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

Cluster Office

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Niebuhrstraße 1a
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 60817
Email: administration@nullphenorob.de

Dr. Nora Berning, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: +49 228 73 60819
Email: nberning@nullphenorob.de

Martin Speer, Science Manager
Phone: +49 228 73 60811
Email: mspeer1@nullphenorob.de

Science Manager, N.N.

Franziska Külbel, Project Manager
Phone: +49 228 73 60820
Email: fkuelbel@nullphenorob.de

Sonja Schwarz, Team Assistant
Phone: +49 228 73 60817
Email: sschwarz@nullphenorob.de

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

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

Theresa Borkopp, Student Assistant
Email: tborkopp@nullphenorob.de

Jana Kilimann, Student Assistant
Email: jkilimann@nullphenorob.de

Victor Masarczyk, Student Assistant
Email: masarczy@nullcs.uni-bonn.de