Universität Bonn

Agricultural Faculty


Agricultural Faculty

Supplying a growing world population with healthy food while at the same time reducing the negative environmental impact of agricultural production is one of the key challenges for agricultural and nutrition research.

The provision of energy and food security for an estimated 9 billion people in 2030 is a major challenge for global agriculture. The limited availability of arable land and resources such as water make it essential to farm sustainably and thus give future generations a chance of survival.

Thanks to the unique combination of agricultural, nutritional and food sciences with geodesy, the Faculty of Agriculture (LWF) has ideal opportunities to develop the scientific basis for a sustainable supply of energy and food to meet demand and to support its implementation in practice.

For the LWF, top scientific qualifications and professional skills are equally important educational goals. Graduates must not only acquire theoretical and practical specialist knowledge, but also methodological and social skills and the ability to think critically and interdisciplinarily. We meet the requirements of the job market with research-oriented Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

News & Events
Roots are a key to drought-tolerant maize

Maize can grow successfully in very different local conditions. An international study headed by the University of Bonn has now demonstrated the important role of the plant root system. The researchers analyzed more than 9,000 varieties in the study and were able to show that their roots varied considerably – depending on how dry the location is where each variety was cultivated. They were also able to identify an important gene that plays a role in the plant’s ability to adapt. This gene could be the key to developing varieties of maize that cope better with climate change. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

Healthy Diets for People and the Planet

Our diet puts a strain on planetary resources. Shifting to a sustainable diet that benefits both our health and that of the planet is therefore assuming increasing importance. Researchers at the University of Bonn have analyzed the diets of children and adolescents in terms of their contribution to the ecological sustainability indicators of greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water use. The study shows that there is both the potential and a need to make the diet of younger generations more sustainable. The study will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; it is already available online.

Hands-On Sustainability Live and Up Close

Less waste generated by the trauma surgery team at the University Hospital, more vegetarian and vegan food in the canteens, research into ultra-resource-efficient products—the Sustainability Day 2024 showcased everything that the University of Bonn is doing to aid the environmental transformation. Students and staff had taken up Team N’s invitation in their droves and came to find out more about sustainability-related initiatives. Besides a wealth of information on the topic, the over 20 stalls set out on the Poppelsdorf Campus also provided a range of hands-on activities that made one thing clear above all else: sustainability is fun!

NRW Academy Welcomes Two New Members from the University of Bonn

A special honor: Prof. Wulf Amelung was admitted to the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. This makes him one of ten new members that the Academy will welcome in 2024. The newly admitted researchers and artists have extraordinary expertise in their fields: this year they range from Jewish studies to soil science and photography. The ceremonial admission to the traditional institution takes place today as part of the Academy's annual celebration.

Organic farming leads to adaptations in the genetic material in plants

Plants adapt genetically over time to the special conditions of organic farming. This has been demonstrated in a long-term study conducted at the University of Bonn. The researchers planted barley plants on two neighboring fields and used conventional farming methods on one and organic methods on the other. Over the course of more than 20 years, the organic barley was enriched with specific genetic material that differed from the comparative culture. Among other things, the results demonstrate how important it is to cultivate varieties especially for organic farming. The results have now been published in the journal “Agronomy for Sustainable Development.”

Nudging in a virtual supermarket for more animal welfare

It may be possible to change the purchasing behavior of consumers noticeably using some simple strategies. At least this is what a study, carried out by the University of Bonn and the Technical University of Munich, indicates. The researchers investigated the effect of nudging on the sale of products produced with high animal welfare standards in a virtual supermarket. Nudges are gentle prods or pushes designed to promote certain behaviors – such as placing some products in more visible positions. In the experiment, the participants in the nudging group selected products produced with high animal welfare standards about twice as frequently as the control group. The extent to which these results can be transferred to real purchasing decisions is still unclear. The study has now been published in the journal “Appetite.”

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