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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. Matthias Becker

Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 7570
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 7502

Julius Kühn-Institut
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig

Research activities:

Development of molecular and microscopic diagnostic approaches for bacteria, fungi and insects.

Focus | Research on the plant-pathogenic fungus Synchytrium endobioticum, the causal agent of potato wart disease in the following projects:

  • Development of innovative detection methods for potato wart disease as a basis for the sustainable potato production in Germany.
  • Development and testing of practicable methods for the inactivation and detection of the potato wart disease in solid and liquid residues.
  • Securing the supply of raw materials by establishing permanent disease resistance in potatoes.

Scientific vitae:

  • Since 2018 Research Associate, Institute for national and international plant health, Julius Kühn-Institute, Braunschweig
  • 2015 – 2018 Research Associate, Leibniz Institute of Vegetables and Ornamental Crops, Großbeeren
  • 2008 - 2015 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand
  • 2006 – 2007 Lecturer for Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 2002 - 2006 PhD student, Institute of Botany, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster


Participation in Committees, Memberships:

Member of the German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health r. S. (DPG)


Publications on ResearchGate

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut