Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Sustainable plant production and resource stewardship

Within the key research topic "Sustainable plant production and resource stewardship" the agricultural, biological and ecological disciplines are integrated within the scope of the BioSC in order to rise the sustainable plant production at the same time as the natural resources for the sustainable plant production are conserved.

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Research topics

  • Improving the quality and the quantity of the produced biomass
  • Rising plant production through optimization of photosynthesis, the optimization of the internal use of substances and the improved protection against pathogens
  • Improving the resource use efficiency (including the modeling of soil-plant interactions) and the tolerance to abiotic stress through sensor based early detection of harmful conditions; adaptation and control of plant management for plant production in the field and in the glasshouse
  • Optimization of the usability of plant biomass through a more suitable material composition of the plants: higher nutritional and functional value of foodstuff; production of high value substances and platform chemicals as well as high valued proteins and enzymes; optimization of biomass for energy use; optimization of biotechnological use through the identification of none toxic substrates
  • Phenotyping of adapted (optimized) plants applying invasive and non-invasive measuring methods providing mechanistic understanding at high throughput and on the field scale
  • Preservation and sustainable conservation of soil fertility by environmentally safe and site adapted land management (crop rotation, maintenance of soil organic matter, precision farming for fertilizer application and phytosanitary control)
  • Biogeochemical substance flows and efficient acquisition of nutrients from soils
  • Vulnerability, resilience, and adaptability of cropping systems with regard to environmental change
  • Environmental risk analysis (safety research), assessment of the environmental impact of biomass use
  • Restoration of damaged ecosystems and sediments; integrative approaches for the assessment of land use change accounting for sustainable water management, biodiversity and plant production

List of all BioSC Core Groups