Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg is an institute part of the Leibniz Association, which was founded and is legally registered as a non-profit organisation. With about 340 employees and an annual budget of 28.5 Mio Euro, ZALF's mission is to deliver solutions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. As a contribution to overcoming global challenges such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and resource scarcity, we develop and design crop systems, integrated in their landscape contexts, that combine food security with sustainability. Therefore we process complex landscape data with a unique set of experimental methods, new technologies and models as well as socio-economic approaches. ZALF research is integrated systems research: starting from processes in soils and plants to causal relationships on the field and landscape level up to global impacts and complex interactions between landscapes, society and economy. ZALF has offices, laboratories and a research station with locations in Müncheberg (headquarter), Paulinenaue and Dedelow. ZALF’s scientific director is Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, a leading expert in the field of cropping systems modelling and agro-ecosystem physiology.