First evidence of rare amino acid in plants–Discovering what makes durian stink
02/28/2020 · TUM@LSB
Researchers at the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM) have confirmed the presence of the rare amino acid ethionine in a plant – or more precisely, in the fruit of the durian tree. Despite its pungent odor, durian is very popular in Southeast Asia. As the team of scientists has shown, the amino acid plays a key role in the formation of the characteristic durian odor.
Plant Culture Hall goes on tour – Model container will be presented in Dresden from the end of March
02/24/2020 · Christian Schafmeister / IPK
The plant culture hall of the IPK is one of the flagships of the institute. There, growth conditions such as temperature, light and wind can be regulated in a targeted manner. One of the containers in which the plants grow is currently being converted into a model for an exhibition in Dresden.
Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture: 20 European Research Institutes Undertake an Ambitious Roadmap
02/24/2020 · Leibniz Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
A strong demand from public authorities, agriculture professionals, and society in general, all over Europe, has spurred collaborative research in order to accelerate the agroecological transition. To face a challenge of this magnitude the joint declaration of intent “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture” aims to rethink the way research is carried out and develop new common research and experimentation strategies, not just at a national level, but throughout the whole continent.
IGZ and ZALF head the Coordinating Office of the BMBF program “Agricultural Systems of the Future”
02/04/2020 · ZALF
Another success for Brandenburg’s non-university research institutes: The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) in Grossbeeren and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Muencheberg were selected as the central coordinating bodies for “Agricultural Systems of the Future”. This underlines the nationwide competence of both institutions in the field of agricultural and nutrition research. Prof. Monika Schreiner and Dr. Philip Albers are responsible for the office at the IGZ and Senior Researcher Thomas Weith and Ulf Weddige are responsible at ZALF.
Global food production at risk of simultaneous heat waves across breadbasket regions
12/10/2019 · PIK
Certain patterns in the jet stream encircling the Earth can bring simultaneous heatwaves to breadbasket regions responsible for up to a quarter of global food production. Particularly susceptible are Western North America, Western Europe, Western Russia and Ukraine. Extreme weather events of such extent can significantly harm food production and thus make prices soar. In recent years, major food price spikes were associated with social unrest.
New definition of cattle farming
09/30/2019 · Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Cattle farming is caught between global food security, animal welfare and environmental consequences. A new major (BovReg) project of the FBN will provide information that is urgently needed in practice and basic research.