The Soil Fertility research group focuses on soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and soil nutrient turnover, availability and losses in 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 eco-system 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 main research topics (see bubble diagram), where the central topic soil fertility and nutrient availability forms the core of our research identity, but interacting with the other three more applied topics, ensuring a coherent research focus.
- Soil fertility and nutrient availability
- Recycling of nutrients from organic waste and bio-based fertilisers
- Environmental impacts of agricultural use of mineral and bio-based fertilisers
- Changes in land use and soil quality, carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions
- Long-term field experimental facilities
Current research projects
- Nutrients for higher organic crop yields (NutHY)
- Sustainable cultivation concepts in agriculture (CarbonFarm)
- Nutrient accounting with soil pool changes and losses as decision support (StyrN)
- The impact of increasing spruce plantation area on the carbon balance of forests in Western Norway (BalanC)
- The Future Cropping Alliance
- Microbial biofertilizers for improved crop availability of phosphorus from soil and waste (MiCroP)
- Greenlandic glacial rock flour for soil improvement on depleted tropical soils
- Danish Nitrogen Mitigation Assessment: Research and Know-how for a sustainable, low-Nitrogen food production (DNMARK)
- Recovery and Use of Nutrients, Energy and Organic Matter from Animal Waste (ReUseWaste)
- Optimisation of value chains for biogas production in Denmark (BioChains) Integrated Resource Management and Recovery (IRMAR)
- Management of phosphorus and use of secondary fertilizers within organic agriculture (IMPROVE-P)
- PhD project: Nutrient efficiency and environmental emissions (greenhouse gases and ammonia) from production and application of bio-based fertilizers (Jingna Liu)
- Environmental efficiencies and controversies: Yield intensification in smallholders oil palm production systems of South-east Asia (Niharika Rahman)
- Climate smart rice producing under Intensified farming systems; mitigation and adaptation potential (in collaboration with NIAE, Vietnam) (Azeem Tariq)
- Reduced Emissions from Intensified Rice Production Systems (in collaboration with IRRI, Philippines) (Syed Faiz-ul Islam)
- Enhancing livelihoods through decreasing climate change impacts in multifunctional smallholder crop-livestock systems in East Africa (Daniel Ortiz Gonzalo).
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.