Leibniz Research Alliance „Food and Nutrition”

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Coordinated by the Alliance

Project objective: "Protein Paradoxes: Protein Supply under the Conditions of Climate Change – Production, Consumption and Human Health"is funded by the Leibniz-Association. It aims ats the sustainable Protein production of the future - especially taking the growing world population and the causes and effects of the climate change into account. The main objective of the project is to initiate inter- and transdisciplinary protein-research projects and to support the networking of young researchers. Project Partners: ATBDIfEFBNIAMOIGB,IGZ,INPIPKLSB@TUMPIK,ZALF, BCCP, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam

Current Projects

Project objective "NutriAct: Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Ageing: Food Patterns, Behaviour and Products" The purpose of the cluster is to identify dietary patterns of Berlin’s and Potsdam’s population (aged between 50 and 70). Based on the findings NutriAct aims to develop strategies for a wider acceptance of healthy food. 
Project partners 27 partners from science and economy, includingATBDIfEIGZ, ILU, University of Potsdam, Charité Berlin, TU Berlin.


Project objective The aim of the project "WHEATSCAN - Unraveling the causes for wheat sensitivities" is to correlate genetic variability (genome), gene expression (transcriptome) and protein composition (proteome) with immune stimulatory potential of wheat cultivars from the last 100 years. This shall provide a basis for the development of novel wheat cultivars with a very low potential for triggering hypersensitivieties.
Project partners German Research Centre for Food Chemistry (DFA), Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Mainz University, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Helmholtz-Zentrum München.


Project objective The overall project goal of "ACUTE - Aquaculture practice in tropical coastal ecosystems - understanding ecological and socio-economic consequences", separated in four working packages, is to examine the impacts of aquaculture effluents on 1) ambient microbial community structure, particularly distribution and spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, 2) organic particle transportation and sedimentation rates of labile organic matter, 3) metabolic performance of cultured fish stock, and 4) a detailed investigation on human dimensions and stakeholder decisions towards aquaculture practices. Ultimately, these studies will enable predictions of ecosystem resilience and responses to environmental perturbations and provide management recommendations towards securing sustainable food resources.
Project partners Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fischeries (IGB), Leibniz-Center for Marine Tropical Ecology (ZMT), University of Bremen, University Kiel, Marine Science Institute - University of the PhilippinesBogor Agricultural University (Indonesia).


Project objective The aim of "I4S - Intelligence for Soil - Integrated System for Site-Specific Soil Fertility Management" is the development of an integrated system for site specific management of soil fertility, which provides recommendations for fertilization and other management options to improve soil functions and to reduce environmental impacts.
Project partners  Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Leibniz Ferdinand Braun Institute, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Technical University of Munich, University of Bonn.


Project objective "B.A.U.M." aims at the assessment, discussion, and acceptance of municipal climate adaptation measures to retain water and nutrients in two rural regions in the federal state of Brandenburg (Beeskow, Havelland). Based on improved and more detailed climate scenarios, we want to explore options for action together with regional stakeholders. 
Project partners Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), ASWEX - Angewandte Wasserforschung Beeskow/Havelland, State Office of Environment.

Completed Projects

The webpages of the completed projects are worth taking a look at, for many are still well-tended and some sparked interesting new collaborations.


Project objective "Biochar" investigates the economic and ecological potential of charred biomass for agriculture. Focus is set especially on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) and economic costs of biochar use.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Humboldt University of Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and University of Putra Malaysia (UPM).


Project objective The project "Future | Food | Commons" (FuFoCo) is concerned with the sharing economy in the food sector. The main focus is on the description and analysis of evolving new models within the consumer-producer-interactions, trends, impact assessment and governance models.
Project partners Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), ISI Fraunhofer, agrathaer GmbH.


Project objective The cross sector project "Grasslands" has been established in autumn 2013 to organise research on the potential of the optimisation of the ecosystem services of calcareous low bog soil grasslands in northeast Germany. The cross section research work is mainly conducted in the ZALF Paulinenaue Research Station. In a comprehensive net biotic and abiotic factors are measured in order to quantify and evaluate grasslands ecosystem services in different temporal and spatial scales.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Rostock, State Office of Rural Development, Agriculture and Land Consolidation, Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe des Landes Brandenburg.


