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The experimental station at Dürnast

Technische Universität München (TUM), Department of Plant Science

TUM is one of the leading universities in Germany, employing more than 8500 staff members. The Center of Life and Food Sciences located in Freising includes institutes in the areas of biology, ecology, land-use and agriculture. The Chair for Plant Nutrition and the Chair for Organic Agriculture conduct research and education into environmentally compatible and economically competitive farming. They are involved in a wide range of research activities ranging from plant breeding and plant physiological issues to the development of novel cropping and sensor based site specific farm systems. An additional focus of the scientific work lies in assessing farms and land-use systems in respect to ecological, social and economic aspects in a holistic approach. The group is well experienced in and equipped for conducting field experiments and laboratory research on plants and soil samples.

Role in OSCAR: TUM leads WP2 (multienvironment experiment), will be involved in the the germplasm screening programmes (WP3), as well as in the studies on competition in bicrop- and multicrop systems (WP6). In addition, TUM will be involved in the overall coordination of the project.

The field trials are performed on two experiment stations, Viehhausen Experiment Station, which is organically managed and ehe Experimental farm of Dürnast, which is conducted conventionally. Both experiment stations are situated near Freising, are well equipped for field trials for each kind, and include extensive greenhouse facilities.


Key staff invoved in OSCAR

Dr. Jörg Peter Baresel (Chair of Plant Nutrition) is an agronomist. His main focus is the use and enhancement of crop biodiversity in order to improve sustainability of cropping systems. He has coordinated several national research projects focused on wheat breeding for organic farming, N use and N efficiency, evaluation of legume germplasm, and the development of sustainable cropping systems based on cover crops and living mulches.

Prof. Urs Schmidhalter directs the chair of plant nutrition since 1997. He coordinates numerous national and international research projects focusing on diversified sustainable cropping systems and breeding for stress environments.

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Reents (Chair of Organic Agriculture) , agronomist and senior lecturer of Organic Farming and Gardening. His main competences and focus is the improvement and development of organic farming systems and the effects on soil quality. He has been involved in several projects in improving organic potato cropping, mixed cropping systems (legumes x cereals), nitrogen efficiency and wheat breeding criteria for organic systems.

Annerose Charrois (Chair of plant Nutrition), formerly horticulturist and breeding assistant, skilled in organic Plant breeding, is mainly involved in the screening programmes (WP3),

Reinhold Manhart, director of the experiment station of the Chair of Plant Nutririon at Dürnast, and Rudi Heigl, technician, are responsabe for the technical performance of the field trials and will be involved in the technical developments in WP 8.


Dr. Jörg Peter Baresel

Technische Universität München

Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan

Department Pflanzenwissenschaften

Lehrstuhl für Pflanzenernährung

Emil-Ramann-Straße 2
85350 Freising
Tel.: 08161/71-3738
Fax: 08161/71-4500

baresel  @ wzw.tum.de