Dr. Jana Bürger

Research assistant

Telephone: 0381/498 3175
Telefax: 0381/498 118 3162

Scientific Career

Since 2016 Arable weed flora under global change. Project leader. Department Crop Health, Rostock University.

2015 Analysis of vegetation change in a salt grassland after 20 years of grazing with changing intensities. Post-Doc. Department of Grassland and Forage Sciences, Rostock University.

2011-2014 KLIFF climate change research in Lower Saxony: Effect of climate change on agricultural weeds. Spatial and temporal modelling. Post-Doc. Department Crop Health, Rostock University.

2013 Simulation study on the effects of changed cropping practices in conventional and GM maize on biodiversity. Post-Doc (4 months). Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Dijon, France. Funded by DAAD.

2004-2010 Analysis of the relation between agronomic and chemical plant protection using on-farm data. Ph.D. Department Crop Health, Rostock University. PhD grant by Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

2003-2004 Research assistant at City Council of Rostock, Department for Environmental Protection.

1995-2001 Studies of Land Management and Environmental Protection at Rostock University, Faculty for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


  • Arable weeds and climate change
  • Agroecology
  • Diversity
  • Integrated Plant Protection
  • Modelling


Arable weeds

Bürger, J., Malyshev, A.V. & Colbach, N. (in review): Arable weed species show local adaptation in germination base temperature but not in seedling growth rate. Plos ONE.

Kattge, J., Díaz, S., Tautenhahn, S., Werner, G.D.A., …, Bürger, J., … et al. (2020) TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access.  Global Change Biology, 26, 119-188.

Bürger, J. & Colbach, N. (2018) Germination base temperature and relative growth rate of 13 weed species - comparing populations from two geographical origins. Julius-Kühn-Archiv 458, 418-425.

Bürger, J., Darmency, H., Granger, S., Guyot, S., Messéan, A., Colbach, N. (2015) Simulation study of the impact of changed cropping practices in conventional and GM maize on weeds and associated biodiversity. Agricultural Systems 137, 51-63.

Bürger, J., Edler, B., Gerowitt, B., Steinmann, H.-H. (2014). Prognose künftiger Problemunkräuter im Maisanbau durch Artverbreitungsmodellierung. Julius-Kühn-Archiv 443, 379-386.

Vegetation surveys

Von Redwitz, C. & Bürger, J. (2020) Alte Daten, neuer Nutzen – Unkrauterhebungen europaweit kombiniert. Julius-Kühn-Archiv 464, 211-215.

Bürger, J., de Mol, F., Fried, G., Gonzáles, J.L. Hernándes Plaza, E., Nečajeva, J. & von Redwitz, C. (2018). Merging European arable weed survey datasets – Case study: Increase accuracy of Species Distribution Models. Book of Abstracts 18th European Weed Research Society Symposium Lubljana, 244.

Pesticide use

Andert, S., Bürger, J., Mutz, J.-E., Gerowitt, B. (2018) Patterns of pre-crop glyphosate use and in-crop selective herbicide intensities in Northern Germany. European Journal of Agronomy 97, 20-27.

Andert, S., Bürger, J., Stein, S., Gerowitt, B. (2016) The influence of crop sequence on fungicide and herbicide use intensities in North German arable farming. European Journal of Agronomy 77, 81-89.

Bürger J, de Mol F, Gerowitt B (2012) Influence of cropping system factors on pesticide use intensity – a multivariate analysis of on-farm data in North East Germany. European Journal of Agronomy 40, 54-63.

Bürger J, de Mol F, Gerowitt B (2008) The 'necessary extent' of pesticide use - Thoughts about a key term in German pesticide policy. Crop Protection 27, 343-351.