Project objective The chief aim of the project "INNOVATE" is to design an innovative linkage of substance cycles and to evaluate those on different spatial levels. The area under investigation covers the Sao Francisco River basin as far as the Itaparica reservoir dam.
Project partners Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Technische Universität Berlin, University of Hohenheim, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, coordinator Brasil: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE).


Project objective The main assignment of "KULUNDA" is contributing to the adaption of land use to diverse locations and climate change, also to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable development of temperate grasslands. In doing so scientists intend to develop and establish a self- supporting land management system, which is to be applicable from the model region of Kulunda, Siberia to other conversion areas of temperate grasslands.
Project partners Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Senckenberg Community for Natural Research, Universities of Göttingen, Halle-Wittenberg, Hannover and Jena, Altai State Agrarian University (ASAU), Altai State University (ASU) and Institute for Water and Environmental Problems - Siberian Branch (Russian Academy of Sciences) (IWEP) (all seated in Russia), and AMAZONEN-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG.


Project objective Avoidance of agricultural CO2 is a task requiring measures on process and production levels. The graduate school "LandPaKT" is funded by the Leibniz Association in context of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Humboldt University of Berlin.


Project objective "MACSUR" brings together the excellence of research in modelling grasslands, livestock, crops, farms, and agricultural trade in order to illustrate to political decision makers how climate will affect regional farming systems and food production in Europe. To achieve this goal MACSUR engages in a range of activities, including methodological comparisons of models and use of their outputs (scaling, uncertainty), linking of complementary models from different sectors, involvement of stakeholders, training of young scientists, and establishing a community of practice across a broad range of scientific disciplines.
Project partners 73 partners from 16 European countries, including Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), German Weather Service, Research Center Jülich and Thünen-Institute.


Adipokines and Myokines - Common Language of Muscle and Fat? 

Project objective The project "Adipokines and Myokines - Common Language of Muscle and Fat? Establishing a Methodical Platform for Muscle Research in Human, Model and Farm Animals" targets the function of adipo- and myokines in fat deposition in skeletal muscles and aims at elucidating the overlap between adipocytes and myocytes. The aim is to establish a sustainable network for muscle research in farm animals, humans and rodents.
Project partners German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), German Diabetes Centre Düsseldorf, University Hospital Tübingen.


Project objective "Plasma-based decontamination of dried plant-related products for an enhancement of food safety (³Plas)". The application of low temperature plasmas (NTP) opens up fundamentally new possibilities for food production. The objective of this research project is to ensure the safety of dry products through the use of NTP, while maintaining product quality. Besides the microbiological safety this includes the physico-chemical assessment of the treated products. Subsequent to the identification of the optimal plasma source and definition of relevant treatment parameters, a prototype will be built and tested on a pilot scale regarding practicality. Via cooperation with business enterprises, the integration of the developed technical solutions for practical operation is supported.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) Greifswald, and the industrial partners Cziotec Industrie-, Umform- und Werkzeugbautechnik GmbH Greifswald, First Sensor AG Berlin, and Köhl Maschinenbau GmbH Trier.


Project objective "OptiBarn" intends to develop region-specific, sustainable adaptation strategies for dairy farming. Focus is on the optimisation of air-conditioning naturally ventilated barn stables, considering these to be most affected by climatic extremes and variables.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and partners in Europe, Israel and Asutralia.


Project objective The specific objective of "Trans-SEC - Innovating Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer: A people-centred Approach" is to improve the food situation of the poor and most vulnerable rural population in Tanzania. It is designed to identify successful food securing strategies along local and regional food value chains. These strategies will be tested and adjusted to site-specific, sustainable settings. The results can be implemented at different levels of policy, extension and research.
Project partners Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), University of Hohenheim, Humboldt University of Berlin, Leibniz University Hannover, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, Washington, USA), and in Tanzania: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives, Network of Small-Scale Farmers' Groups, and others.


Crop Yields of the North German Lowland under impact of Climate Change: Land of Plenty or Zone of Death?

Project objective Production condition of field crops in the North German Lowlands will alter under impact of the predicted climate change. The aim of this study "Crop Yields of the North German Lowland under impact of Climate Change: Land of Plenty or Zone of Death?" is to apply a process-based plant growth model, which is to comprise a validated risk assessment for future crop production, and practicable scenarios to encounter said risk.
Project partners Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Kiel University, Nordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchsanstalt.


INNO Mil-CH4

Project objective The project "Innovationspotenziale für Emissionsminderungen von Treibhausgasen in der Wertschöpfungskette Milch - INNO Mil-CH4" will contribute to a better understanding of product-related greenhouse gas emissions in milk production and provide a basis for the efficient control of greenhouse gas emission reduction of milk production. The relation between the feeding of dairy cattle and the release of methane is to be investigated experimentally.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Danone Deutschland GmbH.


Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from oilseed rape cultivation under consideration of nitrogen fertilizer application

Project objective Overall aim of the project "Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from oilseed rape cultivation under consideration of nitrogen fertilizer application - Subproject 2: field trials to GHG emissions at the Dedelow site and analysis of humus effectiveness of rapeseed crop rotations" is to make a regionally differentiated quantification of greenhouse gas emissions in rapeseed crop rotation and a review and assessment of practice-oriented cultivation strategies to reduce cultivation related emissions and to optimize the climate protection performance of biodiesel.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), University of Kiel, Landesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Fischerei Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, University of Hohenheim, Thünen-Institute.


Linking aquatic mycodiversity to ecosystem function

Project objective Fungi play a critical role in the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the biogeochemical processing of organic carbon. Because of current changes to the global carbon budget, the understanding of functional diversity of aquatic fungi is of paramount importance. That ist the aim of "Linking aquatic mycodiversity to ecosystem function".
Project partners Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape research (ZALF).


Project objective This cooperative project "CC-LandStraD" analyses the correlations between different kinds of land use and climate change. It also demonstrates alternative land use strategies and evaluates their respective effects.
Project partners
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Thünen Institute, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.


Climate change and its consequences for the sustainable use of agricultural pestizides

Project objective Climate change might modify the framework conditions for present and future use of pesticides. In this way current strategies to minimize pesticide use could be counteracted. The project "Climate change and its consequences for the sustainable use of agricultural pestizides" aims to identify potential conflicts between climate change adaption and sustainable pest control.
Project partners Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Ingenieurgemeinschaft Landwirtschaft und Umwelt Göttingen, Julius-Kühn-Institut.


Crop Failures and Export Tariffs

Project objective In the project "Crop Failures and Export Tariffs", scientists join forces to investigate how export restrictions, as results of bad harvests, affect global food prices.
Projektpartner German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).


Project objective "Application of non-thermal plasma for food" means the innovative use of non-thermal plasma (temperatures below 40°C) at atmospheric pressure for gentle decontamination of fresh and dried fruit and vegetables. The surface of  fresh and dried food products can thereby rapidly and effectively be rid of spoilage producing and human pathogenic microorganisms - without negative thermal effects on the product´s surface.
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP).


Project objective "Food Planning and Innovation for Sustainable Metropolitan Regions" (FOODMETRES) analyses the ecological and socio-economic impact of alternative food chains and metropolitan agricultural systems. The project looks into spatial, logistic and social aspects. It also concerns itself with questions about the use of resources, food planning, governance and social acceptance of products, processing, distribution and consumption.
Project partners Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Alterra Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Coventry University, England (UC), University Ljubljana, Slovenia, University of  Mailand, Italy, University of Nairobi , Kenia,  as well as twelve small and medium-sized enterprises.


Project objective The aim of the research project "LeguAN" is to efficiently produce innovative food products and ingredients (semi-finished) that are in line with market requirements and are based on domestic legume species, e.g. pea (as feed or food) and field bean. A broad understanding of consumer preferences and acceptance is crucial when it comes to legume-based food products: It forms the basis for successful marketing efforts and an economically successful development.
Project partners 17 partners, amongst others Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE).


Project objective The project "NaLaMa-nT" is to develop a foundation of knowledge and thereby forming a decision-making basis for sustainable land management in the North German Plain. Innovative action strategies are to be demonstrated in regard to changing ecological, economic and social parameters.
Project partners 16 partners, amongst others Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).


Project objective Contamination by microorganisms is a critical problem in many sectors of the food industry. The application of innovative plasma technology may facilitate the efficient disinfection of surfaces and thus an increase in microbiological safety. That is the aim of the project "Plasma4Food".
Project partners Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP).


Statement Paper of 'Initiative Agriculture 4.0"

Brochure

Here you find a summary of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition", our partners and the projects we work on.