Welcome to OPATS

The section name iterates the three cornerstones of our research profile. Following the classical production-oriented approach of agricultural sciences we specialize in agronomy, and in particular in organic plant production.

To achieve sustainable, high quality production, agriculture has to be understood as part of wider ecological concept. We therefore equally address the environmental externalities of agriculture and aim to understand the overall agroecosystem functioning.

The regional focus of our research work is in the tropics and subtropics, as highlighted on the world map below.
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Our current research interests are always integrated into our teaching activities at all academic levels, exemplifying the unity of teaching and research.

Research sites

  • West and East Africa
  • Madagascar
  • Oman
  • Central Asia

Completed projects

  • Afghanistan
  • Nigeria
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

Research topics

    • Sustainable land use systems
    • Urban and peri-urban agriculture
    • Agricultural livelihoods

      Collaborative research projects