It is now possible to visualize forest conditions through a cooperation of the two bayklif projects BLIZ and HyBBEx based on comparing the vegetation greenness through remote sensing data. To access the forest condition monitor, follow this link.
In honor of her commitment in the area of sciences in Bavaria, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser received the Bavarian Order of Merit on Monday, 22nd of July 2019. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder honored her together with 57 other laureates within a festive ceremony in the antiquarian hall of the Münchner Residenz.
This interesting TV report shows Prof. Ewald (BAYSICS SP6) and his students from the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf searching for the highest tree line for different species in the alps above Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
This years EAT festival took place on 26th of May 2019 at the Biotopia Museum inside Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. This event presents talks, events and booths regarding the future of food and nutrition to the general public. bayklif was represented with a booth and showcased a quiz on nutrition and climate change.
In order to initiate collaborations between the bayklif projects and the Bavarian state offices, an initial workshop was held on 29th of March 2019 in Weihenstephan. The participants, including the Bavarian State Forests, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, the State Office for Agriculture, the State Office for Viticulture and Horticulture, the State Office for Environment and the bayklif junior and senior research associations, presented themselves and talked about collaborations and data exchange. Many exciting possibilities for cooperation were discussed and will hopefully lead to successful collaborations in the future.
Conclusions that are derived from studies in non-mountainous areas are not suitable for predicting the effects of land-use changes on tropical mountains because the climatic environment rapidly changes with elevation, which may mitigate or amplify the effects of land use. It is of key importance to understand how the interplay of climate and land use constrains biodiversity and ecosystem functions to determine the consequences of global change for mountain ecosystems. Prof. Dr. Steffan-Dewenter, PD Dr. Marcell Peters and colleagues have studied the interacting effects of climate and land use on Africa's largest mountain, the Kilimanjaro. You can find the whole article here.
Together with Erica J. Ahrenfeldt, Henning B. Madsen, Lene Sigsgaard and Hans Skov-Petersen, Prof. Kollamann has studied and analyzed wild bees during the strawbery bloom. The scientists compared bees on six different organic and conventional strawberry fields in Denmark and published their findings in the Journal of Mellitology.
The research network's aim was to investigate important findings regarding the adaptation of crops to climate change and to contribute to the climate adaptation strategy of Bavaria. The last few years have shown that our crops have to deal with situations of extreme stress during widely varying environmental conditions. Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms that are used by plants such as corn, barley and wheat to defend themselves against abiotic stress such as waterlogging, coldness, drought or heat, can help develop more efficient strategies to strengthen their resilience. The resulting measures are aligned with the Bavarian climate adaption strategy BayKLAS. More information can be found here.
Nature is put into a stranglehold by climate change. Dr. Christian Hof, bayklif junior group leader and researcher of biodiversity at the Technical University of Munich, explains why "climate friendly" energy crops could torpedo the urgently needed measures for species protection. Read the whole article here.
On 10th of December 2018, bayklif presented the research projects funded within the Climate Policy Programme Bavaria 2050 by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts to 140 guests at the bayklif kick-off event at the Museum Mensch und Natur in Munich.
It was a great pleasure for the scientist and the bayklif main office staff to welcome the Bavarian state minister Bern Sibler, who held a very dedicated speech, addressing all members of the research network and guests of the event. The minister talked about his own experiences and impressions from his home in Lower Bavaria during the many floodings in recent years and stressed the importance of the matter. We were equally happy to welcome representatives from many other important Bavarian institutions, with whom we hope to foster a close collaboration. Moreover, we received scientists and employees from nearly all Bavarian universities as well as numerous media representatives. Wir would like to thank all guests for coming and hope to find many partners among the proven climate experts for a good and productive collaboration towards a common goal. Of course, we are also open to collaborations with partners who weren't able to attend this event. Thanks to Tobias Chmura of the Bayerischer Rundfunk for leading us through the program and to all other people who contributed to the event.
The photos taken at the opening event of our Senior Research Association "BLIZ" show a promising start into a successfull cooperation.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the national academy of the Chinese People's Republic for mathematics, physics, chemics, bio- and medical sciences, geography, informatics and technical sciences. It is the biggest academy in the whole world with approx. 60,000 scientists.
The last visit of the directors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) one year ago had the aim to improve the scientific exchanges between China and Bavaria. This intercultural cooperation could hereby be etablished. On July 03, 2018 directors and co-directors from different disciplines of formal sciences, humanities and especially natural sciences visited us at the BioSysM building to deepen those relationships.
Focus of that visit was the international sponsorship of sciences, especially between China and Europe, but also on a federal level. Dr. Saskia Graf of the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) referred on that topic and answered many questions on it. BayFOR especially advises scientists to competitions on european research fields.
The managing director of bayklif, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser, referred about the special advantages of the unique interdisciplinary research funding in Bavaria, through research networks that are funded on state level. Such research networks make it possible to answer complex and specific questions relevant to Bavaria that require consideration across disciplines, e.g. the direct local climate impacts on biodiversity. Furthermore, the successful history of promoting science in Bavaria, also on the basis of the offices advised by bayklif, BayGene, and BioSysNet was discussed. An important focus was to decide which factors make up a good science management and synergetic network.
On 7th of May 2018, the first network meeting of bayklif took place in the BioSysM building in Großhadern. Each project was presented, then there was time to network and get to know each other. It was a harmonious and informative meeting resulting in promising ideas for new cooperations. We are very excited to find out, what the scientists in this network will achieve!