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Core course: Soil, soil biology & soil hydrology 2019

Category: Core course
0.2 CP per course day

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  1.   1.  Date
  2.   2.  Suggested reading
  3.   3.  Outline
  4.   4.  Registration
  5.   5.  Participants

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The rationale of this module is to provide PhD researchers with a general idea of soil formation, life within the soil, the links to biogeochemical cycles, as well as transport processes.

Key integrating aspects (propositions, to be continued):

  • Everything is connected (i.e. the water, C, N, P and mineral cycles interact nowhere as closely as in the soil)
  • Time scales of the different interacting cycles (time of soil formation, vs. time of complete degradation of this years litter vs. time of complete exchange of water within the soil volume?)
  • Soil structure connects with biogeochemistry as well as water flow

1.  Date

May 6-17, 2019
The lectures will take place in the seminar room B0.002 and in the Institute of Ecology (Dornburger Str. 159).

2.  Suggested reading

Brady & Weil (2001). The Nature and Properties of Soils. Prentice Hall

3.  Outline

In the following you see the preliminary schedule:

L = lecture, D = demonstration, P = practical, E = excursion

Day & Time Type Content Who
Mon, May 6 Intro to soil science and the mineral phase of the soil
09:00 - 10:30 L Important aspects of soil science
- Soil function and formation
- Intro to soil phases (water/air, mineral, organic)
Beate Michalzik
10:45 - 12:15 L Soil classification
- Key concepts and systems
- Soil transfer functions
- Soil properties and ecological site characteristics
Beate Michalzik
13:15 - 16:30 E/D Soil description and sampling (close to the MPI)
- Description of soil profile
- Measurement of simple soil properties in the field
Beate Michalzik
Wed, May 8 Soil lab
09:00 - 12:00 D, P - Field Experiments & Instrumentation/Workshop

- Tools for soil sampling
- Soil sample processing

Iris Kuhlmann
13:00 - 15:00 D, P - Sample preparation for different analyses

- Monitoring and manipulations
- Working with labeled material
- Introduction to the Service departments

Iris Kuhlmann
Thu, May 9 Soil fauna, pore & water phase, transport processes
09:00 - 10:30 L Overview of soil fauna
- Biodiversity of soil organisms
- soil food webs
- Role of functional organism groups for biogeochemical processes (including their role for soil structure)

Markus Lange
10:45 - 12:30 L Soil hydrology
- Water flow/storage in unsaturated and saturated media, incl. non-linear processes, macro-pore flow
- Water balance at soil surface
- Plant – water interactions

Anke Hildebrandt
13:30 - 15:00 L Transport in porous media

Anke Hildebrandt
Fri, May 10 C-N cycles in the soil (connection to the organic soil phase)
09:00 - 10:30 L Soil C and N stocks and turnover
- Carbon stabilization mechanisms
- C and N processes and interactions
- Methods for determination of substrates and C/N processes and isotopic markers

Gerd Gleixner
10:45 - 13:00 L, P Modeling soil C and N turnover (lecture and modeling exercises with C / N / H2O soil modules)

please bring a laptop with a current version of R and RStudio installed. You will need the packages SoilR and FME

Carlos Sierra
14:00 - 15:00 L Soil degradation
- (compaction, loss of organic carbon, acidification, increased erosion, i.e. results of intensive land use)
Marion Schrumpf
15:15 - 16:15 L Response of soil processes to change of moisture and temperature (climate change)

Carlos Sierra
Wed, May 15

at Dornburger Str. 159

Soil biology (II)

lecture hall & labs on the 2nd floor

09:30 - 11:00 L Soil microbiology
- Actors/drivers in element cycles
- Methods of soil biology (classical field & laboratory incubations)

Kirsten Küsel
11:00 - 13:00 P DNA extraction from soil Jens Wurlitzer
13:45 - 14:45 L Wetland microbiology
- Actors/drivers in element cycles

Kirsten Küsel
14:45 - 16:15 P PCR (16S Bacteria, 16S Archaea, 18S Eukarya)

Gelelectrophoresis (with prepared PCR products)
Gel analysis (with prepared Gel)

Jens Wurlitzer

4.  Registration

Click here to register before April 16, 2019.

5.  Participants

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