ESR4: Seasonal effects of drought on the productivity and fodder quality of temperate grassland species
Third-party funded project
Project title ESR4: Seasonal effects of drought on the productivity and fodder quality of temperate grassland species
Principal Investigator(s) Kahmen, Ansgar
Project Members Hahn, Claudia
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Physiological Plant Ecology (Kahmen)
Project Website https://botanik.unibas.ch/forschungsgruppen-der-botanik/nachhaltige-landnutzung/projects/idp-bridges/
Project start 01.11.2013
Probable end 31.10.2017
Status Completed
Abstract

Over the past decade, several experimental studies have tested the effects of drought events on European grassland systems, which are a mayor land use type in Europe and critical sources of fodder for livestock farming. Although these studies generally suggest a reduced biomass production in grasslands as response to drought, it is unclear if drought events occurring at different times of the year, i.e. in spring, summer or fall, will have different effects on grassland productivity and fodder quality.

This is an interdisciplinary research project that will combine plant ecophysiology, ecosystem sciences, and applied forage production research with stakeholder outreach for grassland farmers. The overall goal of the project is to (i) understand the interacting effects of seasonal drought events and species phenological stages on fodder production and fodder quality in Swiss grasslands, and (ii) to develop adapted management strategies for grasslands in the face of increased drought events and disseminate these strategies directly to stakeholders (farmers, extension services, agricultural schools, seed industry, policy).

Financed by Commission of the European Union
   

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