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The overall objectives of the INPLAMINT project are to (a) elucidate the key processes governing nutrient turnover and fluxes in the plant-soil-microbial system focusing on the buffering role of soil microorganisms in relation to plant nutrient uptake, (b) assess their importance for nutrient-efficient agricultural biomass production, (c) concurrently optimize the combined use of the main nutrients N, P and K, and (d) derive suitable management options for optimizing nutrient-use efficiency in agricultural biomass production for different soil conditions and different climate change scenarios.

The objectives of this project are in full accordance with the BonaRes call objectives by aiming at (i) improving soil functions, (ii) increasing nutrient use efficiency of agricultural crop production, and (iii) improving agricultural management and use strategies. This project is also in line with the National Research Strategy Bioeconomy 2030 of the German Federal Government, which aims at “understanding of biological systems and their sustainable utilization…from the level of genes to the entire ecosystem”. The outreach of this project will be based on scientific publications, on a screening analysis of possible socioeconomic and environmental effects of the newly developed management options, and on guidelines for stakeholders and policymakers for the dissemination of the newly gained knowledge on alternative management options towards increasing agricultural nutrient-use efficiency based on optimized plant-soil-microbial interactions.