Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

BioSC Spotlight

The BioSC event series „Spotlight“ was initiated in the beginning of 2017. In each Spotlight, a selected topic relevant to bioeconomy is being discussed by BioSC scientists and external experts during a one-day event.


4th BioSC Spotlight
"Smart management of plant performance: New strategies for crop protection"

October 29, 2018 |  10:30 am - 4:30 pm | RWTH Aachen University

Otto-Bayer-Saal | Worringerweg 3 | 52074 Aachen


Photos: University of Bonn, HHU Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen University


Plants are a major resource for sustainable bioeconomy. They provide food, feed, and fiber to a growing world population and ensure the renewable energy supply. In the frame of the 4th BioSC Spotlight, external guests and BioSC members will present their research activities aimed at contributing to sustainable agriculture by securing crop yield and quality while reducing fertilizer and pesticide use. The event will bring together experts of academia and industry in different disciplines, accelerate the identification of fruitful research fields for further collaboration, establish a network to analyze value chains, and explore opportunities for future dissemination activities.


Registration is open! Please register until October 15, 2018.


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10:30 Welcome and Introduction 
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg,
Institute of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC
Plant Health Session I

Session Chair: Dr. Caspar Langenbach (RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC)

10:45 The new paradigm in plant biotechnology: healthy crop through gene silencing and genome editing? Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Kogel, Institute of Phytopathology, University of Gießen
11:15 C4 plant selective herbicides: A new approach to combat C4 weeds in arable crops Prof. Dr. Georg Groth, Institute of Biochemical Plant Physiology, HHU Düsseldorf/ BioSC
11:45 Smart agriculture: Strategies to improve agricultural productivity and resilience to climate change, and to reduce pesticide and nutrient applications Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Molecular Ecology, Aachen
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Plant defense priming in lab and field Prof. Dr. Uwe Conrath, Institute of Plant Physiology, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC
Plant Health Session II

Session Chair: Dr. Felix Jakob (RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC)

13:45 Innovations and developments towards a more sustainable use of fertilizers Dr. Mauricio Hunsche, COMPO EXPERT GmbH, Krefeld
14:15 Formulations for novel biological pest control strategies Prof. Dr. Anant Patel, FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
14:45 Coffee break
15:15 greenRelease for plant health Dr. Felix Jakob, Institute of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC
15:45 Environmental analysis of an emerging technology – the case of greenRelease Dr. Michael Wustmans, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Bonn/ BioSC
16:15 Closing remarks Prof. Dr. Uwe Conrath, Institute of Plant Physiology, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC
  Get-together with snacks and drinks