Proposed role in the project: Category:

1.    Family name:        Schroeder

2.    First names:          Fritz-Gerald

3.    Date of birth:         12. June 1961

4.    Nationality:             Germany

5.    Civil status:            married, 3 kids

6.    Education:             Horticultural Diploma Degree; Dr. agriculturarum

Institution / Degree or Diploma obtained:

  • Humboldt Univ. Berlin 1982 – 1987 / Horticultural Diploma Degree
  • Humboldt Univ. Berlin 1989 – 1992 / Dr. Agriculturarum
  • University of Geisenheim 1993 / Scientific Award
  • Karoly Robert University Gyöngyös Hungary / Professor honoris causa (Prof.h.c.)


7.     Language skills:  English, Russian, Dutch

8.    Membership of professional bodies: German Horticultural Society (DGG); ISHS;

9.    Other skills:  Computer, Office package, Greenhouse management,

10. Present position: Professor for Horticultural Science at the Univ.  Dresden.

11. Years within the firm: 12 years at the University, 1 year at the Univ. of California, Davis

12. Key qualifications:  Vegetable crop production in open field and greenhouse, plant protection, integrated pest management, biological control, plant nutrient, climate and irrigation control, soil science, water management


13.Specific experience in the region:

Country /  Date from – Date to / Name and brief description of the project

Netherlands / 1988 (12 month) / Greenhouse Management, vegetable crops, hydroponics

Italy / 1993 (1 month) / Greenhouse Management, vegetable crops, hydroponics

Belarus / 1996 (1 month) / Vegetable crops, open field production, plant propagation

California / 2000 – 2001 / Sabbatical at the UC Davis, US

Mexico / 2004 (1 month) / Greenhouse Management, Vegetable crops, hydroponics


14. Professional experience

  •  1977 – 1980  Aschersleben, Germany (VEG Saatzucht) apprentice High school and apprenticeship, occupation as Agro-Technician, agricultural crops, plant breending
  •  1982 – 1987 Berlin Humboldt University of Berlin (Student) Study of horticultural Science.
  •  1988 Berlin / Berkel Hortaco (Trainee) Greenhouse management, vegetable crops.
  •  1989 – 1994 Berlin / Großbeeren Institute for vegetable crops. (Scientific co-worker) Applied research, hydroponic Systems, plant nutrient, gas exchange, root zone.
  •  1994 – now  Dresden University (Professor) Teaching and applied research, administration and extension works, Horticultural Science, vegetable crops, plant protection, plant breeding.


15.Other relevant information (ca. 70. Publications)

  •  2006: Global Trends and hydroponic Industries. Proc. 5th International hydroponic Conference, Toluca, Mexico.
  •  2006: Hydroponic production of poinsettia: Proc. 5th International hydroponic Conference, Toluca, Mexico.
  •  2004: Aeroponic and Hydroponics – Systems and Technique. Proc. 4th Intern. Hydroponic Conf. Toluca, Mexico.
  •  2003: Aktuelles Agrarecht für die Praxis. Weka Media GmbH & Co. KG:  ISBN 3-811-4061-0
  •  2003: Oxygen in root environment of substrates in Hydroponic systems. Deptm. Environmental Horticulture, UC Davis (CA).
  •  2002: Hydroponic Production of Vegetables and Ornamentals. Embryo Publications, Athens Greece. ISBN: 960-8002-12-5
  •  2001:  Gas composition and oxygen supply in the root environment of substrates in closed hyd. sys. Acta Hort. 644. p. 299.
  •  1996: Root efficiency for uptake of water and nutrients in closed recirculation systems. Proc. 9th (ISOSC), Wageningen.
  •  1996: Balance sheets for water, potassium and nitrogen for tomatoes. Gartenbauwissenschaft (61) 5. p. 249-255.
  •   Coordinator of student exchange program ERASMUS, UC Davis US, University K. Robert Gyöngyös, Hungary


Crop ecology, soilless plant production, environmental horticulture, greenhouse and in-door production management.

Controlled environment agriculture.

Department of plant sciences, University of California, Davis. CA.



Horticultural production of plants grown as greenhouse and nursery crops in soilless production..

Greenhouse environmental control automation, particularly irrigation and soilless production systems (hydroponics).

Development of sustainable, environmentally-sensitive production techniques and optimization of production variables related to commercial crop production.

Development of mathematical models and decision support tools.



Ph.D.     Biomathematics (minor: Ecology)            University of California Davis                1982

M.S.      Applied Mathematics    University of California Davis                1978

B.S.        Mathematical Sciences                University of California Davis      1976



June ‘05 – present           Professor and Extension Specialist for Crop Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA

July ‘01 – June ‘05           Department Chair, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA

July ‘97 – present          Professor and Extension Specialist for Crop Ecology, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA

July ‘91 – June ‘97         Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Crop Ecology, Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA

Dec ’84 – June ’91          Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Crop Ecology, Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA

July ’83 – Dec ’84              Research Associate, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas A&M University, Temple TX.

May ’83 – July ’83             Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Botany,  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Jan ’83 – May ’83              Post Doctoral Research Associate, USDA/ARS, Department of Botany, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

  • Ph. D. Fics. Kanapathipillai Wignarajah received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ceylon majoring in Plant Sciences and Chemistry.
  • He completed his doctorate at the University of Liverpool, UK for his work in Plant Mineral Nutrition and Environmental Plant Science.
  • Since obtaining his doctorate, he worked at Universities in Australia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe and USA for nearly 40 years.
  • He has maintained the philosophy that optimization of plant growth must be integrated into the natural changes in the Earth’s environment.
  • Further that plants, humans and the environment are complementary in nature.
  • Hence a systematic approach to management of plants, humans and environment can result in a cleaner, more hospitable planet, Earth, that will benefit human civilization.
  • He has worked for the past 26 years at NASA in designing and developing futuristic civilizations on other planets, particularly moon and mars.
  • He serves on the Editorial Boards of journals dealing with Life Support, Plant Science and Environmental Science.
  • He also is an organizer for the annual International Conference on Environmental Systems.
  • He served on the committee of the American Hydroponics Society.
  • During his career, he has published over 100 papers and has published a book chapter on “Mineral Nutrition of Plants”




Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV

Center for Educational Technologies (1995 to present)

Associate Director: Project management, project coordination, strategic and planning.

Principal Investigator: NASA Explorer Schools Evaluation project; Mid-Atlantic Region

Space Science Broker (MARSSB) program; NASA Innovations in Climate Education.

Senior Instructional Designer: Lead designer for two NASA-funded curriculum

development projects: BioBLAST®, a software-based curriculum supplement for high

school biology classes, and the International Space Station Challenge, a web-based

Principal and Founder of PLANTS, LLC - a business formed (2013) to provide professional

scientific and technical services related to plant growth and food production processes.

Professional services include educational workshops, hands-on training, professional

development, and information assistance to promote sustainable agriculture practices.



  •  Manager,, a Joomla-based content management system (2008-present).
  •  Principal Investigator, Exploring Global Climate Change Through Problem-Based

Learning, a two-year curriculum development project funded by NASA (2010-2012).

  •  Principal Investigator: Project Research and Evaluation, CDC/NIOSH/OMSHR Contract

254-2008-23745 with Wheeling Jesuit University (Oct 2011- May 2013).

  •  Evaluator, Mining and Industrial Safety Technology and Training Innovation (MISTTI)

project, CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement (Oct 2009 – Sep 2012).

  •  Evaluator, NASA Earth and Space Online “Missions” for High School Learners with

Accompanying Electronic Professional Development, NASA (Jun 2009 – May 2012).


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg (1988-1995):

College of Education, Instructional Systems Development

Research Associate: Research funded by NSF Undergraduate Course and Curriculum

Development, “Development and Assessment of a Multimedia Plant Science

Laboratory” NSF Curriculum Development Grant #92-2170-06. Dissertation research.

Self-Instruction Curriculum Lab Manager: Computer lab technical support staffing.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Interactive Design and Development Group

Research Associate/Assistant Project Director: Served as team leader for development of

Virginia Public Information Stations, a project funded by the U.S. Department of

Agriculture and the Kellogg Foundation.


Human Services on Cable Inc., New Orleans (1985-1987)

Project Director: Served as program manager; provided leadership for the design and

planning of a distributed human service information system. Implemented activities with

support from a volunteer board of directors, community stakeholders, and local cable

sponsor. Secured grant support and corporate funding to support program.


Francisco Javier Hernández Sepúlveda

Formación Académica

Técnico en Electrónica Industrial

Experiencia Titular del Instituto Municipal del Emprendedor Toluqueño. 2013 a 2014.Organización Mexicana de Copiadoras Fundación de la Empresa, Toluca México, Director General. 1991 a 2005“Las Ventajas de permanecer en la Escuela” de la Organización IMPULSA de la Red de Desarrollo Empresarial.


Mexicano, Instructor en el Programa. Septiembre 2004 a la fecha.

Banco de alimentos del Estado de México IAP. Integrante del Consejo de Participación Fundación de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, séptimo Vocal Fundador.

Centros de Integración Juvenil Toluca, Presidente del Patronato.