Applied research for reclamation of post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district 

Soil sampling on reclaimed agricultural fieldsExperimental sites at post-mining sitesCompetition and growth partitioning among Robinia pseudoacacia on post-mining sitesStand structure and competition

Objective of the research project ANFOREK during the funding period 2017-2018  was the understanding of ecosystem functioning of reclaimed post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district. 

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.  Growth analysis and modelling will provide further information for better managment aof fast-growing trees at reclaimed post-mining sites. 

  • Short-rotation forestry with Robinia at reclaimed post-mining sites at Welzow Süd
  • Ecosystem development and ecosystem services in reclaimed post-mining sites
  • Soil development and Plant-soil interactions on reclaimed agricultural fields 


ANFOREK VII - Anwendungsorientiertes Forschungsvorhaben zur Optimierung der Rekultivierungsmaßnahmen im aktiven Tagebau

Funded by LEAG - Lausitzer Energie- und Bergbau AG, Cottbus.  2017 - 2018

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