Franz Bender

Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 11:00-12:00
Harnessing soil biological functions for agricultural production and buried underpants as soil health indicator and awareness-raiser

My research focuses on the ecosystem services provided by soil organisms. I am especially interested in the promotion of soil biological ecosystem services to create more sustainable cropping systems. During my PhD, I worked on the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in soil nutrient cycling. Afterwards, I relocated to the US for postdoctoral studies at UC Davis and UC Berkeley. There, I expanded my research focus on studying the effects of agricultural management on entire soil communities and the resulting consequences for ecosystem functioning. Since 2019 I was working as team leader for soil ecological engineering in the research group Plant-Soil Interactions at Agroscope and the research group Agroecology and Plant-Microbiome interactions at the University of Z├╝rich. I was recently leading a nationwide Citizen Science project investigating soil health across Switzerland. Recently, I transitioned to the Research Group Integrative Agroecology at Agroscope where I lead the team Agroecological assessments.  


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