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Experimental setting and environmental monitoring
Vegetation monitoring, plant standing biomass, net primary production and total nutrient content in plants
Microbial biomass and microbial diversity
Soil enzymatic activities
Micrometeorology, carbon accumulation, soil respiration and litter decomposition
Microcosm experiment (Neuchâtel)
Drought palaeohydrology and carbon accumulation during the last 1000 years

WORK PACKAGES: Vegetation monitoring, plant standing biomass, net primary production and total nutrient content in plants

Every year, at peak biomass, the vegetation will be recorded with a point-intercept frequency method within a sampling surface of 40x40 and with 300 points. Maps will be drawn from the species distribution and frequency indices will be calculated for plant abundances. Plant production over the growing season will be recorded with biometrical non destructive measurements after calibration (cranked-wire for mosses, growth in length and number of leaves for vascular plants). The change in total biomass over the growing season will be measured with repeated NDVI measures taken at 50 cm height. Fine root production will be measured through the use of soil ingrowth bags containing homogenized peat soil. Concentration of N, C and P at peak biomass in plants will be determined.  

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Experimental setting and environmental monitoring
Vegetation monitoring, plant standing biomass, net primary production and total nutrient content in plants

Microbial biomass and microbial diversity

Soil enzymatic activities

Micrometeorology, carbon accumulation, soil respiration and litter decomposition

Microcosm experiment (Neuchâtel)

Drought palaeohydrology and carbon accumulation during the last 1000 years

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