Stefan Pätzold

INRES - Allgemeine Bodenkunde und Bodenökologie

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Dr. Stefan Pätzold

+49 228 732775

+49 228 732782


Nussallee 13

53115 Bonn

Position: Senior Researcher

Graduate Studies:

Diploma in Agricultural Science (Crop Science), University of Bonn

Ph.D. Studies

in Soil Science/Agricultural Science, University of Bonn, Doctorate: 1998

Thesis: „Herbizidanwendung im Obstbau - Messung und Simulation des Abbau-, Sorptions- und Verlagerungsverhaltens von Simazin und Diuron in Lößböden” (Herbicide Application in Horticulture - Investigation and Simulation of Degradation, Sorption, and Leaching of Simazine and Diuron in Loess Soils) 

Teaching Activities

  • Principles of Soil Science
  • Soil Classification and Mapping
  • Methods for Soil Assessment
  • Sensor application in soil science

PI in ongoing funded research projects:

Joint project "BonaRes-I4S", sub-project F (BMBF): Mid-infrared and gamma spectroscopy as complementary tools for site-specific management of soil fertility (2018-2025)

Joint project "VitiSoil", co-ordinator and sub-project 1 (BMEL): A contribution of viticulture to the goals of the COP21-conference in Paris: sensor utilization in viticulture with minimized CO2-footprint and fungus-resistant cultivars (2018-2022)


(only peer reviewed journals, complete list upon request)
  • Schneider N, Islam M, Wehrle R, Pätzold S, Brüggemann N, Töpfer R, Herzog K. 2023. Deep incorporation of organic amendments into soils of a ‘Calardis Musqué’ vineyard: effects on greenhouse gas emissions, vine vigor, and grape quality. Front. Plant Sci., 14:1253458. DOI 10.3389/fpls.2023.1253458 (open access)

  • Pätzold S, Ostermann M, Heggemann T, Wehrle R. 2023. Impact of potassium fertilisation on mobile proximal gamma-ray spectrometry: Case study on a long-term field trial. Precision Agriculture, published online 21 September 2023, (open access)

  • Erler A, Riebe D, Beitz T, Löhmannsröben H-G, Leenen M, Pätzold S, Ostermann M, Wójcik M. 2023. Mobile Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Future Application in Precision Agriculture—A Case Study. Sensors 2023, 23, 7178. (open access)

  • Wehrle R, Coulouma G, Pätzold S. 2022. Portable mid-infrared spectroscopy to predict parameters related to carbon storage in vineyard soils: model calibrations under varying geopedological conditions. Biosystems Engineering 222, online first, (open access)

  • Leenen M; Pätzold S, Tóth G, Welp G. 2022. A LUCAS-based mid-infrared soil spectral library: Its usefulness for soil survey and precision agriculture. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci 185, 370-383, DOI: 0.1002/jpln.202100031 (open access)

  • Bauke SL, Wang Y, Saia SM, Popp C, Tamburini F, Paetzold S, Amelung W, von Sperber C. 2022. Phosphate Oxygen Isotope Ratios in Vegetated Riparian Buffer Strip Soils. Vadose Zone Journal 2022;21:e20193; DOI: 10.1002/vzj2.20193

  • Schmäck J, Weihermüller L, Klotzsche A, von Hebel C, Pätzold S, Welp G, Vereecken H. 2022: Large-scale detection and quantification of harmful soil compaction in a post-mining landscape using multi-configuration electromagnetic induction. Soil Use and Management 38 (2022), 212-228. DOI: 10.1111/sum.12763 (open access)

