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Enabling better global research outcomes in soil, plant & environmental monitoring.


Lysimeter – Sap Flow – IoT Workshop with UGT

UGT & ICT International have been working closely together for many years to bring best monitoring technologies to scientists and managers of agriculture and the natural environment. This to enable a better understanding of water and water fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. These topics grows in importance as the with population pressure and climate change understanding and management of water becomes ever more critical.

Lysimeters are a proven tool for ecosystem studies. They are the reference system for matter and energy fluxes in rather undisturbed systems. Big enough to provide a root space for representative plant stands, they measure precise and detailed enough to describe fluxes at high resolution. Pesticide leaching, and greenhouse gas emissions can be quantified for the well defined lysimeter volume.


IoT Monitoring Solutions for the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum 

ICT International manufactures instrumentation which is key to measuring the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, enabling in-situ real time measurement of sap flow (SFM1) and plant water potential (PSY1) in absolute terms. ICT International products are specifically designed to be deployed in rugged field environments, use low-power, have wireless and internet connection. These instruments have been installed around the world – from the Amazon rainforests to the Canadian Permafrost.

In 2019 ICT International released a suite of integrated IoT enabled sensing solutions designed specifically to measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. IoT monitoring systems offer new opportunities for monitoring and management in many diverse applications such as ecophysiology research, commercial orchard production and lysimeters. This workshop will provide an overview of these new technologies and training in their use. Also future monitoring and management opportunities from IoT technologies.

When: 18th – 20th March 2020
Where: Munich/Freising (Germany)
Registration Fees and options: Full Registration: 225 €. Student Registration: 150 €. Single Day Registration: 75 € / 50 € respectively.

The workshop fee includes lunches, coffee and cake and the participation of the Bavarian evening (evening full registration only).

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Lysimeter And Ecotrons – Overview And Case Studies
Lower Boundary And Soil Monolith Excavation Special Applications At Lysimeter Research
Tracking Growth, Water Status, And Osmotic Processes In Trees
Influences Of Green Roofs – A Comparison To Conventional Roofs
Mediterranean Ecosystem Flux Estimates At The Dry Side Of The Water Cycle
Improving Bioenergy Yield Under Drought Stress From Field To Lab
Ecological Studies Toward Future Sustainable Agroecosystems
Lysimeter Study On Transport And Degradation Behavior Of Poly Fluoroalkyl Substances
Mexico Soil Processes Affected By Irrigation With Either Treated Or Untreated Wastewater Irrigation
Concept Of A Combined Hydrological And Tree Physiological Monitoring At Core Level Ii Plots In Bavaria
Applications In Monitoring Plant Water Status Using Sap Flow And Water Potential
Soil Hydraulic Limitations To Transpiration
Iot Systems For Soil, Plant And Environmental Monitoring
Building Up and Configuring Iot Nodes And Networks
Cooling Urban Heat Islands – Measurements On The Thermal Regulation Effects Of Urban Green Infrastructure
Analyzing Ecosystem Functional Responses By Combining Eddy Covariance, Lysimeters, Sap Flow And Field Spectroscopy: The Manip Experiment


Walz GmbH Workshop: The DUAL KLAS NIR and the MULTI-COLOR PAM


Pulse amplitude modulation chlorophyll fluorometry; Quantum yield of photosystem I and II; NIR determination of P700 redox states, Plastocyanin and Ferredoxin; saturation pulse quenching analysis and polyphasic rise kinetics and dark relaxation of fluorescence; photosynthesis in dilute suspensions of algae, cyanobacteria and chloroplasts.



Locations and dates:

Townsville QLD 7 May 2019
Sydney NSW 9 May
Melbourne VIC 10 May
Adelaide SA 14 May
Perth WA 16 May


Resource Person: Dr. Gert Schansker, Walz GmbH

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About the instruments

The MULTI-COLOR-PAM fluorometer provides an unprecedented colour range of measuring and actinic light including white and far-red light sources. The various colours enable researchers to tailor conditions of fluorescence measurements exactly to the spectral properties of their sample. Therefore, the MULTI-COLOR-PAM fluorometer opens the way to study many wavelength-dependent aspects of photosynthesis.

The DUAL-KLAS-NIR breaks new ground in analysing photosystem I. Furthering the concept of the DUAL-PAM-100 it uses four wavelength pairs in the near infrared (NIR) to define the redox states of P700, Plastocyanin (PC), and Ferredoxin (Fd) at high temporal resolution. The DUAL-KLAS-NIR does not only offer state of the art instrument design but also a novel signal deconvolution approach. The PC and Fd signals of the DUAL-KLAS-NIR potentially yield insight into cyclic electron transport around photosystem I (PS I). Knowing the exact redox state of Fd will help to monitor stromal reductants. The software is optimised for straightforward determination of the spectral properties of a sample following a fixed protocol. Subsequently, the DUAL-KLAS-NIR can be handled like a single channel instrument.

Frank Rinn, inventor of the RESISTOGRAPH® and ARBOTOM® and internationally renowned tree inspection instructor, will be conducting a series of workshops in Australia.

Rinntech – Tree Safety Assessment

Topics: Tree biomechanics and the application of technologies for tree structure and stability assessment and tree water use.

Demonstrations: will include the R650-ED RESISTOGRAPH®, ARBOTOM®, RINNTECH® software and other advanced tree inspection technologies.

Locations and Dates:

  • Perth – November 5th & 6th
  • Brisbane – November 8th & 9th
  • Sydney – November 12th & 13th
  • Melbourne – November 15th & 16th

Cost: $550 (incl. GST)

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Rinntech are offering licenses for their ArboStApp software as part of the workshop.

ArboStApp Mobile Tree Safety Evaluation:
iOS/Android/PC/Mac program for the determination and comparative evaluation of:

  • Tree wind load and the (safety) effect of reduction pruning
  • Stability reduction by defects in trunk/branch cross-sections
  • Tipping-stability reduction by root decay and/or trenching
  • Available in different languages (German, English, French, Russian)
  • Combines ArWiLo™ and ArboMech™ with comparative safety-balancing based on cross-section condition and wind-load (reduction).

ArboStApp allows tree experts to determine the loss in load carrying capacity due to defects in cross sections (of stems and branches) or root damage (by trenching and/or decay) in relation to canopy size and expected wind-loads. In addition, ArboStApp estimates resulting load reduction by crown pruning. in order to achieve sufficient safety in damaged trees. The inputs can be based on visual observations and help estimating required load reduction which is sufficient for many tree assessment purposes. However, the precision of the evaluation can be increased by putting in results from proper sonic tomography or resistance drilling with density-calibrated devices.

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UNE GRASS Teacher Professional Development Event

Sessions included in the program are designed to support the content from the secondary science syllabus, provide professional development supporting secondary science education and present smart science, smart living and the science feeding the world and saving the planet.

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