Announcement: International Lysimeter – Sap Flow – IoT Workshop in Munich/Freising, 18th – 20thMarch 2020

UGT & ICT International have been working closely together for many years to bring best monitoring technologies to scientists and managers of agriculture and the natural environment. This to enable a better understanding of water and water fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. These topics grows in importance as the with population pressure and climate change understanding and management of water becomes ever more critical.
Lysimeters are a proven tool for ecosystem studies. They are the reference system for matter and energy fluxes in rather undisturbed systems. Big enough to provide a root space for representative plant stands, they measure precise and detailed enough to describe fluxes at high resolution. Pesticide leaching, and greenhouse gas emissions can be quantified for the well defined lysimeter volume.



IoT Monitoring Solutions for the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.
ICT International manufactures instrumentation which is key to measuring the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, enabling in-situ real time measurement of sap flow (SFM1) and plant water potential (PSY1) in absolute terms.
ICT International products are  specifically designed to be deployed in rugged field environments, use low-power, have wireless and internet connection. These instruments have been installed around the world – from the Amazon rainforests to the Canadian Permafrost.
In 2019 ICT International released a suite of integrated IoT enabled sensing solutions
designed specifically to measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. IoT monitoring systems offer new opportunities for monitoring and management in many diverse applications such as ecophysiology research, commercial orchard production and lysimeters.
This workshop will provide an overview of these new technologies and training in their use. Also future monitoring and management opportunities from IoT technologies.
Lysimeter-SapFlow_WS 18-20March2020
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Registration and workshop fee:
With registration the fee is 225 € for full registration and 150 € for students.
The workshop fee includes lunches, coffee and cake and the participation of the Bavarian evening.
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Lysimeter to improve desert soils

UGT feels happy to have been chosen by the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Doha to provide and install a lysimeter station with three RTG Lysimeter.
Sustainability a key for future…
The research of the international team of scientist who work with the lysimeter will focus on the melioration of sandy soils with biochar to improve the fertility of poor soils in desert regions and manage water supply optimal in dry regions.
Easy data management a key for efficient work
The SVADSS data service from UGT enables the user to get their newest data every morning right on their desk. Automaticly created graphs gives you a quick inside of your monitoring station and you have always good overview on what´s going on in the field. Focus on science instead of digging for data.
Sensible sensors – sensible working
The site was chosen on a green area of Education City in Doha. As UGT feels proud to provide best solutions with minimal impact on the study site we removed the green from the construction site first and stored it aside.
The three RTG Lysimeter could be installed carefully and after all the green was replaced and the site was immedeately in perferct shape again.
We claim nothing else than the best according our ambitious philosophy…UGT – more than standard!

Smile and sweat…
Our senior consultant for Lysimeter & Ecotrons Stefan Engelhardt, couldn´t be stopped by 40°C without shadow. His experience of about 250 installed lysimeter around the globe fits him for such challenges.

The next lysimeter for the region will follow in few weeks.
Thanks for trusting UGT!

UGT at the VIETWATER 2019 in Ho-Chi–Minh-City, 6th to 8th of November 2019

VIETWATER 2019 was for UGT a very good opportunity to assess the Vietnamese market and to get to know the players in this field.  The event presented latest technologies on the one hand by domestic and also by foreign international exhibitors. So, we got a good picture concerning the development of water sector and related environmental monitoring sector in Vietnam. VIETWATER HO CHI MINH 2019 – was the Leading International event in this field in Vietnam.
There are big challenges to be resolved caused by growing industrialization and high growth of population in big cities. So, the Vietnamese government launched a big investment program and counts on cooperation of Vietnamese partners with foreign partners.
Over 400 exhibitors on 10,000sqm exhibition space together with 15 international group pavilions were present at the Vietwater.
Beside the German Pavilion there were country pavilions from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, German, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
UGT made use of the good business environment given by the booth organized under the brand „Made in Germany“supported by German Ministry BMWE.
With an active invitation policy and marketing efforts UGT organized in advance during the preparation of the exhibition already the success at the booth.
Already on the arrival day UGT had a first meeting at the office of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. The Delegate and head of the Chamber, Mr. Walde gave valuable information on market conditions and customer contacts.

An impressive opening ceremony was the kickoff of the exhibition.

