About Deep Frontier

The Deep Frontier project is developing methods, facilities and ideas for future research into sustainable food production. 

With the work carried out in the Deep Frontier project, we will improve our understanding of deep rooting, i.e. what determines deep rooting, the activities of deep roots and which resources  from deep soil layers are utilized by plants. The project will also study cropping systems with deep rooted species.

Exploiting subsoil resources
With this research focus, the overall aim is to increase the exploitation of the subsoil resources by deep roots and thereby enhance food production in a sustainable way, as the need for resource input for food production and nutrient losses to the environment will be reduced. Additionally, the results are expected to contribute to climate change mitigation and improve soil biodiversity through the increased organic matter input to the soil.

The Deep Frontier project is carried out by University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus and ICROFS (International Center for Research in Organic Food Systems). The project is funded by the Villum Foundation for the period of 1. September 2014 until 31. August 2020. 

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