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Jülich Plant Science Seminars (JPSS)

This series of seminars is hosted by the institute of Plant Sciences (IBG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, on a monthly base.

For this seminar series we are inviting internationally renowned experts from different fields within plant sciences and from other research areas relevant for out interdisciplinary work.Since, at the same time, we are aiming for strengthening the integration of regional plant sciences we invite all interested persons to participate in these seminars.

On this webpage you will find an overview of the last and planned seminar dates.
If you would like to receive updates in upcoming seminars via email you have here the opportunity to register yourself for the JPSS mailinglist.

(Working) Title

Exploring plant-plant interactions in mixed-species stands using functional-structural plant modelling,

Can improvement in leaf photosynthesis increase crop productivity?

Jochem Evers&Xinyou Yin, Wageningen UR, Netherlands21/06/201611:00 am406
Spatially resolved systems biology to identify novel salinity tolerance mechanisms in barley rootsUte Roessner, University of Melbourne, Australia11/07/20161:30 pm406
Phenotyping infrastructure controlled environment and fieldFrancesco Loreto, Italian National Research Council Department of Bio-Agro-Sciences, Italy19/07/20161:30 pm406
Topical talks Plant-biotic interactionMichael Udvardi, Noble Foundation, USA16/08/20161:30 pm406
Field Phenotyping and quantification of Plant traitsHolger Lilienthal, Julius-Kühn-Institute for Crop and Soil Sciences, Braunschweig, Germany20/09/2016 1:30 pm 406
Improving phosphorus efficiency in rice: A strategy targeting complementary efficiency mechanismsMatthias Wissuwa, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)04/10/201610:30 am406
CT technology development and application on plantsNorman Uhlmann, Fraunhofer (EZRT), Fürth, Germany18/10/20161:30 pm406
Perennials as renewable resourcesReinhart Ceulemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium15/11/20161:30 pm406
Spying on cells with the help of genetically encoded sensors to unravel the mechanisms of carbon allocation in plantsWolf Frommer - Stanford, USA23/01/201710:30 am406
The lessons green algae taught us on the regulation of central metabolism and what they will teach us in the future Tabea Mettler-Altmann - CEPLAS, Düsseldorf, Germany22/03/201710:30 am406
Digital Technology for Agriculture: from NECTEC’s ExperienceDr. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn – Direktor des NECTEC, NSTDA18/05/201710:30 am406
Natural variation in nutrient homeostasisProf. Stanislav Kopriva – Botanical Institute of the University of Cologne18/07/201710:30 am406
Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology – a Scientific ChallengeDr. Ralf Wilhelm from the Julius-Kühn-Institute (JKI)08/08/201710:30 am406
Bioentrepreneurship - Wege und Methoden von der Idee zum GeschäftsmodellProf. Christian Müller-Roterberg - Hochschule Ruhr-West17/10/201710:30 am406


Woody legumes are different: Water Use Efficiency and global cycles of carbon water and nitrogen

Prof. Mark Adams Professor and Director, Centre for Carbon Water and Food, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney, Australia (

25.04.2016The rhizosphere microbiome of cultivated plants and effects of bacterial inoculants or pathogens on the indigenous bacterial community in the rhizosphere
Prof. Dr. Kornelia Smalla, Julius Kühn-Institut Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics, Braunschweig, Germany
30.03.2016Nodulation in legumes and its relationship to the control of root architecture, Dr. Ulrike Mathesius, Australian National University:
07.03.2016Choo Kien Wong - Applied Agricultural Resources Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia
29.02.2016Prof. Andrea Carminati, Division of Soil Hydrology, Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany
23.02.2016Dr. Rosemary White, Head, Microscopy Centre, CSIRO Canberra, Australia: Illuminating root structure and function
22.01.2016JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Peter Wenzl from the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bonn
19.01.2016JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series/BIOSC Lecture: Keilor Rojas, PhD, former Viceminister in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica, currently Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
19.11.2015Crop phenotyping @ ETH Zürich: Optimizing shoot and root growth via image analysis based approaches
Prof. Achim Walter, head of the Crop Science Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
20.10.2015Modelling crops across scales
Prof. Frank Ewert - INRES Crop sciences, Universität Bonn
23.07.2015Title Getting to the root of dwarfing control in apple rootstocks and the role of emmer introgression in wheat
Peter J Gregory East Malling Research and University of Reading UK

Modelling the genetic architecture of flowering time control in barley through nested association

Prof. Klaus Pillen, head of the institute of plant breeding, University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

03.07.2015Evolution in a changing environment: the genetic architecture of adaptation outside centers of domestication of Phaseolus vulgaris and P. coccineus.
Prof. Roberto Papa, Department of Agriculture, Università Politecnica Delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.
21.04.2015Image Analysis and Modelling of Spatial Organisation: Methods and Tools with a Focus on Leaf Morphogenesis, Philippe Andrey, Jasmine Burguet and Patrick Laufs, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, Versailles, France.
20.01.2015Biorefinery of microalgae, Prof. René H. Wijffels, Bioprocess Engineering, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
02.12.2014Brachypodium distachyon: a useful model for root research in cereals. Dr. Vincent Cochois, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
18.11.2014Rate-limiting Function of Phytoene Synthase in Carotenoid Biosynthesis, Dr. Ralf Welsch, Department of Cell Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
22.09.2014A systems approach to improved root traits. Philip N. Benfey, Biology Department and HHMI, Duke University, Durham, NC USA

All seminars will be held in the seminar room on the second floor of the IBG-2 institute building (Geb. 06.2) on the campus of the research center Jülich unless otherwise announced.

Please be aware that for external visitors an advance announcement will speed up the security check at the entrance of the campus considerably.

To do this please contact at least 3 days before the seminar our institute secretary Mrs. Ulbrich ( or the seminar coordinator (, giving your name, nationality and address of your home institution.

In any case it is mandatory to present a valid ID-card or passport at the security check to enter the campus.

List of passed Seminars of the Year 2014:

15.04.2014SPATIAL ECOLOGY AND EARTH OBSERVATION, Prof. Dr. Andrew Skidmore, University of Twente, the Netherlands (
18.03.2014Uncovering Root Systems Architecture: new angles and perspectives. Prof. Dr. Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK
05.02.2014Neo-functionalisation of the flowering pathway for vegetative storage-organ formation in potato, Christian Bachem, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Wageningen-UR
11.02.2014"Understanding Root Behavior" Prof.Dr.Dario Floreano, Director of the laboratory of Intelligent Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

List of passed Seminars of the Year 2013:

10.12.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Dr. Helen North, INRA Versailles France
12.11.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber, University of Potsdam
01.10.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series, The control of seed germination
17.09.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Asaph Aharoni - Weizmann Institute of Science
16.07.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Michael Knoblauch, Washington State University
07.06.2013Dr. Catherine Feuillet Research Director UMR INRA-UBP 1095 Génétique
21.05.2013Michel Havaux - CEA Cadarache
16.04.2013Prof. Dr. Jose Luis Araus Ortega - University of Barcelona
15.01.2013Barbara Mazzolai

For more information, please contact Dr. Ralf Metzner, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2 (