Altogether more than 50 valuable contacts at the booth
As worldwide there are hardly very special commercial exhibitions for Monitoring equipment in soil science, for UGT at this exhibition it was valuable that Vietwater 2019 was held in conjunction with Waste & Environment Technology Vietnam 2019 (WETV). A target of Vietnam is: „moving towards greening journey in Vietnam “, that gives impetus on the further cooperation between UGT, German universities, medium sized companies and Vietnamese universities. So UGT was especially glad on the visit of Prof. Bui Xuan Nam, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Long and PhD Nguyen Anh Tuan from the Hanoi university of Mining and Geology to discuss a joint project concerning a joint German Vietnamese project concerning environmentally aware and sustainable mining of copper resources in Vietnam The leading University partner in Germany is TUBA Freiberg. UGT is proud to be a partner in this project.
Commercially activity and science cooperation
Very promising talks had UGT with the scientific team around Prof. Junghoon Lee from South Korea from the school of Mechanical & Aerospace Eng. about joint activities and developments.
Many contacts with trading companies in Vietnam help UGT to define the adequate partner for the future work.

Already on Saturday the 9th of November UGT discussed a new tender concerning our RTG lysimeters in Vietnam.
We say goodbye and say thank you to our very good hosts thank for the cooperation with our wonderful assistants at the booth from the university of Ho Chi Minh city Ms.  Ngoc Tran Thi Thanh.
We are impressed by the lively and busting city and wish to the thousands of Vietnamese people on their bikes in the city always safe and good journey!

UGT looks forward to the further work with Vietnam.

UGT – a hidden champion – world market leader in lysimeter technology

What is the function of a weighable lysimeter?

Lysimeters determine the water balance under natural or controlled conditions. So they are an important tool for water-balance studies in agriculture, forestry and other environmental settings. One can quantify the actual evaporation from a bare soil or actual evapotranspiration from a soil covered by vegetation. They monitor the movement, the storage and the degradation of contaminants in the soil, the soil water and soil gas. By the help of lysimeters it is possible to monitor the correlation between the soil, environmental influences and plant parameters such as root growth or harvest.

In the last 20 years it was UGT who set new mile stones with the new container stations of PE material, Patent-Nr.: 19907463.1-52. These stations were a big step forward in technology. We developed a scientific tool that is  advantageous because the PE is  more dense than concrete on the one hand, the stations  are removable, easier to install than concrete, one needs no building allowance and they are sustainable because one can do different experiments at different places and always use the same container station.

More than 300 big projects have been realized in the last 20 years.

Highlights in the UGT project line were for instance the biggest European lysimeter facility at the Zurich-Reckenholz location with altogether 72 monolithically excavated lysimeters. This station was built in order to do research concerning nitrate leaching to groundwater.

In France, in Homécourt there is a very fruitful cooperation with UGT with 24 weighable lysimeters being used in research at the GISFI. GISFI is a leading player in the field of phytoremediation. The cooperation has been continued over the last years with new lysimeters and new installation in the field of modern new sensors and the implementation of new add ons.

In 2014 in the margin of the world soil science congress in South Korea Jeju it was UGT who could hand over the biggest Asian lysimeter station in Jeonju Korea with altogether 92 lysimeters. There the scientists are predominantly in the research of rice plants.

It was in 2018 when UGT installed in the margin of the International project CLIENT II, within a   BMBF Joint Project with partners like Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover – LUH,

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg- MLU, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ, Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG – Amazone and partners from Kazachstan that the first weighable lysimeter was installed there in order to do research in the field of land management and water flux processes. Also the first year-round-operation is planned by using a special snow-cutter.

The university of Mexiko bought in 2019 3 twofold lysimeter stations and UGT combined the installation with a workshop and introduced the various working scenarios.

China is a very good international market for us, and we are proud to have installed with our partners different projects among them the lysimeter station in Shixia. Just now in October we will install 3x 2-fold lysimeter stations in Nanjing.

Many exciting projects have been done in Germany in our home market – please see our references at our website.

New developments of UGT are the RTG lysimeter to be combined if the customer wants it with a Eco-lab of UGT

With the exciting scientific Ecounit where we had the chance to work with the scientists of IDIV we had for the first time the chance to combine our knowledge in the field of lysimeters with new scientific apparatus in the atmosphere and create a new equipment that enables research concerning climate change in the field of fauna and flora that means  plants as well as for instance insects.


It is the scientists of our partners and customers in the universities in Germany and abroad as well as the experienced staff of UGT in project planning, service, production, installation and sales and marketing that enable these wonderful projects. We are proud to announce that we can now count among our team members our new colleague Mr. Stefan Engelhardt who joined the team in September 2019 as senior consultant – lysimeter and ecotrons.

