Our mission

Plant sciences for improved resource use efficiency and performance for bioeconomy routes

IBG-2: Plant Sciences develops integrated bioeconomy concepts for the intensification and sustainability of plant production. The objective is:

  • to improve yield,
  • adapt the quality to various uses (food, feed, raw materials, bioenergy),
  • reduce the production footprint, and
  • adjust processes to the future climate and production conditions.

IBG-2 is a global leader in plant phenotyping because of its excellent expertise in below- and above-ground interactions in the dynamic plant-environment system and in combination with technology development, engineering and bioinformatics. Integration of plant science in bioeconomy value networks is another element of IBG-2, with research on alternative biomass, cell wall and secondary metabolite biochemistry aimed at feedstock optimization for conversion and sustainable carbon and nutrient utilization in integrated biorefineries.

Research priorities include

  • identifying novel traits of roots and shoots, which contribute to the targets in breeding and agronomy practice, particularly with a view to improving resource use efficiency
  • developing and operating deep, high-throughput and field technologies and concepts for the selection and screening of (novel) traits in genetically diverse plant populations under relevant environmental conditions, with the objective of increasing resource use efficiency
  • developing alternative algal, plant organ or whole plant compositions and production systems (biomass quality and alternative resources) with special significance for novel utilization pathways in bioeconomy
  • integrating plant sciences in holistic approaches of bioeconomy with plant production and characterisation, biorefineries and optimisation for products and closing the nutrient loop with agricultural systems
  • developing and operating (national, European and global) next-generation infrastructure platforms and technologies in plant phenotyping (DPPN, EPPN2020, IPPN, EMPHASIS) and bioinformatics, which are also available to external users

More information on research priorities: Overview of research topics


Last Modified: 05.09.2022