Prof Dr. Doris Vetterlein

Tel.: +49 345-558-5415
Fax: +49 345-558-5559

UFZ, Department of Soil Physics
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4
D-06120 Halle/Saale

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 3
D-06120 Halle/Saale
Dr Doris Vetterlein

Research interests

  • Bioavailability of arsenic
  • Rhizosphere
  • Plant water relations
  • Ion transport and uptake into plants
  • Si cycling in rice paddies


Current position


Berufung zur Außerplanmäßigen Professorin an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Senior Scientist

Head of working group soil-plant interaction (SPI)

Previous positions

2004 - 2009

Head of Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group BASS Joint research group of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
Research topic: Bioavailability of arsenic - soil-plant-food transfer of As with special emphasis on rhizosphere processes

1999 - 2004

DFG-Funding for "Habilitation" Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Research Topic: Plant induced heterogeneity of soil osmotic potential. Relevance for plant water uptake.

1995 - 1999

Project Management Technical University of Cottbus, Germany; Research topic: Re-establishment of soil functions in landscapes formed after open-cast lignite mining - soil amendment with organic waste materials (REKLAM, BMBF Project).

1993 - 1995

Project Management - private industry

    1988 - 1993

    Institute of Plant Nutrition, University of Hohenheim

    • PhD: Root induced spatial variation of soil water content and its effect on phosphorus uptake and growth of pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum [L.] Leeke) under drought conditions
    • Diploma Thesis: Impact of VA mycorrhiza on growth and drought stress tolerance of Cicer arietinum L.


    1983 - 1989

    Undergraduate study: "Agriculture-Biology", University of Hohenheim (Plant Nutrition, Plant Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, Plant Ecology, Plant Protection).


    • Associate Editor Vadose Zone Journal
    • Associate Editor Environmental Pollution
    • Consulting Edititor Plant and Soil


    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflanzenernährung
    • Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft
    • Bundesverband Boden


    Full publication list...


    • As/Si-dynamics and Si-cycling in rice
    • Plant growth experiments under controlled conditions (12 m² climate chamber)
    • Root properties (WinRhizo)
    • Soil (hydro-)chemistry (XRD, CEC, Redox)
    • Soil hydraulic and hydrologic properties (Tensiometer and suction cups)
    • X-ray microtomography (soil structure & root system development)