Merle Tränkner was a Ph.D. student at IAPN from October 2012 to December 2016.
Her work focused on the role of essential plant nutrients on drought tolerance of crop plants. With these studies she contributed basic research aiming at improved plant growth under drought conditions through optimized nutrient management. In the scope of her studies, Mrs. Tränkner investigated the role of nitrogen, magnesium and potassium in the water use efficiency of wheat and barley.
Furthermore, her project aimd at forwarding a multi-sensing approach, which allowed assessing drought stress and nutrient deficiency in plants by means of thermography, chlorophyll fluorescence, gas exchange measurements and 13C stable isotope analysis.
Mrs. Tränkner finished her Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences in 2010 at the University of Göttingen and graduated from the University of Göttingen with her Masters in the program “Sustainable International Agriculture”.