DOK Excursion Friday 11. October 2019

Birsmattehof in Therwil (7 km South of Basel)


On Friday morning the two responsible scientists, Paul Mäder and Jochen Mayer, and colleagues will guide you through the DOK field experiment, where bio-dynamic, bio-organic and conventional treatments are compared in a four-fold replicated field experiment in 96 plots since 1978. It is located in the valley Leimen, a region characterized by loamy soil developed on deep deposits of alluvial Loess. An overview on associated ongoing or recently closed projects will be given (e.g., on drought stress, soil quality indicators, N2O emissions, N and C rhizodeposition, root carbon turnover, Deuterium studies, P-cycling). Principle investigators and PhDs will present new projects on soil organic matter quality and soil metagenomics. We will also discuss future research questions and potential collaboration with visitors.

Short travel info

Note that Basel has an airport (Basel-Mulhouse) connected to many European destinations, and it is quite easy reachable by bus from Basel SBB main train station. Therefore, you may consider arriving in Basel by plane, travel by train to Ascona (Monte Verità) for the conference, and returning to your hometown from Basel after the excursion.

After the end of the DOK workshop on Monte Verità (Ascona) at noon on Thursday October 10, we will travel by train to Basel in the afternoon. We suggest a couple of Hotels in Basel for the night from 10th to 11th October 2019. In the morning, participants will reach the DOK experiment from Basel SBB train station by tram (line 10 direction Rodersdorf, stop Therwil) by their own, and from there a 15 min walk to the DOK experiment on Birsmattehof. Details will follow.

13CO2 (left) and 15N-urea (right) multiple pulse labelling in the DOK-experimen

Hotel information

The hotel in Basel has to be booked and paid by the participant.

Cheap hostel options

  • YMCA (5 min walk to railway station)
  • Backpack (10 min walk to railway station)