Henrike Würsig

Contact / Address

Henrike Würsig
PhD Student

Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4 | D-06120 Halle/Saale


+49 345 558 5416

Henrike Würsig

Research Project

My PhD project is part of the second phase of the priority program "Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organization - a Key to Rhizosphere Functions" (SPP 2089). In this overarching project, research groups from different thematic areas are collaborating with the aim to uncover spatiotemporal patterns in the rhizosphere of maize (Zea mays) and to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms. My project (Rootgenes2) mainly focuses on maize root gene expression in order to reveal mechanisms how maize roots adapt to changes in soil environment. Special attention is given to the interplay between root gene expression, structure and function of rhizosphere microbiome, exudate production, soil parameters, plant nutrient levels and root hair formation.

SPP2089: https://www.ufz.de/spp-rhizosphere/

Rootgenes2: https://www.ufz.de/spp-rhizosphere/index.php?en=46041

CV / Scientific Career

since 2022

PhD position at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) - Department of Soil Ecology. Research topic: "Spatial and temporal analysis of maize root gene expression to elucidate how the maize interacts with the rhizosphere microbiome and the environment".

2018 - 2022

M.Sc. in Crop Science at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

2014 - 2018

B.Sc. in Horticulture Science at Humboldt-University Berlin