Influence of management techniques on the structure and function of the soil microflora. Subproject (TILMAN_ORG)
Project code: 2811OE001
Contract period: 01.09.2011 - 31.05.2018
Budget: 264,663 Euro
Purpose of research: Applied research
Soil (micro)biota are the architects of soil quality and consequently control most ecosystem services provided by soils, including crop quality and yield, safe guarding of drinking water, sequestration of carbon and nitrogen or reduction of erosion. Furthermore soil biota are often considered as early indicators of changes in soil quality due to their fast turnover time. Therefore in the frame of this project the influence of reduced tillage and green manure application on soil quality should be investigated using soil samples from different long term experiments across Europe. Soil quality is related in this project mainly to nutrient turnover, plant yield, carbon sequestration as well as GHG emissions. Therefore transformation rates of carbon and nitrogen should be linked to the structure of the corresponding microbial communities and their activity pattern. Furthermore the consequences of different tillage management and green manure application on the abundance of pythopathogens and their antagonists should be investigated.