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Current Events │ 17. January 2019

International Green Week 2019 – We are on

From tomorrow we will be at the `International Green Week’ in Berlin again. Our theme this year: “Healthy with vegetables – quality from seed to plate”. Which ingredients do the different vegetables have? Where do the colors and tastes come from? And what is after cooking – all gone? These and many other important and […]

From tomorrow we will be at the `International Green Week’ in Berlin again. Our theme this year: “Healthy with vegetables – quality from seed to plate”. Which ingredients do the different vegetables have? Where do the colors and tastes come from? And what is after cooking – all gone? These and many other important and very interesting topics are in the research focus of our colleagues of programme area QUALITY “Plant quality and food security”. For more information on research follow the link below.

And visit us from of January, 18th to 27th at our stand in the very center of exhibition hall 23a. We will answer your questions and test your knowledge with a quiz.

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Website of the International Green Week

Link to Programme Area QUALITY

 

News │ 7. December 2018

Symposium „Nutrient recycling for circular economies“, December 5th, 2018

Within the Symposium on “Nutrient Recycling for circular economies” on December 5th, 2018, Prof. Dr. Kai Udert (Eawag) and Dr. Gerhild Bornemann (DLR) gave exciting talks on nutrient recycling from urine and its application in horticulture and space missions. In addition, the PhD students Mareike Mauerer (Humboldt University) and Grace Carin (ETH Zürich) complemented the […]

Within the Symposium on “Nutrient Recycling for circular economies” on December 5th, 2018, Prof. Dr. Kai Udert (Eawag) and Dr. Gerhild Bornemann (DLR) gave exciting talks on nutrient recycling from urine and its application in horticulture and space missions. In addition, the PhD students Mareike Mauerer (Humboldt University) and Grace Carin (ETH Zürich) complemented the symposium with their experimental results and project plans. After lunch the speakers and Symposium participants received a tour around IGZ. Firstly, Monika Schreiner gave an overview on food quality and analytical measurements. Afterwards, Dietmar Schwarz showed us his tomato experiment with drought stress and explained the advantages of grafting. As a third stop, the gas-exchange-greenhouse was visited, where Thomas Runge presented the measurement techniques and possibilities of the greenhouse. In a closing discussion round people from practise, federal office, industry, and research came together and talked about possibilities of nutrient recycling from human waste.

 

Photo: (c)IGZ

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Programme of the symposium "Nutrient recycling for circular economies" on December 5th 2018 (pdf)

 

Colloquia

Colloquium, December 18th 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and titles of presentations:

Dr Mohanna Mollavali

´Modulation of trehalose biosynthetic gene expression to improve stress tolerance of tomato´

 

Dr Roxana Djalali Farahani-Kofoet

‘Impact of Fusarium species on asparagus’

 

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Master´s defense on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Venue:

IGZ lecture room

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and Title of presentation:

Zachary Taylor

“Chloroplast-based production of antimicrobial peptides: potential for plant protection”

Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Humboldt University Berlin

Announcement of the Master´s defense, 13.12.2018 (pdf)

 

Colloquia

Colloquium, December 11th 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speakers and Titles:

 

Dr. Jörg Rühlmann

`Predicting soil texture information from soil electrical resistivity measurements´

Dr. Swen Meyer

`Estimation of soil texture information using geophysical sensors for agricultural liming – Insights into the pH-BB project´

 

Events │ 4. December 2018

Workshop on Knowledge Transfer in Environmental and Earth Sciences in the Leibniz – and the Helmholtz Associations

There are many research institutes focussing on environmental sciences and earth sciences belonging to the Leibniz association or Helmholtz association. All of them working on exciting topics highly relevant to science, politics, the public or industry. Being in contact with these stakeholders, starting a dialogue and involving them into projects has always been important, but it is getting even more important […]

There are many research institutes focussing on environmental sciences and earth sciences belonging to the Leibniz association or Helmholtz association. All of them working on exciting topics highly relevant to science, politics, the public or industry. Being in contact with these stakeholders, starting a dialogue and involving them into projects has always been important, but it is getting even more important during the last years.

