Inhaltspezifische Aktionen

Windpassinger, Steffen

Senior Scientist

Research & Tasks

  • Sorghum breeding: Lead of the breeding program aiming at the development of adapted, high-yielding material (inbred lines and F1-hybrids) with enhanced cold tolerance
  • Field trial management, incl. VCU-trials, at research station Rauischholzhausen
  • Plant technologist training (Pflanzentechnologie-Ausbildung)


Research Keywords

  • Sorghum breeding for temperate Europe (grain and silage use)
  • Juvenile and reproductive cold tolerance
  • Exploitation of diverse sources of cytoplasmic male sterility in sorghum
  • Heterosis and hybrid breeding
  • Genotype x Environment interaction
  • Phenotyping and field trials


Selected Publications

Tovignan TK, Basha Y, Windpassinger S, Augustine SM, Snowdon R, Vukasovic S (2023) Precision Phenotyping of Agro-Physiological Responses and Water Use of Sorghum under Different Drought Scenarios. Agronomy 13(3) 

Chakrabarty S, Kravcov N, Schaffasz A, Snowdon RJ, Wittkop B, Windpassinger S (2021) Genetic architecture of novel sources for reproductive cold tolerance in sorghum. Frontiers in Plant Science 12, 10.3389/fpls.2021.772177 

Siede R, Eickhoff B, Freyer C, Windpassinger S, Büchler R (2021) The bioenergy crop Sorghum bicolor is a relevant pollen source for honey bees (Apis mellifera). GCB Bioenergy 13, 10.1111/gcbb.12835 

Schaffasz A*, Windpassinger S*, Friedt W, Snowdon R, Wittkop B (2019) Sorghum as a novel crop for Central Europe: Using a Broad Diversity Set to dissect temperate-adaptation. Agronomy 9, 10.3390/agronomy9090535 

Schaffasz A*, Windpassinger S*, Snowdon R, Wittkop B (2019) Reproductive Cold Stress Tolerance in Sorghum F1 hybrids is a heterotic trait. Agronomy 9, 10.3390/agronomy9090508

Windpassinger S, Friedt W, Deppé I, Werner C, Snowdon R, Wittkop B (2016) Towards enhancement of Early-Stage Chilling Tolerance and Root Development in Sorghum F1 Hybrids. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 203, 10.1111/jac.12171 


Contact information

Dr. Steffen Windpassinger
Justus Liebig University
Department of Plant Breeding
IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen, Germany

Tel.: +49 641 9937458 (office Giessen)

        +49 0641 9937408 (field station Rauischholzhausen)

        +49 6152 2694 (field station Gross-Gerau)


Room: HBM 21