Soil biodiversity from the lowlands to the high mountains
The small region of South Tyrol is highly diverse not only in terms of culture, languages and history, but also regarding landscapes.
This led us to choose this edition’s theme “Soil biodiversity from the lowland to the high mountains“. The lowest point at the southern tip of the Province with around 200 m a.s.l. is characterized by Mediterranean climate with grapes and apples growing in the valleys. Contrarily, South Tyrol reaches its highest point in the Ortler mountain range, ice-covered all year and peaking at 3905 m.
In between these two elevations, the topography and human influence created a variety of grasslands, forests, marshes as well as agricultural and urban land. In other words: there is still a lot to explore and to investigate, especially when focusing on soil zoology.
And thus is the world of soil animals: even if soil zoology and soil ecology studies are constantly increasing in numbers, and we get more and more pieces right to complete the picture, many questions remain unanswered.
We are eager and curious to see which new insights will be provided by our speakers, and which new collaborations and friendships will emerge!