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Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants

Acting Head
Dr. Andrea Krähmer

Königin-Luise-Straße 19
14195 Berlin, Germany

Ms Catharina Blank / Ms Vera Frimel
Tel: +49(0)30 8304-25 01/-2511
Fax: +49(0)30 8304-2503
oepv@  julius-kuehn.  de


Institute booklet

Dr. Lukas Beule

Dr. Lukas  Beule
Tel: +49 (0)30 8304 2307
Fax: +49 (0)30 8304 2503

Julius Kühn-Institut
Königin-Luise-Str. 19
14195 Berlin

Tasks and fields of research

  • Investigation and evaluation of the effect of agricultural management practices (e.g. soil management, crop rotation, undersown crops) as well as plant protection products, biostimulants, and contaminants (e.g. heavy metals, microplastics) on the ecological performance of soil microorganisms
  • Assessing the diversity of microbial communities in different agricultural systems (e.g. agroforestry, intercropping, mixed cropping, grassland)
  • Establishment and development of new methods to investigate the composition, abundance, and function of soil microbial communities (archaea, bacteria, fungi)
  • Combining functional and molecular methods to investigate the effect of the soil microbiome on crops
  • Linking soil microbial data to soil processes (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Development of bioinformatics tools for the analysis of microbiome data

Memberships and Boards

  • Lifetime PeerJ Membership
  • Reviewer for the following journals:

    • Agronomy
    • Biology
    • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
    • Forests
    • Frontiers in Microbiology
    • Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
    • Microorganisms
    • PeerJ
    • Plant and Soil
    • PLoS One
    • Sustainability


Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut