Agricultural Ecosystems

Agricultural ecosystems comprise 30 % of the Earth’s surface. They provide ecosystem services including food and non-food biomass production, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation. Agricultural ecosystems serve as important habitats for many wild plant and animal species. Management practices used in agricultural ecosystems determine the state of the global environment.

The aim of the research area Agricultural Ecosystems is to advance our understanding of biomass formation, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and other key processes. This fundamental research helps to develop strategies for sustainable management of agricultural systems in a changing environment including innovative farming techniques in organic agriculture, sustainable intensification, and digital farming technologies.

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  • Winter wheat in Dürnast

    Winter important for cereal yield

    Weather conditions outside growing season very important

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  • Scientists are analyzing the role that plant residues play in storing carbon in the soil

    CO2 storage through dead plant material

    Allowing plant residues to rot on the field is good for the climate

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  • Expanding the cultivation of bioenergy crops is not helpful for climate protection

    Saving climate through behavior change

    Climate plantations do not make the world more sustainable

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