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

Prof. Dr. Henryk Flachowsky (Acting Head)

Pillnitzer Platz 3a
01326 Dresden, Germany

Ms Martina Tanner
Tel: +49(0)394647 – 8001
+49(0)394647 – 8002
zo@  julius-kuehn.  de

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Dr. Ofere Francis Emeriewen

Senior scientist

Dr. Ofere Francis Emeriewen
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 8023
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 8002

Julius Kühn-Institut
Pillnitzer Platz 3a
01326 Dresden / Pillnitz

Research objectives

  • Researcher in the Apple Breeding group, with a focus on molecular genetics/breeding and biotechnology
  • Fire blight resistance research in the genus Malus
  • DFG funded Research project: Map-based cloning and functional analyses of the fire blight resistance candidate gene (FB_Mfu10) of Malus fusca
  • Investigating fire blight resistance mechanism of Malus fusca
  • Overexpression of FB_Mfu10 in susceptible backgrounds
  • CRISPR/Cas9 mediated knock-out of FB_Mfu10 in Malus fusca
  • Investigating the presence of a putative second resistance factor in two F’2 populations
  • Development of genetic linkage maps and QTL-mapping
  • Application of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) and next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques
  • Development of closely linked markers suitable for marker-assisted selection


  • German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG)
  • Gesellschaft für Pflanzenzüchtung e. V. (GPZ)
  • Editorial Board BMC Research Notes
  • Editorial Board BMC Plant Biology
  • Review Editor Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Breeding and Plant Pathogen Interactions Sections)
  • Guest Lecturer: Agrobiotechnology (MSc course), Department of Plant Breeding, Justus-Liebig-Universität (JLU) Giessen
  • Guest Lecturer: Plant Breeding (Bachelors), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Dresden
  • Supervision of students’ theses and internships

DFG funded Projects:

Map-based cloning and functional analyses of the fire blight resistance candidate genes (FB_Mfu10) of Malus fusca

Term: 2020-01-01 – 2023-03-31

Elucidating the fire blight resistance inherited from Malus fusca and functional analyses of candidate genes underlying the resistance QTL on linkage group 10

Term: 2023-01-01 – 2025-12-31

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut