Research Alliances

Landscapes under Climate Change - Influence of management and climate chage on interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

The interdisciplinary joint project Landscapes under Climate Change - Influence of management and climate change on interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Völkel (Coordinator), PD Dr. Michael Dannenmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Geist, Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner & Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter.

Climate change influences the (nutrient) matter balance in the near subsurface, and therefore the interaction patterns between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in cultural and natural landscapes will change and put ecological and economic soil functions and ecosystem services at risk. C, N, P compounds play a prominent role in the search for mitigation and adaptation strategies. Changes in the metabolic balance of soils and soil-borne sediments are closely linked to changes in the microbiome. In search of suitable mitigation strategies, the project investigates these changes in the sink and source function of the C, N, P reservoirs along a climatic gradient in the Bavarian Forest near Regensburg from the montane to the colline stage within the same natural unit. Interactions between landscape and climate will be illuminated and management strategies will be developed with the aim of maintaining soil functions under climate change conditions and reducing undesirable inputs from terrestrial to aquatic systems. This interdisciplinary project combines the competences of geomorphology, soil science, microbiology, stable isotope biogeochemistry, hydrology and aquatic systems biology.

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GreenWindows 4.0 - Project within the nationwide KlimAgrar project

Within the framework of the nationwide research project KlimAgrar the Chair of Plant Nutrition under the direction of Prof. U. Schmidhalter with the project GreenWindows 4.0 is involved.

In this project, management measures for the optimisation of N-fertilisation, in particular of winter wheat and maize, are to be developed and evaluated with regard to their contribution to the reduction of GHG emissions.

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BayKlimaFit - Strategies for adapting crops to climate change

On behalf of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection, the Chair of Plant Breeding (Prof. C.C. Schön) designed the BayKlimaFit project network. The research network, which will run from 2016 to 2019, is intended to provide insights into the adaptation of crops to climate change. These findings will be an important basis for Bavaria's climate adaptation strategy. The government is supporting Verbund with EUR 2.4 million provided by the Ministry of the Environment.

Priority topics and sub-projects of the Verbund:

    Waterlogging and cold - adaptation strategies for young plants to the consequences of climate change
    Climate-induced heat events and drought - Stress management through metabolic adaptation
    Sympionts and pests - Tolerance towards environmental stress in times of climate change

More information can be found at

TUM press release for the kick-off event on 14.4.2016


Synbreed is a competence cluster for the foundation of inter-disciplinary centers for genetic based breeding research for economic plants and companion animals. It is an association of scientists for plant and animal breeding, molecular biology, bio informatics technology and human medicine. Engaged are university, outside university and industrial cooperation partners.

The Cluster focuses of the research tasks are the functional analysis of the native biodiversity, the genetic analysis of complex characters as well as implementation of optimized breeding strategies. By speeding up of breeding progress a significant contribution should be made to an enduring efficiency increase of agricultural production.

Synbreed is coordinated by the initiator Professor Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön, Professor for Plant Breeding of the Technische Universität München and member of the Hans-Eisenmann-Forum.

 The Cluster Synbreed is supported by the Federal Minsitry of Education and Research in the framework of the initiative Competence Networks of Agricultural and Nutrition Research.


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