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Second Cohort of Doctoral Candidates for DFG Research Training Group "BioMove

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BioMove (Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in Dynamic Agricultural Landscapes)

Within the DFG-funded Research Training Group BioMove (Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in Dynamic Agricultural Landscapes), a joint project of the University of Potsdam, the Free University of Berlin, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, the second cohort of PhD projects is currently being announced. Building on the successful research of the 12 PhD students of the 1st cohort (2015-2018), the new projects (running time 10/2018-09/2021) deal with the interactions between different animal, plant and microorganism groups and their ability to actively and passively move under the influence of changing landscape structures and management.

Integrated into the research of the ZALF working group “Fungal Interactions”, the main focus of the project "Trade-offs between dispersal ability and niche competition of co-occurring microorganisms in the phyllosphere of host plants" is on the ability of different fungal spores to spread in the air under natural (in the field) and defined conditions (in the wind tunnel). In addition, the antagonistic relationships within the microorganism community of a wheat plant are investigated, which essentially determine the establishment of the spores on the plant. Gabriele Schiro's preliminary work in the AgroScapeLab Quillow as part of his doctorate in BioMove showed the different abilities of Fusarium and Alternaria spores to spread within a field and the important influence of microclimatic conditions on the distribution pattern of a field.

We expect your applications by 1.6.2018!

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Associated PhD position @ZALF

Additionally to the 11 BioMove PhD positions, ZALF offers another PhD position, associated to the RTG BioMove. The project is dealing with the interactions between carabids as mobile linkers and the spore dispersal of phytopathogenic fungi in transition zones between kettle holes and agricultural fields. Please find the official announcement and the details of the application process below and on the ZALF and BioMove webpages.

For further information, please contact Dr. Marina Müller ( or Dr. Michael Glemnitz (


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Sampling in a wheat field in the Uckermark
Sampling in a wheat field in the Uckermark: Quelle: © Dr. M. Mueller
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