Alpine garden on Mount Patscherkofel

The alpine garden of the University of Innsbruck is situated on the north-western exposed slope of Mount Patscherkofel at the forest line between 1,890 and 1,950 m a.s.l. The area is about 2 hectares large and contains a research station, a public area and restricted space for scientific experiments. The research station was built in 1997, it is equipped with laboratories, a kitchen, bedrooms, sanitary installations and stowage space.

The station is used for university courses and research on survival mechanisms and adaptation strategies of alpine plants facing extreme conditions like frost and drought.



Recent projects

Recent publications

  • GANTHALER A. & MAYR S. (2021): Subalpine dwarf shrubs differ in vulnerability to xylem cavitation: an innovative staining approach enables new insights. Physiologia Plantarum,
  • PESKOLLER A., SILBERNAGL L., HÜLBER K., SONNLEITNER M. & SCHÖNSWETTER P. (2021): Do pentaploid hybrids mediate gene flow between tetraploid Senecio disjunctus and hexaploid S. carniolicus s. str. (S. carniolicus aggregate, Asteraceae)? Alpine Botany,
  • TELAGATHOTI A., PROBST M., KHOMENKO I., BIASIOLI F. & PEINTNER U. (2021): High-Throughput Volatilome Fingerprint Using PTR–ToF–MS Shows Species-Specific Patterns in Mortierella and Closely Related Genera. J. Fungi 7:66,
  • BUCHNER O., STEINER P., ANDOSCH A.; HOLZINGER A., STEGER M., NEUNER G & LÜTZ-MEINDL, U. (2020): A new technical approach for preparing frozen biological samples for electron microscopy. Plant Methods 16/1, No. 48
  • HUANG J.-G., QIANQIAN M., ROSSI S., BIONDI F., DESLAURIERS A., FONTI P., LIANG E., MÄKINEN H., OBERHUBER W. & GRUBER A. et al (2020): Photoperiod and temperature as dominant environmental drivers triggering secondary growth resumption in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117/34: 20645–20652, (SCIE-IF 2019: 9,412)
  • NEUNER G., HUBER B., PLANGGER A., POHLIN J.-M. & WALDE J. (2020): Low temperatures at higher elevations require plants to exhibit increased freezing resistance throughout the summer months. Environmental and Experimental Botany 169, No. 103882,
  • OBERHUBER W., BENDLER U., GAMPER V., GEIER J., HÖLZL A., KOFLER W., KRISMER H., WALDBOTH B. & WIESER G. (2020): Growth trends of coniferous species along altitudinal transects in the Central European Alps indicate decreasing sensitivity to climate warming. Forests 11:2, No. 132,
  • STEGNER M., LACKNER B., SCHÄFERNOLTE T., BUCHNER O., XIAO N., GIERLINGER N., HOLZINGER A. & NEUNER G. (2020): Winter nights during summer time: stress physiological response to ice and facilitation of freezing cytorrhysis by elastic cell wall components in leaves of a nival species. International Journal Of Molecular Sciences 21(19) 7042.
  • STEGNER M., WAGNER J., & NEUNER G. (2020): Ice accommodation in plant tissues pinpointed by cryo-microscopy in reflected-polarised-light. Plant Methods 16(1), 73
  • NEUNER G., MONITZER K., KAPLENIG D. & INGRUBER J. (2019): Frost Survival Mechanism of Vegetative Buds in Temperate Trees: Deep Supercooling and Extraorgan Freezing vs. Ice Tolerance. Front. Plant Sci. 10:537
  • NEUNER G., KREISCHE B., KAPLENIG D., MONITZER K. & MILLER R. (2019): Deep supercooling enabled by surface impregnation with lipophilic substances explains the survival of overwintering buds at extreme freezing. Plant Cell Environ, 42, 2065-2074

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