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Stimulating earthworm populations in horticulture is that feasible?
Earthworms are important ecosystem engineers. They contribute to soil fertility, soil structure formation, and water cycling. Due to the often very intensive soil management in horticultural soils earthworm population density is o ...
Supervisor: Ron de Goede
Department: Soil Biology
Cover crops to sequester carbon in arable soils
Soils contain about 50% of the terrestrial C pool in the form of soil organic carbon (SOC). Besides C sequestration, this SOC has multiple functions that are essential to crop production, such as improving water holding capacity o ...
Supervisor: Mathilde Hagens and Ellis Hoffland
Department: Soil Biology
Climate adaptation and mitigation potential of agroforestry systems
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 i ...
Supervisor: Gabriel Moinet (SBL), Gerlinde De Deyn (SBL)
Department: Soil Biology
Monitoring soil biodiversity on agro ecological farms
Agro-ecological farming practices are gaining increasing interest in the Netherlands and Europe. Different networks like Toekomstboeren, Biological Dynamic Farms, Food Forests, Permaculture and Community Supported Agriculture farm ...
Supervisor: Gabriel Moinet (SBL), Jan Hassink (Wageningen Plant Research)
Department: Soil Biology
Can microbial communities promote soil C sequestration
Managing terrestrial ecosystems to increase the carbon contained in soils can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As such, it is recognised as one of a few realistic strategies to curb climate change. Soil carbon is also ke ...
Supervisor: Gabriel Moinet (SBL), Mathilde Hagens (SOC)
Department: Soil Biology
Mapping spatial distribution of nematodes across Europe: a statistical analysis
Introduction: With the urgent need to develop practically applicable tools to assess soil health and soil quality through chemical and biological indicators, it is necessary to improve our knowledge on the spatial distribution o ...
Supervisor: Dr. Ron de Goede
Department: Soil Biology
Do conservation tillage practices really increase soil C sequestration?
Conservation tillage practices (no-till, reduced tillage, shallow tillage) have been widely used to alleviate the negative effects of conventional cropland management practices. These techniques are already implemented on 155 mill ...
Supervisor: Gabriel Moinet (SBL), Bert Rijk (PPS), Rommie van der Weide
Department: Soil Biology
Do plant root exudates shape the functional diversity of microbial communities?
Plant roots release a tremendous diversity of root exudates into soil. While previous research has shown that root exudates are important drivers of soil biogeochemical cycles, their role in shaping microbial community composition ...
Supervisor: Gabriel Moinet, Marie Zwetsloot
Department: Soil Biology
Mitigation of nitrogen emissions from peat grassland by using Plantago lanceolata?
Introduction (thesis or internship) Peat soils are very rich in organic matter through accumulation of plant residues over centuries. Areas with peat soils are nowadays drained in order to produce grass for milk production. Howev ...
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Willem van Groenigen (WUR)
MSc. Jeroen Pijlman (Louis Bolk Institute)
Dr. Ir. Nick van Eekeren (Louis Bolk Institute)

Department: Soil Biology
Soil organic matter and biodiversity in solar farms on agricultural land
Introduction: Land-use change from conventional grassland or arable farming to solar farming is expected to have potential effects on the vegetation underneath the solar panels. Reduction in light availability will impact primar ...
Supervisor: Dr. R.G.M. de Goede, prof. Dr. ir. G. de Deyn
Department: Soil Biology
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