Collecting insects in the coneflower at the Wiesengut campus

Medicinal plant cultivation 

The AMOBILA joint project "Medicinal plant cultivation for reconciling crop productivity and biodiversity conservation" is researching how yields can be increased in the cultivation of these special crops through the use and promotion of certain flower visitors and how biodiversity can be promoted in the agricultural ecosystems at the same time. The optimisation of production processes and the implementation of extensive knowledge transfer measures are a further focus.

Project goals

The pollination ecology of most medicinal and aromatic plant species has been little studied to date. There are only a few scientific studies on which insect species visit the individual medicinal and aromatic plant species, what part they play in their pollination and what influence they have on yield and quality formation. The ecosystem services that can be provided by medicinal and aromatic plant areas in agricultural systems have not yet been quantified or specifically integrated into marketing strategies. This is where AMOBILA comes in.

Flight tunnels for pollinator monitoring
Flight tunnels for pollinator monitoring © Volker Lahnert
Netting pollinators in the sun field
Netting pollinators in the sun field © Volker Lahnert

Preliminary examinations

Extensive research work has already led to the development of practical and meaningful survey methods and, for the first time, to the collection of well-founded data on flower-visiting insect species on fennel, flax and savoury, among others. The results show a wide variety of flower-visiting insects and allow conclusions to be drawn about their suitability as potential pollinators of specialised crops. Overall, there were numerous indications that the medicinal plant areas can have biodiversity-enhancing effects on agriculture.

The joint project

The joint project "AMOBILA" is open to cooperation partners and research groups, expands the spectrum of special crops to be investigated and places a stronger focus on the yield relevance of flower-visiting insects and the area of transfer measures at all levels of the value chain.

Optimisation processes of production methods are linked to the studies on yield stabilisation, while the identification of pollinator insects and pollination routes also play a role in terms of breeding and seed production, e.g. in the cultivation of aniseed and camomile.

With regard to transfer measures, the focus is on knowledge transfer for the structural promotion of pollinator insects for cultivation practice and specialist and nature conservation advice. In addition, the cultivation of selected medicinal plants will be economically and ecologically evaluated in comparison to alternative crops.

We will produce illustrative material for processors and consumers to inform them about the different flower-visiting insects on the target crops and their importance for the agro-ecosystems.

Weighing the coneflower pollen
Weighing the coneflower pollen © Volker Lahnert
Determination of the pollen yield of coneflower
Determination of the pollen yield of coneflower © Volker Lahnert

Four sub-projects

The joint project is divided into four sub-projects:

  • Animal ecology studies on selected medicinal, aromatic and spice plants and promotion of medicinal plant cultivation and increase in yields
  • Increasing ecosystem services in the practical cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants
  • Camomile - yield relevance and identification of pollination routes and distances
  • Knowledge transfer measures and development of decision-making aids

Role of the working group in the project

The INRES-AOL is responsible for the management and coordination of the joint project. The AOL is also responsible for the implementation of sub-project 1 and further field trials at several locations.

Precursor projects:

AuGOecosystem - Development of pollination management in medicinal plant cultivation to increase yields and simultaneously improve ecosystem services

Acronym: AMOBILA
Duration: 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2025
Funding code: 2220NR303A

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. beauftragt durch das Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft

Project partners:
  • Universität Bonn - (INRES) - Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, Campus Klein-Altendorf, Prof. Dr. Ralf Pude, Klein-Altendorf 2, 53359 Rheinbach; Kontakt:, Tel. 02225-99963-13, (Teilvorhaben 2)
  • Leibniz Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK), AG Quantitative Genetik, Abteilung Züchtungsforschung, Dr. Lars-Gernot Otto, Corrensstraße 3, D-06466 Seeland, OT Gatersleben, Kontakt: Tel.: 039482-5-685, (Teilvorhaben 3)
  • Fachhochschule Südwestfalen, Fachbereich Agrarwirtschaft, Professur für speziellen Pflanzenbau und nachhaltige Pflanzenbausysteme, Prof. Dr. Tanja Schäfer, Lübecker Ring 2, 59494 Soest; Kontakt:, Tel.: 02921-378 3228 (Teilvorhaben 4)

  • Unterauftragnehmer: PHARMAPLANT Arznei- und Gewürzpflanzen Forschungs- und Saatzucht GmbH (PPA), Am Westbahnhof 4, 06556 Artern; Kontakt: Dr. Urs Fischer, Dr. Anna Kodisch, Tel.: 03466 3256-22,
  • Praxisbetriebe: Domäne Immichenhain, Ottrau, Hessen (ökologischer Ackerbau und Sonderkulturen). Haus Sandfort, Olfen, NRW (Arzneipflanzenanbau). Anis Anbaubetriebe
  • Fenchelanbaubetriebe der agrimed Hessen
Ongoing student theses:

Julie Nelles: MSc, 2023-2024: Florale Ressourcen, Zoozönosen, Ertragssteigerung in Mohn

Katja Bechtel: Msc, Uni Bonn: Florale Ressourcen, Zoozönosen in Sonnenhut

Gioia Heiligensetzer: BSc, Experimentelle Untersuchungen in Kamille: Blütenbesucher + Markierungserfassungen Honigbiene in Kamilleplots am CKA ab Mai 24

Clara Botzem: BSC, Datenauswertung Fenchel over all years, Listen zusammentragen, Daten bewerten, Insekten sortieren, Listen, regionale Unterschiede


Laura Maria Büngener: BSc, Postkarten, Steckbriefe, zielgruppenspezifische Wissenstransfermaterial als Tools für wiss. Arbeiten, Kontakt Erdmann (Bfn), Trviale Bestimmungsliteratur + Infos über Insekten, „Bestimmungskoffer“


Melanie Köcher: MSc, Nektarmessungen, Start sofort, Literatursammlung Nektar AuG, Kontakt Nees, Methodenentwicklung/-bewertung 


Jule Jaeger: BSc, SoSe, Zoozönosen und florale Ressourcen in Anis



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Prof. Dr. Thomas Döring


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Dr. Andreé Hamm

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Lina Sofie Gawronski

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