23. May 2024

Science prize for Dr. Caroline Marcon 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.”

PD Dr. Caroline Marcon and Dean Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof
PD Dr. Caroline Marcon and Dean Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof © Theodor Brinkmann Stiftung
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In her habilitation thesis, Dr. Marcon explored a topic within the field of crop genetics and genomics, focusing on various aspects of maize seedling root system development. Maize, which produced approximately 1.2 billion tons of grain in 2022, is the world's most productive cereal crop. Despite its significance, the genetic basis of root development—crucial for water and nutrient uptake and thus overall yield—remains poorly understood. Dr. Marcon's research makes a significant contribution to the understanding of root development in maize and cereals in general.

After her inaugural lecture on May 24, 2023, during the Dies Academicus, Dr. Caroline Marcon was appointed Privatdozentin. Her work comprehensively covers the full spectrum of plant genetics and genomics, demonstrating research excellence at the highest international level. Additionally, she significantly enhances the international visibility of the faculty.

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