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- Junior Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner takes on new tasks

Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner took on new challenges at the beginning of June 2021. Since 2017, she had been junior professor for “Applied Plant Nutrition” at IAPN and at the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Göttingen. She had joined the IAPN team in 2012 as the institute’s first PhD student. more

- Tingting Liu initiates her research at IAPN on magnesium and drought stress

Tingting Liu started her PhD studies at IAPN in November 2020. She focuses on the effects of magnesium status in wheat suffering from drought. Meanwhile, she completed her pre-experiments and now analyses the data obtained. They are used to prepare a main experiment that will be conducted in summer 2021. more

- IAPN supports research in "DaLeA – Permanent living mulch in agriculture" project

IAPN supports research on the assessment of water balance and nutrient dynamics in the project "DaLeA – Permanent living mulch in agriculture": Junior Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner scientifically supervises the measurements of evapotranspiration and of the CO2 gas exchange of the ecosystem. more

- Development of digital tools to assist farmers in nutrient management: first study concluded

In February 2021, the last part of the cooperation project between K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH and Spacenus GmbH, a start-up company based in Darmstadt, was initiated. IAPN is responsible for the plant nutrition studies and concluded a first set of trials. more

- Professor Dr. Jóska Gerendás is the new managing director of IAPN

In February 2021, Adjunct Professor Dr. Jóska Gerendás was appointed as the new managing director of IAPN. Together with Professor Dr. Klaus Dittert, scientific head of IAPN, he is responsible for the institute. At K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH, Jóska Gerendás holds the position of Chief Agronomist. more

- IAPN publishes extensive information on research

On numerous new pages on its website, the institute provides insights into its research work and results since 2012. Current and completed projects on six research topics, including photoprotection, water-use efficiency, and drought and salt stress, are presented. more

- New publication on the importance of potassium in stress tolerance

Former IAPN scientist Dr. Ariel Turcios has published, jointly with Junior Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner, recent research on the importance of potassium in quinoa salt stress tolerance. The article has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, in the beginning of 2021. more

- IAPN has published Annual Report 2019

IAPN’s “Annual Report 2019: Research on Sustainable Plant Nutrition” provides insights into the institute’s most recent activities in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. more

- New publication of Setareh Jamali Jaghdani and Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner

Setareh Jamali Jaghdani has published, jointly with Junior Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner, recent research results from her doctoral thesis in the peer reviewed journal Plant Science. The topic of the article is the influence of magnesium on photosynthetic processes and photoprotective mechanisms in barley plants. more

- Tingting Liu starts PhD project on magnesium and drought stress

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In November 2020, Tingting Liu joined the IAPN team as a new scientist. Within her three-year PhD project, she will investigate the physiological and metabolic responses of wheat to different magnesium fertilization levels and drought stress. more

- Focus on molybdenum: successful research by Lílian Angélica Moreira

Lílian Angélica Moreira, PhD student from Brazil, successfully completed her research at IAPN. The topic of her project was “Physiological changes in nitrogen metabolism as a result of Mo resupply”. Her research was supervised by Junior Professor Dr. Merle Tränkner. more

- Lílian Angélica Moreira from Brazil conducts research at IAPN

From March to October 2020, Brazilian PhD student Lílian Angélica Moreira of São Paulo University (USP) is a guest scientist at IAPN. During this period, she will be working on the project entitled “Physiological changes in nitrogen metabolism as a result of Mo resupply”. more

- IAPN publication recognized as “Top Downloaded Paper”

Publisher Wiley congratulates Jun. Prof. Dr. Merle Tränkner on the success of her article on potassium and magnesium in photosynthesis and photoprotection. It was recognized as one of the most read papers in "Physiologia Plantarum" among works published between January 2018 and December 2019. Co-authors are Dr. Ershad Tavakol and Dr. Bálint Jákli. more

- Dr. Rolf Härdter Appointed as New Managing Director of IAPN

As of April 22nd 2020, Dr. Rolf Härdter is the new managing director of IAPN. The head of Agronomy & Advisory at K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH will be responsible for the institute together with Professor Dr. Klaus Dittert, the scientific director of IAPN. more

- 10 Years “Sustainable International Agriculture – SIA”

In a special edition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Master program SIA, Göttingen University’s faculty magazine "agrar aktuell" published an article by Jun. Prof. Dr. Merle Tränkner about her research work. As a SIA alumnus, Merle Tränkner gives an example for a PhD as a next step after the Master degree. more

- Potassium Management in Uruguay

Recently in numerous crops in Uruguay, symptoms of potassium deficiency are observed more frequently. Prof. Dr. Mónica Barbazán from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay is one of the leading researchers on K in the South American country. She presented current studies at “IAPN in Dialogue”. more

- Announcement: webinar on drought stress

In a K+S online seminar, Prof. Dr. Klaus Dittert will provide insight into IAPN’s research on how a balanced plant nutrition can ensure satisfactory yields when water is scarce. The webinar will be held on January 21st 2020, 2:00 p.m. in German language. Participation is free of charge. more

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