Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz


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Integrative Analysis of the influence of pesticides and land use on biodiversity in Germany

In the Leibniz Collaborative Excellence project INPEDIV, we investigate the consequences of organic and conventional farming for biodiversity in protected areas. INPEDIV is an interdisciplinary joint project of seven partner institutes under the lead of the ZoologiParachipteria fanzagoical Research Museum Alexander Koenig and funded by the Leibniz Competition for 3 years – March 2019 to February 2022. By use of traditional methods and new technologies, we will jointly examine agricultural land use effects with a special focus on pesticides on a broad range of plant and animal taxa. Study sites are located in the Rhineland and in Brandenburg.

Towards these goals, the Senckenberg Görlitz soil zoologists are investigating the relative importance ofOscheius dolichura local and landscape-level factors for diversity and abundance of soil invertebrates and soil-biological dcomposition. Our species-level focus will be on oribatid mites, nematodes and earthworms. We will investigate how their patterns change along gradients of pesticide load, soil nutrient content and management intensity – from farmland to adjacent protected sites.

In dry grasslandclose cooperation with colleagues from ZALF and University Bonn, the Görlitz Botany Department studies changes in plant community composition from arable fields to dry grasslands, focusing on the transition zone. We will also measure differences in soil nutrient conditions, and map differences in landscape structure by GIS based analysis of drone imagery.