  • Wehrle R, Welp G, Pätzold S. 2021. Total and hot-water extractable organic carbon and nitrogen in organic soil amendments: their prediction using portable mid-infrared spectroscopy with support vector machines. Agronomy 11, 659. (open access)
  • Pätzold S, Leenen M, Heggemann T. 2020.  Proximal mobile gamma spectrometry as tool for precision farming and field experimentation. Soil Systems 4, 31 (2), (open access)
  • Sun Y, Wu B, Amelung W, Christensen BT, Pätzold S, Bauke SL, Schweitzer K, Baumecker M, Bol R. 2020. Non-critical uranium accumulation in soils of German and Danish long-term fertilizer experiments. Geoderma 370, 114336.
  • Pätzold S, Leenen M, Frizen P, Heggemann T, Wagner P, Rodionov A. 2020.  Prediciting plant available phosphorus using infrared spectroscopy with consideration for future mobile sensing applications in precision farming. Precision Agriculture 21, 4, 737-761 (open access), DOI:
  • Pätzold S, Hbirkou C, Dicke D, Gerhards R, Welp G. 2020. Linking weed patterns with soil sensing data – a long-term case study. Precision Agriculture 21, 569-588; DOI: 10.1007/s11119-019-09682-6 (open access),
  • Leenen M, Welp G, Gebbers R, Pätzold S. 2019. Rapid determination of lime requirement by mid-infrared spectroscopy: A promising approach for precision agriculture. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 182, 953-963, DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201800670 (open access)
  • Brogi C, Huisman JA, Pätzold S, von Hebel C, Weihermüller L, Kaufmann MS, van der Kruk J, Vereecken H. 2019. Large-scale soil mapping using multi-configuration EMI and supervised image classification. Geoderma 335, 133–148. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.08.001
  • Mahnkopp F, Simon M, Lehndorff E, Pätzold S, Wrede A, Winkelmann T. 2018. Induction and diagnosis of apple replant disease (ARD): a matter of heterogeneous soil properties? Scientia Horticulturae 241, 167–177. DOI: 10.1016/j.scienta.2018.06.076
  • Heggemann T, Welp G, Amelung W, Angst G, Franz SO, Koszinski S, Schmidt K, Pätzold S. 2017. Proximal gamma-ray spectrometry for site-independent in situ prediction of soil texture on ten heterogeneous fields in Germany using support vector machines. Soil Till. Res. 168, 99-109. DOI:
  • Rodionov, A., S. Pätzold, G. Welp, R. Pude, W. Amelung. 2016. Proximal field Vis-NIR spectroscopy of soil organic carbon: A solution to clear obstacles related to vegetation and straw cover. Soil & Tillage Research 163, 89-98.
  • Amelung W., Antar P., Kleeberg I., Oelmann Y., Lücke A., Alt F., Lewandowski H., Pätzold S., Barej J.A.M. 2015: The δ18O signatures of HCl-extractable soil phosphates: Methodological challenges and evidence of the cycling of biological P in arable soil. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 66, 6, 965–972. DOI:10.1111/ejss.12288
  • Rudolph S, van der Kruk J, von Hebel C, Ali M, Herbst M, Montzka C, Pätzold S, Robinson D.A., Vereecken H, Weihermüller L. 2015. Linking satellite derived LAI patterns with subsoil heterogeneity using large-scale ground-based electromagnetic induction measurements. Geoderma 241–242, 262–271
  • Lauer F, Prost K, Gerlach R, Patzold S, Wolf M, Urmersbach S, Lehndorff E, Eckmeier E, Amelung W. 2014. Organic Fertilization and Sufficient Nutrient Status in Prehistoric Agriculture? - Indications from Multi-Proxy Analyses of Archaeological Topsoil Relicts. PLOS ONE 9, 9, e106244
  • Römer C., Rodionov A., Behmann J., Pätzold S., Welp G., Plümer L. 2014. Quantifying moisture and roughness with Support Vector Machines improves spectroscopic soil organic carbon prediction. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 177, 845-847; DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201400152
  • Rodionov A, Welp G, Damerow L, Berg T, Amelung W, Pätzold S (2014): Towards on-the-go field assessment of soil organic carbon using Vis–NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy: Developing and testing a novel tractor-driven measuring chamber. Soil & Tillage Research 145, 93–102; doi: 10.1016/j.still.2014.08.007
  • Wolf M, Lehndorff E, Mrowald M, Eckmeier E, Kehl M, Frechen M, Pätzold S, Amelung W. 2014. Black carbon: Fire fingerprints in Pleistocene loess–palaeosol archives in Germany. Organic Geochemistry 70, 44–52. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.03.002
  • Kautz T, Lüsebrink M, Pätzold S, Vetterlein D, Pude R, Athmann M, Küpper PM, Perkons U, Köpke U. 2014. Contribution of anecic earthworms to biopore formation during cultivation of perennial ley crops. Pedobiologia 57, 47-52.
  • Schlummer M, Hoffmann T, Dikau R, Eickmeier M, Fischer P, Gerlach R, Holzkämper J, Kalis AJ, Kretschmer I, Lauer F, Maier A, Meesenburg J, Meurers-Balke J, Münch U, Pätzold S, Steininger F, Stobbe A, Zimmermann A. 2014. From Point to Area: Upscaling Approaches for Late Quaternary Archaeological and Environmental Data. Earth-Science Reviews 131, 22-48, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.01.004
