Sub-area within an intensively cultivated agrarian landscape

The sub-area Scheyern lies within the catchment area of the small river Schnatterbach and represents a landscape with intensive agriculture.

Geographically, the area belongs to the Pfaffenhofen hill country which forms the south western part of the Hallertau, an agricultural region known for its hops production.

Study areas of the Research Network Agroecosystems Munich (FAM) are situated in the eastern part of the catchment area. The long-term measurements of the FAM, especially those concerning climate and weather are important background information for the ESB.
The sub-area covers 10.5 km2.

Sampling site


  • A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
  • As the most dominant deciduous tree species in Central Europe, it plays a significant role in most nearly natural and also anthropogenically influenced forest ecosystems up to an altitude of 1100 m.
  • As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
  • Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.


Sampling period

2000 - 2023