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.

2Wind erosion in the arid steppe regions of Kazakhstan. Photo credit: http://www.rekks.eu

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.

4Photo credit: UGT GmbH

5Photo credit: UGT GmbH

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


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

The project is funded by:


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.


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.


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:


Project coordinator

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung
und -prüfung / BAM

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


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.


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


Feel the Flow

In the spotlight of this month:




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.



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.


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!


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”.


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).


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.


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


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


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
plant tolerance to drought conditions.

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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:


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

Future Award Brandburg 2017

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.


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.


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. 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!

German soil and plant related exhibitions

UGT was represented with a booth at the annual meeting of the German soil science society in Göttingen which took place from the 2nd to the 7th of September in Göttingen.

The task of the German Soil Science Society is to promote soil science and its relation to neighbouring disciplines. The German Soil Science Society (DBG) was  already founded in 1926 in Berlin as a section of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS). It has been refounded  in1949 in Wiesbaden, since than the activities have steadily grown and it is a forum of soil scientists and has a big scientific reputation. UGT uses this annual congress on the one hand to show the effective scientific equipment and products made by UGT to enable soil scientists to get exact knowledge concering soil conditions  by the help of UGT ku-pf or Sedimat, only some examples of the specially developed products. Also the exchange of opinion with the soil scientists is important to further develop the narrow relationship between UGT and the scientific community. We were happy about the results of the congress and we got further input and ideas for our work in research and development and in our implementation in practice.

129th VDLUFA congress from the 12th to the  15th of. September 2017 in Freising Weihenstephan

UGT toook place with an exhibition on the 129. VDLUFA-congress at Campus Freising of the “Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf”.

The congress in this year had the general topic site specific land use economical and environmentally combatible. UGT works effectively with the scientists of this college and the participation in this congress was a forum to  discuss new projects and ideas about the further cooperation.


Lysimeters – separating processes in flux measurement II – International Workshop at UGT South 17. – 19. October 2017

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.
In addition, practical demonstrations for:

• lysimeter excavation and instrumentation,
• sap flow and stem psychrometer installation,
• data networks and data bank use,
• CO2 chamber systems,
• laboratory measurements with ceramic plates
are given.

Choose your scientific measurement equipment from the brand makers:WS-logo

Come and test the equipment and get in brain storming with our scientists in Freising
near Munich.

Workshop Program 

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October, 17th

09:00 – 10:00 REGISTRATION
Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany
Peter Cepuder, BOKU Vienna, Austria
Sascha Reth, UGT Freising, Germany
12:00 Lunch


15:15 DEMONSTRATION OF AN EcoUnit (Ecotron)

Christian Huber, HS Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany
Andrea Carminati, Uni Bayreuth, Germany
20:00 Bavarian Evening

October, 18th

Beng Umali, ICT International, Australia
Beng Umali, ICT International, Australia
10:45 Coffee break

12:15 Lunch
13:15 Visit of the MOORuse RESEARCH PLOT
Matthias Drösler, HS Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany

Martina Zacios, LWF Freising, Germany
15:45 RHIZOTRONS AND SOILINSIGHT – Types and Applications
Christian Heerdt, UGT, Germany

Oscar Pérez Priego, MPI Jena, Germany

October, 19th
Whitney Skaling, Soilmoisture Equipment Corp., USA

11:00 Coffee break
12:30 Lunch
Christian Heerdt, UGT, Germany

13:45 THE NEW eosFDCO2
Gordon McArtur, Eosense, Canada

ku-pF, Hartge Permeameter, Hood-Infiltrometer, UMP1-Soilmoisture probes, Run-Off systems

17:00 End of the Workshop

Registration and workshop fee:
With registration until October 6th, the fee is 150€ for full registration and 110€ for students. After October 6th, the fee is 175€ for full registration and 135€ for students.
The workshop fee includes lunches, coffee and cake and the participation of the Bavarian evening.

1.Technology Application Dialog in Müncheberg – Germany

“Digitalization – Value-added processes & changing business models” at 31.08.2017

UGT was host for a group of 30 companies of our region to discuss the changes in the process of digitalization in business.

Albrecht Gerber, Minister for Economy and Energy of the Federal State of Brandenburg provides positive impetus and listens attentively to the entrepreneurs and takes part in the lively discussion. Also Ms. Simona Koß, member of Parliament of the Federal State of Brandenburg used the opportunity to get into dialogue with the entrepreneurs.

Digitalization means to transform business in such a way that business operations and business functions will be improved and further developed. New business models arise. Companies worldwide change their processes. The companies in the Federal State of Brandenburg meet this challenge and amplify their activities by using digital technologies in a wider sense. Entrepreneurs of different branches used the opportunity to exchange opinion and define the current status and agree upon strategic targets concerning the challenges within the global economy. This meeting will be one within a series and is part of the networking of the companies within our region of Berlin Brandenburg.

We thank the participants and hope to see each other soon again at UGT.

14th Annual Meeting of AOGS Singapore 6-11th of August 2017

14th Annual Meeting of AOGS Singapore 6-11th of August 2017

UGT has taken part successfully in the 14th Annual Meeting in Singapore which finishes on Friday the 11th of August.

Recognizing the need of cooperation when facing the global challenges scientists from all over Asia came and presented their findings and research topics.

UGT as a main supplier for monitoring equipment in the field of soil, hydrology and ecology was with its booth D02 a meeting point for scientists from more than 12 different Asian countries

Dr. Sascha Reth held a scientific conference in the innovative theatre on Tuesday, 8th of August. The UGT lysimeter technology and most different scientific applications were in the focus of his presentation.


Interesting questions highlighted that the lysimeter is a highly valuable research equipment by far not only for people in soil science but also in adjacent fields like meteorology, geography, hydrology or ecology. The questions after the session were partly already first starting points for new lysimeter projects. See further information at www.lysimeter.info

The AOGS was also a meeting point for us and our Australian partner ICT. Peter Cull and UGT discussed the future joint projects and explored more options for our future work.

