Current Research Projects
‘BonaRes’ B (Boden als nachhaltige Ressource für die Bioökonomie), ‘INPLAMINT’ (Increasing agricultural nutrient-use efficiency by optimizing plant-soil-microorganism interaction), BMBF-Project Intensive agricultural practices lead to nutrient imbalances, which are the cause of detrimental nutrient losses, groundwater pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In order to increase nutrient efficiency and maintaining crop productivity in a sustainable way we are aiming to optimize cultivation strategies. As part of the project I am especially interested in the ecological stoichiometry of nutrient pools and microorganisms within the soil. Along a gradient of agricultural land-use intensity, the soil nutrient pools, and fluxes, and feedbacks on plant productivity will be investigated. The aim is to optimize plant nutrient use efficiency by manipulating the timing of microbial nutrient limitations in soil.