Master of Science, University Jena, Germany, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Chemistry, University Jena, Germany, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology, University Jena, Germany, 1981.
Senior lecturer, University Jena, Germany, 1991.
Economist Cooperative Farm, Langensalza, Germany, 1959-1960. Head research group Academy of Sciences, Berlin, 1972-1989, state project leader, 1985-1990. Senior lecturer University Kassel, Jena, 1990-1992, professor, since 1992, professor food science, since 1999.
Advisor research council Ministry of Science, Berlin, 1989—1990. Visiting professor biogeoscis. University Jena, since 2006.
Advisor International Foundation Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia, Delhi, India, 2007, Goettingen, Germany, 2007. Councillor Parish Council, various towns, Germany, since 1962, church elder Mellingen, Germany, since 1994. Member church synod Thuringen, Germany.
Member opposition Free Church Groups, 1985—1990. Member of Society Quality Research (vice president 1998), Society Applied Botany 1996, German Society Botany, New York Academy of Sciences, Rotary International.
Married Eva Reich, December 7, 1946. Children: Martin, Katharina, Ulrike.