Contact research group leader

Sander Bruun
Associate Professor
Ph: +45 35 33 34 81

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.

Research themes

Current research projects

  • AgTrain PhD projects:
    • 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).

    Group members

    For students

    Are you interested in doing a project, you can read more about your options in the project database

  • Project database for students

  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.

  • Read more about the options here
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