PhD students at the International Grassland Congress in Covington

During the 25th International Grassland Congress in Covington, Kentucky, our two PhD students Florian Männer and Lisa-Maricia Schwarz presented some of the results of their studies.

Additive to make slurry more climate-friendly

Livestock farming produces large quantities of greenhouse gases, especially methane, which is particularly harmful to the climate. Among other things, it escapes during the storage of animal excrement, the slurry. A study by the University of Bonn now shows that methane emissions can be reduced by 99 percent through simple and inexpensive means. The method could make an important contribution to the fight against climate change. The results have now been published in the journal Waste Management.

Faculty prize from the Theodor Brinkmann Stiftung awarded to the Best Master Thesis Concept

Corinna Sauer from INRES - Plant Nutrition receives the award for her outstanding master thesis concept, which has a clear application potential and practical relevance.

European Grassland Federation Symposium 2022

NamTip remote sensing PhD students Vistorina Amputu and Florian Männer give a presentation at the European Grassland Federation 2022 symposium.

Distinction for Outstanding Next-Generation Researchers

The state awards were presented as part of the ceremonial events surrounding the start of the academic year at the University of Bonn. The purses connected with these awards, going to outstanding young researchers, are endowed by the respective presenting national governments. These awards are traditionally presented simultaneous with the awarding of the DAAD Prize by the German Academic Exchange Service.

How plants sense phosphate

A new study by the University of Bonn and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben sheds light on the mechanism used by plants to monitor how much of the nutrient phosphate is available, and to decide when strategies to mobilize and take up more phosphate from the soil must be activated. The enzyme ITPK1 plays a key role in this process. The researchers were also able to show that a particular group of signaling molecules involved in phosphate sensing respond very sensitively to phosphate and that this regulation takes place not only in plants but also in human cells. In the long term, the results could lead to the breeding of new crop varieties that require less phosphate fertilizer. The final version of the study has now been published in the journal "Molecular Plant".

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