UGT Research

Climate Change in the steppe of Kazakhstan – MidTerm Meeting

UGT GmbH visited the MidTerm Conference of the German-Kazakh-Russian Research Cooperation Project Rekks with the research focus “Innovative solutions for a sustainable agricultural land use in the dry steppes of Kazakhstan and southwestern Siberia” on the 26 and 27 July 2019. First results from the joint research projects of the program “CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) were presented at the S.SEIFULLIN KAZAKH AGROTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY in Nur-Sultan and at the A.I. BARAYEV RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION CENTRE OF GRAIN FARMING in Shortandy.

Nur-Sultan, Seifullin University and Barayev Institute. Photo credit: Seifullin University, Barayev Institute and UGT GmbH

The UGT GmbH was represented by Kerstin Thomsen she gave a talk with results of the development and installation of a weighable lysimeter station that operates during the whole year. And she showed details of the constructed wind tunnel and the wind erosion trap to simulate and evaluate the effect of land-use and agriculture management on wind erosion.

Wind tunnel and snow lysimeter. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

In the afternoon there was a “Round Table” with scientists and farmers on the research needs of farmers and ways of implementation.

Round table moderated by Mr. Kanat Akshalov – head of department, Baraev Institut, Shortandy, Kasachstan. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

On 27.7. all participants could visit the lysimeter station on the experimental field.

MidTerm participants and Lysimeter station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Soilinsight® Evaluation of soil

New research publication available

SOILINSIGHT® developed by the LSE laboratory of the Université de Lorraine and distributed by UGT proposes a new approach based on non-destructive observation of the soil. Watteau et al. 2019 create videos of the structural dynamics of the soil (https://vimeo.com/131855415).

For more information please refer to following publication:

Watteau, F., Jangorzo, N. S., Schwartz, C. (2019) A micromorphological analysis for quantifying structure descriptors in a young constructed Technosol. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 71, 1, 11-20.

What does the SOILINSIGHT® measure?

The SOILINSIGHT® repeatedly records pictures of a soil chamber. The comparison between the pictures provides information about structural changes of the soil. Thus, the SOILINSIGHT® allows a non destructive observation of the soil, its structure and its flora and fauna.

Views of the constructed Technosol. 1: Soilinsight® image of the glazed face at 5 months; 2 and 3: magnified Soilinsight®- images showing roots at different growth stages and earthworms, respectively; 4: thin section of constructed Technosol. e: earthworm; d: earthworm dejection; g: gravel; m: mineral; n: node; om: organic matter; or: older root; p: pore; r: root; yr: young root. Photo credit: Watteau et al. 2019

What is the SOILINSIGHT® used for?

Observations of structural changes provide information about the causes and the dimensions of these changes. When observing root systems, information about the mass increase, growth rates, root distribution, root characteristics (e.g. number of fine roots) or about the structure of macro pores can be obtained. Furthermore, the effects of different cultivation methods or other environmental factors on root growth can be investigated. Those research questions are especially of high importance for climate change or agricultural system studies. Wormholes, development stages or size of soil organism as well as the distribution and dimension of fungi and parasites can be observed. When studying the soil flora and fauna, the distribution, state and influence on the soil structure and on root growth can be observed and evaluated.

Soilinsight® (top); handle (left); park-rack (right) photo credit: UGT GmbH

How does the SOILINSIGHT® work?

The back of the soil chamber is transparent and thus allows the observation of the soil chamber. The back of the soil chamber is attached to the scanner, which takes a picture on a regular interval or by manual operation. The pictures a stored on a connected computer, which is also used to control the experiment via a windows based computer software. The pictures can be graphically evaluated using windows based evaluation software. The soil chamber is open at the top that the soil surface can be planted and irrigated. A tube at the bottom enables the outflow of seepage water.

UGT Research

Plastic in the environment – Status Conference

UGT GmbH visited the status conference on the 9 and 10 April 2019 with the research focus “Plastics in the Environment – Sources, Sinks and Solutions of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). First results from the joint research projects of the research program were presented at the Kalkscheune in Berlin. Representatives of the projects presented their findings and challenges as well as work on cross-cutting topics.

Poster “Current status and next steps in the optimization process of sedimentation boxes” photo credit: UGT GmbH

The UGT GmbH was represented by Leonard Zechmeister (Project Engineer Research and Development). As part of the working package: Development of sampling methods, he presented a poster with first optimizations results of the sedimentation boxes regarding: longevity, ease of use, efficient manufacturing, recovery rates of microplastics (MP) and low selectivity for different MP types.

Finished stainless steel sedimentation box for field use. Finished plexiglas sedimentation box for laboratory tests photo credit: UGT GmbH

Besides the scientific understanding of microplastic entry sources, causes and paths, market-ready procedures for efficient microplastic sampling should be developed by the UGT GmbH.

Plastic can be found everywhere in today’s world – in the arctic, on the ocean floor, and on uninhabited islands. Tiny plastic particles have even been found to be present in the cells of animals and plants. Our knowledge of the extent of plastic contamination, however, is surprisingly low: exactly how much plastic is swimming in the oceans, where it comes from, how it behaves in rivers and seas, and what effects it might have on animal and humans, remains largely unknown.” (bmbf-plastik.de)

Joint Project in “ Plastik in der Umwelt“


These are the partners of the project RUSEKU

Measure the whole range! UGT – your solution provider– visit us at EGU at Booth No 20

UGT is a well known exhibitor at the EGU. We understand ourselves as a medium sized company being the middleman between Science – Technology and practical application. It is us who give with our highly sophisticated monitoring equipment new approach to the scientists from all over the world to resolve challenges and register data in order to be able to meet the demands of the future. EGU General Assembly 2019 will bring also in this year together geoscientists from all over the world. We are proud to be part of this world wide network. 

Our own new developments and new products together with products from our partners that we represent like Picarro – USA, ICT- Australia Eosense – Canada, Eijkelkamp – Netherlands, In-Situ – USA, UGT is a strong partner  to cover the demands of our science-partners. Measure the whole range!

The EGU is a forum that enables conference, discussion, brainstorming among the different scientific branches. The world of Geoscience meets in Vienna – please make use of the opportunity to come and see UGT – the specialized producer from Germany

A climate change study with groundwater lysimeter

The groundwater lysimeter station of UGT was built in 2009 in a grassland site in Spreewald (Brandenburg, Germany) with shallow water table. It was part of the BMBF-funded cooperative research project INKA BB – Innovation Network Climate Adaptation Berlin-Brandenburg, in particular the subproject: Instruments and Strategies for Sustainable Water Management in Large Wetlands, located at the Leibniz centre for agriculture landscape research (ZALF).

wetland site in Spreewald photo credit: UGT GmbH
principle sketch of the installation of a weighable groundwater lysimeter at an investigation site close to the groundwater level photo credit: UGT GmbH

The groundwater lysimeter station consisted of four soil monoliths, each with a surface area of 1 m² and 2 m thick. The installation included a weather station and a soil measuring station for the measurement of meteorological and soil hydraulic reference values.

The weighable groundwater lysimeters together with field measurements in the Spreewald form the basis for the experimental evidence in the project INKA BB. Berlin and Brandenburg are considered to be particularly vulnerable to future climate change. Low annual precipitation and sandy soils with a low water storage capacity also make the region vulnerable in the future to dry periods and heavy precipitation. Given the challenges of climate change and climate adaptation a successful water management is crucially important.

weighable lysimeter station photo credit: UGT GmbH

For this purpose, groundwater lysimeters were placed directly in an investigation area. This allows all relevant water balance parameters to be measured with sufficient accuracy. A reference lysimeter reflects the water balance of the investigated area, further lysimeters are used for the simulation of different adaptation options.

For more information please refer to following publication:
Dietrich, O., Fahle, M., Kaiser, T., Steidl, J. (2019) Eine Lysimeter-Studie zu Auswirkungen unterschiedlicher Grundwasser-Steuerregime auf den Bodenwasserhaushalt eines grundwassernahen Standorts. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 63, 1, 6-18.

