Peer-reviewed articles


Musyoka, M.W., Adamtey, N., Bünemann, E.K., Muriuki, A.W., Karanja, E.N., Mucheru-Muna, M., Fiaboe, K.K.M., Cadisch,G. (2019). Nitrogen release and synchrony in organic and conventional farming systems of the Central Highlands of Kenya. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst, 113: 283.

Musyoka, M.W., Adamtey, N., Muriuki, A.W., Bautze, D., Karanja, E.N., Mucheru-Muna, M., Fiaboe, K.K.M., Cadisch,G. (2019). Nitrogen leaching losses and balances in conventional and organic farming systems in Kenya. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst, 114: 237.

Niether, W., Schneidewind, U., Fuchs, M., Schneider, M., Armengot, L. (2019). Below- and aboveground production in cocoa monocultures and agroforestry systems. Science of the Total Environment, 657: 558-567.

Marconi, L., Armengot, L. (accepted). Complex agroforestry systems against biotic homogenization: The case of plants in the herbaceous stratum of cocoa production systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.


Adamtey, N., Bekele, E., Bautze, D., Musyoka, M. W., Karanja, E., Fiaboe, K. M., et al. (submitted). Organic farming improves soil fertility in the tropics compared to conventional: Evidence from Long-term farming systems comparison trials in Kenya.

Anyango, J. J., Bautze, D., Fiaboe, K. K. M., Lagat, Z. O., Muriuki, A. W., Stöckli, S., Riedel, J., Onyambu, G. K., Musoyoka, M. W., Karanja, E. N., Adamtey, N. (submitted). The impact of conventional and organic farming on soil biodiversity conservation: A case study on termites in the long-term farming systems comparison trials in Kenya.

Mwangi, E. N., Ngamau, C. N., Wesonga, J. M., Karanja, E. N., Musyoka, M. W., Matheri, F., Fiaboe, K. K. M., Bautze, D., Adamtey, N. (submitted). Managing Phosphate Rock to Improve Nutrient Uptake, Phosphorus Use Efficiency and Carrot Yields in Kenya.

Mwangi, E. N., Ngamau, C. N., Wesonga, J. M., Karanja, E. N., Musyoka, M. W., Matheri, F., Fiaboe, K. K. M., Bautze, D., Adamtey, N. (submitted). The Phosphorus Sorption Characteristics of Soils and Their Economic Impact: A case study from the sub-humid zones of Central Highlands of Kenya.

Niether, W., Glawe, A., Pfohl, K., Schneider, M., Adamtey, N., Karlowsky, P., Pawelzik, E., (submitted). Physiological stress response and phenological adaptation to water availability of three cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) cultivars.

Pérez-Neira, D., Schneider, M., Armengot, L. (submitted). Crop-diversification and organic management increase the energy efficiency of cacao plantations.


Niether, W., Armengot, L., Andres, C., Schneider, M., and Gerold, G. (2018). Shade trees and tree pruning alter throughfall and microclimate in cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) production systems. Annals of Forest Science, 75:38.

Schneidewind, U., Niether, W., Armengot, L., Schneider, M., Sauer, D., Heitkamp, F., Gerold, G. (2017). Carbon stocks, litterfall production, and pruning residues in monoculture and agroforestry cacao production systems. Experimentall Agriculture,  1-19.


Atandi, J. G., Haukeland, S., Kariuki, G. M., Coyne, D. L., Karanja, E. N., Musyoka, M. W., Fiaboe, K. K. M., Bautze, D., Adamtey, N. (2017). Organic farming provides improved management of plant parasitic nematodes in maize and bean cropping systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 247: 265-272. Read more

Bhat, N .A., Riar, A., Ramesh, A., Iqbal, S., Sharma, M. P., Sharma, S. K. and Bhullar, G. S. (2017). Soil biological activity contributing to phosphorus availability in Vertisols under long-term organic and conventional agricultural management.Frontiers in Plant Science – Agroecology and Land Use Systems, 8: 1289. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01523. Read more

Jacobi, J., Bottazzi, P., Pilco, M., Schneider, M., Rist, S. (2017). Building Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate: Challenges, Potentials, and Ways Forward for Smallholder Cocoa Production in Bolivia. Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, 231-247. Read more

Naoki, K., Gómez, M. I., Schneider, M. (2017). Selección de diferentes sistemas de producción de cacao (Theobroma cacao, Malvaceae) por aves en Alto Beni, Bolivia - una prueba de cafetería en el campo. Ecología en Bolivia 52 (2): 100-115. Read more

Musyoka, M. W., Adamtey, N., Muriuki, A. W. and Cadisch, G. (2017). Effect of organic and conventional farming systems on nitrogen use efficiency of potato, maize and vegetables in the Central highlands of Kenya. European Journal Of Agronomy, 86: 24-36. Read more

Niether, W., Schneidewind, U., Armengot, L., Adamtey, N., Schneider, M., Gerold, G. (2017). Spatial-temporal soil moistre dynamics under different cocoa production systems. CATENA, 158: 340-349. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.07.011. Read more

