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Securing agricultural productivity by improving the soil water holding capacity

Agricultural crop productivity is closely linked to organic matter in soils, as organic matter increases the soil water holding capacity through its influence on soil structure and aggregation. To minimize the impact and costs of drought, soil needs to capture the rainwater that falls on it, store as much of that water as possible for future plant use, and allow for plant roots to penetrate and proliferate. Creating drought-resistant soil thus means to manage soil organic matter in order to enhance soil structural development. To study the effects of different organic matter additions to soil, a detailed analysis of the chemical composition and structure is necessary. The analytical challenge is in the complexity of the soil materials (different minerals provided by weathering associated with all organic materials of plant or microbial origin entering soils) and the fine spatial scales of these arrangements at the submicron scale and their relation to the soil water holding properties.
Our interdisciplinary project team will investigate the fate and structural association of specific organic soil amendments, by a new combination of long-term field experimental approaches, state-of-the-art soil analyses (solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy) and high-end analytical (Raman microspectroscopy, stable isotope Raman microscopy and surfaceenhanced Raman scattering) approaches. With this strategy we will analyze the effect of organic matter amendments on the formation of soil structure and aggregation, and thus on the ability of soils to capture plant available water over periods of drought.

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14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

25.04.17

EuroTech postdoc workshop: Success in academia?

20-22 September 2017, Technical University of Denmark, Lynby Campus

18.04.17

Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary

10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV)

30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)

11.04.17

Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium

9-11 June 2017, Berlin

For doctoral researchers and postdocs!

10.04.17

Register now: ICMSB 2017

26-28 July 2017, TUM Study and Science Center, Raitenhaslach

14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

05.06.16

10th IGSSE Forum

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26.11.15

ATUMS@IGSSE

Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...

20.11.15

Breakfast at IGSSE´s

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13.10.15

Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Wednesday, 10. May 2017
Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary
10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV) 30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)
Wednesday, 17. May 2017
Podiumsdiskussion: Frauenförderung - Quo vadis?
17. Mai 2017, 14- 16 Uhr, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Weidenbach
Friday, 19. May 2017
Tuesday, 23. May 2017
Monday, 29. May 2017
Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017
29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen