Short rotation agroforestry systems

The German joint research project „AgroForstEnergie - Economic and ecological evaluation of agroforestry systems in farming practice“, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, was initialised to investigate alley-cropping systems which combine the production of woody biomass with conventional field crops. Superordinate targets aim on conserving productivity of the whole agricultural area, production of highly demanded woody bioenergy sources on agricultural area, increase of yield stability of crops between SRC strips by windbreak effects and increase of biodiversity in the agrarian landscape.  About the project



SP1 | Coordination / Yield effects and economics
Which positive and negative effects result from the combination of annual and woody crops regarding yield and quality of the agricultural products? Are short rotation agroforestry systems economically viable?
Sub-Project 1

SP2 | Soil protection and soil fertility, water regime and microclimate
What effects result from the combination of annual and woody crops on water regime and microclimate? Can tree hedgerows contribute to the carbon sequestration in the soil? Can the soil fertility be maintained or improved?
Sub-Project 2

SP3 | Structural diversity and biodiversity
What impact on structural diversity and biodiversity has the integration of SRC-strips in agricultural areas? Can flora and fauna benefit? How can the ecosystem services be valued?
Sub-Project 3



Karte der Versuchsstandorte: Beginning in 2007, agroforestry systems combining annual crops or grassland and SRC strips have been established in Germany at five different locations. At these sites a wide range of investigations take place.
Overview study sites



In addition to already published final reports also articles and lectures related to the project AgroForstEnergie can be found here.
Final reports, Articles and Lectures