New Developments in Soil/Plant Modelling

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019/05/20    13:00 - 2019/05/21    13:00
    Müncheberg, Germany

    Co-Organiser: Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

    Sustainable use of soils aims to maintain or increase soil fertility. Soil fertility refers to many functions of the soil, of which the stable production of food is only one. Mathematical modelling can be useful for identifying sustainable use strategies. Modelling of soils incorporates different approaches to represent the complex interaction of processes, including the plants and other organisms that grow and dwell in it. Such models are useful for two reasons: (i) it helps the analysis of interactions between the processes and thus improve our knowledge and (ii) they enable the prediction of hypothetical states of soil-plant systems under changing boundary conditions.

    The aim of this workshop is to bring together modellers from different sub-disciplines (such as, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology, agronomy, and plant physiology) to jointly discuss new developments in the sub-disciplines in the context of soil-plant interaction and to work out possible consequences for other disciplines.

    The workshop will bring together modellers from the soil science community to discuss developments in the context of soil-plant interaction. The different scales of approach, from microbial or soil structural level to world food supply, will also be discussed.

    UNU-FLORES PhD Researcher Parvathy Chandrasekhar will present a poster titled “Modelling the Temporal Dynamics of Soil Hydraulic Properties Following Agricultural Management Practices”. Modelling tools are important to evaluate and implement sustainable soil management practices and for better water management. However, the temporal variations in soil properties caused by anthropogenic and natural factors are often not addressed in modelling studies. In her poster, Parvathy proposes a way to capture the temporal dynamics of soil structure in order to use it in existing hydrological models.


    The main objective of the workshop is to bring young scientists and researchers together to identify research questions in order to improve sustainable soil use and increase soil fertility.

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    ZALF, Müncheberg
    Eberswalder Str. 84
    15374 Müncheberg