Research on new more sustainable measures in heathland restoration
Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR)
Department of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology
First results of a field experiment in nature reserve Maasduinen, indicate that addition of vulkamin, a zeolite containing clay-mineral, may be more effective in restoring acidified heathlands than addition of dolocal. Vulkamin has the beneficial effect to more strongly decrease N availability in the soil as well as the availability of micro-nutrients resulting in vegetation with a higher C:N ratio and higher manganese content. Therefore, addition of vulkamin could make heathlands more resistent to ongoing climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition (leading to lower C:N ratio causing massive insect plagues) and may prevent manganese deficiency in the foodchain.
Field work (soil, vegetation, fauna collection), laboratory work (Milestone type mls 1200 Mega microwave destructions, ICP-OES analyses), scientific writing.
Nature restoration (human happiness), public awareness.
Scientific and applied research, teaching, education in companies, institutes and agencies related to soil, crop and nature.
Research Centre B-WARE – Dept. Aquatic Ecology & Environmental Biology