The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is a national research facility in Germany, associated to the Leibniz Association. With more than 350 employees - including roughly 200 scientists - ZALF conducts integrated-process research on agricultural landscapes for the sustainable management of soil, land, water, biodiversity, conservation of natural and cultural resources and the sustainable development of rural areas.
Its activities focus on methods and models for anticipating future driving forces of agricultural systems to develop adaptive agricultural management, assess impacts of agricultural management on agronomic performance and long-term sustainability, and support decision making for farming and agricultural policy. ZALF maintains field sites on experimental farms at three locations in eastern Germany, covering a wide range of soils and farming conditions, with long-term field experiments maintained for up to 50 years.
ZALF´s research is focused on integrated, interdisciplinary and systems-oriented research at the interface of agricultural land use, climate change mitigation and adaption, and the improvement of ecosystem services and biodiversity. ZALF’s research teams are organised into three main areas: Landscape Functioning, Land Use and Governance, and Landscape Research Synthesis, with a number of specific working groups.