Advanced course - Predictive Breeding Tools for Intensive and Sustainable Production under Climate Change Scenarios
17. - 21. Januar 2022 in Zaragoza, Spain
Registration Deadline 30 September 2021
Registration and further information here.

Landscape 2021 - Diversification for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture
20 - 22 September 2021 in Berlin, Germany
Submission deadline (papers, posters, post-conference workshops): 1st of March 2021

More information is available here.


05/26/2021 Göttingen ranked first in agricultural sciences in Germany.

The ranking of Jiaotong University Shanghai reviews and evaluates the best universities worldwide based on various indicators every year. This year, Göttingen University landed in first place in Germany and 25th place worldwide in the field of agricultural sciences.

14.05.2021 Few realistic scenarios remain to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C

In a press release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) a recently published study was presented. It reviews the likelihood of various future scenarios meeting the climate target of 1.5°C global warming. According to the study, many measures would have to be implemented on a large scale to limit climate change. Among other things, emissions would have to be halved every decade, and CO2 would have to be captured in biomass through reforestation and land-use change, thus removing it from the atmosphere. The energy sector plays a key role in reducing emissions, but other technologies, such as underground CO2 storage, are also considered essential to avoid drastically exceeding the 1.5°C target. Missing the 1.5°C target set in the Paris Agreement increases the risk of tipping elements in the Earth system, which would lead to ecosystem collapse.

student assistant needed!

To support the TROPAGS department, mainly for work in the greenhouse, we are looking for a student assistant to join our team (intended start date of 1 June 2021, up to 33 hours per month initially for 6 months, extension possible with good performance). The applicant will work in the greenhouse at Grisebachstr. 6 /37077 Göttingen.

Very good knowledge of German is desirable.

Please apply informally by email to
Dr. Issaka Abdulai (iabdula@gwdg.de) and cc to Frau Pape (adriane.pape@agr.uni-goettingen.de)


27.04.2021 PIK - Fair climate policy could help reduce extreme poverty

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) published the recommendations of a recently published study on the connection between climate policy and poverty. The UN goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 is clearly missed by the current development. Climate policy measures, which can lead to higher energy and food prices, place a much greater burden on low-income segments of the population. In order to combine climate policy and poverty reduction, redistribution is necessary, which could be financed e.g. with emission prices. In addition to national redistribution, the study also recommends international financial transfers to compensate for global differences and the consequences of climate change.

13.04.2021 - Scientist Rebellion - Campaign against climate change by XR Göttingen in front of the University

The activist group XR Göttingen urged the University of Göttingen to do its part to mitigate climate change. For this, a media-effective campaign (german) was carried out in front of the university buildings. In the course of the campaign, a study was stuck on the presidential building. This study was partly developed by researchers of the TROPAGS division. Furthermore, an open letter (german), which demands climate neutrality of the University of Göttingen until 2030, was handed over to the president. It was signed by seven professors of the University of Göttingen.

17.03.2021 - Nobel Prize Summit "Our Planet, Our Future": Registration now open

From Al Gore and Xiye Bastida to the Dalai Lama and Jennifer Doudna - these and many other renowned personalities will participate in the first Nobel Prize Summit 'Our Planet, Our Future'. The summit brings together Nobel laureates and other committed minds from science, politics, business, youth movements and the arts. Together, they will explore actions that can be implemented this decade to pave the way to a more sustainable, better future for all. Registration for the April 26-28 virtual summit is now open. The event is free and open to the public.

The virtual summit will take place April 26-28, 2021. Registration is free, but space is limited. For more information and to register, click here.

23.02.2021 - Collaborative Scientific Workshop

Tomorrow on Wednesday the 24th of February, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Göttingen are holding a collaborative scientific workshop on the topic of:

  • Understanding plant water relations: From cellular mechanisms to modelling crop water response behavior

The workshop was organized in a joint effort by Prof. Dr. Moshelion (HUJI) and Prof. Dr. Rötter (TROPAGS) and will take place from 9am-5.45pm CET.

More information is available in this document
Presentations accessible for participants under this link

12.01.2021 - Internship opportunity for master's students at the INRAE Centre of Toulouse-Auzeville

The INRAE Centre of Toulouse-Auzeville, France, is offering an interesting 6 month internship for master's students on the topic of:

  • Modelling and methodological development to analyse the effects of brown rust on wheat physiology and yield under water deficit conditions

The intern will have the opportunity to work in the research unit AGIR, of the VASCO team, together with scientists from the fields of plant epidemiology and plant physiology. Furthermore, experience in modeling and experimental approaches will be gained and implemented throughout the internship.

Further details and contact information can be found in this document.

07.12.2020 - The Future of Biochar in Cocoa Systems

Since 2020 the Institute of Tropical Plant Production and Agroecosystem Modelling (TROPAGS) of the University of Göttingen collaborates with the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence in a research effort to deepen the understanding of the agronomic potential of biochar application in cocoa production systems. This collaborative research is carried out in the greenhouse and through field trials and addresses relevant knowledge gaps in basic understanding and more applied research topics. Field experiments are currently conducted in Ghana, where the Ithaka Institute supported by the University of Göttingen is working in close cooperation with the local cocoa farmer communities and with a private sector partner who holds a major share of the global cocoa market.

More information is available here.

18.11.2020 - PIK Press Release: Starved, stuffed and squandered: New study reveals consequences of decades of global nutrition transition

Just a handful of rice and beans – a part of our world is starved. Hawaiian Pizza and ice-cream – another part of our world is stuffed, throwing away food every day. This gap is likely to worsen, while food waste will increase and pressure on the environment will go up, a new study shows. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) assessed the consequences of the current nutrition transition. Their findings provide a startling look ahead: By 2050, more than 4 billion people could be overweight, 1.5 billion of them obese, while 500 million people continue to be underweight.

...continue reading at: www.pik-potsdam.de
Link to the article: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-75213-3

15.09.2020 - PIK Press Release: Climate Change triggers migration – particularly in middle-income and agricultural countries

Environmental hazards affect populations worldwide and can drive migration under specific conditions. Changes in temperature levels, increased rainfall variability, and rapid-onset disasters, such as tropical storms, are important factors as shown by a new study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Environmental migration is most pronounced in middle-income and agricultural countries but weaker in low-income countries, where populations often lack resources needed for migration. The findings make it possible to identify geographical regions that may be especially susceptible to migration movements in the future.

…continue reading at www.pik-potsdam.de
Link to the article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0898-6

10.08.2020 - “Food Security” released Special Issue
Just now the journal “Food Security” released a Special Issue titled: “Worldwide disruptions of food systems and the search of enduring food security amidst Covid-19”. This Special Issue provides 30 open-access articles on the current state of food security in general and as it is impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The entire set of articles of the Special Issue are available online on the website of Food Security and Online First.

23.06.2020 - PIK Press Release: Berlin Conference on Climate and Security Launches New Risk Analysis

Destabilising the climate increases the risks to peace and security. To address these risks, scientists and policymakers are working together to find solutions. The Berlin Conference on Climate and Security (BCSC) is the global meeting place for leaders from governments, international organizations, academia, the private sector and civil society to explore how climate change affects peace and security - and what action the international community can take to address the risks. This year, the event will examine the steps needed to raise awareness of climate and security issues in the aftermath of the Corona pandemic.

…continue reading at www.pik-potsdam.de
Link to the program of the conference: https://berlin-climate-security-conference.de/programme-2020

May 2020 - TROPAGS presented recent findings at the EGU General Assembly

Modelling impacts of climate change and alternative management interventions on the multi-functionality of agricultural landscapes in southern Africa

by Reimund Roetter, Simon Scheiter, Munir Hoffmann, Kwabena Ayisi, Paolo Merante, William Nelson, Johannes Isselstein, Jude Odhiambo, Gennady Bracho Mujica, Peter Taylor, Wayne Twine, and Barend Erasmus

November 2019 – Newsletter „agrar aktuell“ – Special Edition SIA features TROPAGS members

The recent publication of „agrar aktuell”, the newsletter of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, is dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of the master study program “Sustainable International Agriculture” (SIA). Professor Reimund Rötter and Professor Tobias Plieninger wrote about the future of SIA and several members of the TROPAGS team, namely Dr. William Nelson, Thomas Bringhenti and Mercy Appiah, contributed articles about their personal perspective of their research in the field of sustainable international agriculture.

The newsletter can be downloaded here. Selected articles are available here.