Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1981 – 1982
    Instructor at the Blindow School for Chemical and Technical Assistants (biology and chemistry), Osnabrück, Germany

  • 1982 – 1986
    Doctoral work in biophysics section, University of Osnabrück, as a research assistant / student employee

  • 1986
    Doctorate (Doctoral of Natural Science, Dr rer. nat.)

  • 1987
    Postdoc in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 171, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, University of Osnabrück

  • 1988 – 1990
    Postdoc at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environment Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research associate (permanent position) and head of the research group Stress Physiology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environment Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • 1992 – 1996
    Research associate at the Institute of Tree Physiology in the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg

  • 1996
    C4 professor, Chair in forest botany and tree physiology

  • 1999 – 2001
    Dean of Department of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002
    Chairperson of the Forstlichen Fakultätentags (meeting of departments of forest sciences)

  • 2001 – 2005
    Vice dean of the Department of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Göttingen

  • 2001 – 2005
    Member of the senate at the University of Göttingen

  • Since 2001
    Co-opted member of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Göttingen

  • 2005 – 2011
    Member of the foundation council at the University of Göttingen

  • 2009
    - 2012 Visiting Professor, Yangling, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, China

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    C4 professor of forest botany and tree physiology

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    Head of the Department of Forest Botany And Tree Physiology

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    Director of the Forest Botanic Garden

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    Head of the LARI (Laboratory for Radioisotopes)

Selected publications

  • Pena, R. et al.: Carbon limitations after girdling affect ectomycorrhizal diversity and reveal functional differences of EM community composition in a mature beech forest (Fagus sylvatica). In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76, 2010. pp. 1831-1841.

  • Janz, D. et al.: Pathway analysis of the transcriptome and metabolome of salt sensitive and tolerant poplar species reveals evolutionary adaption of stress tolerance mechanisms. In: BMC Plant Biology 10, 150, 2010. doi:10.1186/1471-2229-10-150.

  • Luo, Z.-B. et al.: Upgrading root physiology for stress tolerance by ectomycorrhizas: insights from metabolite and transcriptional profiling into reprogramming for stress anticipation. In: Plant Physiology 151, 2009. pp. 1902-1917.

  • Martin, et al.: The genome sequence of the basidiomycete fungus Laccaria bicolor provides insights into the mycorrhizal symbiosis. In: Nature 452, 2008. pp. 88-92.


Selected projects

  • Functional diversity of mycorrhiza in relation to land-use changes and ecosystem functions

  • Development and validation of metabolic models to simulate the operation and interaction of antioxidant systems

  • Identification and characterisation of extracellular proteins under the influence of Verticillium spec. in Arabidopsis thaliana and rape

  • Poplar – a model to address tree-specific questions

    Enhancing Poplar Traits for Energy Applications

  • Usage-oriented investigations of the tree species Fagus sylvatica (beech) and Abies grandis (grand fir) in sustainably cultivated mixed stands for producing innovative and sustainable wooden products and wood-based composites, TV 2

  • Use of mediators in the enzymatic activation of the bonding forces specific to the fibres for the production of enzyme-bound wood-based composites that are free of binding agents

  • Development of binding agents in an almost natural state from renewable raw materials for the production of wood-based composites and mouldable composites

  • Use of silanes in the production of wood-based composites

  • 1b-Excellence Cluster (Functional Biodiversity Research, FBR)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as the reporter for Collaborative Research Centres, 2010 – 2013

  • Scientific advisory committee of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, since 2009

  • Member of the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) (since 2009 in the executive committee), since 2005

  • Peer reviewer and review board member for the section "Basic Forest Research" in the area "Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Veterinary Medicine" (Deputy chairperson, responsible for the area Forest Sciences), 2000 – 2008

Additional qualifications

Editor for the scientific journals:

  • New Phytologist – editor (elected to the term 2008 – 2012 as a trustee of the foundation)

  • Oecologia – handling editor

  • Plant Cell & Environment – advisory board

Peer review for scientific organisations:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and many more

  • Tree inspection (court-appointed expert)

  • Director of the graduate programme Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crop Plants


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