Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Institute of Bio- and Geosciences IBG-2: Plant Sciences

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) is a national, interdisciplinary research institution, founded in December 1956. FZJ is part of the German Helmholtz Association, financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the Federal Land North-Rhine Westphalia (10%), with a total of approximately 5000 employees. The interdisciplinary research activities cover energy and environmental research, health, information and key technologies. FZJ holds joint professorships with 82 national universities, is involved in approximately 2000 international and international research activities, and is participating in 325 industrial cooperation projects. The research areas at the institute for Plant Sciences (IBG-2) as part of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG) at the FZJ comprise Ecosystem Dynamics, Growth and Metabolism, Transport Dynamics, and Enabling Technologies. New approaches like plant phenotyping using non-invasive techniques, technologies of plant breeding or modeling and simulation of genome-environment interaction support the application of plant sciences in a knowledge-based bioeconomy. IBG-2 and the Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center (JPPC) have a unique infrastructure and has built hardware and software for non-invasive optical and non-optical methodologies for mechanistic, high-throughput, and field phenotyping. Automated- or semi-automated facilities are operational and allow the measurement of key structural and functional parameters of shoot and root traits. The portfolio includes non-invasive quantification of growth, chlorophyll fluorescence, hyperspectral signatures, and automated plant screening facilities under controlled growth chamber and greenhouse conditions, as well as in field plots. Numerous activities are related to an integrative plant research, such as dynamics of growth; transport and exchange processes; non-invasive methods to quantify key processes; efficiency of resource use in plants; biodiversity; sustainable and innovative plant production; food, raw materials and bio-energy (Bioeconomy); resource-friendly, integrated production systems; production of high-quality contents; centre of competence for horticulture; Microalgae for bioenergy and use of contents. IBG-2 is well recognized in Science policy, policy consulting, and international relations, such as European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO); European Technology Platform Plants for the Future; European Technology Platform Biofuels; International Plant Phenotyping Initiative

Number of employees 

5 236


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