To achieve the objectives of the program nine research topics were initially defined. Research topics were multi/interdisciplinary in scope and were closely related to each other. These topics allowed to focus on the socially constructed nature of Terra Preta and to connect different time scales (through studies on palaeo-economy, palaeo-agronomy and ethno-ecology that link indigenous knowledge on resources with science-based management). In that way our understanding of the past provided not only an inspiration, but also the necessary knowledge for creating soils that allow sustainable and productive agriculture.
For more detailed information on the PhD theses that were developed from these topics, see People>PhD candidates and Publications>Theses.