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Primary producers constitute the lion’s share of our food web, and millennia of farming have accrued considerable knowledge about how to maximize yield in crops. Some enigmas however persist. Whether or not plants grow weaker with age deserves attention, because current agricultural practices favor annual crops over perennial crops and bring with it large scale soil erosion and land degradation. According to Reuters, a senior official at the Food and Agricultural Organization recently estimated an average 55 years of harvest before all agricultural lands are depleted worldwide. If more crops could be bred to live and produce food for several years instead of one, we would mitigate a plethora of current negative downward spirals. By asking the right questions, we can stabilize our agroecological systems in the long-term. 

My PhD is part of the Sapere Aude Danish Council for Independent Research project “SEAD – Stage-, Environment-, and Age-based Demography of Plants.” In plant demography, we know that size matters – but what about age? I aim to map survival probabilities in plants by following individuals as their age progresses, using the study systems Plantago lanceolata (Lancet Vejbred), Capsicum annuum (Chili), some important fodder species including Lotus corniculatus (Almindelig Kællingetand), Trifolium pratense (Rød Klover) and Lupinus polyphyllus (Mangebladet Lupin). I hope to inform conservation assessments and efforts in trait selection for longer-lived crop species.

I am passionate about species conservation, the protection of crop wild relatives and rare landraces which hold the potential of a diverse agriculture on our changing planet.

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Research Output 2005 2019

  • 6 Journal article
  • 1 Article in proceedings
111 Downloads (Pure)

Data gaps and opportunities for comparative and conservation biology

Conde, D. A., Staerk, J., Colchero, F., da Silva, R., Schöley, J., Baden, H. M., Jouvet, L., Fa, J. E., Syed, H., Jongejans, E., Meiri, S., Gaillard, J-M., Chamberlain, S., Wilcken, J., Jones, O. R., Dahlgren, J. P., Steiner, U. K., Bland, L. M., Gomez-Mestre, I., Lebreton, J-D. & 13 others, González Vargas, J., Flesness, N., Canudas-Romo, V., Salguero-Gómez, R., Byers, O., Berg, T. B., Scheuerlein, A., Devillard, S., Schigel, D. S., Ryder, O. A., Possingham, H. P., Baudisch, A. & Vaupel, J. W., 7. May 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 19, p. 9658–9664

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Clutch Size
Litter Size
246 Downloads (Pure)

A revision of the Old World Black Nightshades (Morelloid clade of Solanum L., Solanaceae)

Särkinen, T., Poczai, P., Barboza, G. E., van der Weerden, G. M., Baden, M. & Knapp, S., 25. Jul 2018, In : PhytoKeys. 223 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pacific Ocean Islands
168 Downloads (Pure)

A botanical inventory of forest on karstic limestone and metamorphic substrate in the Chiquibul Forest, Belize, with focus on woody taxa

Baden, M., Särkinen, T., Conde, D. A., Matthews, A., Vandrot, H., Chicas, S., Pennil, C., Bayly, D., Chance, R., Bridgewater, S. & Harris, D., 2016, In : Edinburgh Journal of Botany. 73, 1, p. 39-81

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
forest inventory
696 Downloads (Pure)

Listado anotado de Solanum L. (Solanaceae) en el Perú

Translated title of the contribution: Annotated checklist of Solanum L. (Solanaceae) for PeruSärkinen, T., Baden, M., Gonzáles, P., Cueva, M., Giacomin, L. L., Spooner, D., Simon, R., Juarez, H., Nina, P., Molina, J. & Knapp, S., Apr 2015, In : Revista Peruana de Biologia. 22, 1, p. 003-062 60 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
indigenous species

DIE PFLANZENSAMMLUNG VON JOACHIM WATTENDORFF (1928-2008) IM HERBARIUM MÜNSTER (MSTR): Sammelreisen und floristische Studien eines bedeutenden westfälisch-schweizerischen Botanikprofessors: Ein erster Überblick

Translated title of the contribution: The botanical collection of Joachim Wattendorff (1928 – 2008) in the Herbarium Münster (MSTR): A first overview of collecting trips as well as floristic studies of a WestphalianSwiss professor of botanyBaden, M. & Tenbergen, B., 15. May 2014, In : Natur und Heimat. 74, 2, p. 39-50 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Alps region
natural history
Mediterranean region

Activities 2013 2018

  • 11 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars
  • 6 Conference organisation or participation
  • 4 Visiting another research institution
  • 2 Conference presentations

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, United Kingdom.

Heide Maria Baden (Visiting researcher)
5. Dec 20189. Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting another research institution

29th Dendroecological Field Week, Lonjsko Polje, Croatia

Heide Maria Baden (Participant)
9. Sep 201816. Sep 2018

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars


Highland Statistics Course: Data exploration, regression, GLM & GAM

Heide Maria Baden (Participant)
3. Sep 20187. Sep 2018

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars


Demographic Aging in Plants

Maria Baden (Other)
8. Jan 201810. Jan 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

The Land Institute

Maria Baden (Visiting researcher)
14. Aug 201717. Aug 2017

Activity: Visiting another research institution

Press / Media

The tireless potato hunter

Heide Maria Baden


1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Halbnomaden und ihre Leiden

Maria Baden


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media