Merel Hofmeijer


  • Since 04/2015: PhD, University Rostock
  • 2014: Three month intership at the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Switserland to prepare manuscript for publication.
  • 2012-2014: MSc Agroecology, European master and double degree of UMB Norway and ISARA Lyon France. Erasmus exchange with Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Thesis work conducted at the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Switzerland: ‘Development of winter wheat and weed biomass under organic reduced tillage.’
  • 2007-2011: BSc Plantsciences at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. Thesis: ‘The effects of non-inverted tillage on weed diversity and nutrient cycling in organic agriculture on sandy soil.’


This research is part of the “PRODIVA Crop diversification and weed” project and focuses on crop diversification tools for weed management in organic arable farming in Northern Europe. It will combine internationally collected field weed survey data with the history of field management, with the goal of exploring the possible relationship between weed communities and diversity and crop diversity based weed management methods.