The research ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) via the greenhouse (pot experiments) and the field (on-farm experiments) to regional and (supra-) national modeling approaches. We study (semi)natural and agro-ecosystems (and their interactions) in both the developed world and in developing countries. There is a strong cooperation with our sister department Soil Chemistry and Chemical Soil Quality.
The three main areas of research are:
- Fertile soils, focusing on functioning and management of the soil biota in agro-ecosystems;
- Soils in a changing climate, focusing on the effects of soil biota on the greenhouse gas balance of the soil and on maintaining soil quality;
- Soil biodiversity, focusing on soil biodiversity conservation and utilisation in agricultural landscapes
Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Department of Soil Quality.