2. Nutrient Management in Organic Farming and Consequences for Direct and Indirect Selection Strategies

  1. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren4,5 and
  2. James R. Myers6
  1. Monika Messmer1,
  2. Isabell Hildermann1,
  3. Kristian Thorup-Kristensen2 and
  4. Zed Rengel3

Published Online: 16 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch2

Organic Crop Breeding

Organic Crop Breeding

How to Cite

Messmer, M., Hildermann, I., Thorup-Kristensen, K. and Rengel, Z. (2012) Nutrient Management in Organic Farming and Consequences for Direct and Indirect Selection Strategies, in Organic Crop Breeding (eds E. T. Lammerts van Bueren and J. R. Myers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen, The Netherlands

  2. 5

    Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

  3. 6

    Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstrasse, Frick, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Department of Agriculture and Ecology, University of Copenhagen, Taastrup, Denmark

  3. 3

    Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470958582

Online ISBN: 9781119945932



  • organic farming, and nutrient management;
  • direct, indirect selection strategies;
  • soil fertility improvement;
  • crop residues, source of organic matter;
  • nutrient availability, not easy to control;
  • large-scale screening, for root growth;
  • symbiosis, plants and AMF;
  • root exudates;
  • nutrient-efficient plants, crop yield increase;
  • breeding and agronomic optimization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Availability of Nutrients in Organic Farming

  • Roots: The Hidden Potential

  • Even Greater Complexity: Plant-Microbe-Soil Interactions

  • Importance of Selection Environments

  • Breeding Strategies

  • References