Field experimental Station
- suction probes
- electronic tensiometers
- electronic thermometers
- data logger
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Anlauf
Introduction to Soil Science (B.Sc. Horticulture)
Soils are important for any plant growth and an important link between the environmental compartments groundwater and atmosphere. To optimize plant production with respect to economic success and minimization of negative ecological influence, basic knowledge of soil science is necessary.
Regional Soil Science (B.Sc. Horticulture)
To understand the function of soils in the landscape, background knowledge of soil development depending on geology, land use and climate is necessary. Apart from a theoretical desciption of regional soil variability, this knowledge is aquired by practical contacts with soils on excursions and mapping exercises.
Soil Evaluation and Soil Protection (B.Sc. Horticulture)
The evaluation of soil quality for plant growth and with respect to deterioration of soil functions is a prerequisite for an optimum use of soils for horticultural production. An analytical evaluation of soil parameters is required to evaluate soil quality.
Geoinformatics and Soil Information Systems (M.Sc. Soil Use & Soil Protection)
After an introduction to the theoretical basis of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the students learn to operate the globally used computer program ArcGIS. They apply GIS-based soil evaluation methods to obtain new levels of knowledge (i.e. erosion risk, nitrate leaching).
Application of Models for Soil and Plant (M.Sc. Soil Use & Soil Protection)
Models are important tools to support management decisions. After a short theoretical introduction, the students work on model applications from the field of soil protection, for instance on a case study on the assessment of the leaching risk of contaminants of the groundwater.
Soils and Soil Protection in Regions Outside Central Europe (M.Sc. Soil Use & Soil Protection)
Course contents are worldwide soil types and their properties according to international classifications (FAO, WRB, Soil Taxonomy). Examples of soil-related problems are presented, like erosion, salinization and sodification, desertification and illegal waste dumps. A one day trip to the International Soil Reference and Information Center in NL-Wageningen or a two-week excursion abroad completes the course.
Study project: Soil Evaluation (M.Sc. Soil Use & Soil Protection)
To evaluate different soil functions the knowledge of site specific soil properties is necessary. Furthermore, the soil must be understood as an ecological system and relations and dependencies between soil properties must be understood. The task in this project is to determine and evaluate relevant soil properties for the given case study. An efficient cooperation in working groups, ressource requirements and a job completion according to schedule must be considered. >
Field experimental Station
General field equipment