Plant-Soil Interactions

Head of Research Group



Research Projects


Soil Ecological Engineering – Improving and Using Soil Ecosystem Services

With its great diversity and mass of living organisms, the soil forms an important basis for agricultural production. In this project, we investigate whether it is possible to improve soil functions with specific agricultural practices. This so-called soil ecological engineering should contribute to the further improvement of sustainable and productive cultivation systems.


Soil Biology and Rhizosphere Microbiomes

Soils harbour a wide range of beneficial organisms with advantageous properties for agriculture. This research project explores and identifies such beneficial members of the plant microbiome. The aim is to use beneficial microorganisms to develop a more sustainable agricultural sector and to reduce reliance on agrochemical products whilst maintaining yield levels.


The Impact of Pesticides on Soil Fertility and Health

Plant-Protection Products (PPPs) are used worldwide. We still do not know much about whether PPPs have a negative impact on soil life and soil fertility. Recent research has demonstrated that a broad spectrum of PPP residues are detectable in the soil. In this project, we investigate whether PPPs have a negative effect on important soil functions and on soil life, and how these can be assessed.