This experiment has been added by the GLTEN Curators using existing published sources.
To investigate the consequences of climate change for ecosystem processes under different land use options.
The experiment started in 2014 and is planned to be conducted for at least 15 years.
The main research focus of the experiment includes, impacts of climate change on ecosystem functions, influences on ecological community structure, soil function, nutrient cycling, and effects on genetic diversity and microevolutionary processes.
Oats were sown across the field site in 2012-13 to homogenize soil conditions.
temperate oceanic climate
Design period: (2014—)
There are two treatments with climate (2 levels: ambient vs. future) as the main plot treatment and land use as the sub plot treatment (5 levels: conventional farming, organic farming, intensively used meadow, extensively used meadow and extensively used pasture. Sub plots measure 16 x 24m
Number of subplots
Number of replicates
Number of harvests per year
Uses a typical crop rotation for the region of winter rape, winter wheat, and winter barley. Mineral fertilizers and pesticides are applied following conventional practice.
Uses a crop rotation of beans, winter wheat and winter barley. The farming system is environmentally friendly using mechanical weed control, organic fertilization and restricted pesticide use.
Intensively managed meadow
Uses a conventional mix of forage grasses, with moderate fertilization and frequent mowing (3-4 times per year)
Extensively managed meadow
Uses a mixture of over 50 plant species typical for grasslands of the region and representative of the local gene pool. Meadows are mown less frequently (2-3 times per year).
Extensively managed pasture
Uses the same species mix as the extensively managed meadow, but is grazed by sheep 2-3 times per year.