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© Prof. Dr. Andrea Schnepf

Schnepf, Andrea

Prof. Dr., Institute of Bio- and Geosciences IBG-3 Agrosphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-3 Agrosphere
52428 Jülich


Fon: +49 2461 61 2658

Research topics

  • Mathematical modelling: Model development, simulation, computational science
  • Rhizosphere ecology: Rhizosphere models
  • Soil-root interactions: Root architecture, 3-D structural-functional models
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizas: Mycorrhization and effect of mycorrhizas on plant nutrition
  • Ressource acquisition efficiency: Modelling of root trait effects on water and nutrient uptake efficiency

Resources and technologies

  • Simulation software: Comsol Multiphysics, DuMux, Matlab
  • MRI: Use of measured MRI root architecture for simulations


  • Leitner, D., Meunier, F., Bodner, G., Javaux, M., Schnepf, A. (2014): Impact of contrasted maize root traits at owering on water stress tolerance - A simulation study, Field Crops Research, 165, 125-137
  • Dunbabin, V. M., Postma, J. A., Schnepf, A., Pages, L., Javaux, M., Wu, L., Leitner, D., Chen, Y. L., Rengel, Z., Diggle, A. J. (2013): Modelling root-soil interactions using three-dimensional models of root growth, architecture and function, Plant and Soil, 372 (1-2), 93-124
  • Schnepf, A. , Leitner, D., Klepsch, S. (2012): Modeling phosphorus uptake by a growing and exuding Root system, Vadose Zone Journal, 11 (3)
  • Roose, T., Schnepf, A. (2008): Mathematical models of plant-soil interaction, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 366 (1885), 4597-4611
  • Schnepf, A., Roose, T. (2006): Modelling the contribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to plant phosphate uptake, New Phytologist, 171 (3), 669-682