Soil and soil profile

Bodenprofil The research station is located at the border of the region "Querfurter Platte" and is part of the Chernosem region in Saxony-Anhalt, a loam system in the foreland of the Harz mountains. It is located in the Central German Dry Area with a mean annual temperature of 8.7 °C and a mean annual precipitation of 484 mm (mean 1896-2004). The Chernosem was elected to be the "Soil of the year 2005" with the soil profile in Bad Lauchstädt being the model system.

A complete description of soil chemical, physical and biological traits is given in this publication:

M. Altermann, J. Rinklebe, I. Merbach, M. Körschens, U. Langer, B. Hofmann: Chernozem - Soil of the Year 2005. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Science 2005, 168, 725-740.