Thünen-Institute (TI) is a research center, which establishes scientific basics and provides scientifically-based support for political decision makers on a broad range of topics in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The economic, ecological and technological competences qualify TI to address complex scientific questions. TI was founded in 2008 under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.



Martin Banse

Martin Banse is Director at the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis Institute in Braunschweig, Germany. Martin Banse has over 20 years’ experience in quantitative analyses of agricultural policy and international trade. He has done much work in agricultural sector analysis and quantitative modelling, and has extensive experience in working with partial and general equilibrium models especially in the area of bioeconomy, international trade and agricultural policies.
WP6 Deputy Leader


Stefan Schrader

Stefan Schrader is Deputy Head of the Thünen-Institute of Biodiversity in Braunschweig, Germany, and leader of the soil zoology working group. He is Professor for Soil Biology and Soil Ecology at the Technical University of Braunschweig. His research activity focuses on functional diversity of soil fauna and its provision of ecosystem services in agricultural systems. Regional Coordinator: Continental.
WP5 Deputy Leader.


Christine van Capelle

Christine van Capelle is a scientist in the structural and functional soil zoology working group at the Thünen-Institute of Biodiversity in Braunschweig, Germany. Her research activities focus on the analysis and assessment of soil biodiversity and its role in fulfilling functions and providing ecosystem services in agroecosystems. One main interest is the evaluation of the bioregulatory potential of soil fauna in the context of self-regulation of arable soils.


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