Applied research for reclamation of post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district (ANFOREK 2017-2018)


Stand structure and competitionCompetition and growth partitioning among Robinia pseudoacacia on post-mining sitesEcosystem development - Hühnerwasser 2009Ecosystem development - Hühnerwasser 2018Experimental sites at post-mining sitesSoil sampling on reclaimed agricultural fields


Objective of the research project ANFOREK is the understanding of ecosystem functioning of reclaimed post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district. Reclamation measures will be investigated and evaluate with the aim to improve the ecosystem processes in reclaimed post-mining sites.

In general, the newly created landscapes can be regarded as an ecosystem at the point zero with drastic changes in topography, hydrology and biogeochemical processes compared to the original ecosystem. The dumped overburden material has little or no recent soil organic matter, low nutrient content and low water holding capacity. Planting trees is a common measure in reclamation practices on post-mining to restore ecosystem functioning and land-use of degraded landscapes. Our research focus is on fast-growing trees, mainly on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and to some extent hybrid-poplars and aspen (Populus spec.). Ecophysiological measurments in combination with growth analysis will provide more informations for better managment and application of fast-growing trees at reclaimed post-mining sites. 

  • Short-rotation forestry at reclaimed post-mining sites
  • Ecosystem development and ecosystem services
  • Soil-plant interactions in reclaimed agricultural fields


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