933308 Soil fertility and soil ecology in organic agriculture

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Division of Organic Farming (IFÖL)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


Introduction Soil fertility: Definition and components, significance in organic farming
Effects of organic farming on the soils: Results of comparative experiments
Selected components of soil fertility and assessment methods
Exercise and practice: Practice in field, application of methods, protocol

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Graduates of this course can

- Identify components of soil fertility (“soil functions”) that are significant in organic farming
- Understand how they are affected by soil management
- List and apply methods to assess these functions
- Understand dependence of soil processes on soil properties
- Understand interactions between soil minerals, soil organic matter, soil organisms and plants: feedback loops, soil food web, "microbial loop", "active nutrient mobilisation" by plants
- Deduce site-specific particularities and weak points of soil functions
- Develop management methods to further soil functions under site-specific conditions
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