University of Goettingen (UGOE)

The Georg-August University of Göttingen (UGOE) is ranked in the top ten of German universities. Utilization of bioresources and functional ecology are focal topics at UGOE with more than 50 professors in the areas of biology, forestry, agronomy, physics (material science), chemistry, socio-economy and eco-informatics being affiliated with the University´s Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use (CBL).  CBL coordinates large scale national and international programmes on biodiversity research in temperate and tropical ecosystems, addressing problems of bioengineering, global change, food security and biomass production.

At the Department of Forest Botany and Tree Physiology two focal areas are covered:  (i) molecular ecophysiology of plant adaptation to stress and (ii) functional diversity of mycorrhizal fungi. Research at the department uses cutting-edge scientific methods such as next generation sequencing, proteomics, electron dispersive x ray transmission electron microscopy, and bioinformatics as research tools.

Within the WATBIO project, UGOE coordinates workpackage 1, which aims at an in-depth investigation of ‘systems performance of biomass crops under drought stress‘ by applying state-of-the-art ‘omics‘ technologies and advanced physiological techniques. The UGOE research team is involved in experiments on drought tolerance of poplar genotypes carried out in highly controlled environments to uncover the molecular mechanisms of wood formation under stress and will test the drought performance of novel poplar genotypes under ambient conditions.  

Professor Dr Andrea Polle is heading the department for Forest Botany and Tree Physiology at the University of Göttingen. She is the director of the Forest Botanical Garden and the Laboratory for Radioisotopes (LARI). She is member of the Academy of Sciences (Göttingen). Dr Dennis Janz is a postdoctoral fellow who conducted experiments with poplar in the field and laboratory. These experiments unravelled genes involved the evolutionary adaptation to stress tolerance and in the regulation of wood formation under osmotic stress. He has a strong background in bioinformatics and statistical data analysis. Dr Henning Wildhagen joined UGOE as a postdoctoral researcher on the WATBIO project. He has experience in field and laboratory studies with poplar and Douglas-fir and has profound knowledge in metabolite profiling, transcriptomics and applied biostatistics.