Crop Functional Genomics
Plant Pathology
Plant Nutrition
General Soil Science and Soil Ecology

The Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation

was founded in 2005 by a consolidation of several institutes with the goal of coordinating and focusing research and teaching in the field of crop production and resource conservation.
The research of the 15 professors and several independent research groups is directed at a wide field ranging from soil science, microbiology, plant pathology, molecular physiological basis of stress resistance, functional genome analyses, plant breeding and crop production.

Science prize for Dr. Caroline Marcon

Dr. Caroline Marcon has been awarded the Theodor Brinkmann Science Prize by the Faculty of Agriculture at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. During the Faculty Council meeting in April 2024, Dean Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof recognized her exceptional habilitation thesis titled “Functional genomics of maize (Zea mays L.) seedling roots.”

Roots are a key to drought-tolerant maize

Maize can grow successfully in very different local conditions. An international study headed by the University of Bonn has now demonstrated the important role of the plant root system. The researchers analyzed more than 9,000 varieties in the study and were able to show that their roots varied considerably – depending on how dry the location is where each variety was cultivated. They were also able to identify an important gene that plays a role in the plant’s ability to adapt. This gene could be the key to developing varieties of maize that cope better with climate change. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

Organic farming leads to adaptations in the genetic material in plants

Plants adapt genetically over time to the special conditions of organic farming. This has been demonstrated in a long-term study conducted at the University of Bonn. The researchers planted barley plants on two neighboring fields and used conventional farming methods on one and organic methods on the other. Over the course of more than 20 years, the organic barley was enriched with specific genetic material that differed from the comparative culture. Among other things, the results demonstrate how important it is to cultivate varieties especially for organic farming. The results have now been published in the journal “Agronomy for Sustainable Development.”

Prof. Dr. Florian Grundler has been appointed Fellow of the European Society of Nematologists

This honor recognizes his outstanding scientific contributions to nematology and his commitment to the ESN. Prof. Grundler was a member of the Governing Board for several years and President of the ESN from 2006 to 2010. He has been President of the International Federation of Nematological Societies for two years and will hold this position until the organization of the next International Congress of Nematology in 2028.

Plant Science Colloquium with Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens
Nussallee 4
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Plants do it differently than other eukaryotes such as animals and fungi. Rather than constricting the dividing cell and pinching off the remaining cytoplasmic ...
ARTS | Seminar Series with Nelissa Jamora & Christelle Rabil
Katzenburgweg 5 ...
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Lecture series on current topics of Resource Management with Nelissa Jamora & Christelle Rabil (Croptrust) on "Global and local initiatives in crop diversity ...
ARTS | Seminar Series with Carmen Anthonj
Katzenburgweg 5 ...
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Lecture series on current topics of Resource Management with Carmen Anthonj (University of Twente) on "Water and Health insecurity. From global to local, from ...
ARTS | Seminar Series with Friedel Hütz-Adams
Katzenburgweg 5 ...
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Lecture series on current topics of Resource Management with Friedel Hütz-Adams (SÜDWIND Institute) on "What connects chocolate with the thrive for a fairer ...


INRES - Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation

Managing Director: Prof. Dr. Armin Djamei


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