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Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research

German agroecosystem research is of a high standard and covers a broad range of disciplines, but due to geographical isolation and a lack of coordination does not have the necessary degree of interdisciplinarity or national and international visibility.

The aim of the Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research is, within six years, to develop interdisciplinary approaches for the coordination of scientific expertise, the improvement of the research infrastructure and the establishment of the necessary framework for agroecosystem research.

The Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research was appointed in 2012 to address two areas of current interest in order to tackle the challenges that securing sustainable and resource-efficient biomass production systems will present in the future. They form the basis for the mandate of the Senate Commission for its six-year term.

How can the productivity of plant production systems be increased while protecting non-renewable, natural resources, as well as protecting and maintaining ecosystem services?

The aim is to define essential research topics to explore the establishment of highly intensive, resource- efficient, sustainable and site-adapted plant production systems as well as to promote and to facilitate cross-disciplinary and system-orientated cooperations.

How must the existing infrastructures for agroecological field research be improved (or expanded) in order to provide answers to the cross-disciplinary research questions mentioned above?

The aim is to coordinate and optimise the infrastructure for agricultural field trials at German university locations.

Further Information

Working Papers and Publications

1. DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research (2013): Field trial infrastructures – current situation and future prospects (available only in German). Position paper by the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research. Lead authors: H. Stützel, N. Brüggemann, A. Fangmeier, F. Ordon, E. Schlecht, R. Seppelt, V. Wolters. p. 5.

2. DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research (2014): Sustainable and resource-efficient intensification of crop production: options for the future of agroecosystem research in Germany. Policy paper by the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research. Lead authors: V. Wolters, J. Isselstein, H. Stützel, F. Ordon, C. von Haaren, E. Schlecht, J. Wesseler, R. Birner, M. v. Lützow, N. Brüggemann, B. Diekkrüger, A. Fangmeier, H. Flessa, H. Kage, M. Kaupenjohann, I. Kögel-Knabner, R. Mosandl, R. Seppelt. p. 18.

With the participation of the Senate Commission

Kögel-Knabner I., Grathwohl, P., Kothe E., Teutsch G., Vereecken H. and 20 other authors (2013). Strategy paper "Long-term perspectives and infrastructure in terrestrial research in Germany – a systematic approach" (available only in German). p. 30.

Publications:

1. Hartmut Stützel, Nicolas Brüggemann, Andreas Fangmeier, Frank Ordon, Eva Schlecht, Ralf Seppelt, Volkmar Wolters (2014). Field trial infrastructures – current situation and future prospects (available only in German). Position paper by the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research. Journal für Kulturpflanzen, 66 (7). pp. 237–240, 2014, ISSN 1867-0911, DOI: 10.5073/JFK.2014.07.02 Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.

2. Volkmar Wolters, Johannes Isselstein, Hartmut Stützel, Frank Ordon, Christina von Haaren, Eva Schlecht, Justus Wesseler, Regina Birner, Margit von Lützow, Nicolas Brüggemann, Bernd Diekkrüger, Andreas Fangmeier, Heinz Flessa, Henning Kage, Martin Kaupenjohann, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Reinhard Mosandl, Ralf Seppelt (2014). Sustainable and resource-efficient intensification of crop production: perspectives of agroecosystem research. Policy paper by the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research. Journal für Kulturpflanzen, 66 (7). pp. 225–236, 2014, ISSN 1867-0911, DOI: 10.5073/JFK.2014.07.01 Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.

Roundtable Discussions and Workshops

19 - 20 November 2015
Joint roundtable discussion “Sustainable intensification of agricultural production: The need for socio-ecological solutions at the regional level” by the Working Group "Sustainable intensification in agriculture" of the Senate Commission with DKN Future Earth.

10 November 2015
Roundtable discussion: "Genetic and physiological basics of genotype x environment x management interactions in wheat cultivation within a landscape context" in Bonn.

19 - 23 October 2015
Workshop of junior researcher academy: "Agroecosystem Research: Soil Resources and Plant Production" in Freising-Weihenstephan.

3 July 2014
Roundtable discussion on metadata analysis "Productivity development of crops" at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University, Hannover.

The goal of the roundtable discussion was to identify issues and existing data which could form the basis for joint research projects, for example in the form of a shared proposal or (in the mid-term) a priority area. At the roundtable discussion, the subject of "Productivity development of winter wheat, maize and rape crops with reference to climate change" was identified as a suitable theme given its strong relevance to society and the existence of metadata.

23 - 25 October 2013
Think Tank Roundtable Discussion with the Working Group "Sustainable intensification of plant production systems" to discuss the draft of the policy paper "Sustainable and resource-efficient intensification of crop production: perspectives of agroecosystem research" with early career researchers in Göttingen.

August 2013
Adoption of the policy paper "Sustainable and resource-efficient intensification of crop production: perspectives of agroecosystem research” by members of the Senate Commission.

19 December 2012
Meeting of the Working Group "Sustainable intensification of plant production systems" in Göttingen

Draft of a policy paper " Sustainable and resource-efficient intensification of crop production: perspectives of agroecosystem research". The following core research areas and the desirable outcomes were identified:

  • networking of molecular biological plant research with plant breeding and plant cultivation
  • analysis of cultivation systems within a landscape context.

Starting from the scientific basics and actual issues, conceptual ideas and options for utilisation will be highlighted as well as opportunities and tools for systematic decision-making processes and channels (such as where do we need innovative methods for new achievements, how do we overcome the variability of scales in the field of processes and in formulating hypotheses: how can complex systems be brought together?).

21 September 2012
Joint Roundtable Discussion with the Working Groups "Sustainable intensification of plant production systems" and "Research Infrastructures".

The Roundtable Discussion illustrated in particular the necessity to consolidate the exchange of knowledge and to establish a common level of language between plant breeding/plant genetics, plant cultivation, biodiversity/ecology and socio economics, also beyond scale boundaries.

July - August 2012
Survey by the "Research Infrastructures" Working Group among the operators of field trial stations at universities and non-university research organisations (the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, the Thünen Institute (Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries), the Julius Kühn Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, state research).

Note

The commission was set up on 1 January 2012 as a successor to the Senate Commission on Substances and Resources in Agriculture (SKLW).

Contact Commission Secretary

  • Dr. Margit von Lützow
    Chair of Soil Science
    Technische Universität München
    D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan
    Tel.: +49 (0)8161 71 3679 or +49 (0)8441 797 8883
    Fax: +49 (0)8161 71 4466
    Link auf E-Mailluetzow@wzw.tum.de

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