Researchers from the University of Augsburg and Lancaster University are investigating how soil tillage on slopes affects the crop yields of entire regions. The results of their study have now been published in the journal Nature Food.
With a 2-year scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Dr. Prashanta Mukharjee from India is conducting research at the University of Augsburg in the field of quantum materials. The results of his basic research could contribute to the development of a new generation of quantum computers in a few decades. In addition to research, the experimental physicist also contributes to teaching.
A team of researchers from Bordeaux, Augsburg and Bayreuth has studied 61 different metals over the course of multiple years. The results have been published in the prestigious journal "Nature Sustainability“ - The most significant finding was that the raw materials critical to modern technology, in particular, have a relatively short usage period.
The universities of Augsburg and Ljubljana start a new research cooperation in law for looking into the different legal fora at the international and European level for addressing the challenges of climate change.
Marketing professionals know that a smile goes a long way. As a result, salesclerks with a beaming smile generally achieve higher sales. However, that is only true if their cheerfulness does not come across as fake. An obviously fake smiles can have exactly the opposite effect. Sometimes, however, the question of "real or fake" does not seem to matter, as a study by the University of Augsburg, Germany and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia has now shown. The results were published in the journal Psychology & Marketing.
The Institute for Materials Resource Management of the University of Augsburg investigates ecological and economic optimization potentials of fibre reinforced ceramic composite structures (CMC) from the manufacturing to the recycling processes. The "CU EcoCeramic" research project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with 700,000 euros.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and fix it in biomass. Climate extremes such as droughts and heat waves lead to lower plant growth (primary production). This means that less CO2 is sequestered from the atmosphere. An international study led by researchers from the University of Augsburg shows that, especially in the northern latitudes, negative extremes in plant growth increased by 10.6 percent between 1982-1998 and 2000-2016. International research team publishes study in the journal ‘Nature Climate Change’, which also shows consequences for the carbon cycle as well as for agriculture
Adding finely ground rock to ecosystems can stimulate CO2 uptake by increasing both the rate of weathering and plant productivity. In a new international study led by geographers from the Augsburg University, the proportion of increased CO2 uptake due to plant productivity was estimated for the first time and the results show that this biological effect is significantly higher than previously assumed.
Researchers from the University of Augsburg and ETH Zurich have discovered giant conductivity of nanometre-sized domain walls separating polar regions in a non-oxide ferroelectric material. The high sensitivity of these walls to applied magnetic fields enables gigantic switching of the sample resistance, thus providing a route to new nanoelectronic building blocks. Such behaviour is unprecedented in non-oxides, which are less hampered by defects and deviations in composition than oxides.
In future, waste from agriculture and forestry could serve as the basis for environmentally friendly building materials, insulation foams or fuels. Over the past four and a half years, an EU project involving the University of Augsburg has explored the potential of such products. The results also show how much a holistic view is needed when using them in order to avoid undesirable side effects.