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Ulrich Schurr is plant physiologist and leads the Institute of Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany). The institute is a world leader in quantitative analysis of plant architecture and function; and translating these methods with partners into applications in horticulture, agriculture and breeding. He coordinates the German Plant Phenotyping Network (; is chairman of the ESFRI project EMPHASIS and president of the International Plant Phenotyping Network ). He leads the Bioeconomy Science Center ( ), focusing on sustainable bioeconomy solutions based on expertise of the Universities of Bonn, Aachen, Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich. He initiated BioeconomieREVIER ( to establish a model region for sustainable bioeconomy within the regional development in a heavily affected coal-phase out region in Germany.

Contact: u.schurr[at]


Publications and activities

Bioeconomy for Beginners (ed J. Pietzsch) Springer Publishers 2020 (several contributions by U. Schurr; Introduction; Food Security and Healthy Nutrition in the context of the bioeconomy)

Michelle Watt, Fabio Fiorani, Björn Usadel, Uwe Rascher, Onno Muller and Ulrich Schurr (2020) Annual Review of Plant Biology Vol. 71:689-712

Dirk Lanzerath, Ulrich Schurr, Christina Pinzdorf, Mandy Stake (2022) Bioeconomy and Sustainability; Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-87401-8

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