Project News – ReKKS

Lysimeter experiments in Snowtropolis

UGT GmbH is a part of an international working team that consists of scientists from Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute, Altai State University, “AMAZONE” Kasachstan, Leibniz University Hannover, University of Halle and UFZ Halle, in the project ReKKS.

lysimeter station in winter operation in Первомайка . Photo credit: UGT GmbH

One of UGT’s research tasks in this project is to develop a lysimeter that can measure continuously throughout the year. In the first step, the challenges of running the lysimeter under ice and snow conditions will be addressed. In a second step, new approaches of a snow cutter will be tested under winter conditions.
Since we had neither snow nor ice in Brandenburg this year, our developers decided to move their workstation to the Snowtropolis ski hall in Senftenberg.

We would like to thank Anja Stoll and her team for the support during the installation and measurements of the lysimeter station. We hope for further good cooperation.

“Innovations for Sustainable Use of Agricultural Resources and Climate-adaption in the Arid Steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia (ReKKS)”

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International Lysimeter Workshop from 7th-8th February 2019 at UNAM Mexico

February 7th the first part of the international lysimeter workshop was a great success.

Christina Siebe introduced the program and the institute at UNAM. Peter Cepuder from the Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management (IHLW), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria presented his own research results at the lysimeter plant at the agrometeorological station in Groß-Enzersdorf which was founded in 1983.

Focus was the work on wind effects on the quality of the measurement results and the actual focus on isotopic measurements. Further on he introduced the lysimeter research group in Europe and the possibility to join this group from all over the world. Peter Cepuder is the actual president of the network.

Our managing director Sascha Reth presented the latest developments on lysimeter technique and compared different soil drilling and sampling methods. Here the question “what are soil samples used for?” important for the right solution.

In the following the new lysimeter instrumentation was discussed and presented to the auditorium. The participants were able to follow the construction progress after a visit of the installation area. It is visible already that the time for the key over of the first Mexican lysimeter station is short.

The second day at February 8th was mainly focused on the research aspects in the upcoming lysimeter experiments and the former work on it. Christina Siebe started with a presentation about the research on the critical zone observatory Valle del Mezquital. We learned that 90.000 ha will be irrigated with 52 m³/s wastewater of Mexico City.

The aquifer in this area will be filled by 6 m³/s. Soil properties, crop quality and microbial biomass were in the focus of the observations. Soils of the Valle del Mezquital will be excavated at transported to the new lysimeter station at UNAM. Blanca Prado Pano introduced the fate of atrazine in wastewater irrigated agroecosystems in this area.

A big task will be the research on the degradation of the herbicides under field conditions under the help of lysimeters.

Rocio Jetzabel Alcántara Hernández gave a presentation of her work with the title Microbial insights into the attenuation of pollutants in the Mezquital Valley. In column experiments several different applications of waste water – with and without atrazine – were performed in traditionally and intensively managed soils.

Additional experiments from column and field experiments in the Mezquital Valley were presented by Kathia Lüneberg.

Hereby the water flow paths were identified as the hotspots for the dissemination for antibiotic resistance in soil. In the further presentation she pointed out the big advantage of the new lysimeters for the complete research on all this discussed topics.

Jan Siemens of the Department of Soil Science and Soil Conservation, University of Gießen, Germany, gave a remote presentation about the drainage and leaching losses of nitrogen after introducing into a continuous paddy-rice crop rotation in a lysimeter experiment.

One of the conclusions of his lysimeter experiment was that maize as a crop intermediate could help to save the net amount of the irrigation water in this paddy fields. Straw mulching could not be used for the reduction of the water loss, but it helps to reduce NO3- concentrations

This workshop was a great success for all participants and highlighted the big effort to work with different working groups and disciplines on lysimeters.

Thanks to all participants and for the perfect organization!

In-Situ a key international partner of UGT

Measure the whole range – UGT is known as a leading manufacturer of environmental monitoring equipment. Solid expertise, coupled with extensive experimental experience in field and laboratory is highly estimated by our customers in Germany, Europe and overseas. Soil, atmosphere, water and plants this  is the range of our activity and the basis for developing and producing environmental instruments in UGT. Apart from our own inhouse developed products and  technology we highly estimate the work with our international partners. One of the most important partners and our key supplier for our product range in the field of water qualitay,  water level and flow management  is  In-situ a highly  innovative company being situated in Fort Collins in the USA. The high quality and easy to  usable products convince more and more also our German partners.

We are very happy that John Pawlikowski, CEO of In-situ and Alberto Bonamin the Sales Manager for Europe visited UGT on Thursday the 24th of January in our branch office South in Freising.

In-Situ Inc. designs, manufactures, and rents water quantity and quality instruments. In-Situ provides also  a full-solution by giving quality data via easy integration with telemetry and data services.

Your eyes in the field – this ist he credo of In-Situ – measure the whole range – this is the credo of UGT – a very promising combination – So this gives our customers room to effectively work in their projects – because it is us – that keep eyes opened in the field and have data monitored. So they can draw their conclusions out of the measured data.   

UGT is for more than 25 years a international highly recognised supplier and research partner for universities, scientific institutions and governmental authorities. In-Situ provides with the highl quality products for nearly 40 years solutions and gives accurate results and reliable operation in harsh monitoring conditions.

Applications include aquifer characterization, mining, oil/gas, remediation, aquaculture, and more. „2018 was a very successful year of our cooperation“, this was pointed out by John Pawlikowski. Dr. Sascha Reth, Kerstin Thomsen and Markus Reissig represented the UGT team in the very effective and strategy orientated brainstorming. Alberto Bonamin, the In-Situ European Sales Manager pointed out, that in 2019 both companies will  carry our even more joint activities in order to better supply the German customers not only with products but also in the field od service. Dr. Sascha Reth introduced new strategies for the cooperation between our companies. Kerstin Thomsen and Markus Reissig contributed in the active discussion with concrete ideas how to get our plans implemented. Joint activitities like workshops and exhibitions, joint visits to key customers will be part of our work in 2019.    

Register now: International Lysimeter Workshop from 7th-9th February 2019 at UNAM Mexico

Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere transports are the key drivers for all processes in the  environment. The aim is to show methods and solutions to enable environmental  monitoring with the latest developments. The workshop includes scientific presentations and practical demonstrations. 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. Advanced measurement tools allow to separate processes in water and gas transfer, while the lysimeter forms the integral frame. Isotopic compositions help to distinct sources of greenhouse gas emissions. We all are facing the impacts of climate change. We must manage the risks and therefore monitoring and measuring is most important!
Sap flow and plant water potential measurements allow to separate through plants from soil surface fluxes.
Parallel measurements, pF determination of the soil and particle size distribution enable a complete knowledge of the specific environment. The workshop will give insight on the latest research on lysimeters with a specific focus on process separation with modern analysis tools.

Be part of the lysimeter story and learn more about the latest tools for lysimeter research. Get in contact with other researchers on lysimeter research.

If you are interested to participate please send an email to sascha.reth@ugt-online.de

Program

February, 7th

09:00                    

REGISTRATION

10:00                    

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION; Christina Siebe, UNAM, Mexico

10:30                    

THE LYSIMETER RESEARCH GROUP – AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR LYSIMETER RESEARCH, Peter Cepuder, BOKU Vienna, Austria

11:15                    

LYSIMETER TECHNIQUE, OVERVIEW AND CASE STUDIES, Sascha Reth, UGT Germany

12:00                    

Lunch

13:00                    

LYSIMETER – UNDISTURBED EXCAVATION OF MONOLITHS – DIFFERENT TOOLS, Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany

14:00                    

VISIT OF THE NEW LYSIMETER STATION UNAM

16:00                    

THE NEW LYSIMETER STATION UNAM – TECHNICAL SOLUTION

19:00                    

Mexican evening

February, 8th

09:00                    

CRITICAL ZONE OBSERVATORY VALLE DEL MEZQUITAL, Christina Siebe, UNAM, Mexico

09:45                    

FATE OF ATRAZINE IN WASTEWATER IRRIGATED AGROECOSYSTEMS, Blanca Prado Pano, UNAM, Mexico

10:30                    

coffee break

11:00                    

RESISTANCE DISSEMINATION IN SEWAGE IRRIGATED SYSTEMS, Kathia Lueneberg, UNAM, Mexico

11:45                    

POLLUTANTS – ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – PATHOGEN INTERACTIONS IN A CHANGING WASTEWATER IRRIGATION SYSTEM IN MEXICO, Christina Siebe

February, 9th

9:00 – 18:00       

Excursion to the VALLE DEL MEZQUITAL AND HISTORICALPLACES NEARBY

Cooperation Hotels

1.  Hotel Paraíso Radisson

Cúspide No. 53, Parque del Pedregal, 14020, México, D.F. (Perisur)

Tel. (55) 56 06 42 11

Tarifa 2019 – $1,368.50 por noche y por habitaciòn

2. Hotel Camino Real Pedregal

Periférico Sur No. 3647, Col. Héroes de Padierna, México D.F. 10700

Tel.: + 52 (55) 54 49 36 50, Fax: + 52 (55) 54 49 36 58

Tarifa 2019 – $1,356.60

3. Hotel Royal Pedregal

Periférico Sur 4363, Jardines de la Montaña, 14210, México, D.F.