  • Rodionov A, Pätzold S, Welp G, Cañada Pallares R, Damerow  L., Amelung, W.(2014): Sensing of soil organic carbon using VISNIR spectroscopy at variable moisture and surface roughness. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 78:949–957, doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0264
  • Barej, J., Pätzold, S., Perkons, U., Amelung, W. (2014): Phosphorus fractions in bulk subsoil and its biopore systems. Europ. J. Soil Sci. 65, 4, 553–561. DOI:10.1111/ejss.1212415.
  • Pätzold, S., M. Hejcman, J. Barej, J. Schellberg. 2013. Soil phosphorus fractions after seven decades of fertilizer application in the Rengen Grassland Experiment. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 176, 910-920. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201300152
  • Lauer, Franziska, S. Pätzold, S., Gerlach, R., Protze, J., Willbold, S., Amelung, W. (2013): Phosphorus status in archaeological arable topsoil relicts — Is it possible to reconstruct conditions for prehistoric agriculture in Germany? Geoderma 207-208,111–120. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.05.005
  • Kautz, T., W. Amelung, F. Ewert, T. Gaiser, R. Horn, R. Jahn, M. Javaux, A. Kemna, Y. Kuzyakov, J.-C. Munch, S. Pätzold, S. Peth, H. W. Scherer, M. Schloter, H. Schneider, J. Vanderborght, D. Vetterlein, A. Walter, G. L. B. Wiesenberg and U. Köpke (2013): Nutrient acquisition from arable subsoils in temperate climates: a review. Soil Biol. Biochem. 57, 1003-1022. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.09.014.
  • Hbirkou, C., Pätzold, S., Mahlein, A.-K., Welp, G. (2012): Airborne hyperspectral imaging of spatial soil organic carbon heterogeneity at the field-scale. Geoderma 175, 21-28. DOI: 10.10/j.geoderma.2012.01.017.
  • Dalkmann, P., U. Menke, J. Keppler, D. Schäfer, S. Pätzold (2012): Aging of methabenzthiazuron, imidacloprid, and N,N-dimethylsulfamide in silty soils and effects on sorption and dissipation. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31, 3, 556–565. DOI: 10.1002/etc.1734
  • Hbirkou, C., G. Welp, K. Rehbein, C. Hillnhütter, M. Daub, M.A. Oliver, S. Pätzold (2011): The effect of soil heterogeneity on the spatial distribution of Heterodera schachtii within sugar beet fields. Applied Soil Ecology 51, 25– 34. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2011.08.008
  • Sun, Y., H. Druecker, E. Hartung, H. Hueging, Q. Cheng, Q. Zeng, W. Sheng, J. Lin, O. Roller, S. Paetzold, P. Schulze Lammers (2011): Map-based investigation of soil physical conditions and crop yield using diverse sensor techniques. Soil & Tillage Research 112, 149–158. doi:10.1016/j.still.2010.12.002
  • Hejcman, M., Cešková, M., Schellberg, J., S. Pätzold (2010): The Rengen Grassland Experiment: Effect of Soil Chemical Properties on Biomass Production, Plant Species Composition and Species Richness. Folia Geobotanica 45 ( 2) 125-142. DOI 10.1007/s12224-010-9062-9
  • Pätzold, S., Mertens, F.M., Bornemann, L., Koleczek, B., Franke, J., Feilhauer, H., G. Welp (2008): Soil Heterogeneity at the Field Scale: a Challenge for Precision Crop Protection. Precis. Agric. 9, 6, 367-390 (doi: 10.1007/s11119-008-9077-x))
  • Mertens, F.M., Pätzold, S., Welp, G. (2008): Spatial heterogeneity of soil properties and its mapping with apparent electrical conductivity. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 2, 146-154. (doi: 10.1002/jpln.200625130)
  • Pätzold, S., Klein, C., Brümmer, G.W. (2007): Runoff transport of herbicides during natural and simulated rainfall and its reduction by vegetated filter strips. Soil Use and Management 23 (3), 294-305. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-2743.2007.00097.x
  • Pätzold, S., Brümmer, G.W. (2004): Bedeutung von Regenwurmröhren für die Verlagerung des Herbizids Diuron in Böden von Obstanlagen. Erwerbsobstbau 46 (2004), 74-80. DOI: 10.1007/s10341-004-0024-3
  • Pätzold, S., Brümmer, G.W. (2003): Influence of microbial activity and soil moisture on herbicide immobilization in soils. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 166, 336-344 DOI: 10.1002/jpln.200390052
    Wessel-Bothe, S., S. Pätzold, C. Klein, G. Behre und G. Welp (2000): Adsorption von Pflanzenschutzmitteln und DOC an Saugkerzen aus Glas und Keramik. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci (2000), 163, 53-56. DOI:10.1002/(SICI)1522-2624(200002)163:1<53::AID-JPLN53>3.0.CO;2-W
  • Pätzold, S., Brümmer, G.W. (1997): Abbau-, Sorptions- und Verlagerungsverhalten des Herbizides Diuron in einer obstbaulich genutzten Parabraunerde aus Löß. Z. Pflanzenernähr. Bodenk. 160, 165-170.
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