Our publications

2024


Aggregation of activity data on crop management can induce large uncertainties in estimates of regional nitrogen budgets

Rahimi, J., Haas, E., Scheer, C. et al.(2024) Aggregation of activity data on crop management can induce large uncertainties in estimates of regional nitrogen budgets.npj Sustain. Agric. 2

, 7. doi.org/10.1038/s44264-024-00015-3


A new incubation system to simultaneously measure n2 as well as n2o and co2 fluxes from plant-soil mesocosms

Yankelzon, I., Willibald, G., Dannenmann, M., Malique, F., Ostler, U., Scheer, C., Buttebach-Bahl, K., (2024). A new incubation system to simultaneously measure n2 as well as n2o and co2 fluxes from plant-soil mesocosms. Biol Fertil Soils (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00374-024-01809-w 

This study introduces a plant-soil mesocosm system capable of continuously measuring N2, N2O, and CO2 fluxes during plant cultivation. Through a 33-day experiment with germinated wheat plants, the system's effectiveness in assessing soil denitrification dynamics and CO2 respiration rates is demonstrated, showcasing its potential for advancing environmental research.


Common agronomic adaptation strategies to climate change may increase soil greenhouse gas emission in Northern Europe

Grados, D., Kraus, D., Haas, E., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Olesen, J.E., Abalos, D., (2024),
Common agronomic adaptation strategies to climate change may increase soil greenhouse gas emission in Northern Europe, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Volume 349, 2024,109966, ISSN 0168-1923, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2024.109966 


Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle enclosures in semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa: The case of a rangeland in South-Central Kenya

Leitner, S.M., Carbonell, V.,  Mhindu, R.L, Zhu, Y., Mutuo. P., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Merbold, L., (2024)
Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle enclosures in semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa: The case of a rangeland in South-Central Kenya, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment,Volume 367,
2024, 108980, ISSN 0167-8809, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2024.108980
 


Drivers of ammonia volatilization in Mediterranean climate cropping systems

Hurtado, J., Velázquez, E., Lassaletta, L., Guardia, G., Aguilera, E., Sanz-Cobena, A., (2024)
Drivers of ammonia volatilization in Mediterranean climate cropping systems,
Environmental Pollution, Volume 341, 2024, 122814, ISSN 0269-7491, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2023.122814
 


A global meta-analysis of yield-scaled N2O emissions and its mitigation efforts for maize, wheat, and rice

Yao, Z.,  Guo, H.,  Wang, Y.,  Zhan, Y.,  Zhang, T.,  Wang, R.,  Zheng, X., &  Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2024).  A global meta-analysis of yield-scaled N2O emissions and its mitigation efforts for maize, wheat, and rice. Global Change Biology,  30, e17177. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.17177


High nitrous oxide emissions from temporary flooded depressions within croplands

Elberling, B., G.M. Kovács, H.F.E. Hansen, R. Fensholt, P. Ambus, X. Tong, D. Gominski, C.W. Mueller, D.M.N. Poultney and S. Oehmcke (2024). High nitrous oxide emissions from temporary flooded depressions within croplands. Communications Earth & Environment. DOI: 10.1038/s43247-023-01095-8


Deepened snow in combination with summer warming increases growing season nitrous oxide emissions in dry tundra, but not in wet tundra

Xu, W., L.L. Frendrup, A. Michelsen, B. Elberling and P.L. Ambus (2023). Deepened snow in combination with summer warming increases growing season nitrous oxide emissions in dry tundra, but not in wet tundra. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 180: 109013. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2023.109013


Diversifying crop rotation increases food production, reduces net greenhouse gas emissions and improves soil health

Yang, X., Xiong, J., Du, T. et al. Diversifying crop rotation increases food production, reduces net greenhouse gas emissions and improves soil health. Nat Commun 15, 198 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-44464-9 Diversifying crop rotation increases food production, reduces net greenhouse gas emissions and improves soil health | Nature Communications