Tel. (55) 54 49 40 00

Tarifa 2019 – $1,262.00

4. One

Periférico Sur 5530, Colonia Pedregal de Carrasco, 04700,

Ciudad de México

Tel. (55) 4749 1900

Habitación Sencilla $1,259.02, Habitación doble $1,487.50

200 USD workshop fee, for students 100 USD

Announcement: International Lysimeter Workshop from 7th-8th February 2019 at UNAM Mexico

The new lysimeter station is part of the project ” Pollutants – antibiotic resistance  – pathogen interactions in a changing wastewater irrigation system in Mexico”.

Be part of the lysimeter story and learn more about the latest tools for lysimeter research. Get in contact with other researchers on lysimeter research.

for registration please send an email to sascha.reth@ugt-online.de



More than 20 years of stable business relations in China for UGT

The market access in China seems to be easier today compared with 20 years ago when everything was still unknown and somehow “adventurous”. You have nowadays numerous flights; good accommodation and our partners speak fluently English.

Nevertheless, it is our partners in China that enable the access in the market and react clever to the changes and demands in the market. It is today even more difficult to sell imported technique in China, as on the one hand there is still a very good demand for new innovative products in our field of environmental monitoring. But today we do not just sell any more one product but a whole solution. Also local suppliers further develop their products. Also for small and medium sized companies like UGT cooperation that goes beyond sales relation gets into focus. It is therefore necessary that the partner in China can provide service and information to the customers, joint presentations get more and more important. We thank our Chinese partners for the continuant and trustful relations over the year and the open atmosphere in the talks. We used the opportunity to meet our partners. We visited customers together to go into brainstorming to find new solutions.

Chinese universities have a high standard and we thank our partners for the invitations and organization of workshops in the scientific research institutes and universities in Beijing and Guangzhou. It was a pleasure to exchange opinion with the Chinese scientists. Although there are prognosis that because of global trade challenges the growth in China will not continue in 2-digit rates, there are still about 6% economic growth in China. If UGT together with the Chinese partners put the right measurements there is still room to grow together and further develop the business relations.

We look forward to a successful 2019 together with our Chinese business partners.

New lysimeter project in Mexico City at UNAM

We are happy to announce a new lysimeter project. The lysimeters will be used to study arable land with different irrigation strategies. The most common irrigation strategy in this region is waste water irrigation.

To study the effects of different irrigation strategies, 6 undisturbed monoliths will be excavated, on a traditionally managed site. During the experiment, 3 lysimeters will be irrigated with waste water and 3 lysimeters with cleaned water.

This study should answer the following questions:

  • Are there any effects on the soil properties?
  • Are there differences between the different management types /treatments?
  • If irrigation with waste water is a problem or the soil can buffer effects by cleaning mechanisms?
  • Are there any differences in the composition of the leachate between the two treatments?

The results should help to develop suitable irrigation strategies.

The managing director of UGT Dr. Sascha Reth visited the campus of the UNAM. There he met the director of the Geological Institute Dr. Ricardo Barragan Manzo and the project leaders Dr. Christina Siebe and Dr. Blanca Prado.

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In order to find the most suitable place for the installation of the lysimeter basement, the study area was visited and all possibilities discussed.

The next day we visited the fields near Tlahuelilpan where the monoliths are taken for the experiment. Soil samples were taken to characterize them.

The researchers of UNAM and UGT are looking forward to the first lysimeter station in Central America.

Annual Meeting of ASA & CSSA in Baltimore – a joint booth of Soilmoisture and UGT

Visit UGT and Soilmoisture at the ASA & CSSA Annual Convention in Baltimore at booth No.101. The latest developments in the topic of lysimeter and measuring equipment on the subject of “measure the fullrange” will be presented together with our partner Soilmoisture.

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ku-pF 4.2 SP

Here, the further development of the ku-pF with the Full Range tensiometers up to a measuring range of 15 bar (pF 4.2) is the highlight.

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Ready-To-Go Lysimeter

Furthermore, the ready-to-go lysimeter can be viewed fully configured. Special requirements can be discussed directly on the object.

 


Soilmoisture presents the new Handitrace which revolutionizes the TDR measurement. In addition, the special ceramics for any application and soil hydraulic sensors for the field and the laboratory at the booth are visible.

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The team of Soilmoisure by Alan Farsad and Walter Peterson and Sascha Reth from UGT looking forward to discus your projects and special need.

CSME – 2018 Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Sustainable Remediation and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water EORTs-2018 Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for Treatment of Soil and Groundwater

This congress was jointly held at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France on October 22-25, 2018. Professor Marie-Odile Simonnot was like in 2012 conferences’ chair. Thanks of the great engagement of the colleagues of the University of Lorraine, GISFI also in this year the conference was a success. More than 30 universities from all over the world formed the international committee that organised this conference. In altogether 11 sessions the scientists presented from 9.00 a.m in the morning until 6.00 p.m in the evening their scientific results concerning the important topics in the field of phyto-or bioremediation or remediation of groundwater and sediment. Risk Assessment and also modelling and the presentation of new investigation tools played an important role in the discussions.

Session 6 on Wednesday, October 24th dealt with the mechanism transport and mobilization and transfer in water from contaminated soils and measures for soil remediation. UGT was invited to give a presentation in this international conference.

Sascha Reth gave a presentation with the title:  “weighable lysimeters – a perfect tool to observe phytoremediation processes in undisturbed soil columns”. It was great to hear in the presentations of GISFI given by Marie-Odile Simonnot and Pierre Faure that many of the  scientific tasks have been successfully resolved with column experiments by the help of UGT lysimeters.

Moreover Sascha Reth and Kerstin Thomsen used the opportunity to present new equipment of UGT together with our french agent SDEC who was represented by Adrien Maslard. The talks about new projects with our friends and partners from University Lorraine and GISFI in the margin of the conference were important milestones to further develop the cooperation and plan our next joint steps.

Merci et à la prochaine fois à Nancy en France!

 

Project News – ReKKS

Lysimeter successfully installed

UGT GmbH is a part of an international working team that consisted of scientists from Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute, Altai State University, “AMAZONE” Kasachstan, Leibniz University Hannover, University of Halle, UFZ Halle, in the project ReKKS.

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Installation of the lysimeter station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

The task of the UGT was the development and fabrication of a weighable lysimeter station that operates during the whole year. Plant-accessible water is the limiting factor for agricultural yields in the steppe zone of Kazakhstan, especially in the light of the ongoing climate change with an increase in the mean annual temperatures along with more infrequent precipitation events in the study area.

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Installation of the lysimeter station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

This week we have successfully completed the installation of the lysimeter station. The weighable lysimeter station consisting of two gravitation lysimeters. Quantitative and qualitative parameters of the soil water budget will be recorded for different soil management systems.

Two different undisturbed soil monoliths (steppe vs. farmland lysimeter) were excavated from the site of investigation and placed in the lysimeter vessels for further research.

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Installation of the lysimeter station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

The installed sensor technology works very well. First measured values already show a clear difference between the steppe lysimeter and the farmland lysimeter. The possibility of remote data transmission represents a major contribution to the success of the project.

