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

UGT – Lysimeter Technology

Lysimeter experiments determines PFC load in groundwater

The patented Lysimeter sampling technique was successfully used for a large science project in Germany.

Undisturbed soil monoliths were sampled by specially trained technicians from UGT GmbH with a high degree of precision and without the use of heavy duty equipment using the unique sampling technology developed and patented by UGT.

The research project with institutes from Bavaria (state office for environment LfU) and Baden Würtemberg would like to investigate the long-term effects of poly- and perflourized chemicals (PFC) on our groundwater. A total of 4 soil monoliths were extracted from a grain field and transported to the research institute. There the lysimeters are exposed to real weather conditions for 3 years and the leachate is continuously examined for contamination. By sampling the leachate after the soil passage of 2 m, a possible shift of substances with the percolating rainwater can be detected.


  • operation with light and movable excavation tools
  • enables the use in rough terrain
  •  rise of the productivity
  • Increases the quality of the monolith
  •  save money
  • detection of obstacles, e.g. stones, inclusions or other under the use of online observation
  • Xray and computer tomography examinations of the soil columns extracted using this technology have shown that no cracks or structural changes occur within the monoliths using this method.
  • well visible soil profiles
  • minimal damage of the surrounding area by using the excavation tools
  • No need to dig out the area around the vessel

UGT – We have updated our RTG – (READY TO GO)- lysimeters – see your unique option to combine our RTG with our new EcoLab! Measure the full range!

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.

The compact lysimeter station consists of stainless steel lysimeter vessel, a weighing system, a seepage tank with a tipping bucket, and a data logger.

Additionally, a weather station and a wide range of soil hydrological sensors, as well as a controlled bottom boundary condition can be added to get a complete measurement site. Combining the data logger with the SVADSS online data service provides a quick and easy access to the data via the internet.

What makes our system outstanding?

  • Most advantageous for you is that now all RTG -lysimeters have stainless steel vessels.

This enables you to use an undisturbed monolith using our special excavation equipment BASIC or the patented UGT extended excavation technology (requires UGT technicians). But also hand filling is an option! You can even change from one experiment to the other!

  • The RTGs are equipped with our patented full-range tensiometers

Patent number: DE 102016108531 A12017.01.12

Especially for regions with a dry climate this gives you the advantage of being able to get results until pf 4.2 which means it works until 15bar which is the wilting point of the plants. Moreover this highly sophisticated sensor gives you a unique feature or selling point.

RTGs are good value for money – not expensive

  • They have a handy size and can be handled without large machinery
  • Installation can be realized  by the user and shipping is less expensive than a big station

COMBINE your FIELD LAB (RTG) with your indoor LAB device UGT-EcoLab

In combination with the RTG lysimeter especially if you choose a lysimeter with a diameter of 500 we offer you herewith  also our UGT EcoLab which is to be used in the laboratory but you can – if you need this for your scientific experiment –  use a monolith that you had first used outside in the RTG-lysimeter. You can work in the lab alternating with undisturbed or disturbed soil.

The standard EcoLab 500 consist of:

1. Lysimeter part with soil and sensors

2. Atmosphere habitat part (suitable for experiments on water flows and solute transports or gas fluxes as well as experiments concerning fauna and flora)

3. technical part on top with different light options

There is a lot of opportunity to choose your special version.

We look forward to your further questions and remarks and are with pleasure ready to further discuss this topic. Inform us about your future project and we are more than happy to choose with you and give advice for the most suitable version of your RTG or EcoLab.

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UGT Research

Climate Change in the steppe of Kazakhstan – MidTerm Meeting

UGT GmbH visited the MidTerm Conference of the German-Kazakh-Russian Research Cooperation Project Rekks with the research focus “Innovative solutions for a sustainable agricultural land use in the dry steppes of Kazakhstan and southwestern Siberia” on the 26 and 27 July 2019. First results from the joint research projects of the program “CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) were presented at the S.SEIFULLIN KAZAKH AGROTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY in Nur-Sultan and at the A.I. BARAYEV RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION CENTRE OF GRAIN FARMING in Shortandy.

Nur-Sultan, Seifullin University and Barayev Institute. Photo credit: Seifullin University, Barayev Institute and UGT GmbH

The UGT GmbH was represented by Kerstin Thomsen she gave a talk with results of the development and installation of a weighable lysimeter station that operates during the whole year. And she showed details of the constructed wind tunnel and the wind erosion trap to simulate and evaluate the effect of land-use and agriculture management on wind erosion.

Wind tunnel and snow lysimeter. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

In the afternoon there was a “Round Table” with scientists and farmers on the research needs of farmers and ways of implementation.

Round table moderated by Mr. Kanat Akshalov – head of department, Baraev Institut, Shortandy, Kasachstan. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

On 27.7. all participants could visit the lysimeter station on the experimental field.

MidTerm participants and Lysimeter station. Photo credit: UGT GmbH

Soilinsight® Evaluation of soil

New research publication available

SOILINSIGHT® developed by the LSE laboratory of the Université de Lorraine and distributed by UGT proposes a new approach based on non-destructive observation of the soil. Watteau et al. 2019 create videos of the structural dynamics of the soil (

For more information please refer to following publication:

Watteau, F., Jangorzo, N. S., Schwartz, C. (2019) A micromorphological analysis for quantifying structure descriptors in a young constructed Technosol. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 71, 1, 11-20.

What does the SOILINSIGHT® measure?

The SOILINSIGHT® repeatedly records pictures of a soil chamber. The comparison between the pictures provides information about structural changes of the soil. Thus, the SOILINSIGHT® allows a non destructive observation of the soil, its structure and its flora and fauna.

