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Prof. Dr. Eike Lüdeling

Head of Department of Horticultural Sciences

Scientific Research Focus

  • Holistic modeling of horticultural and agricultural systems
  • Application of decision science approaches in agricultural contexts
  • Climate change impacts on horticultural and agricultural systems
  • Exploration and modeling of dormancy processes in fruit trees
  • Agroforestry systems
  • International agricultural development

Academic Education

  • 1998-1999 Studies of Mathematics and Physics
    Universität Hannover (without graduation)
  • 1999-2003 “Diplom I”, Organic Agriculture
    Universität Kassel
  • 2003-2004 MSc International Ecological Agriculture
    Universität Kassel
  • 2004-2005 MSc International Agricultural Development
    University of California Davis, USA
  • 2005-2007 Dr. agr. (Ph.D.) in Agricultural Sciences
    Universität Kassel

Professional Career

  • 2005-2007 Research Associate „Department of Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics”
    Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Universität Kassel
  • 2008-2008 Postdoc
    Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis, USA
  • 2008-2009 Postdoc
    Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis, USA
  • 2010-2013 Climate Change Scientist
    World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenia
  • 2013-2018 Senior Scientist – Decision Analysis
    World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenia
  • 2014-2018 Senior Scientist
    Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), Universität Bonn
  • Since 2018 Professor
    Department of Horticultural Sciences, Universität Bonn

Current Publications

Luedeling E, accepted. The challenge of warming winters ' do we understand tree dormancy enough to prepare deciduous orchards in warm places? Acta Horticulturae.

Benmoussa H, Ben Mimoun M, Ghrab M, Luedeling E, in press. Climate change threatens Central Tunisian nut orchards. International Journal of Biometeorology.

  1. Luedeling E, 2018. Interpolating hourly temperatures for computing agroclimatic metrics. International Journal of Biometeorology 62(10), 1799-1807.
  2. Whitney CW, Luedeling E, Hensel O, Tabuti JRS, Krawinkel M, Gebauer J, Kehlenbeck K, 2018. The role of homegardens for food and nutrition security in Uganda. Human Ecology 46, 497-514.
  3. Whitney C, Lanzanova D, Muchiri C, Shepherd KD, Rosenstock TS, Krawinkel M, Tabuti JRS, Luedeling E, 2018. Probabilistic decision tools for determining impacts of agricultural development policy on household nutrition. Earth’s Future 6, 359-372.
  4. Whitney C, Luedeling E, Tabuti JRS, Nyamukuru A, Hensel O, Gebauer J, Kehlenbeck K, 2018. Crop diversity in homegardens of southwest Uganda and its importance for rural livelihoods. Agriculture and Human Values 35, 399-424.
  5. Guo L, Chen J, Luedeling E, He J-S, Cheng J, Wen Z, Peng C, 2018. Early-spring soil warming partially offsets the enhancement of alpine grassland aboveground productivity induced by warmer growing seasons on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Plant and Soil 425, 177-188.
  6. Wafula J, Karimjee Y, Tamba Y, Malava G, Muchiri C, Koech G, De Leeuw J, Nyongesa J, Shepherd K, Luedeling E, 2018. Probabilistic Assessment of Investment Options in Honey Value Chains in Lamu County, Kenya. Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics 4, article 6, 1-11.
  7. Benmoussa H, Luedeling E, Ghrab M, Ben Yahmed J, Ben Mimoun M, 2017. Performance of pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) in warming Mediterranean orchards. Environmental and Experimental Botany 140, 76-85.
  8. Whitney C, Tabuti JRS, Hensel O, Yeh CH, Bahati J, Gebauer J, Luedeling E, 2017. Homegardens and the future of food and nutrition security in southwest Uganda. Agricultural Systems 154, 133-144.
  9. Rosenstock T, Lamanna C, Chesterman S, Hammond J, Kadiyala S, Luedeling E, Shepherd K, DeRenzi B, van Wijk MT, 2017. When less is more: Innovations for tracking progress toward global targets. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26, 54-61.
  10. Benmoussa H, Ben Mimoun M, Ghrab M, Luedeling E, 2017. Chilling and heat requirements for local and foreign almond (Prunus dulcis Mill.) cultivars in a warm Mediterranean location over 30 years of observation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 239, 34-46.
  11. Martínez-Lüscher J, Hadley P, Ordidge M, Xu X, Luedeling E, 2017. Delayed chilling appears to counteract flowering advances of apricot in southern UK. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 237, 209-218.
  12. Favretto N, Luedeling E, Stringer L, Dougill A, 2017. Valuing ecosystem services in semi-arid rangelands through stochastic simulation. Land Degradation & Development 28, 66-73.
  13. Guo L, Luedeling E, Koerner SE, He JS, Xu J, Wang M, Li W, Jin J, Gang C, Su J, Luo R, Chen J, Cheng J, 2017. Critical climate periods for grassland productivity on China’s Loess Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 233, 101-109.


Selected Publications

  1. Luedeling E, Shepherd K, 2016. Decision-focused agricultural research. Solutions 7(5), 46-54.
  2. Luedeling E, Smethurst PJ, Baudron F, Bayala J, Huth NI, van Noordwijk M, Ong CK, Mulia R, Lusiana B, Muthuri CW, Sinclair FL, 2016. Field-scale modeling of tree–crop interactions: Challenges and development needs. Agricultural Systems 142, 51-69.
  3. Shepherd K, Hubbard D, Fenton N, Claxton K, Luedeling E, De Leeuw J, 2015. Development goals should enable decision-making. Nature 523, 152-154.
  4. Guo L, Dai J, Wang M, Xu J, Luedeling E, 2015. Responses of spring phenology in temperate zone trees to climate warming: a case study of apricot flowering in China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 201, 1-7.
  5. Luedeling E, Kindt R, Huth NI, and Koenig K, 2014. Agroforestry systems in a changing climate – challenges in projecting future performance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 6, 1-7.
  6. Kraft KH, Brown CH, Nabhan GP, Luedeling E, Luna Ruíz J, Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge G, Hijmans R and Gepts P, 2014. Multiple Lines of Evidence for the Origin of Domesticated Chili Pepper, Capsicum annuum, in Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 111, 6165-6170.
  7. Luedeling E, 2012. Climate change impacts on winter chill for temperate fruit and nut production: a review. Scientia Horticulturae 144, 218-229.
  8. Luedeling E, Girvetz EH, Semenov MA and Brown PH, 2011. Climate change affects winter chill for temperate fruit and nut trees. PLoS ONE 6(5), e20155.
  9. Luedeling E, Steinmann KP, Zhang M, Brown PH, Grant J and Girvetz EH, 2011. Climate change effects on walnut pests in California. Global Change Biology 17 (1), 228-238.
  10. Yu H, Luedeling E and Xu J, 2010. Stronger winter than spring warming delays spring phenology on the Tibetan Plateau. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 107 (51), 22151-22156.


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