Thomas Döring
Research topics
  • organic farming
  • agroecology
  • legumes
  • insects
  • diversification
  • intercropping
  • stability
  • resilience
My main research interest revolves around diversification of cropping systems, in order to make agricultural production more multifunctional, and to reduce trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and productivity. I am particularly intgrigued by the complex interactions generated by intercropping and related cropping systems. My research further focuses on stability and resilience, which are becoming increasingly important in a changing climate. Organisms studied in my research include plants (crops and weeds) and insects. One research area I have been following for some years is the host finding behaviour of herbivorous insects, in particular aphids.
Selected publications

Hatt S, Döring T. 2023. Designing pest suppressive agroecosystems: Principles for an integrative diversification science. Journal of Cleaner Production 432: 139701.

Paul MR, Demie DT, Seidel SJ, Döring TF. 2023. Effects of spring wheat / faba bean mixtures on early crop development. Plant and Soil DOI: 10.1007/s11104-023-06111-6  

Hett J, Döring TF, Bevivino A, Neuhoff D. 2023. Impact of microbial consortia on organic maize in a temperate climate varies with environment but not with fertilization. European Journal of Agronomy 144: 126743.

Müller P, Neuhoff D, Nabel M, Schiffers K, Döring TF. 2022. Tillage effects on ground beetles in temperate climates: a review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 42:6 DOI: 10.1007 /s13593-022-00803-6

Döring TF, Kirchner S. 2022. A model for colour preference behaviour of spring migrant aphids. Philosophical Transactions B (accepted) DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2021.0283

Demie DT, Döring TF, Finckh MR, Van Der Werf W, Enjalbert J, Seidel SJ. 2022. Mixture × Genotype Effects in Cereal/Legume Intercropping: A Review. Frontiers in Plant Science 13: 846720. Doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.846720

Döring TF, Elsalahy H. 2022. Quantifying compensation in crop mixtures and monocultures. European Journal of Agronomy 132: 126408. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2021.126408

Swoboda P, Döring TF, Hamer M. 2021. Remineralizing soils? The agricultural usage of silicate rock powders: A review. Science of The Total Environment 150976 (in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150976

Döring TF, Neuhoff D. 2021. Upper limits to sustainable organic wheat yields. Scientific Reports 11:12729; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-91940-7

Döring TF, Reckling M. 2018. Detecting global trends of cereal yield stability by adjusting the coefficient of variation. European Journal of Agronomy 99: 30-36.

Thomas Döring
Prof. Dr. Thomas Döring


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