Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production

Food, feed, fiber, and fuel: Crop farming plays an essential role for the future of humanity and our planet. The environmental footprint of agriculture needs to be reduced: less input of chemicals like herbicides and fertilizer and other limited resources like water or energy. Simultaneously, the decline in arable land and climate change pose additional constraints like drought, heat, and other extreme weather events.

Achieving sustainable crop production with limited resources is a task of immense proportions. In order to achieve this, the University of Bonn together with Forschungszentrum Jülich conducts research in the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production” to develop methods and new technologies that observe, analyze, better understand and specifically treat plants. Our research focuses on improving the fundamental understanding of all relevant parameters like plant growth, soil, biodiversity, or atmosphere. PhenoRob, the only Cluster of Excellence in agriculture in Germany, aims at addressing these issues: Change crop production by optimizing breeding and farming management using new technologies.

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Female Talk Series with Emily Burchfield

The joint event of FORLand Agricultural Land Markets – Efficiency and Regulation and PhenoRob will host a talk by Emily Burchfield, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University, on “Cultivating Food Security in a Changing World”. Dr. Burchfield will explore the interactions between agriculturally-driven land use change, climate change, and agricultural …

New Partner Project: SEnsing Biodiversity Across Scales (SEBAS)

In the past decades, most grassland ecosystems in Central Europe were transformed by higher fertilization rates in combination with increased frequencies of mowing or grazing. While this land-use intensification improved the delivery of the Ecosystem Service (ES) of forage, it has in many cases decreased biodiversity and the delivery of other ESs. In this context, …

On the Ground and in the Air: Research in PhenoRob Continues despite the Corona Crisis

Field experiments are essential for the quality of agricultural research. Spring is the time of the year when the seeds of the plants for the experimental fields need to be sown, otherwise the researchers will have to wait a whole year until the next vegetation period starts. The sowing of the field crops can be …



Prof. Dr. Cyrill Stachniss
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Nussallee 15
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 27 14
Email: cyrill.stachniss@igg.uni-bonn.de

Prof. Dr. Heiner Kuhlmann
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Nussallee 17
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 26 20
Email: heiner.kuhlmann@uni-bonn.de

Cluster Office

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Nussallee 17
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 35 74
Email: administration@phenorob.de

Dr. Nora Berning, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: +49 228 73 35 63
Email: nberning@phenorob.de

Natascha Buhl, PR Manager
Phone: +49 228 73 35 67
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Benedikt Springer, Innovation Manager
Phone: +49 228 73 56 30
Email: bspringer@phenorob.de

Sonja Schwarz, Team Assistant
Phone: +49 228 73 35 74
Email: sschwarz@phenorob.de

Annika Bonerath, Research Data Manager
Phone: +49 228 73 30 44
Email: bonerath@igg.uni-bonn.de

Patrick Hostnik, Experimental Technician
(at Campus Klein-Altendorf)
Phone: +49 2225 999 63-0
Email: phostnik@uni-bonn.de