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Managing soil biodiversity and ecosystem services in agroecosystems across Europe under climate change

Title OriginalManaging soil biodiversity and ecosystem services in agroecosystems across Europe under climate change

Soil biodiversity underlies the provision of ecosystem services in agricultural land, but is threatened by climate change and management intensification across Europe. We will address the understanding and management of biodiversity dynamics and related ecosystem services under current and simulated future climatic conditions in agroecosystems across a latitudinal gradient ranging from Sweden, Germany and Switzerland to Spain. For this purpose, innovative and established methods will be used to understand how simulated drought and management conditions alter the relationships between soil microbial and fauna biodiversity and delivery of below- and aboveground ecosystem services under different current climate conditions. The results will be used to develop indicators that act as early warning system for drought stress and to identify biodiversity components that are valid proxies for the delivery of soil ecosystem services. The communication of results to stakeholders, such as agricultural advisors and policy makers, will help to promote the importance of soils for sustainable agricultural production in Europe.

Financing/ Donor
  • BiodivERsA (H2020 ERA-NET Cofund):
    • The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and spatial Planning
    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    • Estonian Research Council
    • Swiss National Science Foundation
    • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness - The Government of Spain
(Research) Program
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
Project partners
  • Lund University (Coordinator)
  • Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (Partner)
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Partner)
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Partner)
  • University of Tartu (Partner)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Project partner

Research area
  • Crop Protection - Phytopathology (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Cultivation Technique Fruit & Wine crops (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Cultivation Technique Vegetable Crops (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Entomology & Agroecology (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Plant Breeding (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Soil fertility & Climate (Department of Soil Sciences)
FiBL project number 10101
Date modified 12.11.2019