The Department of Soils and the Environment



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 Department Head: Dr. Klaus von Wilpert

  Tel.: +49 (0)761 / 4018 - 173
  Fax: +49 (0)761 / 4018 - 333
  E-Mail: Klaus.Wilpert (All e-mail addresses at the FVA end with @forst.bwl.de)
   

 Secretariat

  Tel.: +49 (0)761 / 4018 - 174
  Fax: +49 (0)761 / 4018 - 333
  E-Mail: Bodenkunde.FVA-BW (All e-mail addresses at the FVA end with @forst.bwl.de)

The Department of Soils and the Environment is involved in research and consulting activities focusing on soils and nutrient cycles in forested areas. The Department is engaged in the following main activities:

Soils Sciences

The condition of soils within forested areas plays a crucial role in the health and growth rates of forests; as soils form an important interface for countless nutrient cycles in forest ecosystems. The chemical and physical characteristics of forest soils are primarily responsible for how well a forest is supplied with nutrients. Research undertaken into the transportation of nutrients in forest soils form the basis of data for so-called "Forest Site Studies", which combine knowledge on the nutrient and growth cycles of forests, with environmental conditions such as soil types, companion plants, climate, relief and soil organisms.

Fertilising with Calcium

Plant Nutrition and Fertilisers

A range of concepts have been developed in order to ensure the sustainablility of soil fertility in forests or to renegerate the health of degraded soils. The effects of such soil improvement measures (for example, calcium fertilisation) administered from the air (atmosphere) and the water (hydrosphere) are investigated and monitored by the department.
Models and field trials are used to investigate the importance of the physical characteristics of forest soils for nutrient cycles and water absorption, as well as root and tree growth.

Environmental Monitoring

A network of measurement stations has been set up across the state in order to regularly monitor air pollutants (deposition measurement network), the state of nutrients in forests (impact and nutrient inventories undertaken every five years) and the state and development of soil fertility and soil stress values (soil condition surveys undertaken every ten to fifteen years). These studies serve to provide an understanding of the cause-effect relationships crucial for forest management.

Laboratory

Research undertaken in the field of soils sciences is strongly based on analysis performed using highly specialised equipment. The Department has a well equipped soil chemistry and soil physics laboratory. The analysis and management of measurement data obtained from the laboratory is an important task of the Department.

The Soil Sciences Laboratory

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