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Information about the Internships for African researcher at the Forschungszentrum Jülich

Within the framework of the ‘Biomass Web’ projects, we offer four internships at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, and invite African researcher (PhD students and young scientists) with an interest in plant breeding and plant research to apply for such an internship. A second call within this program with additional 2 internships will be launched in 2014.

Modern plant breeding asks for identification of effective traits and for quantitative detection in pre-breeding as well as during selection in the field. This requires modern technologies of the sort that are developed at the Forschungszentrum Jülich ( ) in Germany, especially in the Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center (JPPC) and the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN, )The available technologies provide information on, e.g., photosynthesis, growth, transpiration, water content, ripeness, biomass, and nutrient and water use efficiency. Additionally, data can be obtained about shoot/ leaf structures and functions as well as for roots and root-related processes. Phenotyping approaches in JPPC and DPPN are often build on high-tech solutions unique to this world-leading facility in phenotyping under controlled conditions to obtain quantitative and detailed information by very quick screening of a large number of genotypes / varieties. Crop varieties such as maize, sorghum, bean, cassava and banana could be tested in environmental conditions soil/ root as well as shoot conditions that are as close as possible to the African field conditions. Extreme performing varieties could be further analyzed in even closer detail in mechanistic approaches e.g. by tomographic methods (MRI, PET, or similar) to identify the 3D-/and 3D+time distinguishing characteristics of the varieties. Scientists and engineers at JPPC and DPPN will collaborate with the fellows, to which the internships are awarded, to provide robust and cheap phenotyping solutions for African plant breeders and scientists to increase biomass production in Africa. 

For further information and details about the application process for the internships at the FZJ contact Dr. Tobias Wojciechowski