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Congratulation on the Humboldt Research Scholarship

© Ute Hamer

 Dr. Na Li receives a research scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. The soil scientist from the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harbin) is going to investigate the turnover of the organic matter in black soils in the north-east of China in cooperation with her hosts Dr. habil-.Ute Hamer (ILÖK) and Prof. Dr. Yakov Kuzyakov (Göttingen University).

Kick-off Meeting Sino-German Project 2016

© Ute Hamer

Soil Scientists from Germany and China met in may at the ILÖK for the Kick-off Meeting of a collaborative research project under the responsibility of Dr. habil. Ute Hamer and Prof. Dr. Bin Zhang. The soil's organic matter of black soils in the north-east of China is the focus of the research. The fertility of the black soils (Mollisols) in the region, that are used for intensive agriculture, is strongly endangered through soil erosion and the loss of the soil's organic matter.  The aim of the project is to better understand the biological and physical mechanisms that control the decomposition, respectively the stabilisation of organic matter in the black soils. For this purpose, modern analytical techniques like isotope technology, computer tomography and NMR-spectroscopy are used.

The Tea Decomposition Project - It´s Tea Time!

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© Ika Djukic

Since the beginning of this month, the ILÖK is part of the worldwide operating "TeaComposition"project.  "TeaComposition" is realised under the auspices of Research Group Ecosystem Research & Environmental-Information management of the Federal Environment Agency in Wien (Austria) and aims at the investigation of long-term litter decomposition dynamics in various habitats.
The project focuses on the analysis of carbon storage- and -loss in litter as well as the corresponding key factors wiith regard to current and future global climate scenarios. The spreading of the teabags in addition to the corresponding laboratory analysis is done in a cooperation of the two Research Groups Soil Ecology and Land Use and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research as part of the Biodiversity Exploratories.