Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Urban Plant Ecophysiology

Dr. rer. hort. Nadja Förster


Horticultural sciences

Room: ground floor 014

Research assistant

Lead: Community laboratory plant metabolism 

Research interests
  • Development of analytical methods for detecting secondary plant metabolites
  • Method development and adjustment of procedures regarding extraction and detection
  • Improvement of secondary plant metabolite detection by using spectrometric methods (especially HPLC, LC-MS)
  • Analysis of secondary plant metabolites of plants (especially compounds from trees and tropical plants)
  • Effects of stress on the secondary plant metabolite profile
  • Correlation of the secondary plant metabolite profile with its bioactive potential (compound mixtures as well as fractionated single compounds) as…
    • Anti-oxidative as well as anti-carcinogenic potential
    • Mutagenic as well as toxicity potential
  • Exploitation of secondary plant metabolites for an improved diet and preventative health
Projects (selection)
  • Breeding of new biomass clones of willows with the help of intra- and interspecific crossings to generate yield-rich and drought-tolerant propagating material with a high tolerance towards rust fungus - FNR-BMEL
  • Ex-situ conservation of salicin-rich willows and implementation of a model population for a sustainable use of biodiversity within the genus Salix - BLE
  • Collaborative project INKA-BB (Innovation Network of Climate Change Adaptation Brandenburg Berlin) - BMBF
  • Salimed (Targeted Salix crossing and chemoprofiling for improved medicinal potential of willow bark) - BMBF
  • Anti-carcinogenic potential of selected Moringa oleifera glucosinolates (PhD thesis)
  • Impact of terroir on the nutritional, phytochemical and physicochemical composition of Moringa oleifera from different agro-ecological zones in Ghana (PhD thesis)
  • Hortinlea (Learning and Innovation in Horticultural Value Chains to Improve the Livelihood Situation of Rural and Urban Poor in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania) - BMBF/BMZ
Scholarships and Awards
  • Nomination for “Humboldt-Preis“
  • Completion of the “Caroline von Humboldt-Abschlussstipendium“ Grant for PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Doctoral scholarship of the “Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.“
  • Award “Förderpreis Agrarökologie 2010 des A.S.P.“ from the “Verein zur Förderung Agrar- und Stadtökologischer Projekte e.V.“ for best master thesis
  • Award “Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Förderpreis“ der “Freunde und Förderer der Landwirtschaftlich-Gärtnerischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin e. V.“ for best bachelor thesis
  • DGG – "Deutsche Gartenbauwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft"
  • „Förderverein zur Bewahrung, Anbau und Einsatz von traditionellen Heil-, Duft- und Gewürzpflanzen e. V.“