More Information about our partners:

unihohlogo Universiy of Hohenheim
ditsllogo German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics
intalogo National Institute of Agriculture and Livestock Technology, Argentina
karilogo Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
egerton logo Egerton University
nenulogo North East Normal University of China

Partners

GrassNet provides an innovative opportunity to combine ongoing activities, based on smaller – more regional – research networks, with a network focused on education, training and creating research synergies.

All partners focus some of their activities already on grassland related topics. For example the departments “Crop Water Stress Management” and “Agroecology” of the Institute of Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics of the University of Hohenheim are involved in several ongoing projects and new project applications focusing on land use change related to the conversion of grasslands for the production of renewable raw materials such as rubber in China (LILAC) and Jatropha in Madagascar in view of climate change.

Recently, the two groups have answered a call from BMBF on land use change in which conversion of grassland based ecologies is addressed (BALANCE). In collaboration with the North East Normal University of China the Department “Crop Water Stress Management” is in the process of applying to the National Science Foundation of China to study below ground biomass turnover in grassland systems. The department “Agroecology” is in the process of preparing an application to the National Science Foundation South Africa and DFG in collaboration with the Kruger National Park to investigate the fragile balance between food needs and natural resource use in Southern African savanna systems.

The German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (DITSL) maintains for more then 10 years a continuous research collaboration with Egerton University and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) focusing on pastoral production systems including in various projects production system analysis, efficiency in resource use and, more recently, knowledge systems and institution building.

The collaboration between INTA (National Institute of Agriculture and Livestock Technology, Argentina) and the Department “Crop Water Stress Management” is more recent and based on common interest in studying the natural resources as affected by land-use changes and climate. INTA maintains a regional network based on projects such as “Silvo-pasture system evaluation in the Corrientes Province”, “Remote Sensing of Land use and Land Cover Surfaces”, or “Elaboration of a grassland productivity index”. INTA has a close collaboration with the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, thus, allowing students to be involved in applied research activities.