Research Group: 
Running period: 
2015 to 2020

Since recently, Dutch farmers are required to grow cover crops in mixtures of at least two plant species. Cleverly chosen species mixtures can support greater inputs into the soil C reservoir, driving increases in soil N and P, and reduce pathogen pressure on the main crop. In this project we will study the effects of cover crop mixtures on soil microbial functioning with special emphasis on the role of bacteria and fungi in nutrient cycling and GHG emissions using field and laboratory experimentation. In addition, microbial community composition and abundance (PLFA, QPR, NGS) as well as functioning (stable isotopes, Gas chromatography) of micro-organisms will be assessed.




Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) thematic public-private partnership call “Groen”.

Research team