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Dr Simone Röhlen-Schmittgen

Scientific Research Focus

  • Biotic and abiotic stress effects on source-sink relation between shoot and root

  • Plant phenotyping of physiological responses by invasive and non-invasive techniques

  • Fluorescence-based sensors for monitoring plant performance



  • 2006 - 2011

    Diploma in Biology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf/ Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (PD A. Walter/ Prof. Dr. Westhoff)

  • 2011 - 2014

    PhD, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf/ Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Prof. U. Rascher)


Professional Career


  • 2014 - 2015

    Postdoc at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

  • since 2015

    Postdoc at Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), Horticultural Science, University of Bonn, Germany


  • since 2016

    Referee activity for MDPI Remote Sensing


Selected Publications

  1. Schmittgen, S.; Metzner, R.; Van Dusschoten, D.; Jansen, M.´; Fiorani, F.; Jahnke, S.; Rascher, U.; Schurr, U. (2015). Magnetic resonance imaging of sugar beet taproots in soil reveals growth reduction and morphological changes during foliar Cercospora beticola infestation. Journal of Experimental Botany.

  2. Bergsträsser, S.; Fanourakis, D.; Schmittgen, S.; Cendrero-Mateo, M.; Jansen, M.; Scharr, H.; Rascher, U. (2015). HyperART: non-invasive quantification of leaf traits using hyperspectral absorption-reflectance-transmittance imaging. Plant Methods, 11, 1.

  3. Jansen, M.; Bergsträsser, S.; Schmittgen, S.; Müller-Linow, M.; Rascher, U. (2014). Non-Invasive Spectral Phenotyping Methods can Improve and Accelerate Cercospora Disease Scoring in Sugar Beet Breeding. Agriculture, 4, 147-158.

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