“BonaRes” is a German abbreviation and stands for “Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy”. This funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is focused on the sustainable use of soils as a limited resource. The ultimate goal of BonaRes is to extend the scientific understanding of soil ecosystems and to improve the productivity of soils and other soil functions while developing new strategies for a sustainable use and management of soils. The BonaRes Portal provides information about the BonaRes projects, access to data, knowledge and models, as well as to decision support options for a sustainable soil management.
The BonaRes Data Centre merges data from soil research and provides it for general use. First and foremost it refers to research data from the BonaRes collaborative projects. Special attention is drawn to long-term field experiments in Germany which contribute significantly to the analysis of long term soil changes. Soil data from the public sector will also be included like monitoring and research data from other sources.
- Check accessible BonaRes Data Sets
- Check the Video to learn about our Repository
- Explore research data on BonaRes Repository
- Check the Video to learn about the Agredit tool
- Visit the map of Long Term Field Experiments
- Read the LTE - Long Term (Field) Experiments factsheets
A key objective of BonaRes is to predict the impact of agricultural management on key soil functions such as biomass production, water storage and filtering, habitat for biological activity, carbon storage, and nutrient recycling. All these functions depend on a multitude of soil processes and their interactions which are sensitive to agricultural management practices and are differing for soils of different properties. This is why the assessment of soil functions needs to be done in a site-specific way. The ultimate goal of BonaRes is to provide policy makers and farmers with scientifically sound information regarding agricultural management options and their impact on soil functions.
What are key soil functions?
The BODIUM modeling approach of soil functions.
Explore the soil structure library .
Explore and join the Knowledge Library (KLIB)!! - watch the introductory video.
Visit the impact assessment portal with Foresight and Governance considerations.
Scientific articles on BonaRes research are regularly published in high-ranking national and international journals. Below, you find a list of articles of all BonaRes collaborative projects. We also publish manuals, fact sheets, workshop and work reports on different aspects of BonaRes research online in our BonaRes report series.
The BonaRes funded research work aims at securing productivity and efficiency of soil as a resource in the long run and – if possible – to enhance them. 10 interdisciplinary collaborative projects and the BonaRes-Centre help to ensure these goals by researching possibilities to optimize soil function and by asking questions such as how can the use of water and nutrition be made more efficient or how can land use strategies and land use management be optimized?
The central motivation of the BonaRes Centre is the transfer of existing and newly generated knowledge about soil functions into scientifically based decision support tools for soil management in the context of a sustainable bioeconomy.
The main objective is to employ catch cropping for developing innovative farming systems to preserve and improve soil fertility.
InnoSoilPhos intents to optimize the soil-P-fertility in order to lower the dependency on phosphate rock-derived P-fertilizers.
ORDIAmur aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the processes resulting in replant disease in order to develop tools for overcoming the disease. For the soil strategies to restore organismic communities will be established. On the plant site tolerant rootstocks shall be developed.
Sustainable Subsoil Management
This project aims, to explore how and to which degree we can manage the subsoil to secure or even increase plant yields by improving the overall nutrient and water use efficiency for crops.
Intelligence for Soil (I4S)
I4S is targeted towards the design of an integrated system for fertilizer recommendations and improvement of soil functions regarding nearly every square meter of soil.
Sustainable protection and improvement of soil functions with intelligent land management strategies – a practical on the fly assistance system for farmers.
SUSALPS aims to provide a holistic, evidence-based and process-focused understanding of the responses of key pre-alpine and alpine grassland soil functions to present day and future climate and land management changes, thereby considering specific socio-economic conditions in given regions.
Central aim of SIGNAL is to evaluate whether and under which site conditions agroforestry in Germany can be a land use alternative that is ecologically, economically and socially more sustainable than conventional agriculture.
The project aim is the investigation of the impact of long-term farming strategies on the soil microbiome and its function in terms of soil suppressiveness against plant pathogens.
Motivation is the development of novel plant cultivation strategies directed towards “engineering” the complex nutrient cycling interactions between plants and soil microorganisms, combined with improved timing of fertilizer and soil amendment applications.
Plant roots and soil ecosystems, significance of the rhizosphere for the bio-economy.
Six collaborative projects have been funded since the beginning of 2020 to clarify the interactions between plant roots, the surrounding soil space and the habitat of the organisms.
bread and beer
Bread and Beer - Wheat and barley production under reduced input in organic farming
CROP - Combining ROot contrasted Phenotypes for more resilient agro-ecosystem.
Rhizosphere traits enhancing yield resilience to drought in modern cropping systems.
RhizoWheat - Rhizosphere processes and yield decline in wheat crop rotations
Deep-rooting cover crop mixtures: Creating highways to subsoil water and nutrient resources (RootWayS).
µPlastic - effects of microplastic in the rhizosphere of crop plants
February 22, 2023
Closing Event of BonaRes' project CATCHY
date: 21st and 22nd of September 2023 in Asendorf/Germany The first day is in English (scientific talks) and the second day in German (more practice-orientated). program in German The final invitation with a...
February 02, 2023
New publication: Sustainable soil management measures: a synthesis of stakeholder recommendations
February 02, 2023
"BODIUM4Farmers" - First Co-Design Workshop in Halle
January 27, 2023
New SIGNAL publication: Multifunctionality of temperate alley-cropping agroforestry outperforms open cropland and grassland
January 16, 2023
Soil of the Year 2023: Arable soil - recordings of festive event now online
January 06, 2023
BonaRes Data workshop - recap
December 13, 2022