PhD Students

PROJECT 

A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES IN THE LAUNDERING CYCLE SUGGESTS A PREVENTIVE EFFECT OF SOIL BACTERIA ON MALODOUR FORMATION

ABSTRACT

Understanding the microbial composition in washing machines and on used textiles is crucial for preventing unpleasant odors. To delve deeper into this topic, Dr. Marc-Kevin Zinn conducted a comprehensive study involving 359 households, examining their washing habits, detergent choices, and experiences with laundry malodors.

KEYWORDS

washing machine; malodour; next-generation sequencing; Rhizobium spp.; household

ARTICLE

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Dr. WILLIAM DUMENU
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PROJECT 

ABSTRACT

Informal Microenterprises in Developing Countries: Can They Grow?

Informal microenterprises play a significant role in developing countries, employing over 90% of the workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa. But are they really unproductive as commonly believed?

In our latest video, we explore the critical questions: How can these growth-oriented microenterprises be identified, and what characteristics make them stand out?

This knowledge is invaluable for entrepreneurs looking to invest in growth factors and policymakers aiming to support these enterprises. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain insights that can drive economic development.

KEYWORDS

Informality, Involuntary exclusion, Dualism, Developing economies, Baobab, NTFPs

ARTICLE

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Dr. Katie Meinhold

PROJECT 

DISCOVERING ITS TRANSITION FROM SUBSISTENCE USE TO GLOBAL MARKETS

ABSTRACT

The research aimed to shed light on how Baobab managed to transition from sole subsistence use to an ingredient in (international) markets.

Why Baobab? Baobabs have a rich history deeply intertwined with the lives of people in sub-Sahara Africa. The nutritious fruit of the Baobab tree has been a vital source of sustenance for generations, yet its potential is not fully exploited yet. Compared to domesticated crops, baobab may well be better adapted to climate change and provide important income opportunities even when other crops fail. Exploring how wild, underutilized food resources like Baobab can be sustainably commercialised can contribute to making our food systems more sustainable. 

KEYWORDS 

Non-timber forest products, Innovation, Market development, Entrepreneurship, Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.), Export market

ARTICLE

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MD SOFIULLAH

AFFILIATED PROJECT 

Valuation of ecosystem services provided by forest and agroforestry production systems for fruit and nut production in Central Asia

SUPERVISOR

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Darr

SUBJECT

Economics

PhD CANDIDATE

Md Sofiullah is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests aim to promote international trade, innovation and entrepreneurship using socio-economic assessments and experimental methods. He is currently working as a PhD student in the SUFACHAIN project with a focus on the valorization of ecosystem services provided by forest and agroforestry production systems in Central Asia. Md Sofiullah also teaches in various disciplines of business economics at Faculty of Life Sciences. 

NICOLE VAN LEUVEN

AFFILIATED PROJECT 

COMBAT AMR 

SUPERVISOR

Prof. Dr. Dirk Bockmühl

SUBJECT

Microbiology

PhD CANDIDATE

Nicole van Leuven´s research interests are the usage of ex-situ biofilm models for different types of biofilms from home, hospital and farm settings. The research is focused on changes in bacterial communities and their resistances before and after treatments with biocides or disinfectants.

RAJIV KUMAR MANDAL

AFFILIATED PROJECT 

COMBINED EFFECTS OF MICROPLASTIC AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS ON SOIL MICROBIAL FUNCTIONS

SUPERVISOR

Prof. Dr. Florian Wichern
Prof. Dr. Dirk Bockmühl

SUBJECT

Soil Science

PhD CANDIDATE

Rajiv Kumar Mandal is from Nepal, and his research aims to analyze the short and long-term interactive effects of anthropogenic pollutants such as microplastics, heavy metals, and quaternary ammonium compounds on the functions of soil microbial communities, including antibiotic resistance development. In addition, he is also involved in the Bene Frass Project.

PHILIP SCHIERNING

AFFILIATED PROJECT 

ANALYZING AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS, ASSESSING THEIR VARIOUS IMPACT AND INTERACTION ON FIELD AND FARM LEVELS, ESPECIALLY IN RELATION TO THEIR MANAGEMENT AND THE FLUXES OF CARBON, NUTRIENTS, AND WATER

PhD CANDIDATE

Philip Schierning’s research focuses on analyzing agroforestry systems, assessing their various impact and interaction on field & farm levels, especially in relation to their management and the fluxes of carbon, nutrients, and water.

