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German agricultural soil inventory

A total of about 3100 soil sample were taken nationwide within the context of the German agricultural soil inventory by Thünen Institute. What takes place on the field and what happens to the soil samples in the laboratory? This video tells us the story.

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German agricultural soil inventory

Maize-Beans – Organic crude feed with higher value?

How well is a combination of maize and beans suited as a feedstuff for dairy cattle and fattening pigs? This topic was studied by our scientists in Trenthorst. (Video in German)

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Maize-Beans – Organic crude feed with higher value?

Measuring the forests

The German Forest Inventory is concerned with more than just tree population studies. Can the forest ecosystem maintain its biological diversity in the future? (Video in German)

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Measuring the forests

Forests and water

Filtering water, storing water, using water: those are among the life maintaining functions of our forests. This film shows how we observe and study the trees at work (in German).

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Forests and water

DNA-tests for legal forestry

To ensure that only legally logged timber, especially from tropical forests, is sold, we develop tests and reference databases with which the origin of wood can be tracked along the entire value chain (in German).

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DNA-tests for legal forestry

The genetic code of wood

In order to check whether wood has been logged legally, it may be necessary to know not only the species but also the region from which it originates. This is possible with genetic testing. The video shows how it works (in German).

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The genetic code of wood

The Field Laboratory "Drylab"

Scientists in Eberswalde are using the "Drylab" field laboratory to investigate how young beech trees of different origins react to drought. The film presents the "Drylab".

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The Field Laboratory "Drylab"

Our Research Vessels

The Thünen Institute maintains three research vessels for marine studies. Differing in size and specialization, these vessels are put into use for very different expeditions. The video introduces the vessels and shows their activities above and under water.

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Our Research Vessels

Roofless – A Cabriolet for cods

The cod stock in the eastern Baltic Sea is in such poor condition that it should not be fished at all. The newly developed bottom trawl "Roofless" enables the selective catching of flatfish while at the same time allowing the cod to escape.

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Roofless – A Cabriolet for cods

FRESWIND: the learning net

How can the selectivity of trawl nets be improved to reduce by-catch? The film shows the development of a net that provides an "emergency exit" for unwanted flatfish in mixed cod fishing.

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FRESWIND: the learning net

IBTS - International bottom trawl survey

How do you know how much fish there is in the North Sea? Does climate change affect fish stocks? Scientists at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries answer these and other questions by taking fish and plankton samples every spring and autumn with a research vessel – and have done so for 50 years.

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IBTS - International bottom trawl survey

Borderless forests

Climate change endangers many forests in Central Europe. The high dynamic of changing growing conditions impede the natural adaptation of forest ecosystems. The international project SUSTREE is aimed at supporting the adaptive ability of major tree species through seed transfer from today allready dry and warm regions.

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Borderless forests

F.R.A.N.Z.-Project

The film provides insights into the F.R.A.N.Z. project. Based on three demonstration farms, it informs about the intensive cooperation between agriculture and research to increase biodiversity on agricultural land. Various biodiversity measures implemented on the farms are presented, as well as areas of ecological and socio-economic accompanying research.

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F.R.A.N.Z.-Project

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