Ecophysiology represents the study of short-term acclimation and long-term adaptation of plants to changing environmental conditions. Understanding of these basic physiological processes and their response to biotic and abiotic stress is crutical for plant production. These includes photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, water and mineral uptake. The analyses is based on measurements of ecophysiological parameters like leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, water-use efficiency, plant water status, and chemical analysis of plants and soils in controlled greenhouse experiments and field trials. The research range from physiological processes inside the plants to studies on soil-plant interactions within natural and agricultural ecosystems. 

Key question is the integration of plant ecophysiology into ecosystem functioning.  

The research is grouped in six main topics:

(i)     physiological and morphological adaptations

(ii):   photosynthesis and carbon allocation

(iii)   stress physiology 

(iv)   mineral nutrition of higher plants, C:N:P interactions, halophytes

(v)   environmental climatology 

(vi)  soil-plant-microbial environmental physiology 

Ecophys c (1)

Environmental climatology in agroecosystems


The research objective is an analysis of the environmental interactions between microclimate and vegetation and crops. Microclimatic investigations are combined with spectral reflectance sensors and ecophysiological measurements of photosynthesis and leaf transpiration. Read more…

Ecophysiology of Southern African desert plants 

Plant physiology is the study of how plants acquire resources such as water and nutrients in order to conduct photosynthesis that is necessary for plant growth, reproduction and survival. Read more...

Photosynthesis and carbon fluxes in temperate agroforestry systems

It is crucial to understand growthl responses of trees to climate variability and soil conditions. Therefore, more detailed ecophysiological informations are required. In this context, a research focus are ecophysiological adaptations of pionieer trees on marginal lands and reclaimed post-mining-sites. Read more…

Chlorophyll fluorescenceEcophysiology - Plant gas exchange - PorometerSpectral reflectance NDVI and PRI measurementsEcophysiology - Plant gas exchange - Walz CMS 400Environmental climatologySpectral reflectance

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