Prof. Dr. Senthold Asseng


Digital Agriculture

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Asseng’s (*1965) field of research is the analysis of atmosphere-crop-soil systems. His main research areas include impact of climate variability and climate change, cropping sustainability, food security, and how systems analysis and crop modelling can assist autonomous robot-managed cropping systems in the field and in fully-environmentally controlled indoor vertical farming. 

Prof. Asseng studied agricultural sciences and received his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin and his Habilitation at Technical University Munich. He was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO in Australia. He became a Full Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida and the Director of the Florida Climate Institute. In 2020, Prof. Asseng was appointed to the professorship for Digital Agriculture and in 2021 the Director of the World Agricultural Systems Center at the Technical University Munich. 


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2019)
  • William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award, Florida Education Fund (FEF) (2019)
  • Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science (2019) 
  • University Term Professorship Award, University of Florida 2017-2019 (2017) 
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor Award 2016-2019 (2016)

Asseng S, Guarin JR, Raman M, Monje O, Kiss G, Despommier DD, Meggers FM, Gauthier PPG: “Wheat yield potential in controlled-environment vertical farms”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020; 117:19131-19135.


Asseng S, Martre P, Ewert F, Dreccer MF, Beres BL, Reynolds M, Braun HJ, Langridge P, Le Gouis J, Salse J, Baenziger PS: “Model-Driven Multidisciplinary Global Research to Meet Future Needs: The Case for "Improving Radiation Use Efficiency to Increase Yield". Crop Science. 2019; 59:843-849.


Asseng S, Asche F: “Future farms without farmers”. Science Robotics 4. 2019.


Asseng S, Ewert F, Martre P, Roetter RP, Lobell DB, Cammarano D, Kimball BA, Ottman MJ, Wall GW, White JW, Reynolds MP, Alderman PD, Prasad PVV, Aggarwal PK, Anothai J, Basso B, Biernath C, Challinor AJ, De Sanctis G, Doltra J, Fereres E, Garcia-Vile M, Gayler S, Hoogenboom G, Hunt LA, Izaurralde RC, Jabloun M, Jones CD, Kersebaum KC, Koehler AK, Mueller C, Kumar SN, Nendel C, O'Leary G, Olesen JE, Palosuo T, Priesack E, Rezaei EE, Ruane AC, Semenov MA, Shcherbak I, Stoeckle C, Stratonovitch P, Streck T, Supit I, Tao F, Thorburn PJ, Waha K, Wang E, Wallach D, Wolf I, Zhao Z, Zhu Y: “Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production”. Nature Climate Change. 2015; 5:143-147.


Asseng S, Ewert F, Rosenzweig C, Jones JW, Hatfield JL, Ruane AC, Boote KJ, Thorburn PJ, Rotter RP, Cammarano D, Brisson N, Basso B, Martre P, Aggarwal PK, Angulo C, Bertuzzi P, Biernath C, Challinor AJ, Doltra J, Gayler S, Goldberg R, Grant R, Heng L, Hooker J, Hunt LA, Ingwersen J, Izaurralde RC, Kersebaum KC, Mueller C, Kumar SN, Nendel C, O'Leary G, Olesen JE, Osborne TM, Palosuo T, Priesack E, Ripoche D, Semenov MA, Shcherbak I, Steduto P, Stoeckle C, Stratonovitch P, Streck T, Supit I, Tao F, Travasso M, Waha K, Wallach D, White JW, Williams JR, Wolf J: “Uncertainty in simulating wheat yields under climate change”. Nature Climate Change. 2013; 3:827-832.