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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Nils Holger Zahn (2021): Design and conceptualization of integrating agroforestry into a stockless arable system in the Pannonian region of Austria at the experimental station Groß-Enzersdorf, BOKU university,Vienna.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Ökologischer Landbau (IFÖL), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 92. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Abstract:
Agroforestry systems (AFS) show large potential to tackle global problems on various fronts, for example by reducing biodiversity loss, whilst also increasing sequestration of carbon as well as efficiency of N-cycling. To cope with the growing demand for AFS in Austria, the need arises to establish agroforestry research stations (AFRS). This study thus proposes preliminary recommendations for an AFRS design at the experimental station Groß Enzersdorf (VWG) using a systemic approach thereby accounting for AFS design often being multi-faceted. This is done through the novel approach of applying the tree scoring method, common in tropical agroforestry, in a temperate context. This may help to objectify tree selection for AFS, which to this date is rarely ensured. The experimental design of three AFRS case studies is further reviewed in order to analyse their applicability to an AFRS at the VWG. With a strong focus on the methodology of the tree ranking method, this study highlights the methods potential for improvement by pointing out major research limitations, such as the strong reliance on extensive tree attribute data, which is currently not available. Rather than considering all potential tree species, only a selection of twelve species was evaluated using the scoring method, thus the results should be regarded as preliminary. This study proposes the use of species that performed well in the scoring method, to be integrated into on-farm field trials, thus testing already existing concepts of AFS in their potential to provide important functions, such as reducing wind erosion, which may be highly relevant in the Marchfeld region. Overall, this study highly recommends the establishment of an AFR at the VWG, which could play a leading role in sustainable food production in Austria.

Beurteilende*r: Friedel Jürgen Kurt
1.Mitwirkender: Gollner Gabriele

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