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. The impact of soil biota on important ecosystem functions (e.g. plant nutrient uptake, nutrient losses (leaching) and carbon sequestration) is only partly understood.

This project focuses on the use of all agricultural engineering strategies for improving soil functions with a view to optimising soil ecosystem services (so-called ‘ecological soil engineering’). Here, we are looking in particular for cultivation methods having a favourable impact on soil diversity and the population dynamics of beneficial soil organisms, in order to improve production systems in terms of sustainability and resource efficiency.

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Soil Ecological Engineering – Improving and Using Soil Ecosystem Services

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