Niether, W., Smit, I., Armengot, L., Schneider, M., Gerold, G., Pawelzik, E. (2018). Environmental Growing Conditions in Five Production Systems Induce Stress Response and Affect Chemical Composition of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) Beans. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 65 (47): 10165-10173. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.7b04490 Read more

Riar, A., Mandloi L. S., Messmer, M., Poswal, R. S., and Bhullar, G. S. (2017). A diagnosis of biophysical and socio-economic factors influencing farmers’ choice to adopt organic or conventional farming systems for cotton production. Frontiers in Plant Science – Agroecology and Land Use Systems, 8: 1289. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01289. Read more


Adamtey, N., Musyoka, M. W., Zundel, C., Cobo, J. C., Karanja, E., Fiaboe, K. M., et al. (2016). Comparison of conventional and organic farming systems in the sub-humid zones of the Central highlands of Kenya: Productivity and profitability of maize-based cropping systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 235: 61-79. Read more

Andres, C. and Bhullar, G.S. (2016). Sustainable intensification of tropical agro-ecosystems: need and potentials. Frontiers in Environmental Science, specialty section Agroecology and Land Use Systems, 4 (5). Read more

Andres, C., Mandloi L.S. and Bhullar, G.S. (2016) Sustaining the supply of White Gold: The case of SysCom innovation platforms in India. In: Dror, I., Cadilhon, J-J., Schut, M., Misiko. M., and Maheshwari, S. (Eds.) Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Development: Evaluating the mature innovation platforms landscape. Routledge, UK, chapter 8, pp. 133-150. Read more

Armengot, L., Barbieri, P., Andres, C., Milz, J., and Schneider, M. (2016). Cacao agroforestry systems have higher return on labor compared to full-sun monocultures. Agronomy for sustainable development, 36 : 70. Read more

Gramlich, A., Tandy, S., Andres, C., Chincheros Paniagua, J., Armengot, L., Schneider, M., and Schulin, R. (2016). Cadmium uptake by cocoa trees in agroforestry and monoculture systems under conventional and organic management. Science of the Total Environment, 580: 677-686. Read more

Helfenstein, J., Müller, I., Grüter, R., Bhullar, G.S., Mandloi, L., Papritz, A., Siegrist, M., Schulin, R. and Frossard, E. (2016) Organic Wheat Farming Improves Grain Zinc Concentration. PLOS ONE, 11 (8): e0160729. Read more

Schneider, M., Andres, C., Trujillo, G., Alcon, F., Amurrio, E., Perez, E., Weibel, F. and Milz, J. (2016) Cocoa and total system yields of organic and conventional agroforestry vs. monoculture systems in a long-term field trial in Bolivia. Experimental Agriculture, 53 (3): 351-374. Read more


Alfaro-Flores, A., Morales-Belpaire, I. and Schneider, M. (2015). Microbial biomass and cellulase activity in soils under five different cocoa production systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroforestry systems 89(2). Read more

Andres, C., Comoé, H., Beerlic, A., Schneider, M., Rist, S., Jacobi, J. (2015) Cocoa in monoculture and dynamic agroforestry. In: Lichtfouse, E. (Ed.) Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, chapter 3: 121-153. Read more

Jacobi, J., Schneider, M., Pillco, M., Huber, S., Weidmann, S., Bottazzi, P. and Rist, S. (2015) Farm resilience in organic and nonorganic cocoa farming systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 39, 798-823. Read more

Jacobi, J., Schneider, M., Pillco, M., Huber, S., Weidmann, S. and Rist, S. (2015). La contribución de la producción del cacao orgánico a la resiliencia socio-ecológica en el contexto del cambio climático en el Alto Beni – La Paz. Acta Nova 6(4), 351-382. Read more

Jacobi, J., Schneider, M., Bottazzi, P., Pillco, M., Calizaya, P., et al. (2015). Agroecosystem resilience and farmers’ perceptions of climate change impacts on cocoa farms in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems FirstView, 1-14. Read more


Jacobi, J., Andres, C., Schneider, M., Pillco, M., Calizaya, P. and Rist, S. (2014). Carbon stocks, tree diversity, and the role of organic certification in different cocoa production systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroforestry Systems, 1117 - 1132. Read more

Jacobi, .J, Schneider, M., Rist, S. (2014). Agroforstwirtschaft als ökologisch, ökonomisch und sozial nachhaltige Landnutzungsform: Fallbeispiel Kakaoanbau in Bolivien. Elemente der Naturwissenschaft 100, 4-25. Read more


Forster, D., Andres, C., Verma, R., Zundel, C., Messmer, M. and Mader, P. (2013). Yield and economic performance of organic and conventional cotton-based farming system - results from a field trial in India. Plos one 8(12). Read more


Forster, D., Adamtey, N., Messmer, M.M., Pfiffner, L., Baker, B., Huber, B., Niggli, U. (2012). Organic Agriculture – Driving Innovations in Crop Research. In: Agricultural Sustainability - Progress and Prospects in Crop Research. Bhullar G, Bhullar N (eds.). pp 21-46. Elsevier. Read more