Ecophysiology of agroforestry systems

Understanding ecophysiology and stress physiology to improve biomass production


Carbon fluxes and carbon allocation in agroforestry systemsDetermination of photosynthesis with aInvestigation of light environment in Robinia standsImpact of soil water content on grwoth of hybrid-poplars


Agroforestry systems in form of planted hedgerows have a long-term tradition as land-use systems in various European landscapes, primary in Denmark, North Germany and England. Planting of trees and shrubs into agricultural systems have economical benefits as they provide timber and and fuelwood and other products. It is well recognized, that these shelterbelts enhance biodiversity and have positive effects on the ecosystem functioning. In those contemporary agroforestry systems, selection of tree species and their management are more economically oriented towards an optimizing biomass production, use and harvest, especially in short-rotation systems for bioenergy. Our research focus on the ecophysiology and stress physiology of poplars (Populus spec.), black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), and  willows (Salix spec.). Aim is to determined the water consumption and nutrient efficiency of the trees in relation to biomass production. Photosynthesis and water fluxes are measured on the tree level and scaled-up to the stand level. 


Tree ecophysiology in agroforestry in Brandenburg

In agroforestry systems, selection of tree species and their management are more economically oriented towards an optimizing biomass production, use and harvest, especially in short-rotation systems for bioenergy. Our research focus on the ecophysiology and stress physiology of poplars (Populus spec.) and black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). Aim of our research is to determined the water consumption and growth of the trees and to model carbon fluxes. (Read more...)



Selected publication


Agrarholz - Schnellwachsende Bäume in der Landwirtschaft

Springer Spektrum 

Planting of trees into agricultural systems have economical benefits as they provide timber and and fuelwood and other products. In those contemporary agroforestry systems, selection of tree species and their management are more economically oriented towards an optimizing biomass production, use and harvest, especially in short-rotation systems for bioenergy. The book give an overview about biology, ecology and management of fast-growing trees in short-rotation forestry and agroforestry.

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