The Soil3 team

The consortium of the joint project Soil3 comprises university and non-university partners from all over Germany.

Allgemeine Bodenkunde und Bodenökologie   -   Prof. Dr. W. Amelung

  • coordination of the joint project
  • development and application of tracers for nutrient cycling and root growth
  • detection of carbon degradation and nitrogen leaching

Pflanzenbau   -   Dr. S. Seidel, Dr. T. Gaiser

  • upscaling of SIMPLACE modeling platform on the regional scale for North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
  • development of a model for the estimation of the effects of subsoil melioration on aboveground biomass and uptake of water and nutrients from the subsoil
  • development of the Impact Assessment Platform

Landtechnik   -   Dr. O. Schmittmann

  • management of the central field experiments CF1 and CF2
  • optimization of the technique for the large scale performance of subsoil melioration
  • further development of subsoil sensor technology
  • establishment and monitoring of demo trials
  • cost benefit analysis

Bodenkunde   -   Prof. Dr. I. Kögel-Knabner

  • identification of factors which control carbon stocks in top- and subsoil
  • understanding of small scale heterogeneity of carbon cycling in subsoil
  • understanding of the effect of roots on sub-surface carbon and nutrient hotspots via the generation of biopores

Bodenmikrobiologie   -   Prof. Dr. M. Schloter

  • detection of key processes and organisms for the microbial nutrient turnover in top- and subsoil
  • understanding of the effects of subsoil melioration on microbial activity and subsequent alteration of natural nutrient processing
  • detection of the role of compost quality on nutrient emissions

Terrestrische Biogeochemie   -   Dr. A. Berns, Dr. B. Wu

  • detection of nutrient use efficiency of subsoil management
  • nutrient uptake from subsoil via stable isotope ratios

Terrestrische Modellierung - Pflanzenskala   -   Prof. Dr. A. Schnepf

  • development of a virtual soil-root model for simulation of various subsoil properties and parametrization of large-scale models

Ökologie der Pflanzen   -   Prof. Dr. M. Rillig

  • delivery of data on fungal diversity in subsoil, especially of arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi communities
  • characterization of subsoil communities with regard to the abundance of fungal pathogens

Agrarklimaschutz   -   PD Dr. A. Don

  • soil compaction and root penetration as indicators for priority regions / soils
  • long-term effects and water holding potential of mechanical melioration (Treposols)
  • evaluation of effects of subsoil management on subsoil carbon stocks
  • delivery of regional data from the German Soil Inventory Agriculture
  • region-specific long-term effects of subsoil melioration

Bioökonomie   -   H. Gerdes

  • analysis of socio-economic effects (costs and benefits) of measures of subsoil management
  • analysis of relevant acceptance factors among farmers and societal stakeholders
  • identification of socio-economic and political target regions
  • development of policy recommendations

Lehr-und Forschungsstation Bereich Freiland   -   Dr. K. Schweitzer

  • performance of the central field experiment CF3 at Thyrow
  • performance of demo trials at Christinendorf and Heinersdorf
  • determination of yields and quality parameters
  • detection of data on weather conditions, soil moisture, mineral nitrogen and plant performance in the central field experiment CF3 and in the long-term field experiment "Statischer Düngungs- und Beregnungsversuch" at Thyrow
  • soil analyses and yield determination in demo trials

Pflanzenbau   -   Prof. Dr. T. Kautz

  • quantification of shoot and root growth, as well as mineral nitrogen in central field experiments
  • detection of long-term effects of biological subsoil melioration on soil properties and plant growth

Landschaftspedologie   -   Prof. Dr. M. Sommer

  • detection of spatial heterogeneity of plant biomass, yields and soils in central field experiments and demo trials via unmanned aerial vehicle

Ökologischer Land- und Pflanzenbau   -   Prof. Dr. Miriam Athmann

  • field monitoring of physical soil properties and biological soil activity under lucerne in demo trials
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