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

Prof. Dr. Frank Marthe

Erwin-Baur-Str. 27
06484 Quedlinburg, Germany

Ms Elke Rehwald
Tel: +49(0)3946 47-3001
Fax: +49(0)3946 47-3002
Mail: zg@  julius-kuehn.  de

Institute leaflet
Institute booklet

Junior research group medicinal plants

Gelbe Johanniskrautblüten
St. John's wort © Frank Marthe/JKI

Practice-oriented research for the consolidation of the competitiveness of German medicinal plant cultivation and the promotion of young scientists

The project “Junior research group medicinal plants – practice-oriented research for the consolidation of the competitiveness of German medicinal plant cultivation and the promotion of young scientists” focuses on economically relevant characters in the medicinal plant species St. John’s wort and anise. Furthermore, phytopathological issues that are pressing for different medicinal species shall be dealt with. The use of bioactive secondary metabolites will be screened with regard to aspects of plant protection, evaluating their  fungicidal potential in particular.

In addition to the creation of new gene pools with better characters, new results in connection with important pathogens and the use of selected secondary metabolites for pesticides, another main focus of the project is on the training and further education of junior scientists in the field of medicinal plant production.

The junior research group is designed for five years and initially granted for three years: 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2023

The group will consist of a group leader with the chance of habilitation and and a total of five PhD students. One technical assistant will support the group. Three institutes of JKI will work together to fulfil the scientific duties:

The project is managed by the German agency Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, funding code 22002818


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Dr. Urs Hähnel (ZG)

Ahmed El Menuawy (ZG)

M.Sc. Anne-Marie Stache (ZG)

Institute for Ecological Chemistry, Plant Analysis and Stored Product Protection

Dr. Andrea Krähmer (ÖPV)

Dr. David Riewe  (ÖPV)

Dr. Christoph Böttcher (ÖPV)

Sophie Bliedung (ÖPV)

Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forests

Dr. Monika Götz(GF)

Dr. Stefan Wagner (GF)

Lana-Sophie Kreth (GF)