Applied Botany, Genetics and Ecology
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The research programme of the research group is interdisciplinary. It comprises investigations of the biological and environmental basis of plant production, plant processing and land use. The core of the research programme deals with soil-plant- atmosphere relations and with structures, functions and relations connected with these relations in the specific environmental and productional circumstances of Slovenia, viewed also from European and wider standpoints.
Research in the field of applied botany and genetics deals with the structure and function of agricultural plants (crop, fruit, pasture & meadow, medicinal & aromatic and weed plant species) at the morphological, anatomical, ecophysiological, genetic and molecular level in connection with agricultural technologies, environmental stresses (climate change, air , water and soil pollution), aims of environmental conservation, production of healthy food and conservation of biotic diversity in ecosystems.
Research in the field of agroclimatology comprises dynamic modelling of plant development and growth, phenological observations and analyses, formation of climate change scenarios and determination of the consequences of climate change on agroecosystems, statistical modelling and spatial interpolations.
Research in the field of soil sciences and environmental conservation deals with physical, chemical and biological processes in soils, soil use and conservation, soil fertility and land use influenced by natural processes, agricultural technologies, urbanisation and pollution from different sources; investigations of processes in soils as a consequence of pollution help in making decisions about future land use, remediation of soils, determination of food quality and formation of a database for a soil information system. The research on pedosequence on shallow brown soils on gravel and sands as one of the most sensitive agroecosystems in Slovenia deals with effects of these soils on cyclic appearance of droughts and floods, causing leaching of nutrients and other compounds from the rhizosphere to groundwater.
Reserch of water in agriculture is one of the major issues in sustainable plant and animal production, especially considering a renewable use strategy and limited quantitiy of water, other users, forthcoming climate change and pollution of water from agriculture.
Research in the field of scientometry, information science and documentation deals with the characteristic structure of scientific and professional information resources, with regard to the contents and layout of the documents.
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