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Central focus points of all my research activities are the interactions between abiotic stresses, genotypes and climatic conditions. For stress perception and communication, root shoot signals and their modification by climatic factors are of particular interest to me.
Ion uptake and distribution if dependent on transpiration determine the genotypic tolerance levels in environments with varying levels of air humidity in saline and iron toxic conditions.
Roots may benefit from specifically targeted carbohydrate allocation in a drought stress situation in order to provide better access to water.
Crop phenology as dependent of temperature determines the suitability and the flexibility of genotypes within changing cropping systems.

Below you will find a selection of research highlights from recent years summarized by topic in a few, hopefully informative slides


Third source funding projects - Project descriptions and project activities

Phd Research

Overview of the PhD Research activities in my group

Supervised Theses:

Theses supervised between 2000 and today


Physiology of salinity tolerance in rice and barley as related to climatic conditions


Root-shoot-communication and carbohydrate partitioning between shoot and root in rice, maize, and sorghum

Iron toxicity

Screening for iron toxicity tolerance in rice, methodology development for Fe analyses, bacteria-plant interactions


Carbon sequestration potential, management options, grass physiology, plant environment interactions


Leaf appearance and development of rice in high altitude cropping systems


Laboratory methods and Protocols. Enzyme analytics, Protocolls and work sheets for an indirect absiscic acid ELISA

Natural salinity in West Africa

Drought effects on dry matter partitioning

Effects of root zone bacteria on iron toxicitiy symptoms in rice

Root-shoot communication in rice subjected to drought

Phenological studies in a rice garden in Nepal