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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
ep@  julius-kuehn.  de

-Branch Office Münster-
Toppheideweg 88
48161 Münster
Phone: +49 (0)251 87106-45
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Prof. Dr. Kornelia Smalla

Prof. Dr. Kornelia  Smalla
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47-6160
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47-6106

Julius Kühn-Institut
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig

Assignments and research activities:

  • Vice director of the institute; head of the molecular microbial ecology and bacterial phytopathogen group
  • Development and exploitation of molecular cultivation-dependent and -independent detection methods for bacterial pathogens
  • Epidemiology of bacterial pathogens by means of molecular detection methods
  • Interaction of antagonists, pathogens and microbial communities in the rhizosphere
  • Effects of soil, plant species, cultivar, and agricultural systems on the structural and functional diversity of microbial communities in the rhizosphere
  • Adaption and diversification of bacteria (among others: bacterial pathogens) via plasmids
  • Ecology of bacterial antibiotic resistance genes

Boards, memberships and other activities:

  • Member of „Vereinigung für allgemeine und angewandte Mikrobiologie“ (VAAM)
  • Member of American Society of Microbiology
  • Member of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
  • Member of the Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft (DPG)
  • Member of the Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (DBG)
  • Editor of

    • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
    • Frontiers in Microbiology
    • BMC Microbiology

  • Ad-hoc-reviewer for diverse scientific journals

    • Microbial Ecology
    • Soil Biology and Biochemistry
    • Plasmid
    • Microbiology
    • Applied Soil Ecology
    • New Phytologist
    • Environmental Microbiology

  • Member of the DFG Fachkollegiums Agrar 207


  • Ehrennadel des Julius Kühn-Instituts 2016
  • Wissenschaftspreis der DPG 2017

Professional career & education:

  • 2017 Elected member of the DFG Fachkollegium 207
  • 2011 Honorary doctor in Agriculture at the SLU
  • 2006 Professor (adjunct) at the TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • 1999 Venia legendi for microbiology
  • 1991 - 2008 Scientific co-worker and head of the molecular microbial ecology group at the Federal Biological Research Centre
  • 1984 - 1991 Bezirkshygiene Institut; head of the reference laboratory on the risks of biotechnology, Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1985 Dr. rer. nat. in Biochemistry
  • 1980 - 1984 PhD in Biochemistry: Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, Martin-Luther-University, Halle, Germany
  • 1980 Diplom Chemiker Institute for Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, Martin-Luther-University, Halle, Germany
  • 1975 - 1980 Study of chemistry at Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, German

Publications/Profil at Researchgate

Publications at ResearchID

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut