Simon Rüger studied biology at the University of Kassel and later at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg. He graduated in biotechnology, biochemistry and plant physiology 2008 (Diploma). At the present time he is performing his PhD thesis in the Department of Biotechnology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg.
In the course of his Diploma thesis and PhD thesis S. Rüger focused on the development and testing of the non-invasive magnetic ZIM-probe. Main emphasis of his work is (i) the development of water-saving irrigation protocols with simultaneous consideration of crop yield (olive, orange, grapefruit, grapevines, etc.) as well as (ii) comparative measurements with the ZIM-probe technique and other methods currently used for the determination of the water supply of plants under labaratory and field conditions (such as Scholander pressure bomb, tensiometer, porometer and chlorophyll measurements). S. Rüger has performed several field and laboratory studies in Israel, Germany, Spain and Switzerland during the last years.
Simon Rüger is the Managing Director (CEO) of the company ZIM Plant Technology GmbH.