Views of the constructed Technosol. 1: Soilinsight® image of the glazed face at 5 months; 2 and 3: magnified Soilinsight®- images showing roots at different growth stages and earthworms, respectively; 4: thin section of constructed Technosol. e: earthworm; d: earthworm dejection; g: gravel; m: mineral; n: node; om: organic matter; or: older root; p: pore; r: root; yr: young root. Photo credit: Watteau et al. 2019

What is the SOILINSIGHT® used for?

Observations of structural changes provide information about the causes and the dimensions of these changes. When observing root systems, information about the mass increase, growth rates, root distribution, root characteristics (e.g. number of fine roots) or about the structure of macro pores can be obtained. Furthermore, the effects of different cultivation methods or other environmental factors on root growth can be investigated. Those research questions are especially of high importance for climate change or agricultural system studies. Wormholes, development stages or size of soil organism as well as the distribution and dimension of fungi and parasites can be observed. When studying the soil flora and fauna, the distribution, state and influence on the soil structure and on root growth can be observed and evaluated.

Soilinsight® (top); handle (left); park-rack (right) photo credit: UGT GmbH

How does the SOILINSIGHT® work?

The back of the soil chamber is transparent and thus allows the observation of the soil chamber. The back of the soil chamber is attached to the scanner, which takes a picture on a regular interval or by manual operation. The pictures a stored on a connected computer, which is also used to control the experiment via a windows based computer software. The pictures can be graphically evaluated using windows based evaluation software. The soil chamber is open at the top that the soil surface can be planted and irrigated. A tube at the bottom enables the outflow of seepage water.

UGT Research

Plastic in the environment – Status Conference

UGT GmbH visited the status conference on the 9 and 10 April 2019 with the research focus “Plastics in the Environment – Sources, Sinks and Solutions of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). First results from the joint research projects of the research program were presented at the Kalkscheune in Berlin. Representatives of the projects presented their findings and challenges as well as work on cross-cutting topics.

Poster “Current status and next steps in the optimization process of sedimentation boxes” photo credit: UGT GmbH

The UGT GmbH was represented by Leonard Zechmeister (Project Engineer Research and Development). As part of the working package: Development of sampling methods, he presented a poster with first optimizations results of the sedimentation boxes regarding: longevity, ease of use, efficient manufacturing, recovery rates of microplastics (MP) and low selectivity for different MP types.

Finished stainless steel sedimentation box for field use. Finished plexiglas sedimentation box for laboratory tests photo credit: UGT GmbH

Besides the scientific understanding of microplastic entry sources, causes and paths, market-ready procedures for efficient microplastic sampling should be developed by the UGT GmbH.

Plastic can be found everywhere in today’s world – in the arctic, on the ocean floor, and on uninhabited islands. Tiny plastic particles have even been found to be present in the cells of animals and plants. Our knowledge of the extent of plastic contamination, however, is surprisingly low: exactly how much plastic is swimming in the oceans, where it comes from, how it behaves in rivers and seas, and what effects it might have on animal and humans, remains largely unknown.” (

Joint Project in “ Plastik in der Umwelt“

These are the partners of the project RUSEKU

Measure the whole range! UGT – your solution provider– visit us at EGU at Booth No 20

UGT is a well known exhibitor at the EGU. We understand ourselves as a medium sized company being the middleman between Science – Technology and practical application. It is us who give with our highly sophisticated monitoring equipment new approach to the scientists from all over the world to resolve challenges and register data in order to be able to meet the demands of the future. EGU General Assembly 2019 will bring also in this year together geoscientists from all over the world. We are proud to be part of this world wide network. 

Our own new developments and new products together with products from our partners that we represent like Picarro – USA, ICT- Australia Eosense – Canada, Eijkelkamp – Netherlands, In-Situ – USA, UGT is a strong partner  to cover the demands of our science-partners. Measure the whole range!

The EGU is a forum that enables conference, discussion, brainstorming among the different scientific branches. The world of Geoscience meets in Vienna – please make use of the opportunity to come and see UGT – the specialized producer from Germany

A climate change study with groundwater lysimeter

The groundwater lysimeter station of UGT was built in 2009 in a grassland site in Spreewald (Brandenburg, Germany) with shallow water table. It was part of the BMBF-funded cooperative research project INKA BB – Innovation Network Climate Adaptation Berlin-Brandenburg, in particular the subproject: Instruments and Strategies for Sustainable Water Management in Large Wetlands, located at the Leibniz centre for agriculture landscape research (ZALF).

wetland site in Spreewald photo credit: UGT GmbH
principle sketch of the installation of a weighable groundwater lysimeter at an investigation site close to the groundwater level photo credit: UGT GmbH

The groundwater lysimeter station consisted of four soil monoliths, each with a surface area of 1 m² and 2 m thick. The installation included a weather station and a soil measuring station for the measurement of meteorological and soil hydraulic reference values.

The weighable groundwater lysimeters together with field measurements in the Spreewald form the basis for the experimental evidence in the project INKA BB. Berlin and Brandenburg are considered to be particularly vulnerable to future climate change. Low annual precipitation and sandy soils with a low water storage capacity also make the region vulnerable in the future to dry periods and heavy precipitation. Given the challenges of climate change and climate adaptation a successful water management is crucially important.

weighable lysimeter station photo credit: UGT GmbH

For this purpose, groundwater lysimeters were placed directly in an investigation area. This allows all relevant water balance parameters to be measured with sufficient accuracy. A reference lysimeter reflects the water balance of the investigated area, further lysimeters are used for the simulation of different adaptation options.

For more information please refer to following publication:
Dietrich, O., Fahle, M., Kaiser, T., Steidl, J. (2019) Eine Lysimeter-Studie zu Auswirkungen unterschiedlicher Grundwasser-Steuerregime auf den Bodenwasserhaushalt eines grundwassernahen Standorts. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 63, 1, 6-18.