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Institute for Crop and Soil Science

The Institute

The Institute for Crop and Soil Science addresses fundamental and applied questions of primary agricultural production and is dedicated to the protection of soil, water and biodiversity as resources required for this purpose.

Our research focuses on the efficient use of nutrient and water resources and on future-oriented approaches to site-specific crop production in arable farming and grassland as well as on aspects of soil fertility.

With our research, we aim to promote sustainable production of high-quality human food, animal feed, and energy crops.

A particular challenge is to adapt agricultural production to changing climatic conditions.

Therefore, it is an important task of the institute to provide reliable and robust data for research, for scientific and field advisers and agricultural practice. Digitalization, the availability of different data sources and artificial intelligence (AI)-supported Big Data analyses are continuously rising in importance in decision-making processes.

For this reason, the Research Center for Agricultural Remote Sensing (FLF) was established, which processes remote sensing data to address different questions of the JKI, the Ministry, other agencies as well as practical questions.

In addition to the FLF, other specialized units are located at the Institute of Crop and Soil Science:

  • Coordination unit grassland,
  • Coordination unit arable farming,
  • the working group for national nutrient balances,
  • Trainings courses and the helpdesk for biometrics.



Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI) - Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants
Institute for Crop and Soil Science
Bundesallee 58
38116 Braunschweig

Head of Institute: Prof. Dr. Jörg Michael Greef

Sigrid Ehlers
Tel: 0531 596-2302

Sabine Wichmann
Tel: 0531 596-2303
Fax: 0531 596-2399
Mail: pb@  julius-kuehn.  de