This monday, december 3rd the Workshop “Wissenstransfer in den Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften bei Leibniz und Helmholtz” (`Knowledge transfer in environmental sciences and earth sciences´) took place in Berlin, supported by both associations. The workshop aimed to build networks between colleagues responsible for transfer in both associations, to find common topics and  identify challenges to work on. Discussions mainly focussed on culture of transfer at the institutions, stakeholder engagement, indicators of knowledge transfer and the development of competences in this field.

The event was initiated and organized by transfer managers from:

  • Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Johannes Graupner, IGB),
  • Earth System Knowledge Platform of the Helmholtz association (Nicola Isensahl, former ESKP),
  • Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (Marina Korn, IGZ),
  • Alfred-Wegner-Institute (Gesche Krause, AWI Helmholtz),
  • Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (Katharina Schmidt, ZALF & agrathaer)
  • and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Ulrike Sylla, PIK Leibniz).

During a final feedback round both, the idea and results of the workshop have been estimated very positively by the participants.

Foto: Marina Korn, IGZ

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Programm des Workshops "Wissenstransfer in den Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften bei Leibniz und Helmholtz" am 3.12.2018

 

Colloquia

Colloquium, December 4th 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and Title of the talks:

Dr. Hanna Freudenreich

“Agriculture as a safety net – evidence from Kyrgyzstan”

 

Dr. Ghassan Baliki

„Healthier Children Diets: Baseline Results from School Gardens Experiments in Nepal“

Forschungsgruppe 3.3 Ökonomische Entwicklung und Ernährungssicherheit

 

News │ 29. November 2018

1st Meeting of the EPSO Working Group Nutritional Security

How to define nutritional security and how can plant science contribute to increase nutritional security? These are only two of the questions discussed on the first meeting of the newly established European Plant Science Organisation – EPSO Working Group “Nutritional Security” organized by IGZ Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau. Participants from around Europe are meeting […]

How to define nutritional security and how can plant science contribute to increase nutritional security? These are only two of the questions discussed on the first meeting of the newly established European Plant Science Organisation – EPSO Working Group “Nutritional Security” organized by IGZ Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau. Participants from around Europe are meeting in Berlin to figure out how research, economy and politics could contribute to enhancing nutritional values of the food consumed. It is well known that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is incredibly important. But convincing people to consume healthy, diverse food is also a matter of economic circumstances, education, communication and of trained habits.

 

 

 

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News │ 2. November 2018

Visit of Dr. L. Skrypnik from Russia

In October visited us Associate Professor Dr. Liubov Skrypnik from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia). Together with Professor Dr. Eckhard George and Professor Dr. Susanne Baldermann Dr. Skrypnik was working on study of effect of conventional and organic farming practices on bioactive compounds in leafy vegetables. This visit continued the research started […]

In October visited us Associate Professor Dr. Liubov Skrypnik from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia). Together with Professor Dr. Eckhard George and Professor Dr. Susanne Baldermann Dr. Skrypnik was working on study of effect of conventional and organic farming practices on bioactive compounds in leafy vegetables. This visit continued the research started last year and involved the analysis of carotenoids, chlorophylls and phenolic compounds in lettuce and spinach plant growing in nutrient solution with different nitrogen forms and organic fertilizer.

Special attention was paid to the discussions of the joint scientific directions and possibilities of student exchange between the School of Life Sciences IKBFU, the Leibniz-Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, and University Potsdam.

This visit was supported by the Russian Academic Excellence Project «5-100» at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.

Lamb’s lettuce in nutrient solution

Photos: Prof. Dr. Liubov Skrypnik

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Colloquia

Colloquium, November 13th, 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and title of presentation:

Prof Tilman Brück

“Weather Shocks, Nutrition and Child Health: Evidence from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study”

Research Group 3.3 "Economic development and food security"

 

Colloquia

Colloquium, 6 November 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Seakers and titles of talks:

Prof Susanne Baldermann,Research group 3.2

“Carotenoids in pak choi – Changes along the food chain”

 

Dr Susanne Neugart, Junior research group

“UV-A and flavonoids an unknown relation based on the interplay of UVR8 and Crytochomes”

 

Forschungsgruppe 3.2 "Biochemie pflanzlicher Lebensmittel und Ernährung"

Nachwuchsgruppe "Nachwuchsgruppe, Bildung und Funktion von Flavonoiden"

 

Colloquia

Invited speaker, 19 November 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and title of presentation:

Dr Annette Piorr

Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

„Urban and Peri-urban agriculture in the EU“

Abtract:

The presentation will give a state of the art overview on urban agriculture and peri-urban agriculture (UPUA), the diversity of phenomena, motivations, distinctive features, benefits and limitations. UPUA is contextualized in relation to societal and economic transformations, EU strategic objectives, policies and regional food system approaches. Using best practice examples, the presentation demonstrates the need for an improved integration of UPUA into the policy agenda across sectors, domains and governance levels.

