Long-term field experiments – museum relics or scientific challenge?
W. Merbach, A. Deubelhttps://doi.org/10.17221/395-PSECitation:Merbach W., Deubel A. (2008): Long-term field experiments – museum relics or scientific challenge? Plant Soil Environ., 54: 219-226.
By reference to the Eternal Rye trial in Halle, Germany, as an example, it is demonstrated that long-term trials provide indispensable information for contemporary and future land use research. These trials serve as tools for the examination of cultivation measures or the effects of climate on nutrient dynamics and mobilization, microbial biodiversity, mineral composition or soil formation processes. They are therefore essential for the evaluation of land-use strategies or climatic change and, because of that, can provide more accuracy in related political considerations.Keywords:long-term fertilization trials; biodiversity; soil formation; nutrient dynamics; Eternal Rye trial