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Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants

Dr. Bernhard C. Schäfer

Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig, Germany

Ms Simone Wittke
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 7501
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 7502
E-mail: ag@  julius-kuehn.  de

Stahnsdorfer Damm 81
14532 Kleinmachnow, Germany
Fax: +49 (0)33203 48-385

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Dr. Björn Hoppe

Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 7550
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 7502

Julius Kühn-Institut
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig

Assignments and Research Activities:

  • Head of the “Forest Quarantine” - Lab (i.a. living culture collection for Bursaphelenchus sp.)
  • Performing reference functions within the framework of the National Reference Laboratory in the diagnostics of quarantine pests
  • Research on pests and harmful organisms related to forest ecosystems
  • Application of various molecular tools to identify these organisms
  • Development of diagnostic methods to identify organisms directly from woody material
  • Member of Panel on Quarantine Pests for Forestry der European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
  • Organismic (microbial) diversity in wood and deadwood




  • German Mycological Society (DGfM)

Scientific CV:

  • Since 2016 Head of Laboratory at Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI)
  • 2014 – 2016 PostDoc Dept. of Soil Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle (Saale)
  • 2009 – 2014 PhD-student at the Dept. of Soil Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. Thesis: "Microbial diversity and community structure in deadwood of Fagus sylvatica L. and Picea abies (L.) H. Karst"
  • 2001 – 2008 Diploma courses in Forest Sciences at TU Dresden and Czech University of Agriculture Prague. Thesis: "Identification of wood decaying fungi in sycamore trees using molecular techniques" (TU Dresden)

Publications ResearchGate

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut