MaxRoot-C and MixRoot-C are part of the EJP SOIL Programme. EJP SOIL is a European Joint Programme Cofund on Agricultural Soil Management contributing to key societal challenges including climate change, water and future food security.  

The objectives are to develop knowledge, tools and an integrated research community to foster climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management that:

  • Allow for sustainable food production
  • Sustains soil biodiversity
  • Sustains soil functions that preserves ecosystem services


Optimize soil root carbon inputs, for sustainable crop production in Europe – in both pure cultures and cover crops.

Project coordinator:
Rebecca Hood-Nowotny – rebecca.hood@boku.ac.at
Project communication representative:
Anna Wawra – anna.wawra@ages.at 


To measure in situ root C production and to propose root traits related to soil organic C storage in topsoil and subsoil in the context of diversified agrosystems in Europe.

Project coordinator:
Isabelle Bertrand – isabelle.bertrand@inrae.fr
Project communication representative:
Eric Mignard – eric.mignard@inrae.fr 


VIDEO of the MaxRoot-C sampling tour

Soil: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the MaxRoot-C sampling team (Thünen & Agroscope). Its continuing mission: to sample roots of main crops across Europe. To seek out root biomass of 10 different varieties and to assess if an optimized variety selection for more root biomass could increase soil carbon. To boldly go…

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