With its work, the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) contributes to a better understanding of plant systems and thus to the development of sustainable and resilient horticulture. The IGZ conducts research at the interface between plants, humans and the environment. In doing so, we address systemic and global challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change, urbanization and malnutrition. We provide scientifically sound recommendations for healthy agri-food systems and sustainable interactions with the environment. The IGZ brings together a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Employees with different backgrounds conduct research in national and international research co-operations. The IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Potsdam and near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association.
The research in the research group Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) is focussing on the role of plant metabolites and the genes coding for their production in plant-biotic interactions. We use an integrated approach in which we combine metabolomics and transcriptomics analyses with measures of plant and insect performance. The knowledge we generate provides the scientific basis for sustainable plant production and the reduction of pesticide use. Currently, this research group is headed by the Director of Research, Prof. Dr. Nicole M. van Dam. To allow her to focus on her directorial duties, we are looking for someone to take over the PBI leadership. Hence, we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious
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