2023


In situ 15N-N2O site preference and O2 concentration dynamics disclose the complexity of N2O production processes in agricultural soil

Wei H., Song X., Liu Y., Wang R., Zheng X., Butterbach-Bahl K., Venterea R.T., Wu D., Ju X. (2023)
In situ 15N-N2O site preference and O2 concentration dynamics disclose the complexity of N2O production processes in agricultural soil, 29 (17), pp. 4910 - 4923
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.16753https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85159369242&doi=10.1111%2fgcb.16753&partnerID=40&md5=2e350cf2f746407e08979deb8ce968a4 


Threshold-like effect of soil NO3− concentrations on denitrification product N2O/(N2O+N2) ratio is mediated by soil pH

Zhang B., Zhou M., Zhu B., Kemmann B., Pfülb L., Burkart S., Liu H., Butterbach-Bahl K., Well R. (2023)
Threshold-like effect of soil NO3− concentrations on denitrification product N2O/(N2O+N2) ratio is mediated by soil pH , 187, art. no. 109213 DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2023.109213 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85174191999&doi=10.1016%2fj.soilbio.2023.109213&partnerID=40&md5=a9d0fc0f0d9277d06b229fcbb50e4ee2 


Modeling Denitrification: Can We Report What We Don't Know?

Grosz B., Matson A., Butterbach-Bahl K., Clough T., Davidson E.A., Dechow R., DelGrosso S., Diamantopoulos E., Dörsch P., Haas E., He H., Henri C.V., Hui D., Kleineidam K., Kraus D., Kuhnert M., Léonard J., Müller C., Petersen S.O., Sihi D., Vogeler I., Well R., Yeluripati J., Zhang J., Scheer C. (2023)
Modeling Denitrification: Can We Report What We Don't Know?, 4 (6), art. no. e2023AV000990 DOI: 10.1029/2023AV000990  https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85175372807&doi=10.1029%2f2023AV000990&partnerID=40&md5=5a2c4d6cae85b83bd3e561e0dd89ec74 


A global dataset for the production and usage of cereal residues in the period 1997–2021

Smerald, A., Rahimi, J. & Scheer, C. (2023)  A global dataset for the production and usage of cereal residues in the period 1997–2021. Sci Data 10, 685. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-023-02587-0 


A redistribution of nitrogen fertiliser across global croplands can help achieve food security within environmental boundaries

Smerald, A., Kraus, D., Rahimi, J. et al. A redistribution of nitrogen fertiliser across global croplands can help achieve food security within environmental boundaries. Commun Earth Environ 4, 315 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-023-00970-8 


Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation Promotes Soil Microbial Stability and Antagonistic Bacteria Abundance in Greenhouse Vegetable Production Systems

Hu J., Wan L., Qasim W., Lv H., Zhao Y., Li G., Butterbach-Bahl K., Lin S. (2023)
Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation Promotes Soil Microbial Stability and Antagonistic Bacteria Abundance in Greenhouse Vegetable Production Systems
Agronomy, 13 (3), art. no. 939 DOI: 10.3390/agronomy13030939 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85152424403&doi=10.3390%2fagronomy13030939&partnerID=40&md5=20bd5c549478fe96249d6a57b1bd7076 


Urbanization can accelerate climate change by increasing soil N2O emission while reducing CH4 uptake

Zhan Y., Yao Z., Groffman P.M., Xie J., Wang Y., Li G., Zheng X., Butterbach-Bahl K. (2023),Urbanization can accelerate climate change by increasing soil N2O emission while reducing CH4 uptake, vol 29 (12), pp. 3489 - 3502, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.16652 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85150516725&doi=10.1111%2fgcb.16652&partnerID=40&md5=34f285c9e952ed0beec473556b5af3a3 


Interactive effects of catchment mean water residence time and agricultural area on water physico-chemical variables and GHG saturations in headwater streams


