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Dept. of Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics

In its research the group of 'Organic Plant Production & Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics' aims at a process-oriented analysis of agricultural systems. Projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are geared towards developing strategies that increase the efficiency of organic matter recycling and the mobilisation of soil borne nutrients that prevent soil erosion by wind and water and increase di-nitrogen fixation by legumes. Agro-ecological work aims at a better understanding of the complex above- and below ground interactions between crops, trees, weeds (both parasitic and non-parasitic) and insects in order to maximise the benefits of smallholders' mixed farming systems. In this context agro-forestry systems as a low-input way to shift subsistence farmers' mode of landuse away from slash-and-burn systems are of particular interest. Research under controlled conditions is geared towards investigating the growth tolerance mechanisms of cereals both at the plant, cell and molecular level. To this end the availability of several computer-based growth chambers allowing temperature, light and humidity control facilitates process-oriented experimental work in the plant-soil continuum.

Parent institution:

University of Kassel Details of University of Kassel

Address

Dept. of Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics
Steinstr. 19
37213 Witzenhausen

Hesse

Phone: +49 5542/98-1229

Activities:

  • Research

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