 

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Invited speaker, 27 November 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

Time:

1p.m.

 

Speaker and title of presentation:

Prof Kerstin Kaufmann

Humboldt University Berlin

“Epigenetic control of gene activation in Arabidopsis flower development”

 

Abstract:

Developmental switches and cell fate decisions in plants require coordinated changes in the activities of thousands of genes. Concerted activities of transcription factors and epigenetic regulators are essential for spatiotemporal control of gene expression programs. Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) mediates the epigenetic memory of gene silencing in plant development, thereby restricting gene activities to specific cell types and developmental stages. RELATIVE OF EARLY FLOWERING 6 (REF6) is a Jumonji (JMJ)-type histone demethylase that counteracts PRC2-mediated gene silencing in plants. Research in my group recently showed that REF6 and its two close paralogs determine spatial ‘boundaries’ of the repressive histone H3K27me3 mark in the genome, and control the tissue-specific release from PRC2-mediated gene repression. Targeted mutagenesis revealed that these histone demethylases display pleiotropic, redundant functions in plant development, several of which depend on trans factor-mediated recruitment. Thus, JMJ-type histone demethylases restrict repressive chromatin domains, and contribute to tissue-specific gene activation via complementary targeting mechanisms.

 

 

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Invited speaker, 16 November 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Time:

11 am

 

Speaker and Title:

Gerald Freymark

Team leader Biochemistry, Rijk Zwaan Breeding, The Netherlands 

Metabolic differences in chromosome substitution lines of Arabidopsis thaliana received by Reverse Breeding”

 

Abstract:

Traditionally, hybrid seeds are produced by crossing selected inbred lines. A recent method for haploid production in the model plant A. thaliana (Ravi and Chan, 2010) enabled us to provide a proof of concept for an alternative strategy: Reverse Breeding, a new approach that simplifies meiosis such that homozygous parental lines can be gene-rated from a vigorous hybrid individual (Dirks et al. 2003, 2009). We silenced DMC1, which encodes the meiotic recombination protein DISRUPTED MEIOTIC cDNA1, in hybrids of A. thaliana, so that non-recombined parental chromosomes segregate during meiosis (Wijnker et al. 2008, 2012). We then converted the resulting gametes into adult haploid plants, and subsequently into homozygous diploids, so that each contained half the genome of the original hybrid. From 36 homozygous lines, we were able to identify a complete set of chromosome-substitution lines. Some of those lines were analyzed for metabolic differences by LC-MS.  Among others, several glucosinolates have already been identified to decrease in one of the chromosome substitution lines. Elucidating the genetic differences between the parental lines can explain those metabolic changes.

 

 

 

Colloquia

Invited Speaker, November 1st 2018, 13Uhr

Venue:

Lecture room Grossbeeren

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and title of presentation:

Dr. Katja Boldt-Burisch

German Research Center for Geosciences

„Fungal root endophytes and their potential role for improving agriculture under nutrient and drought stress”

 

Abstract:

All terrestrial plants in natural ecosystems are assumed to have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, with particular importance attached to fungal root endophytes. This highly diverse group of fungi can have a profound impact on plant communities and their fitness by initiating tolerances against abiotic and biotic stressors. The aim of the project is to characterize selected fungal root endophytes from plants of disturbed sites (reclamation sites) or extreme habitats to characterize these fungi and to investigate their effect on the growth of agricultural plants under nutrient and drought stress.

