General Information

Conference topic:

The regulation of the budget of soil organic matter (SOM) and nutrients by management is a central focus in  agriculture, especially in organic        agriculture. The budgets of SOM and nutrients determine soil fertility, i.e. the long-term productivity of soils. However, the underlying processes of soil fertility in organic agriculture are not well understood. Therefore, the interdisciplinary research project deals within the scope of 11 PhD theses with the possibilities to regulate soil organic matter and nutrient budgets by soil management, crop rotation and by feeding strategies via the quality of the manure. The results of the third phase of the Research Training Group 1397 and investigations of other scientists will be presented and discussed within the conference workshop.


I. Soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics in agriculture

II. Organic amendments in agriculture

III. Methods in soil organic matter research

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Bruno Glaser

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Department of Soil Biogeochemistry

Prof. Dr. Yakov Kuzyakov

Georg-August-University Göttingen
Department of Soil Science of Temperate Ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Piepho

University of Hohenheim
Institute of Biostatistics and Institute of Crop Science

Dr. Cornelia Rumpel

French National Centre for Scientific Research
Biogeochemistry and Ecology on the Earth Surface

Prof. Dr. Michael Vohland

Universty of Leipzig
Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing