Chair of Soil Resources
The soils as the uppermost weathering zone of the Earth´s crust is the site for plants and plant production, forms the habitat for soil organisms, and fulfils many other crucial functions in ecosystems.
Central aspects of teaching and research of the Chair of Soil Resources are
i) the role of soils as regulators of the cycling of carbon and nutrients at the interface of hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere, as well as
ii) the fate and effects of pollutants in soils and (agro)ecosystems.
A central question in both areas of research and teaching is in which way Soil- and site characteristics, soil development, land use, and the management of soils affect the cycling of carbon and nutrients and the fate and effects of pollutants in (agro)ecosystems. With synergies within the iFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition, we contribute to the sustainable use and the conservation of soil resources – worldwide.