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GreenRelease for Plant Health

The main objective of the FocusLab greenRelease is to significantly reduce fungicide and herbicide usage and thereby contributing to a sustainable agriculture and bioeconomy. The greenRelease technology will be further developed into a robust and applicable platform technology for plant health.

Funding: The greenRelease FocusLab is part of the NRW-Strategieprojekt BioSC and thus funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Project duration: 01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020



The project TaReCa „Tailoring of secondary metabolism in horticultural residuals and cascade utilization for a resource efficient production of valuable bioactive compounds” evaluates the potential of biomass residues of bell pepper production as a resource of bioactive leaf compounds.

Funding: The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

Project duration: November 2017 until October 2020


DecisionSupport is an R package that operationalizes some basic procedures of holistic modeling. It contains functions to run a Monte Carlo simulation and assess model sensitivity to variation in input variables. DecisionSupport is free. It can be downloaded on R's CRAN server.Project duration: Ongoing project, subsequent versions are planned


Potentials and practice programme to increase natural diversity in fruit plantations and mixed orchards

... is a collaboration of six important fruit producing regions in Germany. The goal of the project is to implement modern management strategies to increase biodiversity in organic and conventional fruit production systems in selected practice farms and to evaluate and continuously adapt these strategies.

Funding: Federal Office for Nature Protection with finances of the Federal Ministry for Environment

Project duration: 2016 - 2022


Induction of secondary metabolites in tomato by-products for extraction and economic evaluation of the model process (InducTomE)

During tomato cultivation, huge amounts of green plant residues accrue that contain secondary metabolites (SM). Leaf SM such as solanesol and rutin have a wide range of properties, for example antiviral, antibacterial, anticarinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant impact. Therefore, SM are of high interest for the health segment as well as for the food and feed sector.

Funding: Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC)

Project duration: 01.11.2015 – 31.10.2017


Ripening delay of climateric fruits by peptides (RIPE)

Worldwide, a large portion of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted until the product reaches the consumer. Within the RIPE project, an innovative way to inhibit the ethylene pathway and to control the food spoilage is investigated.

Funding: Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) 

Project duration: 01.10.2015 – 30.09.2017


Bifunctional Fusion Proteins for Plant protection (BioSC-BiFuProts)

Reducing usage of pesticides and fungicides is of high importance for a sustainable bioeconomy. Insect pests and microbial pathogens are major causes of crop losses worldwide. The BiFuProts (Bifunctional fusion proteins) project aims to develop a broadly applicable bifunctional platform of fusion proteins with leaf binding and antimicrobial function for pest management and reduced use of fungicides.

Funding: Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC)

Project duration: 01.04.2015 - 30.06.2017


Fluorescence-based techiques for assessing physiological respondes of apple (Malus domestica) plants towards watershortage and light quality

Funding: Brasilian Gowerment Scholarship

Project duration: 01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018


Impact of abiotic stresses on secondary plant metabolites in selection  fruit species and their role in plant-derived food quality

Funding: The Thai Government Scholarship

Project duration: 07.10.2013 - 06.10.2017


Chilling requirements for cherry trees

In a cooperative project of the University of Bonn (INRES Horticultural Science and Center for Development Research (ZEF)), DLR and partners from the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya, the plant physiological functions of the winter chilling requirements of fruit trees are investigated.

Project duration: 2012- 2017

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