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Leibniz Research Initiative Soil·Plant·Human Interactions

Plants form the basis of human nutrition. Plant-based foods can be produced in a way which is relatively resource efficient, climate friendly and environmentally compatible. Hence, more and more people are obtaining their nutrition from a plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet. In addition, epidemiological studies are making it increasingly clear that plant-based nutrition has positive effects on health and can prevent chronic degenerative illnesses. On the other hand, there can be a risk that a purely vegetarian diet supplies insufficient essential nutrients such as vitamin B12, calcium and iron. This could be prevented by optimized plant-based foods - and this is the starting point for the new Leibniz Research Initiative.

Leibniz Research Initiative Soil·Plant·Human Interactions

  • has teams of scientists from various disciplines whose research aims to understand the relationships between soil, plants and human health and enable society to exploit them.

  • investigates how plants containing higher concentrations of valuable nutrients and active substances can be cultivated sustainably and processed into health-enhancing plant-based foods.

  • bundles the specialist expertise of the Faculty of Natural Sciences from soil science and botany through to chemistry and the food sciences for this pioneering task.

  • is an initiative of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Leibniz Universität Hannover in cooperation with external partners from science and industry.