We would like to thank Tobias Meinel, Olga, Sharnabek and Yevgeni Pelzer and his team for the support during the installation of the lysimeter station.

We hope for further good cooperation. The next maintenance will take place in one year and we are looking forward to seeing you again in Kazakhstan.

 

ReKKS

“Innovations for Sustainable Use of Agricultural Resources and Climate-adaption in the Arid Steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia (ReKKS)”

XIXth Štiavnica Days 2018

From October 2nd to 4th the XIXth Štiavnica Days 2018 took place in the center of the historic town Banská Štiavnica in Slovakia which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stan2The organisation commitee decided  to expand the program with a lysimeter session.
Our managing director Dr. Sascha Reth was invited to introduce the tool lysimeter in the context of soil remediation.

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Dr. Christian Heerdt gave an oral presentation about the evapotranspiration measurement with lysimeters compared to model approaches.

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A highlight was the practical demonstration of the patented lysimeter excavation tool which could even used im contaminated areas.


Thanks to the conference organisation and our local partner Ekosur for all the support. We are looking forward to the upcoming new projects and hope our solutions could help for the success.

90 years of research in Müncheberg

On 26.10.2018 the ceremony “90 years of research in Müncheberg” took place in the church of Müncheberg. The “research city Müncheberg” is one of the most important locations for agricultural science in Germany.

Since 1992,  “Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH” (UGT) has also been part of this “research city Müncheberg”.

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The ceremony “90 years of research in Müncheberg” took place in the church of Müncheberg. Photo credit: UGT

The two-hour ceremony was opened by Cornelia Rosenberg. The focus of research in Müncheberg has changed, as Cornelia Rosenberg, Administrative Director at ZALF, explains in her opening speech: from maximizing yields in the GDR era to implementing more sustainability in land use. Afterwards, Dr. Claus Dalchow, long-time research associate at ZALF, reviewed 90 years of research at Müncheberg in a historical outline. This was followed by greetings from Gernot Schmidt, district administrator of the Märkisch-Oderland, and from Dr. Uta Barkusky, mayor of Müncheberg.

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The award winner Dr. Jana Zscheischler with the mayor of Müncheberg, Dr. Uta Barkusky and Prof. Dr. Müller, Zalf. Photo credit: UGT

This year, the awarding of the research prize was integrated into the celebrations. Dr. Jana Zscheischler receives the Müncheberg Award. The award honors her work on the problem of “transdisciplinary research” for sustainable land use, which relates to the cooperation between basic research and practice in land-use science. Prof. Dr. Ernst Berg, University of Bonn, addresses this topic in his speech “Challenges of Agricultural Research” and emphasized the special importance of the research field and its contribution to overcoming the major social challenges: reducing climate and environmental impacts and implementing more sustainability in land use and the food industry.

For 26 years UGT has been supporting science in these challenges. As a direct neighbour, UGT supports these processes through the development and production of environmental equipment technology with a high innovative character and high quality. The close cooperation with leading research institutions is the key to innovative solutions in the field of environmental equipment technology.

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Dr. Seyfarth (UGT) and Anita Beblek (agrathear). Photo credit: UGT

In an additional exhibition, the key players of the research city were presented in more detail: among others the ZALF and Senckenberg German Entomological Institute Müncheberg, the LEFL – test station for fruit growing, UGT Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH and agrathaer GmbH, which is mainly concerned with the transfer of scientific results into practice.

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Exhibition of the different generations of our measuring technology. Tensio 100 – field tensiometer. Photo credit UGT

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Exhibition of the different generations of our measuring technology. PL-300. Photo credit UGT

Dr. Seyfarth co-founder of the UGT presented the measuring technology of the beginnings up to today. Mr. Seyfarth gave the visitors the opportunity to get an insight into the development stages of the Tensio 100 – mobile field tensiometer and the PL 300.

Further information:

Press release Zalf

Press release LELF – Obstbauversuchsanstalt

MOZ newspaper article

 

The new silk road

– for us a modern way to do business with our chinese partners –

A greener future in China is a goal of the government of China. It is therefore that official authorities and universities are well aware of the challenges still to be resolved in this country.

We are proud to announce that by the help of our agent “Beijing waterland” we can install 3 double lysimeter stations in China.

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2 double lysimeter stations photo credit: UGT

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Accessories of the 3 double lysimeter stations photo credit: UGT

The final destination is:

Fengqiu Agro-ecological Experiment Station in Fengqiu county, Xinxiang city, Henan province

First our stations will cross the ocean and travel by ship to Nanjing!

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Our stations travel by ship to Nanjing photo credit: UGT

The new silk road is synonymous for us to combine Europe and Asia – in this sense to protect our environment. We are proud to be a partner in this process and be able to monitor with our equipment currant status to provide scientists with the necessary environmental data.

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 overseas shipping containers for the Lysimeter transport to China. photo credit:UGT

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Loading into overseas shipping containers. photo credit:UGT

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Loading into overseas shipping containers. photo credit:UGT

So “safe journey” for our lysimeters !

UGT is looking forward to the installation in Henan province.

Gala to celebrate „Grand Prix for German medium sized companies“– UGT has reached the jury list!

On Saturday, the 8th of September the gala for the “Grand Prix for SME’s in Germany” took place at the Maritim Hotel Dresden for the Federal States of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin-Brandenburg.

The mood in the hall is festive and full of attention and excitement. Who will be honored with a award in 2018, who will be a finalist and prize winner? UGT has reached the jury list and this is a hard-won milestone. A delegation of UGT team members and partners participated in the awards ceremony and were looking forward to the results with great anticipation.

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Please come up to the stage, will this magic phrase for UGT become reality already in 2018?

This award for performance in business and dedicated to the German SME’s is granted by “Oskar Patzelt Foundation”. It is the most coveted business award in Germany. We learn that the companies that have won here have consistently over years improved their performance and companies have been nominated several times until on Saturday, the 8th of September the following 3 companies from the Berlin Brandenburg region got the „Grand Prix for German medium sized companies“.

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These are the winners:

The “Mahr EDV GmbH” nominated already in 3 different years, 2017 honored as „finalist“, in 2018 „Grand Prix winner“!

The „Industrieelektronik Brandenburg GmbH“,  being already in 5 different years nominated since 2003, 2017 honored as „finalist“, in 2018 „Grand Prix winner”!

The „ASL Automationssysteme Leske GmbH“ already nominated for 11 times since 2005, being a „finalist“ in 2016, in 2018 „ Grand Prix for German medium sized companies”.

The UGT GmbH has been nominated for the first time in 2018 by the German chamber of commerce Ostbrandenburg and the company PRO TEMPRE GmbH. We reached immediately the high level to be in the “jury list”, this success deserves high esteem, it was pronounced by the jury members during the gala. Our Managing Director, Dr. Sascha Reth, expressed in the interview during the gala:

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We aim to continue to score points with our individual solutions in environmental monitoring, our customers appreciate this individually tailored solutions. We develop products to fulfill their needs.”

UGT has exciting opportunities for further development in many areas, from innovation to production to team development and effectiveness in the region, we are motivated to participate in the competition of 2019.

Project News – RUSEKU

Plastic in the environment – sources, sinks, solutions

UGT GmbH visited the Kick-Off Meeting of the RUSEKU – “Representative Research Strategies for an Integrative System Understanding of Specific Inputs of Plastics into the Environment” project at the Federal Environmental Agency,  Umweltbundesamt in Berlin. It is certain that microplastics can be found almost everywhere in the environment. The project focuses on the development of new methods for better and faster measurement of microplastic content in different parts of the water cycle.

The UGT GmbH was represented by Christian Budach (M. Sc. Geoecology). As part of the working package: Development of sampling methods, he gave an overview of the state of the art of sediment sampler.

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Artificial stream and pond system at the Umweltbundesamt in Marienfelde. photo credit: BAM

Besides the academic understanding of microplastic entry sources, causes and paths, market-ready procedures for efficient microplastic sampling should be developed in this project. These solutions should form a basis for legislative evaluation and for standardization in sampling procedures in urban sewage systems and in rivers.

