The Soil Fertility research group focuses on soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and nutrient turnover, availability and losses in temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems.
Our research aims at a mechanistic understanding of soil nutrient and organic matter dynamics at both the level of micro-scale biogeophysical processes and at ecosystem scales, in the pursuit of increased nutrient use efficiency, improved food security and reduced environmental impacts from agriculture in the 21st century.
The Soil Fertility research group covers four major research topics, of which the first is the core of our research identity, but is also addressed in the other three more applied topics we cover, ensuring a coherent research focus (see bubble-figure):
- Fundamentals of organic matter decomposition, nutrient turnover and availability in soil
- Recycling of nutrients in organic waste and bio-based fertilisers
- Environmental impacts of agricultural use of organic waste, mineral and bio-based fertilisers
- Changes in land use and soil quality, carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions