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Forest Growth and environment

Research on growth processes related to genetics, site conditions and biotic and abiotic interactious.

Current Projects

  • KonKlim : Adaptive capacity, growth plasticity and productivity of Norway spruce, silver fir and douglas fir in the context of predicted climatic changes in the Black Forest
  • At the pulse of trees: High-resolution measurement and analysis of secondary growth and water balance of beech, spruce, fir and pine trees
  • Effects of extremely warm and dry weather condition on the growth of spruce (Picea abies) and beech (Fagus sylvatica) along elevational gradients in the Southern Black Forest
  • Monitoring the growth of Norway spruce, European beech and Scots pine in the Black Forest, on the Swabian Alb and in the upper Rhine valley

Finished Projects

  • Analysis of the influences of changing environmental conditions on radial displacement and secondary growth of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) along an altitudinal gradient in the south-western Black Forest
  • Growth monitoring of spruce, pine, aspen and birch in the middle Taiga zone, Komi, NW-Russia
  • Cell structure analysis of tree-rings of beech (Fagus sylvatica) and spruce (Picea abies) from the sites of the soil condition survey in Baden-Württemberg
  • Cell structure analysis of tree-rings of spruce (Picea abies) from the Level II sites (sites of the forest intensive monitoring programme) in Baden-Württemberg
  • Effects of climate and weather on tree growth
  • The Cambiforrus project deals with the identification and management of environmental risks associated with man-made changes using cambial activity monitoring of trees in forests of North-Western Russia.
  • Environmental effects on the growth of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), oak (Quercus spec.) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica (L.)) using image analysis methods that quantify cell structure on cross sections
  • Changes in the growth of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) due to changing climatic conditions on sites in Central and Northern Europe ( SPRUCE GROWTH)
  • Analysis of causes of accelerating growth in European forests: Relationships between changes in growth and the nutrient status of Norway spruce, Scots pine and European beech forests in Europe (RECOGNITION)
  • Compression Wood in Conifers - the Characterisation of its Formation and its Relevance to Timber Quality
  • A French-German Expertise: Assessment of the 2003 Drought and Heat Impacts on Forests ("Drought2003")
  • The effect of magnesium, nitrogene and water supply on the needle, shoot length and diameter growth of Norway spruce and silver fir on fertilized plots
  • Dendroecological analysis of the relationships between climate and tree growth along an East-West transsect from the Black Forest to Lorraine
  • Changes in site productivity on various forest sites; site related investigation of volume and height growth of Norway spruce and European beech in sites of the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest
  • Growth trends in European Forests - has site productivity changed?


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