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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

Martina Ernst | Andrea Haberle-Kappei
Tel: +49(0)3946 47-6101
Fax: +49(0)3946 47-6106
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48161 Münster
Phone: +49 (0)251 87106-45
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Dr. Heiko Ziebell

Senior Scientist

Dr. Heiko  Ziebell
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47-6190
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47-6106

Julius Kühn-Institut
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig

Tasks and research areas:

  • Team Leader Virology (vegetables, legumes, rapeseed)
  • Head of animal husbandry facility in Quedlinburg
  • Development and optimisation of methods for isolation, propagation and purification of vegetable, legume and rapeseed viruses
  • Biological, morphological, serological and molecular characterisation of vegetable, legume and rapeseed viruses
  • Histological and cytological observations on virus-infected plants and viruliferous vectors
  • Development and optimisation of antibody- and nucleic acid based techniques for sensitive, specific and robust detection of vegetable, legume and rapeseed viruses from different matrices (plant, vector, soil, water)

Current projects

  • CDNIGPRO: New viruses of peas and faba beans: Status quo analysis and recommended actions
  • TEMPER: The influence of temperature on the sensitivity of rapeseed varieties and genotypse to turnip yellows virus and pests
  • EUPHRESCO POVIRDET: Development of detection methods for viruses on potato (PVT, APMoV, APLV and APMMV)
  • EUPHRESCO Pospitest: Test performance studies of detection tests of Pospiviroids on Solanaceae (project coordinator)
  • EUPHRESCO Virfast: Faster, cheaper identification of emerging virus problems
  • EUPHRESCO PHBN: Plant Health Bioinformatics Network
  • EUPHRESCO PRONC: Phytosanitary risks of newly introduced crops

Memberships and other activities:

  • National representative of the EPPO Panel on Diagnostics in Virology and Phytoplasmology
  • Editor for New Disease Reports
  • Guest Editor für Frontiers Research Topic: Innovative Approaches to Virus Diagnosis and Control
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for scientific journals

    • International Journal of Molecular Science
    • International Journal of Molecular Science
    • European Journal of Plant Pathology
    • Journal of Plant Pathology
    • Current Opionion in Virology
    • Viruses
    • Plant Disease
    • Nature Scientific Reports
    • Plants
    • Virus Research
    • Plant Science
    • Plant Pathology
    • Phytopathologia Mediterranea
    • Journal of Grapevine Research
    • European Journal of Plant Pathology

  • Member of the German Phytomedical Society r. S. (DPG)
  • Member of the British Society for Plant pathology (BSPP)
  • Member of American Society for Virology (ASV)
  • Member of Gemeinschaft der Förderer und Freunde des Julius Kühn-Instituts (GFF)

Scientific curriculum vitae:

  • Since 2011 Julius Kühn-Institute, Messeweg 11-12, 38104 Braunschweig, Germany. Senior Scientist and Team Leader Virology (Vegetables, legumes and rapeseed)
  • 10/2009 – 10/2010 Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, 334 Plant Science Bldg., Ithaca, NY14853, USA Postdoctoral Research Associate. Investigating the aphid transmission mechanism of plant viruses
  • 10/2006 – 09/2009 University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EA, United Kingdom Research Fellow (Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK). Investigating the interactions of plants, their viruses and aphids as virus vectors


  • 04/2003 – 10/2007 University of Cambridge, UK PhD thesis under the guidance of Dr John P. Carr: “Investigating the mechanism(s) underlying cross-protection of cucumber mosaic virus strains“.
  • 10/1997 – 03/2003 University of Hanover, Germany Graduate studies of Horticulture. Diploma thesis (equivalent to MSc degree) under the guidance of Prof. Edgar Maiss: “Investigations on infectiousness and spread of a Plum pox virus chimera”. Further specialist topics: Phytomedicine, ornamental plant production, hardy nursery stock production, geobotany, soils and substrates, communication skills in horticulture
  • 10/1995 – 07/1997 Wichmann Orchideen KG, Celle, Germany Vocational training as horticulturist

Publications at Researchgate

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut