iFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition
After around ten years of breeding work, the Sorghum hybrid variety “Justus”, bred by the staff of the Plant Breeding group, received a European variety approval in 2020. Together with three other JLU varieties that were approved for the use of grains and energy in 2021, "Justus" is sold in Germany and Southeastern Europe by the company DSV Saaten. Several collaborative research projects explore the use of sorghum as insect-friendly alternative to maize for Central European agriculture.
Climate change is becoming more and more directly noticeable in our everyday life, especially in the form of extreme weather events such as the heat waves of last summer or the heavy rain events in the Eifel this year. The latest report by the independent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that such events will be the rule rather than the exception in the future. It is currently assumed that the global temperature rise can, in the best case, be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. An increase of 2.0 degrees Celsius is often considered a worst-case scenario. But how realistic is that anyway? And what happens if we also exceed 2 degrees Celsius? A new publication by scientists from the iFZ and the University of Cambridge (UK) shows that there is a research gap here and that more drastic scenarios of global warming receive too little attention in science.
Securing biological resources using basic research into complex biological systems is the vision of the interdisciplinary Research Center for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition (iFZ) at the Justus Liebig University. The meeting of scientists from different disciplines encourages pioneering research at the frontiers of agricultural science, ecology, nutritional sciences and biotechnology at all relevant scales of our environment.