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Colloquia

Invited speakers 5 December 2018

Venue:

Lecture room Großbeeren

 

Speakers and titles of presentations:

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10.15 am 

Prof Dr Kai Udert

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich & Eawag, dem Wasserforschungsinstitut des ETH-Bereichs

“Urine running in circles”

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10.40 am

Dr rer nat Gerhild Bornemann

DLR-Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrtmedizin, Cologne

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

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11.05 am

Mareike Mauerer

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut der Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

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

 

 

Colloquia

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.

 

 

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.

 

Colloquia

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

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

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"

 

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

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.

 

Current 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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Jobs │ 17. October 2018

PhD student in Plant-Pathogen Interactions – PhD student in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in horticulture and related sciences, to promote a sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. We are a plant science institute, with a view on the use of plants as food and in our living environment. Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in horticulture and related sciences, to promote a sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. We are a plant science institute, with a view on the use of plants as food and in our living environment.

Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions. This knowledge will help us to devise strategies for the development of horticultural production systems with less environmental impact.

In a project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on the subject “Functional analysis of bacterial type-III effectors in plants” we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious

PhD student in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

(Reference number: 17/2018/1)

Employment will be initially for three years.

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (65% of the regular working time).

The current PhD project aims at the characterization of novel effector targets in plants and the elucidation of their roles in plant defence responses.

Tasks include

  • Generation of DNA constructs for protein expression in plants, yeast and bacteria
  • Infection of plants with bacteria
  • Identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions using the yeast two-hybrid system and bi-molecular fluorescence complementation
  • Characterization of induced defense responses in plants using molecular, cellbiology and modern genomics approaches

We are looking for candidates with

  • a MSc degree or diploma in biology or related field with a strong emphasis on molecular and cellular biology
  • a firm background in the field of plant-pathogen interactions
  • good proficiency in English (both oral and written) and a good working knowledge of German

We offer

  • an inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • extensive supervision and an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • a place of employment located close to the city of Berlin

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to make progress in this field. Also send your CV, names of two references and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

Contact: Prof. Frederik Börnke (++49(0)33701 78 219; boernke@igzev.de). Further information can also be found in recent publications from our lab (e.g. Albers et al. (2018) BioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/409235; Üstün and Börnke (2015) Plant Physiol. 168: 107; Üstün et al., (2014) Mol Plant Microbe Interact doi: 10.1094/MPMI-12-13-0363-R; Üstün et al., (2013) Plos Pathogens 9(6): e1003427).

IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially.

Please send your application citing the reference number by November 7th 2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

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Current Events │ 21. September 2018

Award for the Josef G. Knoll – Europäischer Wissenschaftspreis

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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Colloquia

Invited Speaker, 25. September 2018

Venue:   

Lecture room Großbeeren

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and Topic:

Dr Haptamu Giday

Wageningen University, Chair Group Horticulture and Product Physiology
“The role of stomata in the control of plant growth and greenhouse climate”

 

Colloquia

Kolloquium, 02.10.2018

Ort:   

Hörsaal Großbeeren

Zeit:

13:00Uhr

 

Sprecher/innen:

Dr. Rita Zrenner

„Using dual RNAseq analysis to decipher the Rhizoctonia solani – host plant interaction

 

Colloquia

Invited Speaker, 27 September 2018, 1p.m.

Venue:   

Lecture room Großbeeren, Main building

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and Title:

Prof Dr K.-Peter Stahmann

Department of Microbiology

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg

“Fungal Production – From slow to fast, between 10°C and 40°C”

Abstract: Several production systems using filamentous fungi will be compared. Traditional mushroom cultivation will be discussed for Lentius edodes known as Shii-take. Some aspects concerning vitamin overproduction will be shown for the hemiascomycete Ashbya gossypii. Conclusions will lead to a more robust and faster production system based on selective cultivation conditions and run at 40° with Malaysian palm oil  (EP3363891).

Fachgebiet Technische Mikrobiologie

 

Colloquia

Invited Speaker, 20 September 2018, 1p.m.

Venue:   

Lecture room Großbeeren, Main building

 

Time

1p.m.

 

Speaker ad Topic:

Prof Dr Christoph Hinz

Hydrology and Water Resources Management Brandenburg,

Technical University of Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU)

“Athmospheric control of loss of agrochemicals from soil”

Lehrstuhl Hydrologie und Wasserressourcenbewirtschaftung

 

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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Colloquia

Invited Speaker, September 13th, 2018

Venue:   

Lecture room Großbeeren, Main building 

 

Time:

11 a.m.

 

Speaker and Title:

MSc Angélique Auer

Copenhagen, Denmark

„Estimation of green roofs’ carbon sequestration potential – Study on carbon cycle in different green roofs in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Geneva (Switzerland)“

 

Colloquia

Invited Speaker, September 10th 2018

Venue:   

Lecture room Großbeeren, Main building 

 

Time:

1 p.m.

