Contributions from the project

An important goal of our project BioDivKultur is to share our project with others through actions and contributions. All contributions from the project as well as information on actions or findings are presented below chronologically in the timeline. Have fun browsing!

September 2022

Project meeting with first group photo

Our project meeting this time took place at the Jagdschloss Kranichstein. We have updated each other and look back on eventful months.

Mowing workshop: Mowing in an insect-friendly way - but how?

At the 19th and 20th of September 2022 our mowing workshop took place at the Jagdschloss Kranichstein. Over the course of two days, we exchanged views with stakeholders from research and practice on the possibilities and limitations of insect-friendly mowing.

We would like to thank all speakers for their great and interesting presentations. We would also like to thank the numerous participants for their interest in our workshop and the exciting discussions. The exchange was not least a great help for us to be able to dedicate ourselves to the topic of insect-friendly mowing with all its facets, hurdles, but also possibilities in the project. The discussions provided very important input for our further research and planned actions in the project.

Click here to find more impressions, photos, videos and soon the proceedings of the event:

Country market at the Jagdschloss Kranichstein

On the weekend before our mowing workshop, there was a country market from Friday to Sunday at the Jagdschloss Kranichstein. We were also represented there with our BioDivKultur experience stand. In addition, the biologists gave interesting lectures in German on “Meadows – What do they mean for the diversity of plants?” and on “At home in the garden – How do I help my neighbors?

Interview with Project speaker Prof. Nico Blüthgen about BioDivKultur

BioDivKultur – “Diverse green spaces just don’t look like manicured ornamental lawns”.

Parks, greenbelts, and commercial green spaces can provide important habitat for a wide range of insect species. Different design decisions play an important role in this. The BioDivKultur research project is investigating how biodiversity can be given greater consideration in green space design. Professor Dr. Nico Blüthgen reports in an interview on the motivation and goals of the interdisciplinary project.

BioDivKultur experience stand at the environmental fair

We were represented with a booth at the Umweltbörse and Regio-Faire fair on Saturday, September 3, at Friedensplatz in Darmstadt.
At our information booth at the Umweltbörse you can have photos taken with giant 3D insects in the background, experience how shaky ecosystems are and interactively learn about our project and 3D insects. The stele was provided by DiNArDA e.V..

August 2022

BioDivKultur chirps: We are now active on social media ​

You can also follow our project on social media! Through our channels, we post interesting information and provide insights into our work in the BioDivKultur project. Information about upcoming events and campaigns is also provided there.

Visit us! We are looking forward to seeing you.

July 2022

Visit to the InsectMow project

On 19.07. visited the project BioDivKultur the project InsectMow in Hohenheim. At the cooperation project InsectMow, scientists from the universities of Tübingen and Hohenheim are working on the development and evaluation of an insect- and spider-friendly disc mower. Special scouring devices are developed and tested once. These should scare the animals away in time so that they flee and do not come into contact with the mower. In addition, the mower is modified so that fewer animals are sucked into the mower and killed during mowing. In addition, the InsectMow project would like to develop a standardized test procedure and a label for insect- and spider-friendly mowers together with the DLG test center. In this way, the effectiveness of such mowing technology should be easier to test and also reward in the future.

We would like to thank the InsectMow project for the exciting insights and hospitality! We are very much looking forward to future cooperation and to our next meeting at the Mahdworkshop.

Project week on the topic of insect-friendly mowing

This year there was again a project week together with the Berthold-Brecht-School on the topic of insect-friendly mowing. The students learned about the background to species and insect extinction, what role mowing plays in this, and how scientists go about researching such issues. Like a real study, together with the students mowing observations on the school grounds were made, hypotheses were developed, sampling was carried out and these were subsequently evaluated.

June/July 2022

Sampling in the cities Darmstadt, Bamberg and Göttingen

Equipped with biocoenometers and suction cups, the biologists traveled to the cities Darmstadt, Bamberg and Göttingen to sample a total of 249 areas for their arthropod diversity. Study areas were parks, roadside vegetation, traffic verges, sheep pastures, mowing meadows and company grounds. The freezers are now full of samples and we are already busy sorting. In any case, we are already very excited about the results!

At this point, we would like to thank all the farmers, associations and companies, who supported us during the sampling! Like the Tennis club H.o.t. and GTC in Göttingen and the company Lambrecht meteo GmbH. A very warm thank you also goes to public offices of the cities for their support in planning and implementation.

June 2022

First overall project meeting in presence

On 22.06 the BioDivKultur project met in the premises of Lab3 to discuss the progress already made and the way forward. Thank you for the hospitality! It was the first big project meeting in presence with a following dinner together.

Also present this time was DiNArDA e.V. talk about first common ideas for the integration of 3D insect models.

Excursion to Zwingenberg

In mid-June, the Zwingenberg landscape conservation association “Alte Burg” invited us to spend an afternoon together in the Zwingenberg Steingeröll. Equipped with landing nets, air-permeable boxes, cameras and lots of identification books, arthropods were collected and identified for more than four hours on an unmown dry meadow. Some club members were also present and participated in plant determinations. The sunny property with a beautiful view of the Rhine Valley and Auerbach Castle has a lot to offer both zoologically and botanically. Thus, the project team was able to identify at least 11 different grasshopper and mantis species, 6 bug species, 6 moth species, 4 beetle species, and various hymenoptera (bees, bumblebees, and others). The hot afternoon ended – suitably accompanied by fireflies – with an evening picnic.

Mowing experiments at Jagdschloss Kranichstein

Within the framework of a master’s thesis and a teacher’s thesis, the first mowing experiments were carried out at the Jagdschloss Kranichstein.

Through the mowing process itself, the mowing of meadows kills many insects or destroys their refuges and food resources. The mowing experiments were used to investigate different mowing devices and their mortality on arthropods. This involved mowing with beam mowers, power scythes, mulchers, and scythes on several experimental plots. By means of biocoenometers, one suction sample was taken before and one after mowing, and mown material was also collected. This will be used to determine how insect-friendly or -damaging which mowing equipment and processes are and what protective measures can be taken. In the meantime, the samples are in the laboratory are being evaluated. We are already very excited about the results!

May 2022

Herbaceous show 2022

On the day of biodiversity (22.05.) the nationwide herbaceous show took place andwe were there again!

This year we also set out to draw attention to the hidden plant diversity in Darmstadt.
With a
total of four groups, we labeled numerous plants in the city using chalk to draw attention to the “overlooked diversity”.

We would like to thank the many interested people, who actively supported us in the campaign this year!

The nationwide herbaceous show was coordinated this year by Julia Krohmer (Senckenberg). More information on the nationwide herbaceous show is available here:

Our first project trip

Project excursion to the traveling exhibition on insect protection at the Schatzinsel Kühkopf environmental education center

Babette & Lisette Darmstädter Echo

This comic was published in the Darmstädter Echo on 13.05.22. Drawn by Steffen Jobst.

March 2022

TU Darmstadt is looking for sampling areas

Support our research to preserve biodiversity!

The biologists of the Technical University of Darmstadt are looking for
Companies and farms with mowed grassland, meadows or field edges that would make them available for a survey.
The surveys are planned this year for June/July in Darmstadt, Bamberg and Göttingen and will involve a one-time walk-through of the site for approximately 1-2 hours. Both intensively mowed lawns and extensively mowed taller stands are examined.

You can find more information about the study here.

You want to support our research? Then please feel free to contact us:
Genevieve Walther
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Phone: 06151 16-20049

Lecture on the influence of mowing on arthropods

At 16.03.2022 the biologists of the project BioDivKultur at 6 pmgave a lecture on the influence of mowing on arthropods in grassland.
Insights into the current state of research showed what mowing practices exist and which impact they have on arthropods. Prospects for insect-friendly mowing concepts were also presented.

If you have any questions about the lecture or the literature presented, please contact the Biologists of the BioDivKultur project.

December 2021

Official launch of BIODIVKULTUR ​

On 01 December 2021, the BioDivKultur project could officially start!

September 2021

Podcast -
What motivates species protection (measures)?

In this podcast, young scientists from the departments of linguistics, political science and biology at the TU Darmstadt talk about perspectives and research results on the topic of species conservation.

Interview Alfred Nordmann

In this video, artist Rainer Lind interviews philosopher of technology Alfred Nordmann about how he came to the BioDivKultur project as a philosopher of science and technology and what research questions interest him in the project.

July 2021

Herbaceous show in Darmstadt

On the occasion of the nationwide Krautschau, the BioDivKultur project also paraded through Darmstadt together with students and committed conservationists. The aim of the campaign: draw attention to as many plant survival artists as possible that grow everywhere in the city between wall cracks and pavement joints and mark them with chalk. This is to draw attention to the diversity in the city and to increase the appreciation of herbs.

The video of the herbaceaus show was created in collaboration with the artist Rainer Lind.

Project week on the topic of insect-friendly mowing

Together with teachers from the Berthold-Brecht-Schule, the BioDivKultur project organized a course on insect-friendly mowing for a project week. Students learned about the background of species and insect extinction, the role of mowing, and how scientists work on such researching issues. As in a real study, together with the students, mowing observations on the school grounds were made, hypotheses were developed, sampling was carried out and then evaluated.

June 2021

Insect investigation in Darmstadt

Together with students from the Technical University Darmstadt, the first green spaces in and around Darmstadt were sampled for the BioDivKultur project. The areas were park lawns, roadside strips, insect-friendly flowering areas, sheep pastures, and wildlife grazing areas. Insects and arachnids were examined using a biocoenometer, an insect aspirator, as well as soil traps, ant baits, and soil samples. In addition to insects and arachnids, plant diversity on the plots was also studied. Through the different ways of cultivating the areas, knowledge about their influence on the flora and fauna there should be obtained.

The artist Rainer Lind accompanied us during the investigations at the Bürgerpark and shows in his short video how our area was sampled with the biocoenometer and the insect aspirator.

January 2021

Interview with Genevieve Walther

In this interview, Ms. Walther talks from an ecological perspectiveabout the problems and possible solutions, which will be investigated in the BioDivKultur project .

The BioDivKultur project is funded by the Research Initiative for Biodiversity Conservation of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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