Nutrient-poor sandy grassland typically occur on base-poor, acidic loose rock, but at the Hessian Upper Rhine there also exist basiphilic types on calcareous sands. Due to the lime content and the warm continental climate in southern Hesse, they correspond to dry sub-Pannonian steppe grasslands and are particularly rich in plant species that are extremely rare in Germany. The picture shows a sand bed at Campus Magistrale Seltersberg at the iFZ, in the foreground Karthauser carnation, along with sand cinquefoil, steppe milkweed and blue-green Schillergras can be seen (Photo: T. Kleinebecker).
As part of a project "Climate-adapted and easy-care flowering gardens with native plants" funded by the State of Hesse with funds from the environmental lottery GENAU, the Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning group (Prof. Till Kleinebecker) transformed the formerly monotonous green strips at the iFZ into diverse flowering strips. This project is embedded in the strategic goal of the Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen to make the university as a whole sustainable and future-proof.
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Prof. Dr. Till Kleinebecker, Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning