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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-05-01 - 2017-04-30

The aim of the proposed study is the scientific study of innovative subdivisions in plant pots. It should be investigated whether an effective interruption of the root zone is possible by lamellas and thereby the long roots formation can be suppressed as well as the hair roots formation optimized. In an experimental study with several ceramic pot prototypes, in which the lamellas for dividing the root zone in different combinations are used (short to long, low to high, narrow to broad), can these influences be for the first time scientifically investigated. This would make it possible to demonstrate the efficacy of internals in plant pots scientifically. It would be also conceivable to demonstrate, that through the stimulation of the hair roots formation the positive effects on plant health can be achieved. Thus, the consequences of stress (partially drought, lack of irrigation and unfavorable locations) may be at least reduced and contribute to the better resistance of the plant. This could be both for indoor as well as balcony, and patio plants beneficial.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-05-01 - 2016-12-31

From 2012 until 2014 the federal state government of Lower Austria (“Aktion Natur im Garten”) assigned a research project to investigate the development of habitat related planting design in planting and sowing in open public space. The aim of the project was to create plant mixtures (herbaceous annuals and perennials) corresponding to different climate and soil conditions in Lower Austria with high esthetic impact. For every revised planting site species mixtures have been developed, implemented and plant inventory has been regularly monitored based on methods of German expert group of “AK Pflanzenverwendung”. The ongoing project “Sustainable, low maintenance plant mixtures for public open space design in Lower Austria” continues investigations for a third vegetation period. Until end of 2016 the mixtures will be optimized due to ecological, esthetical and economical values. Communities as well as landscape and garden designers will have the opportunity to work with adapted plant species, suitable plant combinations and specific management in evidence of different regional climatic conditions. As result there will be further values in ecological planting design such as high visual performance, ecological maintenance and low financial support – a sustainable alternative to short living annual seed mixtures or high maintenance perennial plantings in public open space.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2012-05-01 - 2015-04-01

From 2008 until 2011 the federal state government (“Aktion Natur im Garten”) assigned a research project to improve the use of habitat related planting design in open public space. The aim of the project was to create a register of herbaceous perennial plants corresponding to different references for planting sites in public spaces for the use in Lower Austria. For every revised planting site there is information available; for example implementation, visual performance, maintenance or optimization of the plant inventory. Comparing all 7 tested planting types due to ecological, esthetical and economocal values, the type “Planting with Sowing” had a satisfying to good visual performance and is easy to maintain and low in cost. Thus this type will be remarked for ongoing research: plant species, combinations and managment in evidence of different regional climatic conditions are being implemented, investigated and optimised in six test areas.

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