University of Hohenheim is the leading German University in agricultural research and food sciences with specialisation in global food security and ecosystems, digital transformation and bioeconomy. The combination of agricultural and natural sciences, communication sciences and economics makes it possible to find solutions for many global challenges. The University puts great importance on maintaining an international network with numerous strong partners.
Role in the project
Involved in Sustain Sahel are the Hans Ruthenberg Institute (Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics) and the Department of Plant Production in the Tropic and Subtropics.
The Institute is made up of 10 professors focusing on tropical agricultural research and education and more than 100 scientists working in associated fields, the institute represents the most comprehensive capacity in tropical agricultural sciences among the German universities and research institutions. All essential fields of tropical agricultural issues, i.e. agroecology, crop and animal sciences, agricultural economics and social sciences as well as agricultural engineering, are united in one place at the Hans Ruthenberg Institute.
The research approach in the Department of Plant Production is based on a theoretical analysis, i.e. modelling (plot to landscape) of agroecosystems in the tropics and subtropics, and a simultaneous experimental approach on improving our understanding of plant production and nutrient cycles in agroecosystems (mono/inter-cropping, pastoral and agroforestry systems) by using stable isotope, molecular and spectral methods. In addition to ecophysiological research topics, the section focuses on nutrient use efficiency, competition, carbon sequestration and environmental impact of integrated plant-animal production systems with specific consideration of N2 fixing legume-based approaches.
Key persons involved:
- Prof. Dr. Georg Cadisch: contributes to WP7 via coordination, modelling scenario development, adaptation, training, ecosystem service assessment, climate change modelling, and open access model platform. He will also be responsible for capacity building regarding BSc, MSc and PhD students associated with WP7.