 

Events │ 17. October 2018

2nd Meeting of the EPSO WG Horticulture, 16-17 October 2018

During the last two days, the 2nd Meeting of the Working Group Horticulture of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) took place at IGZ. Prof Eckhard George (director of Research of IGZ) and Dr Anja Dieleman (Wageningen University) are chairing the Working Group. The aim of this workshop was to update participants on current developments […]

During the last two days, the 2nd Meeting of the Working Group Horticulture of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) took place at IGZ. Prof Eckhard George (director of Research of IGZ) and Dr Anja Dieleman (Wageningen University) are chairing the Working Group.

The aim of this workshop was to update participants on current developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field of Horticulture, and to discuss urgent issues in horticultural research with academia, industry and practice along the whole value chain. 

Being the main invited speaker of the meeting, Annette Schneegans from the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, B.2 Research and Innovation, gave an exciting presentation leading to a lively discussion.

During the 3rd meeting, which will be organized in 2019, participants and members of the working group  are going  to  discuss further common activities, with special regard to the new framework programme 9 `Horizon Europe´, focussing on mission-oriented research & innovation within the European Union.

It was a great pleasure to host the event and of course it is always an enrichment to meet european scientists working on different fields of horticulture.

 

Photo: Eva Piontek

 

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Website of the European Plant Science Organisation

 

Events │ 17. October 2018

IGZ at the Schülerakademie

The aim of the Schülerakademie initiated by proWissen Potsdam e.V. is to bring together scientists and pupils. This week, year five pupils of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Schule from Potsdam got the opportunity to bake vegetable bread with our PhD student Rebecca Klopsch. The tasting of the delicious bread was the highlight of the day. The vegetable bread […]

The aim of the Schülerakademie initiated by proWissen Potsdam e.V. is to bring together scientists and pupils. This week, year five pupils of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Schule from Potsdam got the opportunity to bake vegetable bread with our PhD student Rebecca Klopsch. The tasting of the delicious bread was the highlight of the day.

The vegetable bread is a part of the project NutriAct. The aim is to increase the nutrients of bread by adding vegetables.

All information about NutriAct

All information about Schülerakademie

Photos: Luisa Gierke, IGZ

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Current Events │ 21. September 2018

Josef G. Knoll – European Science Award for our Colleague

Our colleague Ariane Krause was honored with the Josef G. Knoll – Europäischer Wissenschaftspreis for her excellent doctoral thesis with the title: “Valuing wastes. An Integrated System Analysis of Bioenergy, Ecological Sanitation, and Soil Fertility Management in Smallholder Farming in Karagwe, Tanzania” at the  Tropentag Conference. Congratulation to our colleague Ariane Krause and to all […]

Our colleague Ariane Krause was honored with the Josef G. Knoll – Europäischer Wissenschaftspreis for her excellent doctoral thesis with the title:

“Valuing wastes. An Integrated System Analysis of Bioenergy, Ecological Sanitation, and Soil Fertility Management in Smallholder Farming in Karagwe, Tanzania”

at the  Tropentag Conference. Congratulation to our colleague Ariane Krause and to all the winners.

 

Website of the Tropentag Conference

Website of the Josef G. Knoll – Europäischer Wissenschaftspreis

 

Quelle: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tropentag/44024645164

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General │ 4. September 2018

Is it possible to produce an urine-based fertilizer?

We have visited  Eawag in Switzerland to get the answer. In the scope of the research project “VUNA” they developed the new VUNA-recycling process. During the process they obtain nutrients out of urine and produce an urine-based fertilizer. The final product is called Aurin and has got a global approval. Photos: Ariane Krause und Franziska […]

We have visited  Eawag in Switzerland to get the answer.

In the scope of the research project “VUNA” they developed the new VUNA-recycling process. During the process they obtain nutrients out of urine and produce an urine-based fertilizer. The final product is called Aurin and has got a global approval.

Photos: Ariane Krause und Franziska Häfner, IGZ

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Current Events │ 4. September 2018

New at the IGZ: Philip A. Wigge

Philip A. Wigge was appointed W3 Professor for Plant Nutritional Genomics at the Institute of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam, as a joint professorship with the Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ). After studying Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, Philip Wigge obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge studying […]

Philip A. Wigge was appointed W3 Professor for Plant Nutritional Genomics at the Institute of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam, as a joint professorship with the Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ).

