Project partner #8

Grass and Forage Science/Organic Agriculture
The Group of Environmental, Resource and Ecological Economics

Dr. Thorsten Reinsch,
Dr. Iraj Emadodin,
Dr. Jörn Schmidt,

Institute for Crop Science and Plant Breeding
Group: Grass and Forage Science/Organic Agriculture
Hermann-Rodewald-Straße 9
D-24118 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880 1662

Department of Economics
Group of Environmental, Resource and Ecological Economics
Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 1
D-24118 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880 5632

Kiel University is a German state University and the scientific centre of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein. With the agricultural faculty of Kiel University, Schleswig-Holstein has specialised research institutes with relevance for agronomy, plant breeding and soil science. Against the national trend of the past ten years, Kiel University has a growing number of agricultural students. With the experimental farms Karkendamm, Hohenschulen and Lindhof, Kiel University can draw a full picture of different agricultural production systems and use intensities.

CAU-GFO (The Research Group of Grass and Forage Science/Organic Agriculture)

is an internationally recognized research group focusing research on plant physiology, management, use of forages in multipurpose systems and sustainable land-use systems. Research projects are diverse: research on N-use efficiency and GHG emissions of crop production systems, development of dynamic simulation models for crop growth and forage quality dynamics, investigation of the use of forages for bioenergy production, grassland ecology and organic agriculture. The experimental organic farm Lindhof is supervised by the group GFO. The Lindhof is close to the Baltic Sea and represents an example for food production influenced by the sea in the framework of the GoJelly project.

The group GFO is work package leader 6 (WP6). In addition, the group will perform several experiments in sub-WP6. The main target of our activity is to study the possibility use of jellyfish as an organic fertilizer. It is hypothesized that the jellyfish fertilizer restores and enhances soil quality, mitigates climate change impacts, reduces waste from marine environment and improves human health and nutrition.

EREE (The group Environmental, Resource and Ecological Economics)

The group Environmental, Resource and Ecological Economics (EREE) is an interdisciplinary group with currently 14 members working on topics of sustainable fisheries, sustainability concepts, ocean acidification and global warming, renewable energy and geo-engineering. The group has led and contributed to many national and international projects and is partner of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Future Ocean’ and the cross faculty Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science ‘Kiel Marine Science’ at Kiel University.

The EREE group will contribute to work on societal and economic impacts, specifically conducting a survey in the general public and support stakeholder workshops. It will particularly work on the development of a game for use in stakeholder consultations as well as finally as an outreach tool to inform the general public about jellyfish and microplastic.

Team members

Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Taube

Professor of organic agriculture, grassland science and extensive land use systems at the faculty of Crop Science and Plant Breeding. Friedhelm Taube has over 30 years of research experience in the field organic agriculture, grassland science and forage production. He has authored or co-authored 400 papers (107 refereed papers, 293 conference or society proceedings papers and book chapters) and more than 300 abstracts and popular press articles. His research has focused on physiology, management and use of crops and forages in multipurpose systems.

Dr. Thorsten Reinsch

His research work focuses on field studies for GHG-emissions from arable land and permanent grassland; soil carbon modelling and plant physiology with special emphasis for different methodologies evaluating nitrogen and carbon flows between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems. He is a full-time junior scientist and lecturer in Live-Cycle-Assessment approaches.

Dr. Iraj Emadodin

His research focuses on understanding how human activities (land cover changes and land use intensification) impact on soil environment and plants particularly the counteractions between plants and soil processes in rangeland ecosystems and what the best land restoration techniques are. This research is  necessarily inter- and multi-disciplinary, and covers the broad areas of rangelands ecology, plants ecology, rangelands engineering (improvement and development), grassland science and forage production, soil fertility, soil biology, biological soil crusts, rangelands ecosystem health assessment and soil restoration. He has long-term research experiences in environmental soil science and also arid and semi-arid rangelands restoration and management.

Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas

Martin Quaas is professor of Environmental, Resource, and Ecological Economics at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences of Kiel University. His main research interest is the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment, in particular sustainable fisheries, climate change, and renewable energy. He coordinates several international and national research projects which involve a strong trans-disciplinary component, successfully engaging stakeholders from industry, administration, NGOs, and policy. MQ is coordinating lead author of a chapter on valuation methods in the guide for assessment currently prepared by IPBES.

Dr. Jörn O. Schmidt

Jörn Schmidt is senior research scientist at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences of Kiel University. He is specialised in inter- and transdisciplinary work and his research foci are social-ecological systems analysis and concepts of sustainability in the ocean. This includes the application of coupled ecological-economic models in developing practical management advice, the use of questionnaire surveys with communities, science communication with stakeholders and the use of alternative communication methods like games for education and communication (e.g., ‘ecoOcean’,