Torn Between Nature and Lab: A Dying Breed of Plant Scientists?

  • E. H. BeckEmail author
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 78)


In his life as a scientist, E. Beck addressed questions, concerning a very broad spectrum of disciplines in plant science. He likes research in the laboratory as well as in the field. Admitting that specialization is inevitable given the complexity of the systems we deal with, he is not flagging to encourage his students and colleagues to go back and consider the entire system once in a while for verification of the reasonability of their research questions and approaches.


Frost Resistance Subzero Temperature German Research Foundation Frost Hardiness Intramolecular Rearrangement 
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Finally, I am anxious to cordially thank my coworkers and colleagues, with many of them I became friends. I had an exciting time in Munich and especially in Bayreuth, where as a professor of the first hour, I could realize several of my ideas, e.g., the establishment of an ecological botanical garden at the University of Bayreuth, or the first biological graduate college in Germany. In most cases I found a sympathetic ear in the boards and administration of the University. I am deeply grateful to the funding agencies, in particular to the German Research Foundation (DFG), which provided the financial means to work on my ideas and at the same time supporting the training and qualification of students and coworkers. It was (and still is) a give and a take and even in the rare cases, when an application failed, I am convinced of a fair treatment. Particular thanks go also to my long-standing coworker Christiane Reinbothe, who joined my department in 1998 and finally was the scientific coordinator of the DFG-commission on biodiversity research until 2015. Last but not least I would like to cordially thank all those sympathetic colleagues to whom I owe my highly acknowledged honors. This is not the place to expand on the support of my work by my family, for which I am particular grateful and whose backup I hardly can overstate.


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Selected Books

  1. Beck E, Bendix J, Kottke I, Makeschin F, Mosandl R (eds) (2008) Gradients in a tropical mountain ecosystem of Ecuador. Ecological studies, vol 198. Springer, Heidelberg, 525 pp. ISBN: 978-3-540-73525-0Google Scholar
  2. Bendix J, Beck E, Bräuning A, Makeschin F, Mosandl R, Scheu S, Wilcke W (eds) (2013) Ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental change in a tropical mountain ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological studies, vol 221. Springer, Heidelberg, 480 ppGoogle Scholar
  3. Schulze E-D, Beck E, Müller-Hohenstein K (2005) Textbook: plant ecology. Springer, Heidelberg, 702 pp. ISBN: 3-540-20833-XGoogle Scholar
  4. Strnad M, Pĕc P, Beck E (eds) (1999) Advances in regulation of plant growth and development. Peres Publishers, Prague, 258 ppGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant PhysiologyUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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