The UGT booth at AOGS was visited on the one hand by experienced renowned scientists and on the other hand as well by young scientists from Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Phillipines , Vietnam and others. One of the most interesting points of discussion for visitors at the booth was the new EcoUnit.


In the margin of AOGS we also initiated the cooperation with our new partner Wykeham Farrance Services PTE LTD in Singapore. The owner and Managing Director Daniel Tan Hua Poh and the engineers  Mr. Bjorn Chen and Ms. Tham Lai Shan UGT visited the office of Wykeham Farrances and gave a first introduction in our product range

We look forward to the projects in Singapore. At the exhibition our partners from Wykeham made use of the opportunity to get more familiar with the UGT product range.


The workshop in Freising Germany which takes place from the 17th to the 19th of October will be the first opportunity to meet up with our partners and other scientists and get  familiar with UGT technique. We look forward to host our partners in Müncheberg and Freising.

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AOGS was a successful exhibition and very well  and effectively organized. We thank the organizing committee and are now striving to implement the new projects and further develop them. We say thanks and good bye to Singapore and the AOGS community.



Todays presentation at the AOGS: Lysimeters – a Modern Tool to Investigate Transport Processes in Ecosystems

The managing director of UGT – Dr. Sascha Reth – presents the latest innovations in weighing lysimeters at the AOGS.

The presentation will be at 8th August 2017 (Tuesday) between 12.45pm – 1.15pm in the Innovation Theater. Come in and discuss about your needs afterwards at our booth D02.

Lysimeters are an important way of determining the water balance for ecosystems using water balance parameters. In addition to the quantity, it is also possible to investigate the quality of soil and seepage water. Soil monoliths of defined dimensions are taken from their natural environment and given defined boundary conditions. In combination with corresponding measurement technology, it is possible to investigate the function and mode of action of ecosystems in this way. The results can be transferred from small to large scales and are amongst other things a good method to determine the evapotranspiration of a defined area (typically 1-2 m²), of the water and solute transport in a defined volume (typically 1-5 m³) and the degradation and conversion of substances under weathering influences. Due to the possibility of long term outdoor investigations under real location conditions, statements may be made using lysimeter tests on the water balance of certain climate scenarios, for example. Other possibilities are the comparison of several similar lysimeters in areas with different weathering conditions or the comparison of different soil types or different vegetation with the same weather over a longer time. These investigations provide the foundation for many models to estimate the effect of climatic change, the spread of contamination in the soil or the success of re-conditioning measures. Typical areas of use for lysimeters are agricultural land locations, forest locations, landfills and post-mining landscapes as well as areas with existing waste deposits in need of recultivation. The combination of several lysimeters is recommended for statistically verified statements.

Anthropogenic environmental changes threaten biodiversity as well as the interactions between trophic levels and consequently alter their influence on ecosystem functions. New experimental platforms, “Ecotron”, were developed to investigate the mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning by manipulating biodiversity at multiple trophic levels.

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UGT at AOGS in Singapore

Please come and join UGT at booth D02 at AOGS in Singapore in the Suntec exhibition Centre from Monday 7th to Friday 11th of August.


The Singapore economy is dedicated to rapid economic development. Singapore’s strong economy is a result of its open and market-oriented strategy. Meanwhile Singapore has achieved to build its success on high value-added products. Services also are continuingly growing to the Singapore economy. UGT as a well-established producer of equipment for monitoring devices for the environment in the field of soil, water and atmosphere wants to contribute and cooperate to meet the challenges in the economy of Singapore.

Platform is our participation at the AOGS in Singapore 2017.

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) was already established in 2003 with the target to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity with a special focus also to global issues.

AOGS holds its annual conventions and thus provides a great forum to exchange scientific knowledge and discuss important geo-scientific facts. This conference also promotes the exchange between academics, members of public authorities and commercial people.

Prior to the conference UGT used the opportunity to meet up in Singapore with high level representatives of public and scientific organizations and agencies.

Julian Doelfs, Senior Consultant of the Singaporean German Chamber of Industry and Commerce met Dr. Sascha Reth and Kerstin Thomsen from UGT to inform about activities in the cooperation between Singapore and Germany especially in industry, research and technological development.



UGT had the chance to meet up with Victor Chew Chin Hong from the EDB Singapore which is the Economic Development Board. This leading government agency is responsible for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business Centre. This interesting discussion gave us a great overview concerning the sustainable economic growth and opened us contacts to the vibrant business world in Singapore.


UGT understands itself beside of being an innovative and high-level producer also as a part of the scientific community. So, for us the visit in the NUS, National University of Singapore gave us a deeper inside in the needs of the scientists what refers to research concerning environmental topics. We had the chance to have a lively exchange with Prof. Lee Fook Hou, department of civil and environmental engineering and with Prof. Jiangyoung Hu, Director environmental program at the department of civil and environmental engineering.


We look forward to the forthcoming exhibition AOGS and invite you to meet us at our booth and discuss your needs to find together solutions,

Come and see us in Singapore at AOGS!


Zukunftspreis Brandenburg 2017 – Future Award Brandenburg 2017 – UGT is among the winners


The  Future Award Brandenburg will be presented for the 14th time in 2017

A core idea of this award is that creative and innovative companies are presented that invest into the future. Thus, the jobs of today are secured and the jobs of tomorrow are created. All 6 economic chambers in Brandenburg, the chambers of industry and commerce as well as the chambers of crafts work together to present this award.

Out of 63 applications the jury has chosen 6 winners and one special Prize is presented to an outstanding   entrepreneurial personality – This prize will go to Dr. Manfred Seyfarth- founder of UGT- Umwelt-Geräte-Technik Müncheberg.


We, the UGT-team are very proud about this and congratulate to Dr. Manfred Seyfarth.

Dr. Manfred Seyfarth_


We see this award as a further motivation to continue our work successfully and send here from Müncheberg our products around the world to help our customers to meet the challenges in research in the environmental field. The official ceremony for the winners of the award takes place on the 10th of November at Schloss Hardenberg.



UGT congratulates also the 6 other award winners:

  • Körber & Körber Präzisionsmechanik GmbH
  • Kniesche Orthopädietechnik GmbH
  • Boryszew Oberflächentechnik Deutschland GmbH
  • IceGuerilla.de GmbH & Co. KG
  • ZEDAS GmbH
  • Schlieper für Landmaschinen GmbH
  • Special award: Dr. Manfred Seyfarth outstanding entrepreneur UGT GmbH

Internship of Indian PhD student Soham Adla at UGT


I am an Indian PhD student working at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Technical University of Munich. I am supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Disse (TU Munich) and Dr. Saket Pande (TU Delft). Within the framework of socio-hydrology, I am interested in developing a measurement driven decision support tool for irrigation management, which is easy to use by small-holder farmers in India.

Soham My profile http://www.waterandme.weebly.com/about

My research objectives

  • To identify existing water-centric gaps in sustainability of Indian winter wheat cropping and understand their underlying causes using socio-hydrological modeling.
  • To survey the state-of-the-art in field measurement technology and develop a working proficiency in monitoring relevant farm parameters: the ongoing internship at UGT is central to this objective.
  • To understand and model the hydrological processes occurring in the farm using opensource plot-scale hydrology-crop models: amongst others, I am considering the FREEWAT model http://www.freewat.eu/.
  • To design a Decision Support System (DSS) which integrates measured data, farm process modeling and communication modules for improved irrigation management using a mobilephone application which is easy to use for farmers/NGOs.

The conceptual description (see figure) indicates field instruments (shown in black colour) which would transfer the farm measurements wirelessly as model inputs for the farm model. The model would analyse current conditions with the optimal conditions, and recommend a gricultural management decisions (eg. for scheduling irrigation, shown here using groundwater pumping). A crucial prerequisite to ensure farmer adoption is extensive bidirectional interaction while preparing the DSS.


My background andmotivation: I have an integrated Master degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITKanpur), with a major in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering. During my thesis, I focused on the hydrological effects of landuse change. I could sense a lack of stakeholder engagement in water management projects and hence made conscious efforts to understand the various stakeholder perspectives in small holder agriculture. In a project on participatory groundwater management at Samaj Pragati Sahayog (NGO in Madhya Pradesh, India), our team tested a community scale approach on water saving techniques in agriculture. Next, I worked in a project at IIT Kanpur where we conducted innovative interactions with villagers as preliminary preparation to establish a rural instrumentation network (Critical Zone Observatory). I am delighted that today, several out-door instruments provide realtime research grade data, despite the accompanying security risks in developing countries like India. I learnt that to design and solve morere levant research questions, it is essential to include “non-scientific” ground realities and engage stakeholders continuously to co-creates olutions which are both scientifically accurate and meaningful for the actual end-users.

New publications on lysimeters available

Actual new results from the largest lysimeter in Europe – Agroscope Zürich Reckenholz/Switzerland – are published:

Germann, P.F., and V.Prasuhn. 2017. Viscous flow approach to rapid infiltration and drainage in a weighing lysimeter. Vadose Zone J. doi:10.2136/vzj2017.01.0020


Rapid infiltration and drainage in a free-draining weighing lysimeter are assessed with a viscous flow approach that is based on the concept of moving water films. The two parameters film thickness and specific contact area of the film per unit volume of the permeable medium together with the rate and duration of water input suffice to quantify viscous flow at the Darcy scale. The two parameters are deducible from wetting front velocities and water content variations during the passing of the film. Temporarily perching water tables at lysimeter bottoms are considered artifacts of the lysimeter method that may severely alter the biogeochemistry of the effluent. The viscous flow approach assesses the duration of water perching from drainage flow interpretation. Perching in the sense of viscous flow occurred at most 10% of the time during drainage flow. Drainage ceased completely during a 6-mo period that yielded only 46% of rainfall compared with the 30-yr average. During rewetting of the lysimeter soil, viscous flow applied to infiltrations of nine precipitation episodes, showing successive penetrations of wetting fronts shortly before the onset of drainage.

Oberholzer, S., Prasuhn, V., Hund A. 2017. Crop water use under Swiss pedoclimatic conditions – Evaluation of lysimeter data covering a seven-year period. Field Crops Research 211 (2017) 48–65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2017.06.003


Due to climate change, agricultural production in Europe will be challenged by higher temperatures and shifts in precipitation distribution that will give rise to frequent summer droughts. An adaptation of agricultural systems to these changes requires detailed knowledge of crop water use characteristics. This study aimed to evaluate the
dynamics of evapotranspiration and water uptake in different crops under the typical edaphoclimatic conditions of Switzerland. Seven years (2009–2015) of high resolution lysimeter mass data including 70 lysimeter-by-year combinations were evaluated. The “adaptive window and adaptive threshold “-filter (AWAT) was used to determine
evapotranspiration (ET), precipitation (P), crop coefficient (Kc) and water use efficiency (WUE). Additionally, FDR sensors installed in the lysimeter soil core allowed recording the temporal dynamic of soil water extraction. The evaluation comprised grain maize, silage maize, rapeseed, sugar beets, winter barley, winter wheat and temporary ley. The AWAT filter was successfully used to determine lysimeter P that was inserted in the lysimeter water balance equation to calculate daily ET. It could be shown that the peak of daily crop coefficient coincided with the time of flowering for all flowering arable crops. WUE’s lay in the range given by standard literature, but daily crop coefficients were clearly higher than proposed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which is partially due to an oasis and border effect of the lysimeters.
Years with limited water availability were characterized by a comparably low Kc. For example, rapeseed in 2011 and maize in 2015 showed substantially lower Kc values. In accordance with the reduced Kc, readily available water was totally removed down to soil depth of at minimum 0.85 m. The limited water availability led to significantly lower yields only in case of silage maize in 2015. These results show overall current water supply to be sufficient under Swiss conditions; however, if drought events like in 2015 become more frequent and even more intense, yield potential of typical Swiss arable crops will be limited by water availability.


UGT celebrates its 25th anniversary

On the 5th of May more than 100 guests celebrated together with the UGT team the anniversary. The scientific colloquium highlighted important new projects of UGT. Our team presented in the field and in the production hall  many of our world wide known devices. Joy and leisure games complimented the wonderful festive day at our premises. TV, radio and print media took notice of the event and accompanied our anniversary. We thank our dear national and international partners, customers and friends for their contributions and for the visit.

At this event we could celebrate the premiere of the UGT image film:


UGT- Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH founded in 1992, develops, produces and installs environmental measurement and long-term monitoring systems. UGT deals with pedological, hydrological and related scientific questions and suppliestechnique for scientists and environmental managers from all sectors of industry. In addition to the wide product range which includes field measuring devices (tensiometer, hoodinfiltrometer etc..), lab equipment (ku-pF, Sedimat etc.) and data collection systems (data logger, logger software etc.), the UGT successfully developed into a market leader in the field of the lysimeter technology and patented extraction technology for various soil types. Our comprehensive know-how and repertoire of lysimeter technology ranging from large international projects up to “ready-to-go” solutions. Partners and friends from the scientific world from industry and also the employees with families used this day to remember the most important steps in the development of the company:
1992 – Company Creation -On 2 May 1992, “Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH” (UGT) took up its operation as a spin-off from ZALF e.V.
In 1999  the first own production facility was erected which provided a modern  machine park and modern production technologies.
In 2001  the first indoor expansion took place, this extension realized in 2001, provided additional production space.

In 2004 a pavillon provides space for workshops and offers work space and an ongoing ground water observation point got set up.
In 2008 on the campus Weihenstephan in Freising the Branch South was inaugurated. Here we carry through important workshops and are right in the heart of an important centre of environmental research

In 2010  we established our  service center France in Homècourt (Lothringen) which is located on the grounds of the Industrial Association GISFI.

In 2016 we doubled our prodcution space by erecting our new production hall. UGT is committed to the long tradition of the research location Müncheberg and as an employer UGT serves to the people of our region.

The 5th of May was a day that set the tracks towards future. The founder of the company, Dr. Manfred Seyfarth announced that the future of the company lies in solid and competent hands, because Dr. Sascha Reth, Managing shareholder of the company will continue the successful way with the team and set new impulse for the development. Dr. Reth used the occasion to introduce the new branch Manager in Müncheberg, Dr. Marco Reiche. Also the work with our international agents will be intensified and further expanded under the leadership of the strategic Sales Manager, Kerstin Thomsen with the sales team. The Team UGT was in focus, all employees went on stage and were honoured for their great work by the Management.

UGT is well prepared to go straight on towards a successful future. Each member of the team, weather it is research, production, sales or marketing appreciates and contributes to the successful further development of UGT.

We look forward to the next challenging 25years by working in the field of climate change and many other important topics to preserve our environment for the future generation.

Program of the 25 year anniversary: 25YearsUGT_Programme_A4



G20 – a high level summit – UGT presents itself in the margin of B20 and on the eve of its 25th anniversary

The G20 Summit in Hamburg will take place on 7 and 8 July 2017. This high ranking summit unites the leading economies of the world but also developing countries and also very important international associations. Germany assumes G20 presidency. Chancellor Angela Merkel   will be in dialogue with industry, science and most different groups of society. On the 2nd and 3rd of May there will be held the B20 business forum. Global challenges – global change, this is one of the important work topics of UGT. So we are proud that on the eve of our 25th anniversary and on the eve of the B20 business meeting UGT was presented today on TV by ARD. Our patented container lysimeter stations are used for many experiments worldwide in the margin of climate change and how to work in a sustainable way with our environment.

Dr. Manfred Seyfarth and our team showed today some of our solutions to the TV-team. From South Korea, via China to France to Brazil – UGT cooperates with scientific institutes and universities world wide and produces the suitable instrument. We feel as a part of the B20 forum and contribute with our work and engagement to the process of a sustainable and responsible handling with environmental resources. We look forward to promising results of the G20 summit in Hamburg and good input and recommendations from the participants of the B20 meeting.

Visit us at the EGU in Vienna – Booth No 18

From Monday, 24th to Friday 28th we are presenting our new EcoUnit at the EGU in Vienna. Visit us and get knowledge about the possibilities in your research. We have brought a full functional EcoUnit (Ecotron) to the show. The UGT team is looking forward to discuss your special need.

An EcoUnit is a measurement system to investigate ecosystem functions in the
soil-plant-atmosphere system under defined boundary conditions. Ecotrons are used to investigate processes within the soil-plant-atmosphere system as well as the interactions between the compartments. Ecotrons are lysimeter applications beyond the investigation of only soil processes and thus the generic term for lysimeter applications of all kinds.

idivView of the iDiv Ecotron with 24 EcoUnits

An Ecotron consists of three units. The lower unit contains the soil, which can either be inserted directly into the container or in extra stainless steel cylinders (lysimeters).
The latter allows the investigation of undisturbed soil monoliths. Up to four lysimeters
can be installed in one EcoUnit. Several soil sensors can be installed in the lower unit to collect soil temperature, soil moisture and soil tension data. To investigate root systems and root growth rhizotrons can be installed as well. The lower unit is equipped with a system to collect seepage water and a system to control the temperature conditions at the lower boundary of the soil. On top of the lower unit a second unit is attached, which isolates the environment above the soil surface from the surrounding. The size of the isolated habitat is big enough for growing of medium shrubs. The second unit can be equipped with additional walls to divide the EcoUnit in four self contained sub units.
On top of the second unit the upper unit is located, which contains equipment for irrigation, lighting and ventilation. The upper unit can also be equipped with sensors to
collect data of temperature and humidity as well as with a gas analyzer. The lower and upper units are equipped with a control cabinet containing the required power supply
and signal transformation as well as the measurement and control technology. The EcoUnit comes with a touch panel to visualize collected data and to control the EcoUnit.
The equipment and design of the EcoUnit are always optimized for
the customer-specific research goal.


