Technical University of Munich, Chair of Plant Nutrition

TUM is one of the top German universities, employing >8500 staff. The Centre of Life and Food Sciences located in Freising includes institutes in biology, ecology, land-use and agriculture. The Chair for Plant Nutrition conduct research and education into environmentally compatible and economically competitive farming and is involved in a wide range of research including plant breeding, enhancement of crop diversity, plant physiology, development of novel cropping and sensor based high-throughput phenotyping (Link). The group is well experienced in and equipped for conducting complex field trials and laboratory research on plants and soils.

TUM-PE is the institution coordinating the project, especially the coordinated field trials. Moreover, it performs perform the meta-analyses in WP 1 and many of the field trials in WP 2 and WP 3.

Prof. Dr. U. Schmidhalter is an agronomist and director of the Institute of Plant Nutrition, coordinating numerous national and international research projects focused on diversified sustainable cropping systems and breeding for stress environments.

Dr. Jörg-Peter Baresel is an agronomist with long experience in organic wheat breeding research (PhD degree in agriculture at TUM, 2006). He coordinated several national research projects on plant breeding for Organic Farming, germplasm evaluation and development of sustainable cropping systems with enhanced biodiversity, and wasinvolved in the CROPSENSe.net Network of excellence.

Samuel Knapp, M.Sc., has worked with composite cross populations during his master thesis at the John Innes Centre, UK, investigating changes of allele frequencies. After working in variety testing in Switzerland, he is now a PhD student, involved in the analysis of national variety trial data and in the field trials.

More recent activities included breeding for stress environments and high-throughput phenotyping methods using spectral sensors and digital image analysis. In the EU FP7 project SOLIBAM (2010-2014) he coordinated a research program on breeding for diversified cropping systems. He was one of the principal initiators of the FP7 Project OSCAR (2012- 2016),and was leading a work package on innovative breeding methods for populations, being carried out in Germany, the UK, Italy and Denmark.