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The impact of subsoil management on the delivery of ecosystem services

Sophie Ittner, Holger Gerdes, Miriam Athmann, Sara Luise Bauke, Martina Gocke, Julien Guigue, Sanjay Jaiswal, Timo Kautz, Oliver Schmittmann, Stefanie Schulz & Sabine Seidel
In recent years, the interest in subsoil has increased, since it can hold immense reservoirs of nutrients, organic matter and water. The subsoil can therefore provide important ecosystem services for the agricultural production system and beyond. This paper assesses the sustainability of two subsoil management measures with regard to the delivery of soil-related ecosystem services: a) the cultivation of deep-rooted pre-crops (biological approach) and b) stripwise mechanical subsoil loosening in combination with the incorporation of...

The impact of subsoil management on the delivery of ecosystem services: An economic valuation for Germany

Sophie Ittner, Holger Gerdes & Zoritza Kiresiewa
Agricultural practices, including subsoil management, can contribute to positive or negative changes in ecosystem performance. This study assessed the societal costs and benefits of two subsoil management measures (mechanical and biological amelioration), which are determined by an increase or decrease in the provision of soil-related ecosystem services. To estimate the monetary value of the considered soil ecosystem services, a Benefit Transfer exercise was applied, in which existing valuation studies were used to transfer and apply...

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