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Microplastic in water. photo credit: BAM

Plastic can be found everywhere in today’s world – in the arctic, on the ocean floor, and on uninhabited islands. Tiny plastic particles have even been found to be present in the cells of animals and plants. Our knowledge of the extent of plastic contamination, however, is surprisingly low: exactly how much plastic is swimming in the oceans, where it comes from, how it behaves in rivers and seas, and what effects it might have on animal and humans, remains largely unknown.” (bmbf-plastik.de)

More information  about the RUSEKU project:

Joint Project in “ Plastik in der Umwelt“

RUSEKU press release

RUSEKU website

 

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Project News – SCHUWA

Extreme weather test – What wind speed do our pines withstand?

UGT GmbH is a part of a national working team that consisted of scientists of the Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries; IHP – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics and Humboldt-Universität, Department of Chemistry in the project Schuwa – Protection of forests from weather extremes – Schutz des Waldes vor Umweltgefahren.

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Tasks and goals of the project partners.

The project focusses on forest protection, e.g. on forest fire prevention and other risk prevention in extreme weather events. The main goal is the development of an adaptive and multifunctional networking sensor system for detection, hazard localization and classification.

A multifunctional network sensor system will be set up, tested and demonstrated in a forest near Britz, Brandenburg. The results and findings gained by this project can be helpful in numerous applications in the context of environmental monitoring, silvicultural adaptation strategies to climate change and for the reduction of forest degradation.

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Equipped forest near Britz, Brandenburg. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Last week, a field trip took place in the area under investigation to answer the following question: What wind speed do our pines withstand? In recent years, extreme weather events have occurred in Europe, and our forests have also been affected by strong storms. E.g. last year the storm Xavier, a heavy storm with hurricane gusts which moved across northern and eastern Central Europe, caused great damage.

In the tree pull experiment, a pine was equipped with many sensors. With these results, the scientists hope to obtain precise data for their climate calculation models. They want to be able to make more precise predictions about which tree species will break at which wind speeds (pulling force). In this case, the pine could withstand a pulling force of 600 kg, which corresponds to a wind speed of approximately 100 km/h.

More information:

https://www.moz.de/landkreise/barnim/eberswalde/artikel4/dg/0/1/1675113/

 

Project News – REKKS

A lysimeter is going on a big journey

UGT GmbH is a part of an international working team that consisted of scientists from Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute, Altai State University, “AMAZONE” Kasachstan, Leibniz University Hannover, University of Halle, UFZ Halle, in the project REKKS.

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The task of the UGT was the development and fabrication of a weighable lysimeter station that operates during the whole year. Plant-accessible water is the limiting factor for agricultural yields in the steppe zone of Kazakhstan, especially in the light of the ongoing climate change with an increase in the mean annual temperatures along with more infrequent precipitation events in the study area.

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Lysimeter in the Kulunda steppe summer 2013 Photo credit: www.kulunda.eu

A novel weighable lysimeter station consisting of two gravitation lysimeters and allowing long-term online operation will be developed and implemented, and quantitative and qualitative parameters of the soil water budget will be recorded for different soil management systems. High-resolution measurements concern for example the determination of the actual evaporation. Being equipped with a multitude of atmosphere and soil, the lysimeter station will also serve as a basis for the recording climate change effects in the region of the Kazakh dry steppes and compared with the development in the Kulunda steppe in southwest Siberia, where another lysimeter station is running.

 

ReKKS“Innovations for Sustainable Use of Agricultural Resources and Climate-adaption in the Arid Steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia (ReKKS)”

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Thank you Rio de Janeiro, thank you Brazil!

UGT was exhibitor at the 21st WCSS – World Congress of Soil Science in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Exchange of opinion with scientists from all over the world was a key element of work here at the UGT booth in Brazil. The scientists showed interest in the products of UGT and sensors like the Full-range Tensiometer or our soil moisture sensor UMP-2 were in the focus of attention. Our RTG (Ready-To-Go lysimeters) were chosen by many scientists from Argentina, Chile via Japan to Russia or USA as a very sophisticated and efficient tool to observe the process of soil flux and evaporation. Scientists pointed out that with the new ku-pf 4.2 from UGT they could get more exact results and a very efficient new tool for research.

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Brazil and its soil scientists were very good hosts. Soil science has a big history and goes back to the beginning of 19th century in Brazil. Also in the next years, soil science will remain at the center of discussion for food production and environmental conservation and will take actively part in such crucial topics like for instance protection of biodiversity, reduction of poverty, production of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture intensification.

The next WCSS will take place in 2022 in Glasgow. UGT will do all to present also at the next congress new tools to facilitate the work of the soil scientists !

Thanks Rio – hello Glasgow and we congratulate Nanjing in China which was elected to be host at the congress in 2026!

 

21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) in Rio Brazil

Soils to feed and fuel the world

Date: 12/08/2018- 17 Aug 2018

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UGT is one of the specialised companies that are represented as exhibitor at this most important event for the soil scientists. It takes place every 4 years and is a gathering from the soil scientists from all over the world. In view of the dramatic situation what refers also to climate change the topic of feeding mankind and how to preserve our ressources is in the focus.

We are proud to present new equipment like the ku-pf 4.2 or sophisticated instruments like our RTG (Ready to go ) lysimeter at this important conference and have interesting discussions with the soil  scientists from all over the world.

UGT your professional partner for environmental monitoring    

UGT presents the ku-pf 4.2 SP at the 21. World Congress of Soil Science in Rio

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A  high-end scientific new tool!

Come and see us at our booth!

The ku-pf 4.2 SP is a laboratory instrument for the automatic determination of any saturated hydraulic conductivity ku and the pF curve (water tension curve).

Advantages of the new  ku-pF 4.2

  • Extension of the measuring range to the welting point  pF = 4.2
  • Real measured values to pF = 4.2 – no modeling

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By the help of our patented FRT – full range tensiometers  developed by UGT we make sure that the measurement  covers the complete range of pressure heads relevant for plants, that can reach up to 1500 kPa depending on the model. Unlike other systems used for this measuring range. Like this the ku-pf 4.2 is the only device that can do a real  measurement in this wide range.

We are looking forward to discuss with the scientists from all over the world this interesting new equipment – come and see us at our booth 29 in Rio.

Wir stellen ein: Techniker, Mechatroniker, Elektroniker, Monteur (m/w)

logo-langDie Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH ist ein mittelständisches Unternehmen, das seit über 25 Jahren aktiv auf dem Gebiet der Umwelttechnik und des Umwelt-Monitorings tätig ist. Ein leistungsfähiges Team aus Naturwissenschaftlern, Ingenieuren und Technikern entwickelt Geräte und Verfahren mit hohem Innovationsgehalt, die als Labor- und Feldmessgeräte passfähig zu komplexen Umwelt-Mess-Stationen kombiniert werden. Neben einer rationellen und breit gefächerten Serienproduktion entwickeln und fertigen wir vielfach anspruchsvolle kundenspezifische Lösungen und expandieren erfolgreich, auch in internationalen Märkten.

Wir suchen ab Januar 2018 für eine anspruchsvolle und abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit in einem kreativen Team einen:

Techniker, Mechatroniker, Elektroniker, Monteur (m/w)

Arbeitsplatz:

  • Freising

Aufgabenbereich:

  • Montage von Sensoren und deren Test auf Funktionalität
  • Sicherstellung einer hohen Service Qualität
  • gelegentlich Beratung von Kunden
  • Unterstützung bei der Errichtung von Messstationen und deren Wartung (Montage)
  • Unterstützung im Tagesgeschäft der Niederlassung Freising (Telefon, Angebots Zuarbeit)
  • Mithilfe bei der Entwicklung von neuen Produkten (Musterbau)
  • Durchführung von Installations-, Reparatur-, Wartungs- und Instandsetzungsarbeiten beim Kunden

Anforderungen:

  • abgeschlossene Ausbildung als Techniker, Mechatroniker o.ä. oder entsprechende Berufserfahrung
  • Kenntnisse zu Mess- und Regeltechnik
  • Fähigkeit zum selbständigen Arbeiten
  • Flexibilität, Fingerfertigkeit und Konzentrationsvermögen
  • Kundenorientierung
  • Führerschein für PKW (mind. 3,5t) wünschenswert
  • Englische Sprachkenntnisse wünschenswert aber nicht zwingend

Unser Angebot:

Sie erwartet eine anspruchsvolle und herausfordernde Tätigkeit in einem wachsenden international tätigen Unternehmen. Wir bieten Ihnen eine moderne und familiäre Arbeitsumgebung mit überdurchschnittlichen Rahmenleistungen. Absolventen bieten wir gern die realistische Chance für den Einstieg in ein interessantes Arbeitsfeld. Wenn Sie an dieser anspruchsvollen Aufgabe interessiert sind, freuen wir uns auf Ihre aussagekräftigen Bewerbung unter Angabe Ihrer Einkommenserwartung sowie des frühestmöglichen Eintrittstermins.

Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str.30, 85356 Freising

www.ugt-online.de

Bewerbungen bitte ausschließlich per Email an sascha.reth@ugt-online.de

Wir stellen ein: M.Sc. Hydrologe, M.Sc. Wasserbau (m/w)

logo-langDie Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH ist ein mittelständisches Unternehmen, das seit über 25 Jahren aktiv auf dem Gebiet der Umwelttechnik und des Umwelt-Monitorings tätig ist. Ein leistungsfähiges Team aus Naturwissenschaftlern, Ingenieuren und Technikern entwickelt Geräte und Verfahren mit hohem Innovationsgehalt, die als Labor- und Feldmessgeräte passfähig zu komplexen Umwelt-Mess-Stationen kombiniert werden. Neben einer rationellen und breit gefächerten Serienproduktion entwickeln und fertigen wir vielfach anspruchsvolle kundenspezifische Lösungen und expandieren erfolgreich, auch in internationalen Märkten.

Wir suchen ab Januar 2018 für eine anspruchsvolle und abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit in einem kreativen Team einen:

M.Sc. Hydrologe, M.Sc. Wasserbau (m/w)

Arbeitsplatz:

  • Müncheberg – 30 km von Berlin

Aufgabenbereich:

  • Weiterentwicklung der UGT-Produktreihen
  • Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Angeboten oder Vorbereitung von Produktionsaufträgen
  • Sicherstellung einer hohen Servicequalität
  • Durchführung von Servicearbeiten bei Kunden
  • Konzeption, Aufbau und Prüfung von Labormustern
  • Erstellen von Bedienungsanleitungen und Mitarbeit bei Katalogtexten
  • Kommunikation mit Kunden

Anforderungen:

  • Fähigkeit zum selbständigen Arbeiten und hohes Maß an Selbstorganisation
  • Ausgeprägte analytische Fähigkeiten
  • Hohe Flexibilität, Belastbarkeit und Konzentrationsvermögen
  • Ausgeprägte Kundenorientierung
  • Bereitschaft zu (mehrtätigen) Reisen und ständiger beruflicher Weiterentwicklung
  • Führerschein für PKW (mind. 3,5t)
  • Beherrschung von MS Office-Anwendungen
  • Erfahrungen in der Software moderner Computertechnik
  • Sehr gute Kommunikationsfähigkeit in perfektem Deutsch
  • Englische Sprachkenntnisse, kommunikationsicher in Wort und Schrift
  • Bezug zu Umwelt/Boden erwünscht

Unser Angebot:

Sie erwartet eine anspruchsvolle und herausfordernde Tätigkeit in einem wachsenden international tätigen Unternehmen. Wir bieten Ihnen eine moderne und familiäre Arbeitsumgebung mit überdurchschnittlichen Rahmenleistungen. Absolventen bieten wir gern die realistische Chance für den Einstieg in ein interessantes Arbeitsfeld. Wenn Sie an dieser anspruchsvollen Aufgabe interessiert sind, freuen wir uns auf Ihre aussagefähige Bewerbung unter Angabe Ihrer Einkommenserwartung sowie des frühestmöglichen Eintrittstermins.

Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH, Eberwalder Str.58, 15374 Müncheberg,

www.ugt-online.de

Bewerbungen bitte ausschließlich per Email an sascha.reth@ugt-online.de

Microclimate and its influences

UGT GmbH installed 5 measuring plots at a wheat field for the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

The focus of this experiment is on interactions between pathogenic fungi, site microclimate and the associated effects on wheat biomass productivity. Customized UGT measuring stations were established to monitor meteorological and soil conditions.

3Installation of the UGT customized measuring stations by our trained UGT staff. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

At the experimental site are installations in each measuring plot of soil moisture, soil temperature sensors (SMT-100) and tensiometer (Tensio 152) for soil assessment. Besides meteorological sensors (temperature, humidity, global radiation) and leaf wetness sensors were installed

1Customized UGT measuring stations. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Effect of Drought on Maize

UGT GmbH installed a mobile roof construction at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg

1UGT mobile roof construction at the Test Field at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Precipitation patterns across Central Europe are expected to change over the 21st century due to climate change. This may reduce water availability during the plant-growing season and hence affect the performance and vitality of ecosystems.

2Installation of the UGT mobile roof by our trained UGT staff. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

To shed more light on the effects of drought on maize a roof experiment was designed. The novelty of the roof construction is the automated height adjustability. It growths with the plants. With this design, the roof prevented direct precipitation on the plot, even on windy days. Therefore, the effects of the defined artificial irrigation are not influenced by the natural precipitation patterns.

3Customized UGT weather station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Customized UGT weather stations were established to measure and record meteorological and soil moisture data. At the experimental site are installations in two depths of soil moisture and soil temperature sensors (SMT-100) for soil moisture assessment.

4The construction work. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Project News – ReKKS

Test run of the mobile wind tunnel at UGT

UGT GmbH is a part of an international working team that consists of scientists from Leibniz University Hannover, University of Halle, UFZ Halle, in the project ReKKS.

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One main task is the development and the construction of a mobile wind tunnel in cooperation with the University of Halle. In Kazakhstan, wind erosion is a crucial process for soil and humus losses. It is mainly affected by agricultural land use and its intensity. In the worst-case wind erosion causes the total loss of soils. Therefore, the reduction of wind erosion is an important aim of optimized soil tillage.

Last week the first test run started at the UGT GmbH.

3Test Field at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg.

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6Mobile wind tunnel with sediment sampler. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

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ReKKS“Innovations for Sustainable Use of Agricultural Resources and Climate-adaption in the Arid Steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia (ReKKS)”

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Berlin-Brandenburg Quality Award for UGT in 2018

Quality is a very important factor to work successfully in the market. UGT puts quality in the center of the production process. Quality management is not only determined by the work of the quality manager but well established at each work place in our company. It is therefore that UGT works among other things according to the new standard DIN ISO 9001:2015, to better manage risks. The modern measuring instruments and process descriptions and procedures document the quality of our products. Digitalization helps to collect production data. The word “quality 4.0” gets into reality.

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We are very proud that the joint summer reception which takes place at the wonderful premises of Burg Storkow. The reception is given by the two chambers of commerce in East Brandenburg. Burg Storkow offers the platform to honor companies with the quality award of the Berlin-Brandenburg region. UGT is one of the two award winners in 2018.

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The award was presented to UGT by Dr. Dietmar Woidke, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Brandenburg. We take this as a great encouragement to further proceed our way and direct our entrepreneurial activity towards an effective use of the modern means of communication within the frame work of global business digitalization which is an important threshold towards a successful performance of our company now and in future.

What can we do to fight plastic waste in oceans and rivers – representative studies get started

RusekuUGT – as a middle sized company is happy to be part of the Project RUSEKU an ambitious research work with partners from German universities, governmental authorities, agencies and industrial companies.

As a medium sized company UGT will do the very best to be a valuable partner in the joint research project.

In the project be RUSEKU there the project partner carry out a representative study concerning methods and strategies for an integrative system that enables understanding of relevant environmental compartment plastic entry paths in the water.

The project “representative study strategies for an integrative system understanding of specific entries of plastics in the environment (RUSEKU)” has the target to develop until the beginning of 2021 procedures to measure the micro plastic content of the different areas of the water circuit in a better and faster way. The focus is on sampling procedures in urban sewage systems and in rivers.