 

Speaker and Title:

Prof Dr Klaus Birkhofer

Department of Ecology

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg

„Biodiversity conservation in Agricultural landscapes – does it promote functional diversity and ecosystem service provision?“

Website of the department of ecology of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

 

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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Events │ 6. August 2018

International Symposium: The Plant Microbiome

Based on the long-standing and successful cooperation with the working-group of Prof. Dr. Nabil Hegazi of the Cairo University we organize the International Symposium: “The Plant Microbiome: Exploration of Plant-Microbe Interactions For Improving Agricultural Productivity”. The symposium aims to bring together international experts and resources to exchange experiences and develop methods for better resolution and […]

Based on the long-standing and successful cooperation with the working-group of Prof. Dr. Nabil Hegazi of the Cairo University we organize the International Symposium: “The Plant Microbiome: Exploration of Plant-Microbe Interactions For Improving Agricultural Productivity”. The symposium aims to bring together international experts and resources to exchange experiences and develop methods for better resolution and in vitro culturability.

 

The symposium will take place on 18-22 November, 2018.

 

All information: https://www.pgpmicrobiome2018.com/

Contact:  info@pgpmicrobiome2018.com

 

Venue

Technische Universität Berlin

Campus El Gouna

Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel St.

84513 El Gouna, Egypt

 

Local Organizing Committee:

Nabil A. Hegazi,  Cairo University, Egypt

Silke Ruppel, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany

Brian Murphy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Organizing Office:

Mohamed Fayez, Cairo University, Egypt

Mervat Hamza, Cairo University, Egypt

Hanan Youssef, Cairo University, Egypt

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Current Events │ 31. July 2018

New Head of Administration at IGZ

We are very happy to welcome our new colleague Mrs Alina Hain, who will start working at IGZ in September, taking over the position of Head of Administration from Dr Carmen Feller on October 1st.. Carmen Feller who was leading administration during the past very challenging months, will return to her scientific tasks in Programme area 4. IGZ executive board […]

We are very happy to welcome our new colleague Mrs Alina Hain, who will start working at IGZ in September, taking over the position of Head of Administration from Dr Carmen Feller on October 1st.. Carmen Feller who was leading administration during the past very challenging months, will return to her scientific tasks in Programme area 4.
IGZ executive board today already took the chance to welcome Alina Hain.

We are looking forward to our dedicated joint work at and for our Institute.

from left to right: Prof Monika Schreiner, Dr Carmen Feller,  Prof Philipp Franken, Alina Hain and Prof Eckhard George

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Jobs │ 14. November 2018

Scientist (f,m,d) in the area “Crop microclimate monitoring” – Kennz. 21/2018/4

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences. Resource optimised cultivation of crops inside controlled environment horticulture (CEA) such as greenhouses is the main focus of the research group ‘Protected Cultivation’ within the Program Area ‘Horticultural Systems for the Future (HORTSYS)’ Damages […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences. Resource optimised cultivation of crops inside controlled environment horticulture (CEA) such as greenhouses is the main focus of the research group ‘Protected Cultivation’ within the Program Area ‘Horticultural Systems for the Future (HORTSYS)’

Damages to the physiological apparatus caused by plant stress are known to be reversible up to a certain point, while mild stress can have positive effects on plants in terms of harvest product composition and other quality parameters. A possible solution to detect stress would be to combine data information from sensors with plant physiological models to so called soft sensors. In that, the knowledge of leaf morphology and especially stomata conductance play a central role. Understanding and systematic analyses of the signals controlling stomata behavior and their incorporation in stomata-modelling is still lacking important bricks.

To contribute to the target of the team ‘Protected Cultivation’ on creating model based decision support tools for resource optimised crop production in CEA we look for a

Scientist (f,m,d) in the area “Crop microclimate monitoring”

Reference Number 21/2018/4

to join our team at the earliest possible date. The Scientist will be working at the IGZ site in Großbeeren (close to Berlin). The employment will be initially for three years. The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (100% of the regular working time).

Tasks include

  • Design and execution of plant growth and lab experiments incl. data collection and analyses
  • Mathematical modelling of crop physiological processes
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Supervision of bachelor, master & PhD students
  • Presentation of results to international scientific audience
  • Active in applications on grants for German and international calls as e.g. Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with strong background in greenhouse horticultural technology with experience in greenhouse crop physiology and modelling, measurement technique of the crop microclimate & stress detection, leaf morphology and stomata biology

  • A PhD within the field of greenhouse horticulture, plant physiology and modelling
  • Experience of plant microclimate and leaf morphology measurements
  • Knowledge of mathematical analytics and ability to translate processes to equations and to systems in e.g. Matlab
  • Experience in phenotyping tools for crop monitoring as e.g. chlorophyll fluorescence and imaging techniques
  • Independent but functioning as team player
  • Ability to organize research grants
  • Excellent organization and English language communication skills
  • German language skills or the interest in learning German
  • Open, flexible and positive person, able to take the initiative

We offer

  • An inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • The opportunity to work in a team and building on the own scientific career
  • A place of employment located close to Berlin and Potsdam

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to contribute to the project and make progress in this special cross-over field of technology, mathematics and biology. Also send your CV, copies of highschool and academic certificates, names of up to three references and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

Contact: Dr. Oliver Körner (+49(0)33701 78 355; koerner@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.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 29 November 2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

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