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Summer drought effects on grassland

Author Christine BOLLIG
Director of thesis Prof. Dr. Urs Feller
Co-director of thesis
Summary of thesis Prolonged summer droughts, as predicted for Switzerland in the mid-term future, are expected to have a major impact on grassland ecosystems. Therefore we conduct rainfall exclusion treatments on three grassland sites with different elevations and management regimes. Rainfall exclusion is achieved via rain-shelters. Treatment effects are studied regarding soil characteristics and (eco)physiological adaptations.
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Administrative delay for the defence
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