Ecological restoration: Why, what, and how?

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The TUM Chair of Restoration Ecology studies the effects of wild plant areas alo
The TUM Chair of Restoration Ecology studies the effects of wild plant areas along traffic axes in Munich, such as here at Luise Kiesselbach-Platz. .

Ecological restoration: Why, what, and how? - Professor Johannes Kollmann delivers a lecture within the series TUM@Freising

Intensive land use, nutrient inputs, invasive species, and climate change are accelerating the losses of native species and essential ecosystem services. In a lecture within the TUM@Freising series, Johannes Kollmann, Professor of Restoration Ecology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will present the goals, suitable methods, and critical questions about possible limits of ecosystem renaturation on Tuesday, July 26th, 7:00 p.m. at Lindenkeller in Freising.

Giving an overview of his lecture, Professor Kollmann states, -I am going to address examples from contrasting research projects, most of which have direct relevance in our region.- Topics will include how native poisonous plants as well as invasive neophytes, such as North American goldenrods, i.e. plants that do not naturally occur in our area, can be suppressed in grasslands.

Prof. Kollmann and his team are also researching ways of restoring calcareous grasslands, for example in the vicinity of the Garchinger Heide nature reserve. This vegetation is characterized by a particular richness of species.

-An important aspect of all restoration measures is the selection of the most suitable seeds,- says Kollmann. In his lecture, he will explain how scientists at the TUM School of Life Sciences deal with these challenges. Other exciting projects that are significant for current conservation are the reintroduction of rare arable plants for the ecological enhancement of the agricultural landscape, and the ecological upgrading of dikes and roadsides. -The examples within the lecture have been deliberately chosen in relation to the current ecological situation in and around Freising,- says Prof. Kollmann, and -corresponding questions from interested citizens are welcome.-

Discussion of the possibilities and limits of renaturation ecology on site

A subsequent discussion with the speaker is encouraged, moderated by Sara Leonhardt, Professor of Plant-Insect-Interactions at TUM. In this way, the citizens of Freising can discuss, for example, the strengths and weaknesses of current -Urban Green Infrastructure- in their surroundings, and suggest alternative measures.

The lecture will take place at the -Lindenkeller- in Freising on July 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. There is no entrance fee, and reservations are not required.