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The "Invisible" Subsoil

The "Invisible" Subsoil

An Exploratory View of Societal Acceptance of Subsoil Management in Germany

Hidden beneath the humus-rich topsoil, the subsoil usually receives little attention in agricultural practice. Yet, plants cover between 10 and 80% of their nutrient and water needs from subsoils. Measures to improve the subsoil could help in bridging droughts and stabilising yields. But how do farmers and other societal actors perceive different methods for subsoil management? Ecologic Institutes's Ana Frelih-Larsen, Mandy Hinzmann and Sophie Ittner published the first exploratory research results on the societal acceptance of subsoil management in the open access journal Sustainability.. The research is part of the project Soil3, funded by the BMBF. The article is published in Sustainability, Issue 09, Volume 10, and is available for download.


Citation

Frelih-Larsen, A.; Hinzmann, M.; Ittner, S. (2018). The 'Invisible' Subsoil: An Exploratory View of Societal Acceptance of Subsoil Management in Germany. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3006.
doi:10.3390/su10093006

Language
English
Publisher
Year
2018
Published In
ISSN
2071-1050
Dimension
19 pp.
Project ID
2275
Table of Contents

1.Introduction

2.Materials and Methods

3. Results: Subsoil Awareness and Acceptance of Management Measures
3.1. Subsoil Awareness
3.2. Acceptance of Subsoil Management Methods
3.2.1. Deep Ploughing
3.2.2. Mechanical Subsoil Loosening
3.2.3. Injection of Organic Matter Furrow-Wise into the Subsoil
3.2.4. Alfalfa Cultivation

4. Discussion

5. Conclusions

Keywords
subsoil, compaction, agricultural yields, soil functions, societal acceptance, farmer motivations, subsoil loosening, alfalfa, sustainable soil management, resource scarcity, Germany