|Eva Bayreuther (2019)||
Displacement and behavior of microplastic particles in porous media at temporary water flow|
Plastics have a high impact on our world, and it is estimated that about 6300 million tonnes of plastic waste werre produced until 2015 and 79% of it was released into the environment. In recent years, particles in the micro- and nanoscale have particularly moved into the focus of science, but how those particles impact our immensely important ecosystem, the soil, so far little is known.
The planned thesis hopes to answer some basic questions in an experimental way.
Supervisor: Andrea Carminati
|Judith Schepers (2019)||
Biophysical properties of root exudates and their impact on the shape of water in soil|
Mucilage is a polymeric gel that is exuded at the root tips and that maintains the rhizosphere moist
Supervisor: Pascal Benard, Andrea Carminati
|Patrick José v Jeetze (2019)||
Effects of soil heterogeneity on root water uptake under drying conditions and varying transpiration rates|
Water flow in soils is heterogeneous at many scales. In a given representative elementary volume these heterogeneities can be described by an effective hydraulic conductivity. Standard root water uptake models commonly rely on this representative hydraulic conductivity and assume that the hydraulic conductivity of the soil cylinder around the roots is equal to that measured in soil samples representative of the bulk soil.
Supervisor: Andrea Carminati, Mohsen Zarebanadkouki