UGT was exhibitor at the exhibition WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL 2017 which took place at Messe Berlin from the 28th to 31st of March. UGT was one of 450 exhibitors coming from 26 countries to present their range of products in the field of water. Four challenging days for UGT and agents and partners who visited the booth like In-Situ Europe or eom Austria. We used the opportunity to exchange opinion and discuss innovations and new strategies concerning the cooperation

We thank our dear clients for having seen us in hall 3.2 booth 118. New joint projects were discussed and first ideas were exchanged. In the focus of our presentation at the booth was this year  our technology of flumes with ultrasonic measuring system  which were developed to determine widely fluctuating flow rates, from very low to extremely high volumes. We can not only use them to measure after rainfall events but also these flumes are used to record agricultural and industrial discharge processes. Our cooperation partner Katronic showed at the booth also their ultrasonic system for clamp on ultrasonic flowmeters. Like this we highlighted the different options to use our technology depending on the application. With our high quality of In-Situ sensors and multiparameter sondes we give our clients the opportunity to measure in the  field of water quality and also water level.

Visitors of 20 countries visited the exhibition and nearly all nations also passed by at the UGT booth. Water supply and waste water disposal – this is the blue ribbon that unites the companies that work in this field and our highly estimated visitors from waterworks, water companies, engineers or scientific institutes also used our booth as a forum of brain storming. The conference programme especially attracted our foreign visitors, so from the Iran-conference some of the participants later on informed themselves about the UGT products. The exhibition strengthened the international cooperation. Environmental topics generally were in the focus of our talks. UGT was satisfied with the contacts that we made during the exhibition.

We look forward to see our clients again at the WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL 2019 that takes place from 26th to 29th of March 2019

UGT-Workshop 15.03.2017 in Freising – Measurement methods in plant physiology

Leaf contents and water budget of plants are important parameters in many ecological questions. In this workshop we will introduce some highlights of our products.
If you want to know more about our measuring methods, come to our workshop at UGT in Freising.
Interesting measuring techniques are practical as well as theoretical presented. You also have the opportunity to self-experience with the individual measuring devices.


Download the workshop poster: workshop-ugt-fs-pflanzenphysiologie_15032017

New Publication available

Check out the latest publication with UGT lysimeters:

Evaluation of eddy covariance latent heat fluxes with independent lysimeter and sapflow estimates in a Mediterranean savannah ecosystem

Oscar Perez-Priego (a),∗, Tarek S. El-Madany (a), Mirco Migliavacca (a), Andrew S. Kowalski (b),
Martin Jung (a), Arnaud Carrara (c), Olaf Kolle (a), M. Pilar Martín (d), Javier Pacheco-Labrador (d), Gerardo Moreno (e), Markus Reichstein (a)
a Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
b Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
c Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo (CEAM), Valencia, Spain
d Environmental Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Laboratory (SpecLab), Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography (IEGD-CCHS), Spanish
National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
e Forest Research Group, Universidad de Extremadura, Plasencia, Spain


Partnership between UGT and Soilmoisture

UGT’s Managing Director Dr. Sascha Reth met together with th owner of Soilmoisture Equipment Corp Whitney Skaling, Harry Ferdon (Sales Manager) and Megan Cullen in Santa Barbara California to sign the new dealer agreement.


From now UGT represents the complete product range of Soilmoisture in Germany. On the other side Soilmoister will represent UGT with their products in the US.

Both companies can now offer even better customer-oriented solutions for you.

Inauguration of the new production hall at UGT GmbH Müncheberg, October 28th, 2016

UGT is happy to announce that we have doubled our production size. Our new  production hall has a size of 900m² and so UGT disposes now  of 1800m² production area.


Guests of honour at the inauguration were our  Minister for Economy and Energy of Brandenburg, Mr. Albrecht Gerber, our county commissioner,  Mr. Gernot Schmidt, the president of the chamber of commerce of Ostbrandenburg, Dr. Ulrich Müller, Sebastian Saule, Managing Director ZAB Brandenburg,  leading scientists of the Leibniz centre for agricultural landscape research, the city council of Müncheberg and many friends and business partners of UGT.

The new construction at the UGT premises was supported by the Ministry of Economics and Energy of the Federal State of  Brandenburg. The local authorities such as district and building authorities also supported the project by quick and efficient work concerning the   planning and building permission.

Big projects within Germany and abroad enabled UGT to plan this construction because there the limit of capacity in fabrication was reached  and so we planned a new step to further improve the work flow in our modern production lines.   There will be especially equipped rooms for microelectronics and  microsystem technology.

UGT makes more than 50% of its turnover in export. We cooperate with universities within Europe and abroad and our main share in exports goes to Asia especially to China and South Korea. Lately our first project was realized in Vietnam. Long traditions and narrow customer relations we have to our customers within Europe. Also the Russian market is important for UGT and above sale there are also many scientific joint projects.

The inauguration was combined with a special forum of the 3 chambers of Industry and Commerce of the Federal State of Brandenburg which are located in Frankfurt (Oder), Cottbus and  Potsdam The members of the commitees of external economic relations took the opportunity of a brain storming and exchange of opinion with our Minister of economics and energy, Albrecht Gerber.

The CEO of UGT, Dr. Manfred Seyfarth, the Managing Directors, Mr. Bernd Fürst and Dr. Sascha Reth, cut the symbolic ribbon together with Albrecht Gerber and Dr. Ulrich Müller.


The team of UGT welcomes the new better working conditions and is eager to start production in the new facility.

We thank again all our guests and friends for having spent with us some great time and we look forward to new interesting work projects world wide and feel comfortable to help protecting our environment with our monitoring equipment – made in Müncheberg, Brandenburg.



24 Ecotrons with 96 lysimeters for the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)-key over

October, 19th the official key over for all 24 Ecotrons were be held at the UFZ research field in Bad Lauchstädt, Germany.


The ‘iDiv Ecotron’ is an experimental platform that will be launched in autumn 2016 with a total of 24 experimental units (EcoUnits) operated in a temperature-controlled hall in the UFZ research station in Bad Lauchstädt.


“It allows for the manipulation of horizontal (i.e. within one trophic level) and vertical biodiversity (i.e. the number of trophic levels) to more comprehensively explore biodiversity effects on ecological processes taking aboveground-belowground interactions into account. Diversity of plants, herbivores, predators, soil fauna, and microorganisms can be manipulated along with manipulations of environmental factors such as light, temperature, and precipitation. One EcoUnit is an experimental chamber including a bottom compartment containing about 1,200 l of soil (0.8 m depth) and an aboveground compartment, large enough to grow tall herbs and to allow for realistic aboveground multitrophic interactions. A number of sensors will measure and regulate environmental conditions. To be flexible for different experimental approaches, there will be the possibility to separate EcoUnits above- and belowground into smaller compartments. In this way, for instance, intact soil cores (lysimeter) from locations with different plant diversity can be transferred from the field into the chambers and be subjected to further manipulations.”(Dr Manfred Türke, iDiv-Ecotron)

Summer Initiative – Part IV: Hood-Infiltrometer

The hood infiltrometer is used to measure the hydraulic conductivity of soils in virtually saturated areas as field tests. The infiltration is made from a sealed hood placed on the soil and filled with water. The circular soil surface covered by water beneath the hood forms the source area for the infiltration flux. No additional contact layer and no preparation
of the soil surface is necessary on the measurement area. This not only saves working time but also makes it possible to measure the infiltration and conductivity under completely natural conditions in a destruction-free manner.


The pressure beneath the hood is
controlled using a Marriott’s water supply. The effective increase in pressure on the soil surface can be freely selected between zero and a vacuum up to the bubble point of the soil. This pressure level is shown exactly on a U-tube manometer. The hydraulic  conductivity is calculated from the stationary flux rates determined in the test run
according to WOODING (1968). With the IL-2700 the measurement data for the flux rate is
electronically recorded with a pressure sensor combined with a handheld instrument IL-2700.

With the corresponding software they are transferred to the PC and analysed.The hood infiltrometer is also available without electronic data recording as a favourably priced
alternative which is tough enough to withstand adverse measurement conditions.
In order to guarantee an optimum adjustment of the experiment to the prevailing infiltration conditions, two hoods are available with a ratio to infiltration areas of around 1:2.


The tension chamber, which is an available option, creates a tension infiltrometer
together with the Mariott’s water supply which permits infiltration experiments up to a water tension of around 60 hPa irrespective of the bubble point of the soil. For maximum protection and simple handling during transportation and storage, the complete system is packed in an aluminium framed case with carry grip and foam inlays.

Technical data
• Tension area: 0 … bubble point with hood
0 … 60 hPa with tension chamber
• Tension measurement: U-tube manometer
Resolution 0.1 hPa
• Infiltration measurement: Differential pressure sensor
0 – 70 mba
Resolution 1 mm water column
• Conductivity range of the soil: 10-3 m/s bis 10-7 m/s

The following table shows the comparison between sveral different systems available on the market:

Hoodinfiltrometer vs competetiv systems

NAS International Lysimeter Workshop, September, 7th in Wanju, South Korea

At September, 7th the International Lysimeter Workshop took place in Wanju, South Korea.

Warmly regard were given by Prof. Jimmo Lee the preseident of NAS at the beginning:opening_nas_workshop


For the second anniversary celebration of the largest lysimeter station in Asia with 92 lysimeters the RDA (Rural Development Administration) organized a workshop with presentations from South Korea, Japan, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.The main focus of the presentation was “Applying the Lysimeter Systems to Water and Nutrient Dynamics”.


The long tradition of lysimeter research in Europe was visible with the presentations of Prof. Peter Cepuder from Boku Vienna. Prof. Cepuder is the president of the European Lysimeter Research Group and took the idea of a global lysimeter network to Korea. His presentation should technical aspects regarding nitrogen leaching and thep roof of weighing data.Dr. Volker Prasuhn from the Agroscope Switzerland presented the results from the largest lysimeter station in Europe for the last 8 years and has shown the advantage of high number of lysimeter replicates. The impact of fertilyzers and froot change was one of the main topics.

The managing director of UGT – Dr. Sascha Reth – was proud to be part of this event, as UGT has built the 2 largest stations in the world, in Switzerland as well as RDA lysimeters in South Korea. In his talk he presented the latest developments in the lysimeter technique and gave ideas for future solutions in this research field.


From Asia presentation of  Dr. Jisung Park, Dr. Seonguk Kim, Dr. Jinyong Choi, Dr. Junghun, Ok, Dr. Mijin Seo, Dr. Taeil Jang, Dr. Seonguk Kim, Dr. Kyunghwa Han, Dr. Jinmo Lee  – all from South Korea- and Dr. Morihiro Maeda from Japan were shown.


The discussion board found a lot of corelation between the different working groups in the world. In the future a main task is to bring more researcher to the existing lysimeters.20160907_170451.jpg

This will increse the inficency and proof of different applications.

A highlight of the workshop was the visit of the great lysimeter facility of RDA.

Thanks a lot for organizing the workshop! And thanks for the great job of our representative in South Kore GAON.

Summer Initiative – Part III: LysiData & SVADSS – the right solution for every need


SVADSS – Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Data Sensor Service – More than just datasets!

