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2011 to 2015

Climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels urges mankind to adopt sustainable, so called ‘biobased’ energy sources. This change will fundamentally affect management of our ecosystems, as biomass will be removed from (agro-)ecosystems to produce biofuel and large amounts of recalcitrant carbon rest products (e.g. ‘biochar’) with unknown biochemical properties will be applied to the soil. In this project the effect of soil amendment with biochar on interactions among and between plants and soil organisms are examined in the field and in mesocosm studies. The results of these experiments arel linked to the broader theme “the ecology of the biobased economy” in different workshops and training courses. 

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Graduate School Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (Talents and Topics programme)

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