Master Students

Author(s) Subject Field of Study Year
Nele Vahrenhorst
How to initiate transformative research on permaculture in the Lower Rhine valley? A framework developed based on the analysis of previous experiences
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2023
Nirupan Ganesharajah
The social and environmental costs and benefits of the baobab fruit shell briquette production in Malawi.
Biological Resources
2023
Leah Freyberg
Application of agroforestry in Europe, North America and Australia: A scoping review.
Biological Resources
2023
Olha Bovenkerk
A discrete choice experiment to measure the Malawian potential market for baobab fruit shell briquettes: evidence from consumer preferences in Mzuzu City.
Biological Resources
2022
Samuel Lemmen
Operational effectiveness of means reducing food losses and waste in food retail.
Biological Resources
2022
Divya Bhadula
Evaluating the influence of adaption to vegan lifestyle on protecting the rights of farm animals and challenges faced by them due to climate change
Biological Resources
2022
Linda Kube
Insekten als Proteinquelle der Zukunft mit Handlungsempfehlungen zur Akzeptanz der Entomophagie
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2022
Caroline Morawietz
Etablierung von digitaler betrieblicher Gesundheitsförderung im Unternehmen anhand eines Praxisbeispiels im Handlungsfeld Ernährung
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2022
Victoria Maria Demand
Effect of the combination of fermentation and enzymatic hydrolysis on the functional properties, sensory profile and main allergens of pea protein isolates
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2022
Rohit Kausal
The correlation between milk temperature as measured in an automatic milking system and other body temperatures in dairy cows.
Biological Resources
2022
Meenakshi Duarah
Healthy Additions in Dairy Milk: A Systematic Literature Review.
Biological Resources
2022
Chimaobi Ezeobi-Chris
Quantification of carbon rhizodeposition of different biomes and arable crops from above- and below-ground biomass.
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2021
Manoj K C
Material uses of nut and other fruit shells.
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2021

