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Thünen Institute of Biodiversity

As a federal research agency under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Thünen Institute (TI) supports evidence-based agricultural policy. The TI is active on a broad range of topics that extend to the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The Thünen Institute of Biodiversity (TI-BD) pursues interdisciplinary research in different areas of agroecology and landscape ecology, including structural and functional biodiversity and ecosystem services above- and belowground. The research focus is on the relationships between agricultural production, land-use systems, landscape structure and biodiversity. The processing from research output to recommendations for practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders is a key part of the work of TI-BD. The Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology (TI-AT) develops and evaluates both technologies and management practices relevant for agriculture and bio-based industries using comprehensive, big-picture techniques, including holistic systems-analysis, life cycle assessment and eco-efficiency analysis.


Role in the project

The Thünen Institute for Biodiversity is the project coordinator, leads Work Package 5 and contributes to Work Packages 3, 6 and 7. TI-BD and TI-AT will combine insights and expertise from ongoing extensive literature review on the effects of legumes on biodiversity and ecosystem services with on-farm data from actor groups for an assessment of risks and benefits to biodiversity.

Staff involved

  • Jens Dauber

  • Heinz Stichnothe

  • Daniel Alejandro Amthauer Gallardo


Jens Dauber

Bundesallee 65, 38116 Braunschweig

Tel: +49 531 596 2502

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