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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Virtual EGU General Assembly 2021
19 - 30th of April 2021
Submission deadline (abstracts): 13th of January 2021 (at 13:00 CET)

Of special interest are the following sessions:

  • Modeling agricultural systems under global change (BG3.21) by the conveners: Christoph Müller, Christian Folberth, Sara Minoli

  • Land degradation in savanna environments - assessments, dynamics and implications (ITS2.9/SSS3) co-organized by convener: Jussi Baade; and co-conveners: J.J. Le Roux, Theunis Morgenthal, Hilma Nangula Nghiyalwa

  • More information is available 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.