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.
September 16, 2021
Job offer: PhD candidate in soil science, agroforestry
The Soil Science (PTS) group at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering the position of a PhD candidate in soil science, agroforestry (all genders welcome) in the BMBF-funded joint research project...
September 14, 2021
BonaRes Repository – Agredit: the AGROVOC Revision and Discussion Tool
August 31, 2021
New BonaRes Series publication: Long-Term-Experiments - methods, standardization, and modelling
August 05, 2021
New publication: Deficits in German agricultural soil policy
August 04, 2021
PRESS RELEASE SCIENCE YEAR 2020|21 - BIOECONOMY Return of the teabags: "Expedition Earth" enters the next phase - Federal Minister Karliczek says: We need to strengthen soil protection The second phase of the nationwide citizen science campaign on soil research has begun. Now it's time to find teabags in soil all over Germany - the first one in an allotment garden in Berlin-Moabit.
June 15, 2021
BonaRes Assessment Portal - Explainer Video
June 03, 2021