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PhD student in the area “Methods for mild and early crop stress handling

PhD student in the area “Methods for mild and early crop stress handling

IGZ, Germany


The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Controlled Environment Horticulture, the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental crops inside structures such as greenhouses, is one focus of our institute. Within our research program “Horticultural Systems of the Future” and the new team “Protected Cultivation”, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable plant production systems in protected cultivation and improve crop quality.

Modern greenhouse systems turn into plant factories and are equipped with various commercially available sensors. Those types of sensors alone often say little about early plant physiological processes and actions are often too late. In that, climate control in a greenhouse or plant factory is either done preventive with large security margins or it runs behind and tries to heal damages caused. Damages to the physiological apparatus caused by plant stress, however, are known to be reversible up to a certain point, while mild stress can have positive effects on plants in terms of harvest product composition and other quality parameters. Decisions on actions to be taken are usually done from experience where commercially used standard sensor information is used. This, however, is very subjective and unsatisfying. A possible solution would be to combine data information from those sensors as e.g. temperature, humidity, wind speed and irradiation in the microclimate with plant physiological models to so called soft sensors supplying information about the underlying plant physiological processes. Decisions on actions based on that will form the decision support system (DSS) for 1) mild stress induction and 2) avoidance of non-reversible stress damages. As for scientific work high-tech sensor technologies were developed for measuring plant physiological responses more or less directly, such ‘phenotyping’ equipment can be used for detailed measurements of stress markers that eventually will be translated to soft-sensor/sensor combined DSS.

To contribute to the target of the team “Greenhouse Production Systems” on creating model based decision support tools to the optimum of plant stress and resource use efficiency in horticultural crop production in cooperation with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), we offer the position of a:

PhD student in the area “Methods for mild and early crop stress handling”

Reference Number 07/2018/4

to join our team at the earliest possible date. The PhD student will be working at the IGZ site in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and will be enrolled in the scientific program at Wageningen University, Horticultural Physiology Group. The employment will be initially for four years.


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