SVADDS offers a unique online data management system for your measuring systems, tailored to your needs.
SVADSS provides any technology of data aquisition from manual data upload, or automatically via LAN/WLAN to semi/full stand alone measuring stations via GSM/UMTS/LTE.


  • regardless of your sensor, logger
  • or IT environment
  • standard data analysis, evaluations and charts
  • extended or exclusive data services
  • state-/event system for sensors and data logger

Your data repository is stored in SQL – database – servers  operated by SVADSS and not in cheap and not in doubtful cloud services.Please contact us to know the whole range of our services.


  • user interface for data management
  • full access to all datasets
  • individual, automated data validation
  • standard reports and charts
  • individual evaluations / data processing
  • customizable views
  • sensor managment with event recording
  • special data services


See the benefits in table where the difference between SVADSS and other available systems are listed:

SVADSS vs competetive systems

Scientific Data Software Systems

LysiData offers an integrated software system to meet varied and complex requirements of the (scientific) recording of measurement data. The modular structure of LysiData software systems offers an adjusted software module for virtually every technical and scientific requirement for the user friendly solving of daily tasks. LysiData software systems offers a uniform user interface also in heterogenous measurement environments independent of measurement technology used, the number of measurement points or the database system. It has been designed for the long term availability of measurement data, offers a clear assignment of measurement data to measurement points also after many years and can be adjusted at any time to extensions or changes in the measurement environment
The LysiData software system is composed of two main core areas:

  • A highly flexible database model to show your measurement environment and data in a persistent repository
  • A systems of integrated software modules which may be used and adjusted to your measurement equipment depending on size and requirements


LysiData software system offers modules for the following standard requirements amongst others: Data acquisition and evaluation, visualisation, simplified database administration, controlling, logbook, data mining, …
There is only one system and one user interface for all tasks from data acquisition through to (scientific) pre-analysis.


Which solution is the right for me?

We recommend the online soluition SVADSS for small and and medium size installations, whether at one place or at different installation places. For large installations with more than 100 sensors we recommend the Lysidata system with all additional opportunities for a customized solution. Thje following table gives you the answer which solution is the right one for you:

comparison-SVADSS vs Lysidata

Summer Initiative – Part II: Ready-To-Go Lysimeter

The „Ready-to-go” Lysimeter is a small lysimeter station for soil columns with a surface area of up to 0.5 m² and a length of up to 0.9 m that can be filled by hand or be cut by UGT staff (undisturbed soil monolith). It comprises a compact PE-HD lysimeter station with integrated weighing system and seepage water reservoir with tipping counter, a PE-HD lysimeter vessel, a data logger and a set of soil hydrological sensors.

You can choose 4 different control stations:

  • Only control
  • Control and climate sensors
  • Control and lower boundary system
  • Control and climate sensors and lower boundary system

Everything is prepared to work as plug and play system so that the complete station can be set up and put into operation without any special staff or tools. The data can be displayed and read out on any PC that is connected to the internet using a data bank system and a server. Up to four „Ready-to-go” Lysimeters can be connected to one control station which is installed outside on a pole.

Available Sizes:    Ø = 30 cm / Length = 30 cm

Ø = 30 cm / Length = 60 cm

Ø = 30 cm / Length = 90 cm

RTG-Types Ø300


Ø = 80 cm / Length = 30 cm

Ø = 80 cm / Length = 60 cm

Ø = 80 cm / Length = 90 cm

RTG-Types Ø800


The data are displayed on the internet using the SVADSS online data management system. Up to four Ready-to-go Lysimeters can be connected to one data logger. The RTG-Lysimeter is the ideal supplement to an existing weather station for directly calculating evaporation.

Please find attached a comparison with competitive products and special advantages of our system. R2G vs competetive systems2

If you are going to start your lysimeter experiment our RTG offers the ideal initial configuration, easy to install, scientifically up to the latest standards; For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us!


Summer Initiative – our product of the week – Part I: ku-pF for the determination of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of soil

The ku-pF MP10 is a laboratory instrument for the automatic determination of any saturated hydraulic conductivity ku and the pF curve (water tension curve) in accordance with the condensation method on up to 10 soil ring samples simultaneously. The apparatus is designed for the use of the UGT soil sample rings with 250 cm³ inner volume and 41 cm² cross sectional area. These soil sample rings have bore holes arranged exactly at height intervals of 3 cm for the insertion of the tensiometers. However, they may also be used for obtaining samples separately from the ku-pF apparatus. The filled soil sample rings are set onto filter plates, saturated and sealed basally in the carrier basket for the test run. The gradient resulting from the condensation on the free ground surface is recorded by two tensiometers which record the corresponding water content and the flow rate by periodical weighing respectively. Air bubbles are easy to recognize and eliminate through the acrylic head with bleed screw. The arrangement of the samples on the star shaped carrier which rotates at the set test interval permits the examination of 10 samples simultaneously. The sample on the weighing position is lifted from the carrier by lifting the scales so that it is standing free. The weighing data and the tensions here are stored on the internal data logger. Automatic measuring produces continuous measurement series with a minimum of monitoring. The scales are automatically balanced between weighings. Drift effects or any foreign bodies on the scales do not therefore cause any interference. The ku-pF apparatus works independently of a PC due to the integrated data logger and a microcomputer. A connection must be created to the PC only for maintenance, test start and reading out of the data.


ku-pF MP 10

For a non regular use we provide a single place – ku-pF SP – system to enable all benefits of the ku-pF for a smaller budget.

The following table helps you to find the right system for your need.

Comparison ku-pF MP10 vs ku-pF SP_Seite_1Comparison ku-pF MP10 vs ku-pF SP2_Seite_2

The table is available as a pdf for download: Comparison ku-pF MP10 vs ku-pF SP

Please find attached a comparison with competitive products and special advantages of our system. Feel free to contact us for further information.

kupf vs competetive systems




UGT GmbH hosts committee of Agriculture and Environment of the county “ MOL”

UGT GmbH hosts committee of Agriculture and Environment of the county “ MOL”

Decision makers in policy of all levels are important partners for medium sized companies.

