Water is fundamental to all life and for all the processes on and in the soil. The management of water is one of the biggest challenges in agriculture, especially in a world of changing climate that affects the conditions.
We study soil structure and physical properties and develop and evaluate methods for optimized utilization and management of water in crop production. Both secured food production and enhanced soil and water environment are in focus.
To develop efficient cultivation strategies
We also investigate waterborne transport of plant nutrients, pesticides and other substances from agricultural land. Knowledge is gathered on the impact of land use and climate on surface and ground water quality. Such knowledge is the basis for development of appropriate mitigation strategies that optimize conditions for crop growth and simultaneously minimize the environmental impact such as eutrophication of rivers and lakes.
Our activities are based on an interaction between basic and applied research and also collaboration with activities in society within the framework of environmental assessment programs for soil and water.