The Plant Production Systems chair group offers thesis topics in the domains of food security, agronomy, production ecology, sustainable intensification, climate change and adaptation, and perennial cropping systems in a wide range of farming systems and international contexts.
The research questions are addressed using experimental work, data analysis and modelling approaches with an emphasis on the farm level. Many thesis topics fit within interdisciplinary projects.
Most of the following Master thesis subjects can also be used as basis for a Bachelor thesis. Fieldwork that has to be done abroad, however, will usually be possible only for the MSc thesis.
Please contact the thesis coordinator for more information and before making appointments with individual thesis topic supervisors: firstname.lastname@example.org
NUANCES- Nutrient Use in ANimal and Cropping systems – Efficiency and Scales
N2Africa – Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa
Benchmarking agricultural production – towards a yield gap and resource use efficiency atlas
Estimating and explaining yield gaps at field level using frontier analysis - A case study on a Dutch farm
Yield gap analysis for sustainable potato production in the Netherlands
Developing data analysis tools to explain yield gaps and improve arable crop cultivation
Narrowing nutrient and yield gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa through improving fertilizer recovery
Combining innovation and adoption: a double win approach for maize yield gaps mitigation
Explaining yield gaps and resource use efficiencies in Dutch arable farming: Analysis at field and farm level
Explaining yield gaps in smallholder oil palm production in Indonesia
Yield gap analysis for oil palm production in Colombia
A better understanding of differences in nutrient recovery
Integrating feed crops and beef cattle: a modelling approach
Crop models as decision support tools: Improvement and application of WOFOST in arable farming systems
Influence of plant death on spatial variability, crop light interception and growth
Co-learning with farmers in the African context: how do we communicate scientific findings?
What are the effects of improved manure management on smallholder farm production in sub-Saharan Africa? Model improvement and explorations.
Sustainable intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems in Southern Mali
A value chain approach to agro-ecological intensification of smallholders’ crop-livestock farming systems in southern Mali.
Sustainable intensification and market linkages in banana and mango value chains in Uganda and Kenya
Integrated assessment of adaptation to climate change of agricultural systems in the North of the Netherlands
Climate change impact, adaptation and mitigation options in smallholder mixed crop livestock systems
Food security versus climate change mitigation (avoiding deforestation)
Climate-smart nutrient management to narrow maize yield gaps in Kenya and Tanzania
The effect of climate change on agriculture
Impact of weather extremes on Dutch crop yields
Can micro- and meso climatic effects of trees in agricultural landscapes be quantified and used for developing tree-based agricultural adaptation strategies?
Potassium deficiency and water stress in oil palms in Southeast Asia
Uptake of Better Management Practices (BMP) by Indonesian oil palm farmers after training and demonstrations
Intercropping in oil palm: agronomic and economic options
Biomass for soil, crop growth and biobased economy in oil palm Malaysia and Colombia
Assess organic oil palm production systems in Sierra Leone
Assessing biodiversity in cocoa landscapes in West Africa
Where do the nutrients go? Investigating nutrient partitioning in cocoa trees
The potential role of East African Highland banana in smallholder farming systems in Uganda and Tanzania
Closing nutrient cycles within organic farming
The food yield difference between organic and mainstream agricultural systems
Towards circular food production
The flow of nutrients on the European continent
Agricultural sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals
Synthesis of impacts of agricultural policies on sustainable development in the European Union
Sustainability and resilience of European farming systems
Mapping the cereal yield potential of currently uncultivated agricultural land in sub-Saharan Africa