Mwanake R.M., Gettel G.M., Wangari E.G., Butterbach-Bahl K., Kiese R. (2023)
Interactive effects of catchment mean water residence time and agricultural area on water physico-chemical variables and GHG saturations in headwater streams, 5, art. no. 1220544
DOI: 10.3389/frwa.2023.1220544 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85166397251&doi=10.3389%2ffrwa.2023.1220544&partnerID=40&md5=e46b721e07d41b0f471e491f1efe2985 


Integrated biochar solutions can achieve carbon-neutral staple crop production


Xia L., Cao L., Yang Y., Ti C., Liu Y., Smith P., van Groenigen K.J., Lehmann J., Lal R., Butterbach-Bahl K., Kiese R., Zhuang M., Lu X., Yan X. (2023)
Integrated biochar solutions can achieve carbon-neutral staple crop production
 DOI: 10.1038/s43016-023-00694-0 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85147761209&doi=10.1038%2fs43016-023-00694-0&partnerID=40&md5=25eabd998250580e9fd10a36c4df66cb 


Challenges of accounting nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural crop residues


Olesen J.E., Rees R.M., Recous S., Bleken M.A., Abalos D., Ahuja I., Butterbach-Bahl K., Carozzi M., De Notaris C., Ernfors M., Haas E., Hansen S., Janz B., Lashermes G., Massad R.S., Petersen S.O., Rittl T.F., Scheer C., Smith K.E., Thiébeau P., Taghizadeh-Toosi A., Thorman R.E., Topp C.F.E. (2023)
Challenges of accounting nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural crop residues
 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.16962 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85173490215&doi=10.1111%2fgcb.16962&partnerID=40&md5=8e7a59c5bcab78a9a7a888166b5b92e3 


Anthropogenic activities significantly increase annual greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes from temperate headwater streams in Germany


Mwanake R.M., Gettel G.M., Wangari E.G., Glaser C., Houska T., Breuer L., Butterbach-Bahl K., Kiese R.
Anthropogenic activities significantly increase annual greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes from temperate headwater streams in Germany
(2023), 20 (16), pp. 3395 - 3422 DOI: 10.5194/bg-20-3395-2023 https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85171140868&doi=10.5194%2fbg-20-3395-2023&partnerID=40&md5=1c1e0c98bea9caeff6f5c5af2d164bb0 


The potential consequences of grain-trade disruption on food security in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Rahimi Jaber, Smerald Andrew, Moutahir Hassane, Khorsandi Mostafa, Butterbach-Bahl Klaus. (2023). The potential consequences of grain-trade disruption on food security in the Middle East and North Africa region, Frontiers in Nutrition, volume 10, DOI=10.3389/fnut.2023.1239548, ISSN=2296-861X.  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2023.1239548


Drip fertigation with straw incorporation promotes soil microbial network complexity and potentially reduces pathogen abundance in greenhouse vegetable production systems

Jing Hu, Yifei Sun, Meiju Liu, Yiming Zhao, Haofeng Lv, Yafang Wang, Guoyuan Li, Jingguo Wang, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, Shan Lin. (2023)
Drip fertigation with straw incorporation promotes soil microbial network complexity and potentially reduces pathogen abundance in greenhouse vegetable production systems,
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 351,2023, 108501, ISSN 0167-8809, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2023.108501


Characteristics of annual NH3 emissions from a conventional vegetable field under various nitrogen management strategies

Yan Wang, Zhisheng Yao, Yanqiang Wang, Guangxuan Yan, Baldur Janz, Xiaogang Wang, Yang Zhan, Rui Wang, Xunhua Zheng, Minghua Zhou, Bo Zhu, Ralf Kiese, Benjamin Wolf, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl. (2023)
Characteristics of annual NH3 emissions from a conventional vegetable field under various nitrogen management strategies, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 342, 2023,
118276,ISSN 0301-4797, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.118276


