A joint project of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has now received funding approval in the framework of the funding programme BonaRes 'Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy', established in 2010 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany. A total of 65 ideas were submitted, five of which were approved.
The aim of the initiative is to couple sustainable use of the soil resource. The research projects should deliver results that will help to formulate clear arable farming procedures, which in turn will contribute towards a long-term improvement or at least to keeping the status quo in soil fertility. Interdisciplinary research teams are explicitly requested for this.
Now at DSV, the work has begun on the nine-year project. With two different crop rotations of wheat and maize or wheat and broad beans, the effect of the cover crop on the soil and with it on the main crop yield will be examined. Scientists from various specialist areas and faculties are involved, like for example microbiology in Bremen, soil science in Hanover, plant nutrition in Gatersleben, plant cultivation in Triesdorf and socio-economics in Gießen.
The DSV has been working in the area of cover crops for many years. TerraLife, the DSV cover crop programme, has been developed from this wealth of experience. The DSV expects to gain even more knowledge from it.