How healthy will future generations find our waterways and oceans? A big challenge and an important work lies in front of us. The kickoff meeting will take place on the 9th of July at the Federal Environmental Agency,  Umweltbundesamt in Berlin.

These are the partners of the project RUSEKU:

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Project coordinator

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung
und -prüfung / BAM
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Umweltbundesamt / UBA

Technische Universität Chemnitz / TUC

Fraunhofer-Center für Silizium- Photovoltaik / CSP

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern / TUKL

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft / FHI

Technische Universität München / TUM

Technische Universität Berlin / TUB

SmartMembranes GmbH / SMB

Kreuzinger und Manhart Turbulenz GmbH / KMT

Umwelt – Geräte – Technik GmbH / UGT

associated partners

PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. / PlasticsEurope

Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. / SVEI

GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG

Westfalia Separator Group GmbH / GEA

Website:https://netzwerke.bam.de/ruseku

Safety First

Fire extinguisher training

At least every year a special training takes place at UGT Müncheberg. We were informed about the location of the fire extinguisher, emergency exits and first-aid facilities as well as procedures in case of an emergency.

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AND Practice makes perfect: UGT employees are regularly trained in the safe use of fire extinguishers.

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Feel the Flow

In the spotlight of this month:

Piezo-M-150

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Advantages:

UGT developed a Piezometer for simple and fast measurements at the hyporheic zone with high vertical resolution. Because of the very robust stainless steel tip, our piezo-M 150 can easily pushed in the aquifer (rock, gravel, sand, silt). Our Piezo-M 150 is suitable for a wide variety of uses.

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Application:

By using water level loggers it is possible to measure the water head in different piezometers and estimate flow directions between ground water and surface water. Optional, it is possible to install different other sensor for measuring temperature, electric conductivity, oxygen and other parameters, which provide useful information about the conditions of the water bodies.

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Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH is exhibitor at IFAT 2018

The IFAT is  the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

UGT is exhibiting at the joint stand of Berlin Brandenburg at IIFAT 2018—The World’s Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies. There are more than 3000 exhibitors coming from Germany and abroad. Especially for medium sized companies the joint stand offers very good marketing activities.World wide customers and  participant make use of the  a high international presence. UGT is here at IFAT for the 2nd time  and has already in the first 2 days met customers and partners of more than 15 countries. UGT will show the latest products and exchange experience in social events and in the daily talks at the booth. Environmental solutions are our core topic – We are happy that the importance of IFAT grows and multinational teams – among them UGT find in form of UGT monitoring equipment solutions to the challenges of our partners.

Come and see us – UGT is happy to see you at hall B2  booth 133/232.

 

XIXth Štiavnica Days 2018

Grand Matej Hotel, Banská Štiavnica on 02rd-04th October 2018

The conference will take place in the center of the historic town Banská Štiavnica (the first reliable record from 1217), which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The organizers’ are trying to connect on the academic life in Banská Štiavnica and continue in further development. The Mining Academy with the Department of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Metallurgy by the Decree of 13 December 1762, by the Empress Maria Terézia was established and started its activity in 1763 in Banská Štiavnica. In 1770 it was named the Mining Academy. It became the first High School in the centre of mining science and technology in Europe. In 1846, the Forestry Department was founded and the Mining Academy changed to the Mining and Forestry Academy. In 1904, the Academy changed to the University of Mining and Forestry, which in 1918 was added to the Technical University in Budapest. On April 24, 1919, the University moved to Sopron, where it currently operates under the name University of West Hungary.

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The conference is focused on the thematic sections:
• Radioenviromental studies and peaceful use of nuclear energy;
• Radiation protection and safety operation of nuclear power plants;
• Protection against the effects of radon in buildings;
• Theoretical and Clinical Radiobiology and Radiophysics;
Environmental and lysimetric research;
Workshop: Practical applications of ecosystem monitoring.
The basic informations about the conference are in the attached files or on the conference website https://sites.google.com/site/zdruzeniepreregulaciurizikazrn/xix-stiavnicke-dni/information-in-english

Full text of the papers will be accepted in Slovak, Czech or English. The paper must be formatted according to the attached template. The text of papers will be reviewed with the indexing number ISBN.
Registrations of participants, papers (attached file) are required until 30.06.2018.

Bachelor, Master/Engineer and PhD students have the opportunity to win the Best Student Research Competition – Award of prof. Ján Chrapan, Dr.Sc, which will be evaluated by the Programe and Organizing Committee.

Come and see UGT at IFAT 2018

World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

IFAT 2018 will take place from 14 to 18 May in Munich, Germany.

You will find our trade fair stand in Hall B2  at the joint stand Berlin-Brandenburg number 133/232.

We are  happy to inform you of our current products  and solutions  and the advantages they have to offer.

Please use this opportunity for conversation and exchange of opinion. Markus Reißig and Kerstin Thomsen will be happy to see you at the booth.

Join us also for our workshop in Freising on Wednesday the 16th of May, we start together right from the booth !

We look forward to a successful IFAT and good meetings with you!

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Grand Prize for small and medium-sized businesses Oskar-Patzelt Foundation

A total of 4917 small and medium-sized enterprises from Germany coming from all 16 federal states in Germany have been nominated for the 24. competition for the “Grand Prize for small and medium-sized businesses 2018”.

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This price for small and medium-sized enterprises in the whole of Germany enjoys the highest resonance. The price has been launched since 1994 by the Leipzig Oskar Patzelt Foundation.

For work, education and innovation: the best of the 16 Federal States of Germany – 4971 companies were nominated by associations, companies, chambers of commerce in January 2018.

We are very proud of the fact that, on Friday, 27.04.18, UGT in the Berlin-Brandenburg region has been chosen by the jury as one of a total of 41 companies from Berlin-Brandenburg. So we passed this important hurdle on the way to the finalists and winners for the Grand Prize of small and medium-sized businesses. We are in the jury list!

How works the selection of the companies for the Price?

The tournament season for the “Grand Prize for small and medium-sized businesses” starts each year on 1. November with the new nomination phase. Up to 31. January, citizens, members of parliament, institutions or companies propose prize-worthy companies to this competition. Because nobody can apply by himself. The company has to be nominated by a third party – UGT was nominated!

After nomination, the company, according to set criteria, has to submit the application documents until April 15, 2018. UGT has approached this challenge and filled in the application form in accordance with the set criteria and showed the performance of the company.

Criteria 1: general development of the company

Kriterium 2: creation and development of labor and training places

Kriterium 3: innovation and modernization

Kriterium 4: commitment in the region

Kriterium 5: service and customer proximity (marketing)

The processes in the company will be evaluated in a clear way.

Now we have the half time result.

The companies that are on the jury list of 12 regional juries in Germany will be evaluated until the end of June! We are candidates in this final round!

Dr. Sascha Reth, Managing Director of our company, will receive the certificate for the achievement to be on the “Jury” list on Monday, 18.06.2018, in Berlin. This document is provided by Brandenburg’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Hendrick Fischer.

On the 08th of September 2018 the big decisionconcerning the award will be taken, the festive event will take place in the Maritim Hotel in the city of Dresden!

On this day, in the margin of a festive event the award gala will take place:

This event is for the companies from the Federal States of: Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin-Brandenburg. This is high point in the history of a company! A delegation of colleagues of our company will take part in this event and have the chance to witness this decision in Dresden and perhaps we can “bring home” a price . Thanks to all colleagues of UGT, it is their day-to-day work that enables UGT to be a trusted and highly respected partner for our customers and partners, we believe that our team is a real candidate to be one of the winners in the contest for the Grand Prize for small and medium-sized companies.

International Project ReKKS in the field of soil management

UGT is part of the international project “Innovations for sustainable use of agricultural resources and climate adaption in the arid steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia (ReKKS).

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The project aims at the development and implementation of innovative solutions for an economically and ecologically sustainable land management. It consists of research in the field of a possible is adaption to climate change in one of the most important agricultural areas worldwide. The main goal of the project is the development of innovative sustainable climate-adapted agronomic concepts.