Assessing the environmental sustainability of different soil disinfestation methods used in solar greenhouse vegetable production systems

Li Wan, Yiming Zhao, Longlong Xia, Jing Hu, Tongxin Xue, Haofeng Lv, Zhisheng Yao, Fanqiao Meng, Guoyuan Li, Shan Lin, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl. (2023)
Assessing the environmental sustainability of different soil disinfestation methods used in solar greenhouse vegetable production systems, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 885,2023,163962,ISSN 0048-9697,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.163962


Mycorrhiza-mediated recruitment of complete denitrifying Pseudomonas reduces N2O emissions from soil

Li, X., Zhao, R., Li, D., Wang, G., Bei, S., Ju, X., An, R., Li, L., Kuyper, T. W., Christie, P., Bender, F. S., Veen, C., Van Der Heijden, M. G. A., Van Der Putten, W. H., Zhang, F., Butterbach-Bahl, K., & Zhang, J. (2023). Mycorrhiza-mediated recruitment of complete denitrifying Pseudomonas reduces N2O emissions from soil. Microbiome, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-023-01466-5


2022


A review of the importance of mineral nitrogen cycling in the plant-soil-microbe system of permafrost-affected soils—changing the paradigm

Ramm, E., Liu, C., Ambus, P., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Hu, B., Martikainen, P. J., Marushchak, M. E., Mueller, C. W., Rennenberg, H., Schloter, M., Siljanen, H. M., Voigt, C., Werner, C., Biasi, C., & Dannenmann, M. (2022). A review of the importance of mineral nitrogen cycling in the plant-soil-microbe system of permafrost-affected soils—changing the paradigm. Environmental Research Letters, 17(1), 013004. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac417e


European Agri-Environmental Policy: Evolution, Effectiveness, and Challenges

Hasler, B., Termansen, M., Nielsen, H. L., Daugbjerg, C., Wunder, S., & Latacz-Lohmann, U. (2022). European Agri-environmental Policy: Evolution, Effectiveness, and Challenges. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 16(1), 105–125. https://doi.org/10.1086/718212


EcoDes-DK15: high-resolution ecological descriptors of vegetation and terrain derived from Denmark's national airborne laser scanning data set

Assmann, J. J., Moeslund, J. E., Treier, U. A., Treier, U. A., Normand, S., & Normand, S. (2022). EcoDes-DK15: high-resolution ecological descriptors of vegetation and terrain derived from Denmark’s national airborne laser scanning data set. Earth System Science Data, 14(2), 823–844. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-823-2022


Targeted regulation of nitrogen loads: A national, cross-sectoral analysis

Konrad, M.T., Hansen, L.B., Levin, G., Blicher-Mathiesen, G., Andersen, H.E., Martinsen, L. & Hasler, B. (2022).Targeted regulation of nitrogen loads: A national, cross-sectoral analysis. (n.d.). Ecological Economics, 193, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107278


Challenges in measuring nitrogen isotope signatures in inorganic nitrogen forms: An interlaboratory comparison of three common measurement approaches

Biasi, C., Jokinen, S., Prommer, J., Ambus, P., Dörsch, P., Yu, L., Granger, S. W., Boeckx, P., Van Nieuland, K., Brüggemann, N., Wissel, H., Voropaev, A., Zilberman, T., Jäntti, H., Trubnikova, T., Welti, N., Voigt, C., Gebus-Czupyt, B., Czupyt, Z., & Wanek, W. (2022). Challenges in measuring nitrogen isotope signatures in inorganic nitrogen forms: An interlaboratory comparison of three common measurement approaches. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 36(22). https://doi.org/10.1002/rcm.9370


A shift from cattle to camel and goat farming can sustain milk production with lower inputs and emissions in north sub-Saharan Africa’s drylands