After studying Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, Philip Wigge obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge studying how yeast cells divide. During his postdoctoral studies he switched his research focus to plants, working at the Salk Institute and later at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen. During this time he participated in the discovery of the compound that induces flowering in plants (florigen). Since 2005, Philip Wigge has been an independent group leader, first at the John Innes Centre in Norwich and since 2012 in Cambridge at the Sainsbury Laboratory. His research seeks to understand how plants sense and respond to temperature. Plants are remarkably responsive to temperature, and detect as little as a 1ºC difference in temperature. This is particularly relevant in the context of climate-change, where crop yields have already been adversely affected by heat stress. Philip Wigge will be a Head of Department at the IGZ and is particularly interested to develop wide-ranging collaborations within the Berlin/Brandenburg area to accelerate the development of climate-resilient agriculture.

IGZ und many of its cooperation partners are looking forward to work with Philip Wigge and his group. His work is of fundamental scientific interest, but also has a large potential value for food production systems in a changing environment. Philip is now transferring from Cambridge to Grossbeeren/Potsdam and will have his lab established at IGZ in spring of 2019.

Photo: Mike Thornton

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General │ 21. August 2018

Interview on Impact of Climate Change on Horticulture

Is there an influence of climate change on horticulture already today? How strong will future effects be and how to tackle the new environmental conditions? These are questions, discussed in the current issue of TASPO with Prof Eckhard George, director of research at IGZ. His answers on these and other questions are provided here: https://taspo.de/gruene-branche/interview-der-klimawandel-betrifft-jeden/ Prof Eckhard […]

Is there an influence of climate change on horticulture already today? How strong will future effects be and how to tackle the new environmental conditions? These are questions, discussed in the current issue of TASPO with Prof Eckhard George, director of research at IGZ.

His answers on these and other questions are provided here: https://taspo.de/gruene-branche/interview-der-klimawandel-betrifft-jeden/

Prof Eckhard George, director of Research at IGZ

Photographer: Eva Piontek

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TASPO, 20.08.2018 Interview: Der Klimawandel betrifft jeden

 

Current Events │ 21. August 2018

Space Medicine meets Horticulture

When thinking about medicine (and space), horticulture won´t be your next thought necessarily. But why not? Not only that  healthy human nutrition  definitely includes vegetables;  research in horticulture uses  state-of-the-art lab equipment, phytochambers and hightech-greenhouses to investigate plant genes  and  metabolites, plant growth and growth conditions, as well as the  benefits of plants for people. […]

When thinking about medicine (and space), horticulture won´t be your next thought necessarily. But why not? Not only that  healthy human nutrition  definitely includes vegetables;  research in horticulture uses  state-of-the-art lab equipment, phytochambers and hightech-greenhouses to investigate plant genes  and  metabolites, plant growth and growth conditions, as well as the  benefits of plants for people.

Monday this week Prof Hanns-Christian Gunga and Dr Oliver Opatz  from the   Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments  of the  Charité Berlin visited the IGZ. They were particularly interested in our state of the art technical infrastructures such as the gas exchange greenhouse and the climate chambers for investigating the impact of extreme environments (e.g. temperature) on the human body.

Prof Tilman  Brück, head of the Research Group Economic development and Food security, Prof Susanne Baldermann, head of RG Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition, and Dr Hanna Freudenreich explained the research  topics and methods of our institute. While showing Prof Gunga and Dr Opatz around, a lively discussion ensued on shared knowledge gaps, common methods and potential new bridges between  both  scientific fields – horticulture and (space) medicine.

 

Right to left: Ingo Hausschild (IGZ), Dr Oliver Opatz, Prof Hanns-Christian Gunga, Dr Hanna Freudenreich (IGZ), Prof Tilman Brück (IGZ)

 

Look inside an accessible climate chamber

 

Discussing inside one of eight chamber of the  gas exchange greenhouse

Photos: Marina Korn, IGZ

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Current Events │ 6. August 2018

ABiTEP and Andermatt Biocontrol visit IGZ

Last friday AbiTEP GmbH and Andermatt Biocontrol AG  visited IGZ. ABiTEP is known for the production of agrobiotechnical products for agiculture and horticulture and biological cleaning agents. Andermatt Biocontrol is leading Provider in the field of biological crop protection. It was a pleasure to introduce our institute to the visitors. Thanks a lot for your interest.   Photographer: Luisa Gierke

Last friday AbiTEP GmbH and Andermatt Biocontrol AG  visited IGZ. ABiTEP is known for the production of agrobiotechnical products for agiculture and horticulture and biological cleaning agents. Andermatt Biocontrol is leading Provider in the field of biological crop protection.

