Richard van Duijnen

Richard van Duijnen
Universitätsallee 1, C13.013
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2891

I started my PhD in September 2015 after finishing my bachelor in Biology and master in Ecology and Evolution at the VU Amsterdam. During my bachelor I worked on salinity tolerance in plants. Later in my master I studied response-to-effect traits on isopods and leaching of pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Senecio jacobea roots.

At the moment I am doing my PhD in the Prof. Temperton Lab, Chair of Ecosystem Functioning and Services, Institute of Ecology. My PhD is part of a bigger project called INPLAMINT (, which stands for ‘increasing agricultural nutrient-use efficiency by optimizing plant-soil-microorganism interactions’. Excessive fertilizer use can have large negative effects on the nutrient balance, leading to nutrient leaching and runoff, as well as increased greenhouse emissions. By studying the effects and interactions between plants, soil and microbes we aim to increase the nutrient use efficiency, as well as develop new management options for agriculture.

My subproject focusses specifically on the effect of plant (root) traits to nutrient addition, as well as how high carbon substrates can prevent leaching in crop rotations. I am interested in how plant roots respond to nutrients as nitrogen and phosphorus, and how the stoichiometry of microbes and plants affect nutrient acquisition.