Rahimi, J., Fillol, E., Mutua, J. Y., Cinardi, G., Robinson, T. P., Notenbaert, A. M., Ericksen, P. J., Graham, M. W., & Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2022). A shift from cattle to camel and goat farming can sustain milk production with lower inputs and emissions in north sub-Saharan Africa’s drylands. Nature Food, 3(7), 523–531. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00543-6


Research Progress on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Livestock in Sub-Saharan Africa Falls Short of National Inventory Ambitions

Graham, M. W., Butterbach-Bahl, K., du Doit, C. J., Korir, D., Leitner, S., Merbold, L., Mwape, A., Ndung’u, P. W., Pelster, D. E., Rufino, M. C., van der Weerden, T., Wilkes, A., & Arndt, C. (2022). Research progress on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock in Sub-Saharan Africa falls short of National Inventory ambitions. Frontiers in Soil Science, 2. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoil.2022.927452


The Spectral Species Concept in Living Color

Rocchini, D., Santos, M. J., Ustin, S. L., Féret, J., Asner, G. P., Beierkuhnlein, C., Dalponte, M., Feilhauer, H., Foody, G. M., Geller, G. N., Gillespie, T. R., He, K. S., Kleijn, D., Leitão, P. J., Carranza, M. L., Moudrý, V., Müllerová, J., Nagendra, H., Normand, S., . . . Lenoir, J. (2022). The Spectral Species Concept in Living Color. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 127(9). https://doi.org/10.1029/2022jg007026


Number of Chamber Measurement Locations for Accurate Quantification of Landscape-Scale Greenhouse Gas Fluxes: Importance of Land Use, Seasonality, and Greenhouse Gas Type

Wangari, E. G., Mwanake, R. M., Kraus, D., Werner, C., Gettel, G. M., Kiese, R., Breuer, L., Butterbach‐Bahl, K., & Houska, T. (2022). Number of chamber measurement locations for accurate quantification of landscape‐scale greenhouse gas fluxes: Importance of land use, seasonality, and greenhouse gas type. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 127(9). https://doi.org/10.1029/2022jg006901


Adequacy of nitrogen-based indicators for assessment of cropping system performance: A modelling study of Danish scenarios

Rashid, M.A., Bruun, S., Styczen, M.E., Borgen, S.K., Hvid, S.K., Jensen, L.S. (2022). Adequacy of nitrogen-based indicators for assessment of cropping system performance: A modelling study of Danish scenarios. (n.d.). Science of the Total Environment, 842, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156927


Effect of nitrification inhibitor (DMPP) on nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural fields: Automated and manual measurements

Tariq, A., Larsen, K. S., Hansen, L. S., Jensen, L. J., & Kuyper, T. W. (2022). Effect of nitrification inhibitor (DMPP) on nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural fields: Automated and manual measurements. Science of the Total Environment, 847, 157650. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157650


Activity data on crop management define uncertainty of CH4 and N2O emission estimates from rice: A case study of Vietnam

Butterbach‐Bahl, K., Kraus, D., Kiese, R., Mai, V. T., Nguyen, T., Sander, B. O., Wassmann, R., & Werner, C. (2022). Activity data on crop management define uncertainty of CH 4 and N 2 O emission estimates from Rice: A case study of vietnam. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. http://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.202200382


Measuring soil pH at in situ like conditions using optical pH sensors (pH-optodes)

Merl, T., Rasmussen, M. R., Koch, L. R., Søndergaard, J. V., Bust, F. F., & Koren, K. (2022). Measuring soil ph at in situ like conditions using optical ph sensors (PH-optodes). Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 175, 108862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108862


Soil C/N ratio is the dominant control of annual N2O fluxes from organic soils of natural and semi-natural ecosystems

Yao, Z., Yan, G., Ma, L., Wang, Y., Zhang, H., Zheng, X., Wang, R., Liu, C., Wang, Y., Zhu, B., Zhou, M., Rahimi, J., & Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2022). Soil C/N ratio is the dominant control of annual N2O fluxes from organic soils of natural and semi-natural ecosystems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 327, 109198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.109198