Who are we?
We are Shizue Matsubara and Hendrik Poorter. We both study plants at the Forschungszentrum Jülich,
a large research institute in Germany. You can send us an email at email@example.com
Shizue studies how plants respond to their energy source: Light. Plants can convert light energy into biomass we use as foods, fuels and for many different purposes. During light energy conversion (“photosynthesis”) plants take up CO2 and release O2, so they support and counterbalance the activities of all animals and humans as well as industries that emit CO2 and consume O2. What makes plants efficient, inefficient, or perhaps flexible in using light energy for photosynthesis and biomass production?
Hendrik studies how the growth of plants is affected by the environmental conditions. He combines data from many scientific studies to see what the general trends in plant responses are. In this way we will better understand how (different groups of) plant species respond to their environment and how they cope with the challenges and opportunities of global changes.
We are assisted by many people, who helped us setting up this website (among others Danny Büschgens), and other colleagues who helped with seed production and dispatchment (among others Beate Uhlig).