Karoline Schäfer

Former Member


Since 2006 I`ve been studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau with a focus on Ecotoxicology and Community Ecology. During two internships, one at BASF Agricultural Centre, Limburgerhof and one at the RLP AgroSience, I´ve got the opportunity to get a deeper look at cotoxicology and in which way pesticides are tested to get the certification for use and trade. At BASF my focus was on the aquatic unit while at the RLP AgroSience I mainly worked with plants. The two internships inspired me to further my education in this area.

During my Diploma thesis, I’m investigating the impacts of field margin relevant herbicide and fertilizer deposition on appearance, flower generation and reproduction of different non-target plants. The focus of my diploma work is the acquisition of lethal and sub-lethal effects on plants by pesticides and fertilizer. Sub-lethal exposition rates could lead a lower flower intensity of plants which causes a reduced seed production and finally a lower appearance. By this fact the appearance, flower intensity and seed-setting of four different plant species are determined and quantified. In addition the germination capacity of the collected seeds is verified.

The degree dissertation is supported by the scholarship “Species- and Biodiversity conservation” Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Contact Details

Institute of Environmental Sciences
University of Koblenz-Landau
Fortstraße 7
76829 Landau