Christa Schleper (Vienna): What is wrong with the nitrogen cycle -- and what can we do about it?

Montag, 11. Dezember 2023 13:30

Ort: Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Wien

Vortrag im Rahmen des University of Vienna Physics Colloquiums

Nitrogen is an important nutrient for all living things and at the same time so-called reactive nitrogen compounds pollute the environment, with serious consequences for biodiversity, our waters and our climate. For this reason, the current nitrogen cycle has been highlighted as one of the major planetary changes, the limit of which has already been irreversibly exceeded (see planetary boundaries). In this talk I will address the current global nitrogen cycle, including nitrifying microorganisms, the extent of fertilizer production in agriculture and the impact of our own eating habits. There are large differences worldwide and there are already effective reduction strategies for nitrogen pollution and the reduction of the associated greenhouse gas (laughing gas). But it is also important to discuss how bioremediation strategies can be better implemented in the future.

A light lunch buffet will be offered before the lecture at around 13:00.


Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1. Stock

Christa Schleper (© Christa Schleper)