Our main focus is agro-ecosystems, and we work for a sustainable agriculture. We strive to understand and quantify states and processes through observations in field and laboratory combined with mathematical modelling using the Daisy model.
- Contaminant transport in soil and leaching (pesticides, natural toxins, and nitrate) as affected by management
- Preferential water flow and its effects on transport processes in soil
- Drainage and soil tillage: crop production, resource utilization, and the environment
- Soil compaction: crop development and yield, nitrogen turnover and utilization, and soil quality on the long term
- Developing a decision support tool to reduce the risk of pesticide leaching to surface waters
- Parameterization of the Daisy model for improved performance in new cereal crops
- RainProof: Digital water protection advisory tool for drained soils
- Healthy soil - crop security and yield: Protection of soil fertility through proper soil management
- COMMIT: Soil compaction mitigation for productivity and sustainability. Special attention on crop water use, drainage and long term effects on nitrogen turnover.
- Green fields and strong roots: Investigations of cropping systems with special attention on Conservation Agriculture: yield, production economy, leaching (nitrate, pesticides), carbon storage
- Future Cropping: Two work packages (wp2: Assessment of effects and wp4: Intelligent soil tillage and crop establishment). Focus is on concrete solutions and new technologies.
- Modelling pesticide leaching to drain lines: effect of application timing and tillage (PhD project)
- Up scaled modelling of pesticide leaching on drained soils in northwest Europe: calibration, validation and improvement of the Daisy model. (PhD project)
- Drainage and Plant Production: Growth, resource utilization and yields under different and fluctuating groundwater depths.
- Impact of Diverse Production Systems on Yield Stability and Environmental Adaptability of Wheat and Barley: A Study Based on Long-Term Field Experiments
- Nitrogen Sensor for Soil Sustainability
Daisy is a multi-disciplinary agro-ecological computer model which can simulate crop growth, carbon balances, water and nitrogen balances, and the fate of some pollutants. The model requires information on weather, soil and plant properties, management factors, and (in some applications) pollutant properties. It is constantly improved by incorporating new knowledge about relevant properties and processes when available.