Stefan Engelhardt studied geography, chemistry and soil science at the University of Göttingen. He started his career in an office for landscape architecture. After that he worked for the University of Bayreuth. His field of working were studies of ecosystem functions and climate change effects. For that purpose he set up a network of monitoring stations in Europe and South America. Before he came to UGT he was working already for 10 years as an international expert for lysimeter systems and monitoring solutions all over the world. Based on this broad background of his large experience and outstanding expertise Stefan Engelhardt can provide best consultancy and support for science, research and applied studies. Stefan has gained a lot of experience and was part of the TERENO team and participated with his work within   TERENO lysimeter-network in Germany which observes and investigates in the field of soil processes and plant diversity. We look forward to the joint work and welcome Stefan very warm in our team.

New Product

LWF – precipitation collector – with 200 cm² collection area for forest and agriculture

Photo credit: UGT GmbH

UGT offer the standard precipitation collector, developed at the Bavarian State Institute of Forestry, exclusively.


  • Protection against contamination by leaves, needles etc. in the collecting bottle is prevented
  • Minimized evaporation
  • Effective fine filter is removable
  • Cleaning and handling: the individual parts can be cleaned or replaced by hand.
  • Easy handling
  • Low price
  • Standard system enables the comparison of precipitation between different users

field of application

The LWF – precipitation collector – 200 is used to collect and store the precipitation for analysis of the precipitation quantity and quality in the laboratory.

technical specifications

The collecting diameter is 200 mm and the surface is 314 cm2. The precipitation collector is suspended at a height of 1 m in a standpipe with base. The precipitation collector is made of polyethylene. The sampling volume is 5 or 4.4. liter.

protective filter

A protective filter prevents the entry of dirt and at the same time the evaporation from the collection volume, so that the concentration of the substances dissolved in the water is maintained.

Photo credit: UGT GmbH

adapted designs for every application site

design forest: Collecting funnel and collecting bottle are connected by a screw connection for sun protected installation sites like forests.

design agriculture: Collecting funnel and collecting bottle are connected by a hose connection for sun exposed installation sites. The collection bottle is stored in the soil (base pipe) and thus the collected precipitation is cooled and evaporation is reduced.

Photo credit: UGT GmbH


To prevent contamination by bird excrement’s we recommend using the bird defense ring.


The World Meteorological Organization recommends collectors like this for measurements with tipping counters in order to compensate for errors caused by the principle. Since precipitation varies strongly, 4 rain collectors per tipping counter are recommended.

With new innovative ideas and enthusiasm – UGT has a solid basis towards future!

Management announces succession

Dear partners and customers, we want to announce now a change in the top management of our company! The succession in the company has been successfully completed, change and continuation of an intensive work over decades within the frame of the scientific community as a SME always dedicated to the demands of our customers.’ 

Bernd Fürst, Managing Director of UGT until 2019, has now handed over responsibility!

Dr. Sascha Reth, Managing Shareholder of UGT since 2012 and Dr. Marco Reiche, new Managing Director of UGT are now since the first of June 2019 also legally the new top management team. First of all we want to express how grateful we are that Bernd Fürst has worked dedicated and successfully over so many years for UGT and developed the company together with the work team to a highly renowned specialist in environmental monitoring technique. As one of the founders of the company together with Dr. Manfred Seyfarth – both are still busy in the company as consultants and give valuable experience for many projects.  

The new managing team, Dr. Sascha Reth as our experienced head of the company together with Dr. Marco Reiche want to thank first of all you, dear customers, for the trust and reliable partnership over so many years! We will continue the relationship with all our agents and partners and set new mile stones with even more innovative products and with a strong UGT team. In production, development, sales and service we will further improve our performance!

Take our word for it – our credo – satisfied customers because of precise results in measuring technique!  

The Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Enterprises

UGT is finalist of the most coveted economic award in Germany

“Sustainable management” – was the motto of this year’s competition * German SMEs are a guarantor of stability and trust * The companies awarded the “Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Enterprises” perform outstandingly for society. A total of 5,399 small and medium-sized companies as well as banks and municipalities were nominated for the competition in 2019. No other economic competition in Germany achieves such a large and now already a quarter of a century lasting resonance as the one offered by the Oskar Patzelt Foundation since 1994. The award as “finalist” goes to the UGT GmbH.

For 25 years, UGT GmbH has been developing and exporting innovative and tailor-made environmental measuring instruments to more than 54 countries as a medium-sized company. UGT has currently applied for 17 patents and utility models for special measuring and diagnostic technology. UGT is the global market leader in the development and manufacture of weighable lysimeters.

The award as “finalist” goes to the UGT GmbH

On 31 August 2019, a delegation of UGT GmbH from the departments of management, research and development, production, sales and marketing waited eagerly for the decision of the board members of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation. With more than 400 entrepreneurs and numerous invited guests we experienced the gala of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation as part of the 25th competition for the “Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Enterprises 2019” in Dresden’s Hotel Maritim. This year, 11 companies from the 4 competition regions (Brandenburg-Berlin, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) were awarded with the prize. We could celebrate the award as a “finalist” and had an unforgettable evening in Dresden.