The work will be performed at two spatial scales. At the level of the whole steppe, the climatic-dependent impact of different land use and soil use and soil management on soil erosion, soil organic matter and nutrient availability will be identified along climatic gradients. At research fields of research institutions and on-farm novel agronomic approaches will be identified along climatic gradients. At research fields of research institutions and on-farm novel agronomic approaches will be developed and optimized. This will be accompanied by research on soil erosion, soil water budget and nitrogen use efficiency and step restauration.

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First soil testing with the auger

The task of the UGT- company are focused to two topics – the development and fabrication of a weighable lysimeter station that operates during the whole year and the construction of a mobile wind tunnel. The measuring results are decisive and will be used in the project by all scientific partners to fulfill their tasks. Dr. Manfred Seyfarth was part of a work team that consisted of scientists from Leibniz University Hannover, University of Halle, UFZ Halle. The colleagues visited last week Kazakhstan in order to do the preparative work for the lysimeter station.

With the scientific investigation using LYSIMETERS and soil hydrological measuring stations as well as comprehensive climate measurement technology there will be provided new insights into the establishment of sustainable and climate-adapted farming concepts for dry steppe areas. The target is also to develop and give recommendations for a sustainable soil management.

UGT – your strong partner for evenvironmental technology – visit us at EGU at Booth No 18

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UGT is a well known exhibitor at the EGU. We understand ourselves as a medium sized company being the middleman between Science – Technology and practical application. It is us who give with our highly sophisticated monitoring equipment new approach to the scientists from all over the world to resolve challenges and register data in order to be able to meet the demands of the future. EGU General Assembly 2018 will bring also in this year together geoscientists from all over the world. We are proud to be part of this world wide network.  Our own new developments and new products together with products from our partners that we represent like Picarro – USA, ICT- Australia Eosense – Canada, Eijkelkamp – Netherlands, In-Situ – USA, UGT is a strong partner  to cover the demands of our science-partners. The EGU is a forum that enables conference, discussion, brainstorming among the different scientific branches. The world of Geoscience meets in Vienna – please make use of the opportunity to come and see UGT – the specialized producer from Germany located in Müncheberg in the heart of Brandenburg, just a stone’s throw away from Berlin the capital of Germany.  UGT can be also be your strong partner  – make use of our invitation!

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Feel the pressure – visit us at EGU Booth No 18

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How easily do plant roots extract water from the soil? When does the soil becoming a limiting factor for root water uptake? What root and rhizosphere traits favour water uptake? A key variable to answer these questions and understand soil-plant water relations is the leaf water potential. But, non-destructive measurements of leaf water potential are challenging.
The Plant-Pressure-Ecotron (PPE) allows accurate measurements of leaf water potential and transpiration of intact plants exposed to varying evaporative demand and soil drying. PPE measures the balancing pressure that is needed to bring the leaf xylem to atmospheric pressure, which is equivalent to the leaf xylem suction prior to pressurization. PPE allows to measure the hydraulic conductance of the soil-plant system and its components, making the PPE an optimal method to study
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Future Award Brandenburg 2017

The UGT-founder Dr. Manfred Seyfarth has been working with his team for the past 25 years to diagnose environmental problems. That happens with innovative diagnostic technology. Müncheberg where UGT is located is a traditional place for the research in the field of environment. On Friday the 10th of November 2017 Manfred Seyfarth was honored with the special   award as distinguished entrepreneur – which is one of the awards of the Future Award for Brandenburg 2017.

6 companies and Dr. Manfred Seyfarth received this outstanding reward in the castle „Schloss Neuhardenberg“– the Future Award of Brandenburg.

These are the price winners:

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The six other winners of the Future Award Brandenburg are the following companies:

  • Boryszew Oberflächentechnik Deutschland GmbH aus Prenzlau
  • IceGuerilla.de GmbH & Co. KG aus Beeskow
  • Kniesche Orthopädietechnik GmbH aus Potsdam
  • Körber & Körber GmbH Präzisionsmechanik aus Birkenwerder
  • Schlieper – Firmengruppe Sonnewalde aus Sonnewalde
  • ZEDAS GmbH aus Senftenberg

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The products developed by UGT can be used predominantly for the analysis of the soil quality and water balance. The combination of economy and science was a recipe of success in the past 25 years. The export in more than 30 countries and more than 20 international patents show the high performance of this medium sized company.

Manfred Seyfarth is not only an example for his team members. He also influences the other companies in East Brandenburg in his function as head of the Foreign Trade committee of East Brandenburg.

UGT feels inspired by this price and Dr. Seyfarth will further remain curious to resolve new challenges, we see this price as a motor for new findings to further improve the diagnostic work to preserve our environment and take part in interesting global projects!

Congratulation dear Manfred – we the UGT Team are proud to work with you!

Lysimters – seperating processes in flux measurement II – 3 days of fruitful discussions 

The UGT branch office in Freising near Munich was once again a meeting point of scientists, customers, UGT-agents and partners to meet up and conduct a 3-days workshop from 17th to 19th October 2017.  Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere transports are the key drivers for all processes in the environment. Under this key topic we had lively discussions and great presentations over the whole period of time. We discussed solutions to enable environmental monitoring with the latest developments. The wonderful weather conditions in Freising we had nearly 3 summer days enabled presentations of new solutions which show the capacity of science and production in a medium sized plant.

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The 17th of October predominantly showed lysimeters as a proven tool for ecosystem studies.

Dr. Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany and Prof. Dr. Peter Cepuder, BOKU Vienna, Austria, gave valuable scientific bases for a lively discussion. A highlight and source of further brainstorming among the 48 participants from 15 countries of the workshop was the presentation of the GREEN ROOF LYSIMETERS AT HS WEIHENSTEPHAN-TRIESDORF by Prof. Dr. Christian Huber and the presentation of the scientific approach of Prof. Dr. Andrea Carminati concerning his research results.

We all are facing the impacts of climate change. We must manage the risks and therefore monitoring and measuring is most important! It is therefore that the 18th of October was dedicated to Sap flow and plant water potential measurements through plants from soil surface fluxes.

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Dr. Beng Umali, ICT International, Australia, impressed the participants by giving not only a scientific presentation but also practical experience to use Sap-flow sensors, STEM PSYCHROMETERS AND WIRELESS NETWORKS, DATABANK SYSTEMS in different scenarios.

A pilot project was the MOORuse presented by Prof. Drösler – pioneer research work, a step towards future. Martina Zacios, LWF Freising, Germany demonstrated her research work.

Dr. Oscar Pérez Priego gave a highly estimated presentation concerning the COMBINED USE OF LYSIMETER AND SAPFLOW TO EVALUATE THE COMPONENTFLUXES IN A MEDITERRANEAN TREE-GRASS ECOSYSTEM.

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Dr. Armin Raabe, Uni Leipzig, Germany, gave a DEMONSTRATION concerning MICROMETEOROLOGY AT SCALE OF A LYSIMETER, scientists and customers had the opportunity to get a good insight into this topic

Brainstorming and new ideas this was a core topic of the workshop, interesting new ideas were discussed and networks were made.

October, 19th was another highlight of the workshop.09:00 INTRODUCTION OF PLANT WATER STATUS CONSOLE AND PRESSURE EXTRACTOR

Dr. Ali Farsad, Soilmoisture Inc., USA gave a PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION OF PLANT WATER STATUS CONSOLE AND PRESSURE EXTRACTOR. UGT represents these products in Germany and so it was a forum to get new ideas concerning the works with these tools.

Dr. Christian Heerdt from UGT presented MEASUREMENTS WITH THE SOILINSIGHT and gave a demonstration of the work with the rhizotrones.

Gordon McArthur, Eosense, Canada gave theoretical basis and practical demonstration concerning the chamber systems like eosFDCO2. 

In combination with other scientific tools like gas analyzers a very sophisticated tools that UGT represents in Germany

The atmosphere of the workshop was full of the spirit to work together and to initiate new projects and to change experience.

One of the highlight was the great Bavarian evening!

We thank the scientists for their presentations, the UGT –team was proud to organize the workshop and to host the participants, we look forward to seeing you all again!