PopBio2017 Halle Germany

POPBIO2017    Population Biology in a Changing World

30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of

Germany, Austria and Switzerland | GfÖ              18–20 May 2017 | Halle / Saale | Germany

1 Excursion to the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF) and the Field Research Station of the UFZ at Bad Lauchstädt

The Field Research Station of the UFZ is located close to the town of Bad Lauchstädt, about 15 km from Halle. The excursion will guide you to a number of greenhouse, common garden and field experiments, in particular to the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF). The GCEF is a large field experiment to investigate the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems under different types of land management, started in 2013/2014. On 10 field plots, each of about 2000 m² size, we manipulate two different climate scenarios with five replicates of each: ambient climatic conditions and future climatic conditions including both, temperature and precipitation. Plots are equipped with mobile roofs and side panels to passively increase temperature, and together with an irrigations system, to modify amount and seasonal pattern of precipitation according to projections of regional climate models. Each of these 10 main plots is subdivided into five 400 m² subplots, which are randomly assigned to five land-use types: conventional farming, organic farming, intensively used meadows, extensively used meadows, and extensively used sheep pastures. We study the interactive effects of climate and land-use on community dynamics, species interactions, micro-evolutionary changes, soil processes, element cycling, and other ecosystem functions.




Photo: Konrad Kirsch | UFZ

2 Lunzberge

The porphyry hills northwest of Halle originate from about 300 million years of geological history and consist of rock slopes, valleys and more than 200 particular rock summits. The latter are scattered within a matrix of fertile cropland on chernozem soils and are characterized by an extraordinarily species-rich flora and fauna. The particularity of the “Lunzberge” porhpyry hills is highlighted by their name: "Lunz" is probably derived from old slavic "loncê" which means "grassland", Berge is German for “hills. The nature reserve "Lunzberge“ (64 ha) protects dry grassland, semi-dry grassland and rocky pioneer vegetation. Moreover, the Lunzberge accommodate a rich fauna with many bird, mammal and insect species. The remarkable biodiversity, geography and geology as well as the proximity to the city (and university) of Halle have yielded a high number of academic studies and publications. These comprise studies on the vegetation ecology, population ecology of rare species, phylogeography and island biogeography. The excursion route is an easy walk around the area, “climbing” up some of the hills, introducing the different habitats, their ecology and plant species.

Short description and map by nature conservation agency (in German)


Lunzberge, View to the east.

Photo: Dominic Plagge 15 May 2015,

taken from RANA (2015)

RANA – Büro für Ökologie und Naturschutz Frank Meyer (2015): Managementplan für das FFH Gebiet 118 "Porphyrkuppenlandschaft nordwestlich Halle". Im Auftrag des LAU Sachsen-Anhalt, 183 p.

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