It was a pleasure to introduce our institute to the visitors. Thanks a lot for your interest.  

Photographer: Luisa Gierke

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Stellenanzeigen │ 23. January 2019

Post-doctoral researcher in behavioural agricultural economics (f,m,d) – Reference number: 01/2019/3

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” in the programme area “Plant Quality and Food Security” at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity and how food demand responds to rapidly changing institutions and environments. We do so collecting and analysing micro-level survey data, implementing impact evaluations and conducting behavioural experiments. We also build capacity, for example in the international expert network Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR), and promote inter-disciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conferences (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.

The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” leads the social science work programme of the new project Food4Future (F4F), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) under its call “Agricultural Systems of the Future”. The F4F project is based on a novel and radical approach: We postulate that two mega trends, namely “Designed Food” and “Natural Food”, may act as “creative disrupters” which will not only dominate future diets but also replace traditional agricultural production. This will be done against the background of two profound scenarios, namely “No Land” and “No Trade”. Challenged by these extreme settings, the overall objective of the F4F project is to develop innovative solutions in the food and agro-sector for the sustainable securing of adequate and healthy nutrition. As part of a larger social science work stream, the research group will contribute a series of behavioural experiments to the F4F project testing how consumers react to extreme and rapidly changing institutions and environments.

To undertake the behavioural economic research in this project, we are looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher in behavioural agricultural economics (f,m,d)

Reference number: 01/2019/3

 Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany, EG 13 TV-L, salary domain Ost. Employment for this position will be for five years. The position can be full-time or part-time. The preferred starting date is 1 March 2019.

The successful candidate will:

  • conduct and analyse behavioural experiments on food demand and consumer behaviour under rapidly changing and extreme institutional and environmental circumstances;
  • contribute to the other academic activities of the research group;
  • lead the design and writing of grant applications from donors like the DFG, EU and research foundations;
  • present research findings internally and externally at conferences and research seminars;
  • co-organise the annual LEADS (Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium) event;
  • publish project results in leading journals in behavioural, agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals;
  • co-supervise junior researchers; and
  • interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators.

We expect:

  • a completed PhD in behavioural agricultural economics;
  • an excellent academic record;
  • proven experience conducting behavioural experiments;
  • long-term experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level;
  • excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R;
  • experience in developing and writing grant proposals;
  • an interest in horticultural production systems and processes; and
  • excellent English communication skills.Additional language proficiency would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • a stimulating job in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • extensive support for postdoctoral researchers; and
  • an attractive workplace in the Berlin area.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter research interests and experience, a detailed CV, copies of high-school and academic certificates and the names of two referees.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Head of the Research Group “Economic Development and Food Security” (brueck@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).

IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

We prefer to receive applications by email to personal@igzev.de in pdf format by 07.02.2019. Please cite the above reference number in the subject line of your email and in the cover letter. Our postal address is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

PDF-Document: 01-2019-3 Wiss Brü

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Colloquia

Symposium `Nutrient recycling for circular economies´, 5 December 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Programme:

10:15 – 12:10 Guest lectures (each with 15 min talk & 5 min questions; in English)

12:10 – 12:30 Discussion of the presented topics

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00 Tour of the IGZ

14:00 – 15:30+ Discussion on ongoing Projects

 

Speakers and titles of presentations:

 

  • Prof. Dr. Kai Udert

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich & Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

„Urine running in circles“

  • Dr. rer. nat. Gerhild Bornemann

DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Köln

„C.R.O.P. – Combined Regenerative Organic food Production“

  • Mareike Mauerer

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

„The use of recycled nutrients in vegetable production under glass“

  • Grace Crain

Group of Plant Nutrition at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS) at the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) at ETH Zürich

„Crop production in hydroponics using recycled nutrients and microbial consortia“

 

 

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