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4.1 Open field horticultural systems

1. Research Domain
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
2. Research Domain
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
3. Research Domain
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
4. Research Domain
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems
4.1 Open field horticultural systems
4.2. Controlled environment horticultural systems

Horticulture cultivation systems were developed mainly based on empirical principles and are characterized by a high diversity at all levels of the used biological systems (crop species, soils, and production systems).

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Aim of this Research Group is to discover and to describe the scientific basis behind this empiricism. Because the complete system of plants and environment cannot be covered by our relatively small group we initially focus on soil-related processes, i.e. processes related to organic matter turnover, nutrient dynamics including nutrient losses to the environment and on dynamics of soil properties as affected by crop rotations.

Current Project

2018 - heute

ph-BB – Precise Calcification in Brandenburg

Only 26 % of the arable land in Brandenburg has an optimal soil pH ...

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