Hans-Rudolf Oberholzer

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The question of whether organic farming leads to higher soil organic matter (SOM) levels in arable soils compared with conventional farming is an ongoing debate. Building on several studies reported in the literature, we hypothesize that the impact on SOM levels is not an intrinsic characteristic of any farming system but is the result of the actual(More)
Microbial nutrient limitation was investigated in a 53-year-old field experiment in the Central-West of Burkina Faso under sorghum–cowpea rotation, comparing three fertilization practices: mineral fertilizer (MIN), mineral fertilizer and farmyard manure (MINFYM), and a non-fertilized control (CON). We assessed microbial N and P limitation after removal of C(More)
Soil quality is recognised as being a key parameter of sustainable agricultural management. Existing methods of life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) do not include any soil quality indicators other than soil organic matter content. This paper rectifies this omission by presenting Swiss Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment for Soil Quality (SALCA-SQ), a LCIA(More)
Root biomass is one of the most relevant root parameters for studies of plant response to environmental change, soil carbon modeling or estimations of soil carbon sequestration. A major source of error in root biomass quantification of agricultural crops in the field is the presence of extraneous organic matter in soil: dead roots from previous crops, weed(More)
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