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Stahl, Andreas



Nitrogen uptake and utilization efficiency in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)Andreas Stahl


Research Interests

Since there is an urgent need to increase production of agricultural commodities, whilst simultaneously minimizing environmental damage, nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is becoming a major long-term global agricultural megatrend. Making use of genetic biodiversity to increase the resource efficiency of major crops is a promising strategy to increase the sustainability of agriculture.

My main research area is the exploration of strategies to improve the NUE of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). This includes the assessment of several plant traits under field and controlled conditions. For example, root traits are an important aspect to consider. In current projects we are screening oilseed rape and wheat for several roots traits which might be beneficial for increased nutrient and water uptake and therefore of interest for further breeding programs.

The analysis of genetic determinants associated with increased resource efficiency is one of my other research areas. In particular we are interested in understanding processes which make modern hybrid varieties more efficient, and how they can be optimized by innovative breeding strategies.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016:      Postdoctoral researcher

2012-2016:      PhD at Justus Liebig University, Giessen

In 2014:           Research visit to the Australian Centre For Plant Functional Genomics, University of Adelaide

2012:               Master of Science in Plant production at Justus Liebig University, Giessen

In 2011:           Internship at the University of Adelaide, Australia

2010:               Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Justus Liebig University, Giessen


Skills/Expertise /Research interests

  • Breeding for resource efficiency
  • Plant phenotyping with special emphasis on abiotic stresses in oilseed rape and wheat
  • Analysis of genome wide marker data
  • Investigation of heterosis effects in B. napus
  • Classical and molecular plant breeding


Selected Publications

Bouchet AS, Laperche A, Bissuel-Belaygue C, Snowdon RJ, Nesi N, Stahl A (2016) Nitrogen use efficiency in rapeseed: A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. doi:10.1007/s13593-016-0371-0.

Hohmann M, Stahl A, Rudloff J, Wittkop B, Snowdon RJ (2016) Not a load of rubbish: Simulated field trials in large-scale containers. Plant Cell Environ, doi: 10.1111/pce.12737.

Stahl A, Friedt W, Wittkop B, Snowdon RJ (2016) Complementary diversity for nitrogen uptake and utilisation efficiency reveals broad potential for increased sustainability of oilseed rape production. Plant & Soil 400: 245-262, doi: 10.1007/s11104-015-2726-8

Hatzig S, Schiessl S, Stahl A, Snowdon R (2015) Characterizing root response phenotypes by neural network analysis. J. Exp Bot 66: 5617-5624.


Contact information

Andreas Stahl

Plant Breeding Department

IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition

Justus Liebig University

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32

35392 Giessen, Germany

Tel: +49 641 99 37425

IFZ Room B320