Research at INRES

At the Institute for Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), 14 professorships and other working groups research comprehensively on a wide range of issues in the entire field of plant production and agricultural resource conservation.
Research at INRES covers a number of scales and ranges, for example, from basic research on protein folding in plants or the breeding of novel crop species to the diagnosis of plant diseases and practice-oriented research on agroforestry systems.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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The variety of topics includes the problem of microplastics in soils9, the defence mechanisms of plants against harmful nematodes10, the role of microbes in soils11 or the inclusion of entire value chains in renewable raw materials12. A wide range of research methods are used, from bioinformatic13 analysis of plant genomes, molecular biological characterisation of root growth14 and the rhizosphere microbiome11, to field experiments under conventional15 and organic management16 or even landscape experiments5.
INRES is closely integrated into the PhenoRob cluster of excellence17, where it’s investigating what a digitally supported agriculture of the future might look like. This is done, among other things, through modelling18, molecular biology-based diagnosis of nutrient deficiencies19 and plant diseases5, as well as field trials20.

Research at INRES examines globally important crop species such as wheat, maize, barley and rice, as well as a large number of other agricultural crops, including fruit, vegetable and ornamental plants, fodder plants, medicinal and spice plants, and trees as renewable raw materials.

The INRES working groups are active in various regions, both locally in the Rhineland and in tropical and subtropical climates or in the Atacama Desert. An important aspect at INRES is the close involvement of students in research and a strong research and teaching.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Ralf Pude, INRES - Renewable Resources
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