Forthcoming EGF Events

EGF-Eucarpia 2019
Joint EGF-EUCARPIA Symposium 2019 on “Improving sown grasslands through breeding and management”

28th EGF General Meeting 2020 on "Meeting the future demands for grassland production"


Workshop “Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice” held in Sardinia 2017

The EGF Working Group “Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice” held its constituting assembly and first workshop on 7 May 2017 at the Congress Venue of the Department of Architecture, Muralla de l’Hospital (Bastioni Pigafetta) in Alghero, Sardinia (Italy). The goals of the workshop were:

  1. to exchange information on ongoing Research
  2. to learn about practical implementations 
  3. to discuss future joint projects.

The workshop covered all possible sensor systems (e.g. spectroscopy, photography, laser etc.) and their application in the various vegetation for grassland ecosystems.

Proceedings “Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice” (Alghero, Sardinia/Italy, 7  May 2017)

  • Sensing in mountain pasture ecology (Manuel Schneider & Tobias Zehnder, Switzerland)
  • Soil proximal sensing (Roberta Rossi, Italy)
  • Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice in the Netherlands (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, The Netherlands
  • Remote sensing - potential sources for the agricultural domain (Tomasz Milewski, Poland)
  • Using 3-D laser measurements for biomass estimation in semi-natural grasslands invaded by Lupinus polyphyllus (Frank Hensgen, Thomas Möckel, Damian Schulze-Brüninghoff,  Michael Wachendorf, Germany)
  • Precision farming - New technologies for grazing management of ruminants (Valeria Giovanetti, Italy)

Working Group “Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice”

Why sensing in Grassland?

  • Grassland is a complex ecosystem with enormous temporal and spatial dynamics
  • Many small-scale interactions are still not understood
  • Effects on the large scale are rarely researched
  • Management often guided by traditional or personal experience, rather than by scientific/objective information

>> Overarching hypothesis: Sensing can provide cheap, accurate and timely information

  • to scientists for an improved understanding of ecosystem functioning and
  • to farmers to support their decision-making

>> Challenge: To identify sensors for specific problems with adequate

  • information accuracy
  • spatial and temporal Resolution
  • costs and reliability

Why an EGF Working Group?

  • Sensing is a rather new research area
  • Grassland is an extremely interesting field of application
  • Expertise/specialists are widely distributed among geographers, physicists, engineers, ecologists etc.
  • A WG integrates a dynamic research field into the “traditional grassland community” and invites young scientists to join EGF
  • WGs within EGF offer an ideal platform for networking, information, exchange, etc.
  • Europe is a central arena for collaborative research funding
  • EGF generally seeks to connect research and application

How to become a member of the Working Group?

Simply download the EXCEL file (), fill in your details and send it to mwach(at) Membership will only be valid after completing the form. You will then receive information on WG activities and further information from other members who like to use the WG network for Dissemination. 

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