Especially in the own region the local companies and public authorities need to have a good network.

New regulations in environment influence on the one hand scientific projects and so also give impetus to production lines of medium sized companies. The county “Landkreis Märkisch -Oderland” in Germany has a very active committee “Agriculture and Environment”.

UGT hosted the meeting of the committee on Wednesday, 13th of July 2016 and got in an active change of opinion with the member of the county council. The deputies of the county council were impressed about the performance of the medium sized company UGT that exports the environmental measuring sensors and monitoring equipment into more than 25 countries.

Sensors and production units could be seen and Dr. Manfred Seyfarth also explained the building of the new production hall which comes in operation in autumn – another step forward for UGT!

UGT followed the interesting discussion about new safety regulation for biogas installations and the practical experience of plant operators.

Also interested citizens of our city Müncheberg took part in the meeting which was open to the public.

We are happy to be as a company also part of the local general process of social communication.

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New publication about lysimeters published

Lysimeter – a Unique Tool for Monitoring the Interactions among the Components of Environment
 Proceedings of National Aviation University, 2016. N 2(67): 69–75

Ivan Matušek¹, Sascha Reth², Christian Heerdt², Katarína Hrčková³ & Jozef Gubiš³

¹Projekt Servis, Trnava, Slovakia, EKOSUR, Piešťany, Slovakia
²Umwelt Geräte Technik GmbH, Freising, Germany
³Research Institute of Plant Production. National Agricultural and Food Centre
Bratislavská 122, 921 68 Piešťany, Slovakia


Modern lysimeter facilities in connection with meteorological stations allow monitoring and evaluation of mutual basic components of the environment, such as water, air, soil and vegetation. Water is the most important component of the ecosystem and the component which connects all the other components. Therefore, we need to know the basic distribution and water balance in the different components of the environment to be able to interpret some processes in nature. Rainfall, which is the primary source of vital processes in the soil, is formed in the air. The amount of precipitation that gets into the soil and into the groundwater is affected by weather conditions. Primary distribution of
rainwater is divided between infiltration, surface runoff, transpiration and  evapotranspiration. The amount of water infiltrated into the soil and then evaporated by solar activity or activities of plants can be identified primarily by monitoring changes in weight. For this monitoring we use weighable lysimeter. This equipment with the monolith size of surface area 1 m2 and the depth of 1.5 m is able to follow online updates of weight of the 2 ton body with an accuracy of 100 g. When we add to quantification of leakages through the bottom layer, we obtain a comprehensive record of rainfall at the time in the natural environment of the individual components. The obtained data can be further interpreted in terms of the needs of hydrology, agriculture, and environmental studies, and according to the purpose and objectives for which we want to use them.

Keywords: agriculture; complex study of ecosystems; environmental monitoring; hydrology; lysimeter research; modern field technologies in ecology; water distribution and balance

Matušek et al-2016

IFAT 2016 – a successful performance of UGT at the joint booth of German Water Partnership hall A5 booth no 315 /414

On the 50th anniversary UGT was exhibiting at the joint booth of German Water Partnership.

With the brand UGT and In-Situ we showed a comprehensive product range in the field of water quality and water level-measurement with our In-Situ level loggers and the multi-parameter sensor AT 600. With the UGT flow-measurement systems from the UGT water related products and with our highly sophisticated sensors in the soil application like the new RFID-tensiometer, the full range tensiometer and our soil moisture probe UMP 1 we offered in this environmental exhibition an interesting programme to our visitors.

At the IFAT there were 3097 exhibitors from 59 countries. Around 138000 visitors from more than 170 nations came from May 30 – June 3 to the Munich exhibition centre “Messestadt West and Ost” to inform themselves and get to know the latest innovation in the field of water, sewage, waste and raw materials. UGT used this platform to present the new full range tensiometer and the RFID plus tensiometer which gives scientists the opportunity for long time monitoring – the first tensiometer that can stay for 3 years in the measuring field.

We want to use the resources of our world in a sustainable way – IFAT proved its approach as   a global event and about 45% of all visitors came from foreign countries.

UGT used IFAT as a meeting point to discuss new projects to show the great combination between the UGT developments and the water related products of In-Situ. New alliances were planned to get for our customer process related solutions.

More than 200 visitors from altogether 27 countries came to see our booth. It was great that each delegation that visited the booth of German Water Partnership also came and informed themselves about the UGT range. Outstanding was the visit from the delegation of Iran and Latin America. Munich was again a wonderful host for IFAT and UGT used the opportunity to combine the IFAT exhibition with a specialized agent training in Freising at our UGT branch office right in front of the doors to the city of Munich. Our partners from our French agent SDEC, Adrien and Thierry as well as our agent for Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia, Marin Antic and Katharina made use of the intensive training opportunity.  After the 2 days training course on the 1st of June customers and partners from UGT booth at IFAT came together for a joint meeting in Freising to exchange opinion with customers and UGT partners and friends. Also networking was a big part of our work. Whereas Markus and Kerstin from UGT worked together at the IFAT booth with Ana and Chris from In-Situ, Sascha Reth joined us for important meetings with clients and partners on the 2nd of June. Our team of scientists in Freising, Sascha, Christian, Katja and Florian presented the UGT equipment and worked together in the field with our agents. Katja Kaminski our secretary in Freising did a great job in organizing and helped to make our visitors to feel at home. Our production team in Müncheberg has done a great job to prepare all the equipment for the exhibition and the workshop for Munich/Freising.

New ideas for the cooperation with our partners see our meeting with Eijkelkamp was planned and many clients recognized good synergies between the classic UGT production programme and the product range that we represent. We thank our customers and visitors for the attention, thanks to the IFAT team – and GWP as our stand organizer! We will be back at the next IFAT exhibition which will take place from May 14 to 18, 2018 in Munich.