Division of Agronomy

Renovation of offices and labs of the Division Agronomy ahead - staff members moved to other buildings


12 December 2018: The renovation of offices and labs of the Division Agronomy will start in January 2019. Therefore, staff members moved temporary to offices in other buildings (see section "staff" of our website for details about the location of temporary offices).

The staff members of the Division Agronomy would like to thank all colleagues who offered temporary use of their own facilities! We are in particular grateful to Prof. Dr. Frank Beneke, Prof. Dr. Tim Beissinger, Prof. Dr. Imke Traulsen, Prof. Dr. Elke Pawelzik and Prof. Dr. Klaus Dittert!

Sustainable crop production and consumption: the role of water use for irrigation

EuropeNow Special Feature

10 December 2018: In an article published today in EuropeNow Stefan Siebert, head of the Division Agronomy, describes the role of irrigation in the process of the sustainable intensification of crop production. The contribution highlights the importance of irrigation for increasing crop productivity but also describes negative effects of irrigation on soil and water resources and how these effects could be reduced.

EuropeNow is published by the Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University and has more than 100000 readers worldwide. The article is part of a Special Feature titled Water in Europe and the world.

Link to the Special Feature of EuropeNow
Link to the article in EuropeNow

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Research project BOELN has started

Irrigation - small

01 December 2018: Research project BOELN (Enhancing productivity and nutrient efficiency in organic crop production by irrigation management) started

The potential of irrigation to improve the water and nutrient supply in organic agriculture is investigated in the new research project BOELN, funded by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE). Emphasis is not only on the effect of reduced drought stress on the productivity of a typical crop rotation but also on the effect of irrigation on nitrogen fixation of leguminious crops. The project is funded for three years in which the division agronomy will collaborate with researchers at the University of Bonn.

The project will perform field experiments on organic fields located near Bonn and Göttingen to compare afterwards results for distinct soil and climatic conditions.

Dr. Rüdiger Jung
Prof. Dr. Stefan Siebert

More information is available on the website of the research project.