Project properties

Title Climate adaptation and mitigation potential of agroforestry systems
Group Soil Biology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Gabriel Moinet (SBL), Gerlinde De Deyn (SBL)
Examiner(s) prof.dr. Rachel Creamer
Contact info Gabriel Moinet (
Begin date 2021/09/01
End date
Description Agroforestry is increasingly recognised as a potential mitigation and adaptation strategy against
climate change. Agroforestry is often argued to increase soil carbon, improve nutrient cycling and promote soil biodiversity. It is also often cited as a potent option to increase drought resilience of farming systems, which are forecasted to increase in intensity and frequency in some regions of the world under climate change. However, large disparities between sites and conditions can be observed in the literature, and the mechanisms supporting all the potential benefits of agroforestry remain very poorly understood and rarely thoroughly investigated.
This project will aim at verifying important assumptions about the potential benefit of agroforestry systems, with a particular focus on soil C sequestration, soil biodiversity and drought resistance and resilience.
Used skills Literature review, writing proposal and thesis, experimental design, chemical and biological laboratory work, data analysis.
Requirements Required courses for MSc thesis Soil Biology