A great thank you to the nominators

In order to be able to take part in the award, an application is not possible, you have to nominated by a third party. This year, UGT GmbH was nominated by Berliner Sparkasse, Landesbank Berlin AG, IHK Ostbrandenburg, Pro Tempre GmbH and the Berlin and Brandenburg Service Agency of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks.

UGT GmbH fulfils the numerous competition criteria

The UGT GmbH was evaluated not only according to purely economic criteria, but also in its entirety and in its role in society. The five competition criteria: overall development of the company, creation/securing of jobs and trainee positions, modernisation and innovation, commitment to the region, service and customer proximity, marketing and its approx. 50 sub-criteria also cover concepts such as corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

We are very pleased to have been awarded this prize. We see it as a thank-you to all our colleagues who contribute through their daily work to UGT proving to be a trustworthy, respected partner for our customers and partners, a real finalist again and again”.

The time has come: start the measurement with the best equipment for your research

Take the opportunity and check the outstanding measurement tools at the booth of UGT/Picarro at the annual meeting of the German Soil science Society. Meet our team in entrance hall of the University Bern.

All visitors of our booth get special discount on our:

  • Ready-To-Go lysimeters
  • FullRange Tensiometer
  • ku-pF 4.2 SP
  • UMP-2 BT+
  • Picarro analyzers

Take the opportunity to meet Peter Swinkels from Picarro at our booth

Ready-To-Go lysimeters

Our series of Ready-To-Go lysimeter which consists of highly sophisticated smaller and medium sized lysimeter stations for soil columns are offered with a diameter of 300, 500 or 800 mm and we provide lengths of 300, 600 or 900 mm. Like our big UGT container stations with 1m² or 2m² also the smaller RTGs are weighable and collect the seepage water to allow direct evapotranspiration measurements. The RTGs are suitable for both disturbed (filled by hand) and undisturbed soil monoliths.

Full Range Tensiometer 2.0

Measurements up to the permanent wilting point pF 4.2

With the Full Range Tensiometer 2.0, UGT GmbH offers a further development of the maintenance-free, innovative polymer-filled tensiometer with integrated temperature measurement. The new polymer composition enables an even shorter reaction time. A pressure range of 1000 kPa is reached in a few minutes.

ku-pF 4.2

The new ku-pF 4.2 SP determines the soil water retention curve (pF-curve) and the hydraulic conductivity curve of soil samples according to the evaporation method. It measures the soil water tension up to the permanent wilting point (pF=4.2) by combining the precision of waterand
polymer-filled tensiometers with the latest RFID technology, which allows non-contact and continuous measurements in soil cores up to a volume of 3 liter in a single place measuring station.
The complete ranges of the pF and hydraulic conductivity curves provide information on how much soil water is actually available for plants and trees, especially among modified climate conditions. All measured values are continuously logged by the device and can be read out with an external computer.

UMP-2 BT+ combined soil moisture, temperature and electrical conductivity probe

wireless and robust

The UMP-2 BT+ sensor is the wireless version of the UMP-2 sensor. The sensor has an internal logger for data collection and storage and thus enables independent operation without disturbing cables or external loggers. Data gaps due to defective cables e.g. caused by animals belong to the past. Site disturbance in particular preferential flow paths are reduced to a minimum. Logged and live data is transmitted via Bluetooth LE (low energy). The UMP-2 BT+ can be completely buried for a vertical or horizontal installation.

