicize and make available this isotope technology to appropriate business stakeholders in NÖ, in order to establish business-research collaborative projects and endeavors in order to back-up the successful development of high value innovative and sustainable products (Milestone 2). Given our new role, we want to build on our NÖ networks and renew and strengthen our linkages with companies and researchers within the county and provide them access to our international networks of collaborators. Our focus will be on developing isotope tools for the development and assessment of bio-based products and solutions in the fields of sustainable agriculture, land use and protection of natural resources. Furthermore we will build on our successes in developing nature based decarbonization strategies for industry and agriculture, which are founded on isotopic investigations, and the application of compound specific stable isotope analysis for the protection of natural resources.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-08 - 2021-05-07

This project is dedicated to investigate the current status of soil nutrient availability (total nitrogen, available phoshorus, amoprhous and available silicon) and soil organic carbon in 300 Lower Austrian topsoils, re-collected from sites where the Austrian Soil Mapping collected and analysed soil samples about 30 years ago. Both re-collected and archived soils will be analysed for nutrients, pH, carbonate and organic carbon in order to assess temporal changes of the soil characteristics. Additional analysis will be conducted on soil samples collected in previous years according to the same sampling scheme. Al data will be compiled in an EXCEL database and results will be published in international journals.

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