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Sustainable use of alpine and pre-alpine grassland soils in a changing climate

Grassland ecosystems are widely spread in the alps and the foothills of the alps of southern Germany and cover an area of more than one million hectares. From an economical point of view, grasslands are precious as they provide fodder for dairy and cattle farming. In addition to their economic value, they fulfill important ecosystem functions such as the storage of carbon and nitrogen, water retention, protection against erosion and biodiviersity. However, changes in climate, land use and grassland managenent jeopardize the multiple functions provided by grasslands.

The aim of the SUSALPS project is to improve our knowledge on the effects of current and future climate and management on ecosystem functions performed by grasslands. In the process, the general framework of the socio-economy of the specific geographic region will be considered. Based on this improved knowledge, sustainable management options for grasslands in the alps and the foothills of the alps will be developed. These management options will be especially designed to support the climate protection function of grassland soils.


Relevancy to practice and transparency are stated goals of SUSALPS. If we sparked your interest in the topics of the project and you have personal experience in managing grassland, then we are very much interested in your opinion!

You can actively participate in SUSALPS reseach by filling out our questionnaire (German only):

Link to the questionnaire


Joint sampling campaign to study plant-soil interactions

On July 23rd and 24th SUSALPS partners met at Esterberg, Graswang, and Fendt for a joint sampling campaign. The research goal is to gain a holistic view of plant-soil interactions after 3 years of warming. The joint initiative...[more]

Diversity of grasslands in the pre-Alps

On 31 June 2019 we saw again the diversity of grasslands in the foothills of the Alps as part of our field work. Our sampled areas ranged from straight cut meadows to hip-high grasslands, from species-rich extensive flowering...[more]

SUSALPS at the International Bioeconomy Conference

The International Bioeconomy Conference is regarded as one of the most important bioeconomy events in Germany. Every year, internationally renowned representatives from science and industry meet to discuss the latest research...[more]

Training on grassland at the Agricultural Training Centre Baden-Württemberg

Four members of the SUSALPS team took part in the course " Grassland farming and forage production" at the Agricultural Training Centre Baden-Württemberg (LAZBW) in Aulendorf from 23 to 27 April 2019. The course taught...[more]