Project

Nitrogen dynamics under conservation tillage: soil biological and physical mechanisms of control

Duration
01 January 2007 → 31 October 2011
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Soil sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
Keywords
soil microbial biomass inoculation conservation tillage nematodes NMIT incubation
 
Project description

In this project we will investigate for a number of different forms of conservation tillage with different management of organic matter, how the soil microbial biomass and the soil fauna (nematodes, collembola and mites) influence the nitrogen mineralisation immobilization turnover. To this end, incubations will be done with different inocula of soil microbial biomass and soil fauna. Furthermore, the influence of soil structure on these dynamics will be studied using X-ray nano CT scans.