Picarro analyzers


G2103 Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2103 gas concentration analyzer provides precise, real-time measurement of ammonia (NH3) and water (H2O) vapor. It incorporates coated components in the critical gas pathway.
G2103 Ammonia (NH3)
G2106 Gas Concentation Analyzer
Detect and measure ethylene in fruit and flower ripening, natural gas production, or use ethylene production as a proxy for N2 fixation.
G2106 Ethylene (C2H4)
G2121-i Isotope and Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2121-i isotope and gas concentration analyzer measures δ13C in high carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration (2000 – 4000 ppm) and CO2 gas concentration when it is coupled to a sample preparation peripheral such as a Bulk Combustion Module (A0201).
G2121-i δ13CCarbon Dioxide (CO2)Isotopic Carbon Dioxide (iCO2)
G2131-i Isotope and Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2131-i isotope and gas concentration analyer precisely, simultaneously, and continuously measures δ13C in carbon dioxide (CO2) and CO2 and CH4 gas concentration for a range of applications from atmospheric and ocean science research to food and beverage origin and authenticity.
G2131-i δ13CCarbon Dioxide (CO2)Isotopic Carbon Dioxide (iCO2)
G2201-i Isotopic Analyzer
The Picarro G2201-i isotope analyzer precisely and continuously measures δ13C in carbon dioxide (CO2) and in methane (CH4) to help understand the biological and geological mechanisms that produce and consume CO2.
G2201-i δ13CCarbon Dioxide (CO2)Methane (CH4)Isotopic Carbon Dioxide (iCO2)Isotopic Methane (iCH4)
G2308 Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2308 gas concentration analyzer provides simultaneous, precise measurement of nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4), and water (H2O) vapor at parts-per-billion (ppb) sensitivity with negligible drift for agriculture soil science, ecology, and emissions quantification.
G2308 Nitrous Oxide (N2O)Methane (CH4)Water (H2O)
G2311-f EC Flux Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2301-f flux gas concentration analyzer provides simultaneous, precise measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and water (H2O) vapor at 10 Hz for eddy covariance, gradient, and eddy accumulation methodologies.
G2311-f Carbon Dioxide (CO2)Methane (CH4)
G2508 Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G2508 gas concentration analyzer provides simultaneous, precise measurement of nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3), and water (H2O) vapor at parts-per-billion (ppb) sensitivity with negligible drift for agriculture soil science, ecology, and emissions quantification.
G2508 Carbon Dioxide (CO2)Methane (CH4)Nitrous Oxide (N2O)Water (H2O)Ammonia (NH3)
GasScouterTM G4301 Mobile Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro GasScouter™ G4301 is a new-generation, light-weight, portable, battery-powered gas concentration analyzer designed for science on the move.
G4301 Carbon Dioxide (CO2)Methane (CH4)
G5131-i Isotope and Gas Concentration Analyzer
The Picarro G5131-i isotopic and gas concentration analyzer enables simultaneous measurements of site specific and bulk δ15N and δ18O in N2O. It is an ideal solution for discerning and measuring the source of N2O emissions real-time in the field or through grab-sample measurements in the lab.
G5131-i δ15Nδ18ONitrous Oxide (N2O)Isotopic Nitrous Oxide (iN2O)

We are looking forward to meet you at our booth!

Full Range Tensiometer 2.0

Measurements up to the permanent wilting point pF 4.2

With the Full Range Tensiometer 2.0, UGT GmbH offers a further development of the maintenance-free, innovative polymer-filled tensiometer with integrated temperature measurement. The new polymer composition and improved ceramic enables an even shorter reaction time with increased maesuring accuracy.

Measurements beyond borders.

Tensiometers are widely used instruments for a detailed investigation of the water balance of an ecosystem. Conventional water filled tensiometers are able to measure up to approx. – 90kPa. This limited measuring range greatly limits research and monitoring tasks, especially in areas with dry soils, which will increase in the context of climate change. The worldwide new and patented Full Range Tensiometer 2.0 is a polymer tensiometer which covers the entire pressure head range relevant for plants up to 1500 kPa (pF 4.2). It is perfectly adapted to the requirements of also dry soils. Saline locations, such as in arid areas, are no problem due to the direct pressure measurement and correct calibration.

Ready for use in the field and in the laboratory.

Both large lysimeter stations and complex measuring sites as well as small lysimeters: Ready-to-go lysimeters, laboratory lysimeters and the EcoLab can be equipped with this high-resolution and extended polymer-filled tensiometer measuring technology and thus extend the measuring range. The new ku-pF 4.2 SP combines the precision of water- and polymer-filled tensiometers. By combining the latest RFID and polymer tensiometer technology, we enable non-contact, direct and undisturbed measurements up to the permanent wilting point pF 4.2 in soil cores for the determination of complete pF – and hydraulic conductivity curves.

Maintenance-free in long-term measurements even under extreme conditions.

Climate researchers predict an increase in extreme weather events, i.e. the shift from very dry to humid soils will increase. The Full Range Tensiometer 2.0 continues the measurement automatically after drying out as soon as the soil moisture increases again. No refilling is necessary anymore. The Full Range Tensiometer 2.0 is robust in its construction, maintenance-free and designed for long-term use. Due to the integrated temperature sensor you have everything at a glance. A further advantage is the low energy consumption (20 mA current in measuring mode). This makes the Full Range Tensiometer 2.0 particularly suitable for locations where regular maintenance and a reliable power supply are not guaranteed.


  • extended measuring range up to the wilting point
  • direct pressure measurement
  • maintenance-free
  • low power consumption