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Collaborative projects of the Leibniz Research Initiative Soil·Plant·Human Interactions

Researchers are currently pursuing the objectives of the Leibniz Research Initiative in five collaborative projects. Applications are being prepared or have already been submitted for two further projects.

BMBF Project BonaRes (Module A): ORDIAmur

The main concern of the BMBF’s BonaRes call for applications is to retain and preferably to increase the natural productivity of soils used for agricultural production. The ORDIAmur - Overcoming Replant Disease by an Integral Approach - project module investigates the causes of soil fatigue (replant disease) in order to:

  • replace ecologically damaging/ expensive soil disinfection treatments
  • develop strategies to retain and reestablish soil health
  • provide management tools to combat soil fatigue


Scientific coordination: Prof. Dr. rer. hort. Traud Winkelmann
Technical coordination: Dipl. Ing. agr. Christopher Straeter

BMBF Programme "GlobE - Research for the Global Food Supply": Project HORTINLEA

HORTINLEA (Horticultural Innovations and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihoods in East Africa) is a collaborative research project involving more than 20 African, German and international organisations whose aim is to use innovative research to improve the livelihoods and especially the food security of the people in East Africa. It focuses on improving the utilisation of local genetic vegetable resources (“indigenous” vegetable species) in Africa. In addition to building research capacities, HORTINLEA also trains more than 20 doctoral students. It investigates approaches for the value creation chain as well as issues from the natural sciences and the field of economics.  


Person to contact: Prof. Dr. sc.agr. Helmut Stützel

BMBF Project MultiSpek

The BMBF Cluster Multispek (Multimodale Spektroskopische Untersuchungen zur Inline Detektion der Viabilität von Zellen - Multimodal Spectroscopic Investigations for the Inline Detection of Cell Viability) is aiming to develop novel analytical methods that allow complex biotechnological processes to be holistically monitored in the process itself. The Institute of Technical Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Leibniz Universität Hannover is working on developing extremely exacting methods of cultivating animal cells for spectroscopic analysis.

Innovative analytical techniques developed in the BMBF MultiSpek project will be used and tested in the “Knowledge-based process intelligence" project together with other sensors in actual processes.

Person to contact: Professor Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Scheper

BMBF Project Allianz “Knowledge-based process intelligence”

 

The BMBF’s Allianz project is coordinated by Sartorius, supplier of laboratory equipment and process technology. It comprises 20 partners from industry and academic research all over Germany, including the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at LUH, one of only two university partners. The goal of Allianz - “Knowledge-based process intelligence” is a bio-economy: to establish an innovative system of process analysis which allows the complex biological processes to be controlled for industrial use, for example using microorganisms to produce biofuels or aromas/flavourings from plant-based raw materials (sugar, oils, cellulose). The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has provided around EUR 9 million to fund the Allianz.
 
Person to contact: Professor Dr. rer. nat.Thomas Scheper

Soil·Plant·Human Interactions – High-grade plant-based active ingredients for human nutrition

Plants provide essential nutrients for human nutrition and large numbers of active ingredients to promote and maintain health as well. It is alleged that a purely plant-based diet does not provide sufficient amounts of essential active ingredients such as iron, calcium and vitamin B12.

This project uses the model nutrients vitamin B12 and phytoferritin to investigate how the sustainable agricultural production of indigenous plants can make it possible for plants to provide these essential active ingredients in high concentrations and high qualities. It deals with aspects of biodiversity, interactions between soil and plant, and the analysis and processing of plants. The actual bio-availability of the selected active ingredients in plants and plant-based compounds are examined in studies on humans. The Public Relations working group will determine the level of acceptance in the public at large and communicate its desires to the project partners. The goal of the project is to incorporate the scientific results into the sustainable agricultural production of these plant systems. It cooperates closely with agricultural enterprises and companies who market special plant-based compounds. The potential of the whole value creation chain from sustainable production under ecologically friendly conditions through to marketing will be presented by way of example for Lower Saxony and beyond. An application has been made for funding for this project.

Person to contact:
Dr. rer. nat. Ilyana Pepelanova and PD Dr. rer. nat. Jan Philipp Schuchardt