Bachelor Students

Author(s) Subject Field of Study Year
Jingyi Zhao
The Potential of Paulownia tomentosa in Agroforestry Systems - A Literature Review.
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2023
Sabrina Stuckmann
In vitro Fleisch als Alternative zu konventionellem Fleisch.
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2023
Duc Anh Pham Tran
A Meta-Analysis of Fish and Crop Yields of Coupled and Decoupled Aquaponics.
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2023
Patmanjalie Murugesu
Production and Characterization of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Bioplastic from Palm Sludge Oil.
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2023
Manfred Mahachi
Sustainability of small scale dairy farming as a tool to improve milk production in Zimbabwe.
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2023
Dylan Nathaneal Jeory
Production of Improved Oil Palm By-Product (Oil Palm Frond) as Animal Feed through Solid State Fermentation with Pleurotus Ostreatus.
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2023
Abu Bakarr Jallloh
Understanding the Impact of Livestock in Enhancing Food Security, Poverty Reduction, and Wealth Creation in the Moyamba District.
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2023
Nayan Jyoti Gogoi
Combined effects of microplastics and heavy metals: implications for soil microbial ecology.
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2023
Liban Furre
Somaliland Livestock Export: Understanding Reasons Behind Recurring Export Embargoes.
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2023
Johnson Blay
Baobab (Adansoina digitata) in Ghana: A supply chain analysis.
Agribusiness
2022
Arlind Stublla
Nitrogen fixation of Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea), Vicia sativa (common vetch) and Phaseolus vulgaris (common beans).
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2022
Nathan Siamudaala
Enhancing the Resilience of the Zambian Maize and Aquaculture Value Chains.
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2022
Yudit Ruiz
Investigation of Self-Healing in Fruit Epidermis with Atomic Force Microscopy.
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2022
Pinja Pöytäniemi
Communication for development: The case of promoting organic farming in northern Ghana.
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2022
Ferdinand Clemens Oesterwind
Study on the Potential of Mob Grazing on Animal and Pasture Performance exemplified by an Organic Holstein Dairy Herd.
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2022
Amal Mizane
Implementation of organic agriculture and sustainability thinking in higher agricultural education in Uganda.
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2022
Jiale Leng
Analysis of the Blueberry Project for Chinese agricultural SMEs: A Case Study on RBGEA’s Blueberry Project.
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2022
Duy Le Hoang
A look into the importance of social capital in agriculture extension of developing countries: A case study of the black carp project value chain extension in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
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2022
Felix Künneke
The influence of tire wear particles (microplastic) on food security With a focus on agriculturally relevant plant species (Avena sativa L., Brassica napus L. & Zea mays L.) and soil organisms (Aporrectodea caliginosa & Eisenia andrei).
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2022
Zacharias Kouis
Photovoltaic power potential in Cyprus and how the synergies observed in an Agrivoltaic system affect the efficiency of food and energy production.
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2022
Mohammed Islam
Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on plant growth, yield, and plant-parasitic nematode control in organic tomato production: A field study and a systematic review.
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2022
Katharina Coort
Rhizosphere and endophytic colonization of cover crops by entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum.
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2022
Monica Camacho
Urban Agriculture: an alternative to alleviate poverty and food insecurity in Panama.
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2022
Nico Brons
Implementation of a Genome Editing Procedure for Wheat (Triticum aestivium) Protoplasts with CRISPR-Cas9 Ribonucleoproteins.
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2022
Nadja Brender
Effects of Simulated Drought on Microbial Activity in Biologically and Conventionally managed Soils.
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2022
Moritz Lasse Brandt
The fungal endophyte Metarhizium brunneum: Possible multifunctional plant promoter in sustainable agriculture.
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2022
Paula Forscheln
Diurnal Activity, Group Formation and Behaviour of Fattening Pigs at First Time Occupancy of a Bavarian Hute Forest.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Anne Gurda
An Unnecessary Organ? – A Critical Reflection on the Common Practice of Disbudding and Dehorning Cattle in the Light of Justifiability and Sustainability.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Andrea Fröhlich
Effects of a uniform milk label, consumer behavior, implication in regards to animal welfare.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Dirtje Derksen
Prevalence of lameness in dairy cow herds – The influence of feeding and hoof health management.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Jörg Wagner
Entomophagy: Insects as part of sustainable food production and food safety.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Morgan MD
Effects of honey bee management optimisation on the sustainability of food security: A systematic literature review.
Sustainable Agriculture
2022
Cutt AW
Mechanical weed control in maize – Study on the adaptation of organic approaches to conventional farming.
Agribusiness
2022
Katrin Hermsen
Bio für eine zukunftsfähige Landwirtschaft? Untersuchung über den Ansatz der biologisch angebauten Lebensmittel bezüglich der Nachhaltigkeit unter Berücksichtigung der Erwartungen des Verbrauchers.
Bioscience and health
2022
Radostina Belcheva
Certified cocoa sourcing: Private sector contribution to achieving sustainable development in cocoa production.
Agribusiness
2021
Donald Beng
The root and tuber crop value chain in Cameroon: An analysis of its structure and performance.
Agribusiness
2021
Svenja Erfkämper
Growth rates of different poplar clones in Central Asia.
Sustainable Agriculture
2021
Anke Meyer
Effect of the fertilizer application ordinance (DüV 2020) on feed management in pig fattening farms in Lower Saxony: an economic analysis.
Agribusiness
2021
Chang Su
A study on the factors affecting customer purchases in E-commerce sales of agricultural products in China.
Agribusiness
2021
Zhaoran Chen
A study on the relationship between host residents’ place attachment and their attitude toward tourism development in rural tourism destination —take Nanking “Shitang Renjia” tourist village as an example.
Agribusiness
2021
Yuzheng Yang
Study on the development of Internet plus and agricultural products sales in China.
Agribusiness
2021
Osuri Ratnayake
A time - motion study of the production process and the areas to be optimized at an Agaricus bisporus farm.
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2021
Manuela Ostrick
The challenge of professionalization vs. social capital orientation in agricultural cooperatives- A case study of agricultural supply cooperatives in North-Rhine-Westphalia.
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2021
Marta Nidola
Frass upcycling: study on the properties of frass and its use as fertilizer and soil amendment in agriculture.
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2021
Siru Lai
Investigation on conventional tea industry in Chinese domestic market analysis along the supply chain.
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2021
Mohammed Islam
Business Diversification through honey production and marketing: An analysis of Gamerschlagshof GmbH, Xanten.
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2021
Rushan He
Degradation of the herbicide glyphosate in the presence of a second herbicide MCPA as a chemical stressor in agricultural soil.
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2021
Siru Lai
Investigation of COVID-19 effect on conventional tea industry in Chinese domestic market – Analysis along the supply chain.
Agribusiness
2021