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

apl. Prof. Dr. Johannes Hallmann

Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig, Germany

Ms Martina Ernst
Tel: +49(0)531 299-3701
Fax: +49(0)531 299-3006
E-mail: ep@  julius-kuehn.  de

Erwin-Baur-Str. 27
06484 Quedlinburg, Germany


Ms Rita Pollin
+49(0)3946 47-502
Fax: +49(0)3946 47-255
Mail: ep@  julius-kuehn.  de

Branch office in Münster
Toppheideweg 88
48161 Münster, Germany

Ms Elvira Politz
Tel: +49(0)251 87106-10
Fax: +49(0)251 87106-33

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Dr. Annette Niehl

Senior scientist

Dr. Annette  Niehl
Tel: +49 (0)531 299 3707
Fax: +49 (0)531 299 3006

Julius Kühn-Institut
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig

Assignments and research activities:

  • Analysis of the biology, distribution, epidemiology, and control of plant viruses infecting cereals and sugar beet. Focus on soil-borne viruses in cereals
  • Molecular characterization of plant viruses
  • Molecular- and cell biological characterization of virus-vector-plant interactions
  • Development of Methods for the diagnosis of plant viruses
  • Resistance screening of winter barley and winter wheat
  • Current projects:

    • Virus-move: Illumination of the transmission mechanism of Soil-borne wheat mosaic virus by its vector, Polymyxa graminis and identification of novel resistance factors in barley. (DFG)

Boards, memberships and other activities:

  • Reviewer for different scientific journals (BMC Plant Biology, Journal für Kulturpflanzen, Journal of Virology, Nanoscale, Planta, Plant Molecular Biology, PLoS ONE, PLoS Pathogens, Protoplasma, Scientific Reports)
  • Guest Editor Frontiers Research Topic: Innovative Approaches to Virus Diagnosis and Control
  • Member of the German Phytomedical Society (DPG)
  • Member of the Gemeinschaft der Förderer und Freunde des Julius Kühn-Instituts (GFF)
  • Member of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI)
  • Member of the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR)
  • Working Group Diagnosis, Sub-Working Group Virology of the National Plant Protection Organizations

Professional career & education:

  • since 2017 Team leader at the Julius Kühn-Institut, Institut for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2012 – 2015 Research Scientist. University of Basel. Department for Environmental Sciences. Basel, Switzerland – Mechanisms of antiviral immune signaling in plants
  • 2006 – 2012 Research Scientist. Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (IBMP-CNRS). Department for Integrative Virology. Strasbourg, France - Plant-virus interactions / Plant resistance mechanisms to virus infection / Development of plant virus-based bio-nanoparticles
  • 2007 Dissertation in Biochemistry. University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2003 - 2006 Doctoral student. Max-Planck Institute for molecular Plant Physiology, Department molecular Physiology. Potsdam-Golm, Germany – Plant antiviral defense in Potato
  • 2005 (6 months) Marie-Curie-Training in Virology and Cell biology. Scottish Crop Research Institute. Invergowrie, UK.
  • 1997 - 2003 Studies in Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam.

Publications at Researchgate

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut