Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986 – 1989
    Research Assistant, Institute of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection, Göttingen

  • 1989 – 1992
    Project leader ‚Biotechnology’, production of polymers from bacteria, Company Diamalt/Schering GmbH, Munich

  • 1993
    Consultant, Plant Protection Department, establishment of a plant quarantine database, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy

  • 1993 – 1999
    Project leader, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Plant Health Management Division, Substation ‘Biological Control’, Republic of Benin (West-Africa)

  • 1995 – 1996
    Elected coordinator of ‚Integrated pest management (IPM) in cassava’ program at IITA, coordination of research of 19 IITA-scientists; IITArepresentative at international strategic meetings and donors’ organizations

  • 1998 – 2002
    Coordinator of EU-INCO-DEV-project (IC18-CT-98-0306) ‘Development and implementation of integrated methods for the control of cassava bacterial blight’, ecozone/climate/environment interactions; with partners from France, Colombia, UK, Benin and Togo

  • 1999 – 2001
    Scientist, Institute of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection, Göttingen, and Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, Hannover 1986 Research Assistant, Institute of Agricultural Chemistry, Göttingen; modelling P-fluxes in the rhizosphere

  • 2000 – 2006
    Project leader of bilateral project ‘Integrated control methods in sustainable (biological) tomato production’ with partner at Kasetsart University and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

  • 2001 – 2007
    Assistant Professor at Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • 2004 – 2008
    Project leader (German partner) of research project ‘Selection of tomato genotypes with resistance against bacterial wilt’ with Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Taiwan

  • since 2007
    entitled Professor at Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, Leibniz Universität

  • 2007 – 2011
    Project leader in Federal Project on ‘Pests and diseases in asparagus’

  • 2009 – 2012
    Managing Director at Centre for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Forestry (CeTSAF), Georg-August Universität, Göttingen

  • 2010 – 2011
    Commissioner for Internationalization of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen

  • 2010 – 2014
    Project leader (German partner), research project (BMZ) ‚Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa‘ in collaboration with national and international institutitons (Africa Rice Centre; Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda)

  • 2010
    Expert delegate of BMBF/DLR in EU-KBBE for elaboration of calls in ‘Specific International Cooperation Actions’ (SICA) in subject ‘Primary Production and Food Security’; expert of BMBF/DLR & BMZ in elaboration of project calls on cooperation with developing countries

  • 2010
    Call in the High Level Panel of Experts (HPLE) of the UN Committee of World Food Security (CFS)

  • 2011
    Co-Founder – with University Medicine Göttingen – of the ‘Göttingen International Health Network’ (GIHN; http://www.gihn.net/); establishment of the ‘One Health Concept’ – human-plant-animal-environmental health

  • since 2012
    Professorship (permanent) at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Chair for ‘Plant Production and Climate Change’

  • 2012 – 2014
    President, Erfurt University of Applied Sciences

  • for more information see:http://www.fh-erfurt.de/lgf/fileadmin/GB/Lehrende/Wydra/CV_Wydra_english_1-2015.pdf

Selected publications

  • Wydra, K. 2012: The One Health Concept in a Development Context. In: Kappas, M., Groß, U., Kelleher, D. (eds.) Global Health – A challenge for interdisciplinary research. Universitätverlag Göttingen, Germany 2012.

  • Wydra, K. 2012. The insurance function of agrobiodiversity and the importance of monitoring its conservation and use to cope with change. In: On farm conservation of neglected and underutilized species: status, trends and novel approaches to cope with climate change. Bioversity International.

  • Kurabachew, H., Stahl, F. and Wydra, K. 2013. Global gene expression of rhizobacteria-silicon mediated induced systemic resistance in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) against Ralstonia solanacearum. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 84, 44-52

  • Kiirika, L., Stahl, F. and Wydra, K. 2013. Phenotypic and molecular characterization of resistance induction by single and combined application of chitosan and silicon in tomato against Ralstonia solanacearum. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 81, 1-12

  • Nabhan, S., De Boer, S., Maiss, E., Wydra, K., 2013. Pectobacterium aroidearum sp. nov., a soft rot pathogen with preference for monocotyledonous plants. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 63, 2520-2525

  • Sikirou, R., Wydra K. 2011. Multiplication and movement of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. vignicola and seed contamination in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) genotypes. Journal of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection 118, 93-101

  • Schacht, T., Unger, C., Pich, A., Wydra, K. 2011: Endo- and exopolygalacturonases of Ralstonia solanacearum are inhibited by polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP) activity in tomato stem extracts. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 49, 377-387

  • Ghareeb, H., Bozsó, Z., Ott, P.G., Repenning, C., Stahl, F., Wydra, K. 2011. Transcriptome of silicon-induced resistance against Ralstonia solanacearum in the silicon non accumulator tomato implicates priming effect. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 75, 83-89

  • Ayana, G., Fininsa, C. Seid Ahmed, S. Wydra, K. 2011. Effects of soil amendment on bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacerum and tomato yields in Ethiopia. Journal of Plant Protection Research 51, 71-75

  • Banito, A., Kpémoua, K.E., Bissang, B., Wydra, K. 2010: Assessment of cassava root and stem rots in ecozones of Togo and evaluation of the pathogen virulence. Botanica, Pak. J. Bot. 42, 2059-2068

  • Dahal, D., Pich, A., Braun, H.-P., Wydra, K. 2010. Analysis of cell wall proteins regulated in stems of susceptible and resistant tomato genotypes after inoculation with Ralstonia solanacearum: a proteomics approach. Plant Molecular Biology 73, 643-658



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Project leader (German partner), research project (BMZ) – Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa – in collaboration with national and international institutitons (Africa Rice Centre; Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda), 2010-2015

  • Project leader in Federal Project on "Pests and diseases in asparagus", 2007-2011

  • Project leader (German partner) of research project – Selection of tomato genotypes with resistance against bacterial wilt – with Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Taiwan, 2004-2008

  • Project leader of bilateral project – Integrated control methods in sustainable (biological) tomato production – with partner at Kasetsart University and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000-2006

  • Coordinator of EU-INCO-DEV-project (IC18-CT-98-0306) – Development and implementation of integrated methods for the control of cassava bacterial blight –, ecozone/climate/environment interactions; with partners from France, Colombia, UK, Benin and Togo, 1998-2002

  • Elected coordinator of – Integrated pest management (IPM) in cassava – program at IITA, coordination of research of 19 IITA-scientists; IITA-representative at international strategic meetings and donors' organizations, 1995-1996

  • Project leader, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Plant Health Management Division, Substation, Biological Control, Republic of Benin (West-Africa), 1993-1999

  • Project – Ecologically sustainable cassava plant protection; Leader of project – Integrated control methods of crop disaeses, ecozone/environment interactions; leader of an international, interdisciplinary team of entomologists, plant breeders, agronomists, biochemists, with University of Göttingen, in collaboration with ORSTOM, France, PPS, Wageningen, Netherlands, CIAT, Colombia, and national Institutes in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon see: http://www.fh-erfurt.de/lgf/fileadmin/GB/Lehrende/Wydra/Forschungskooperationen.PDF

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • High Level Panel of Experts (HPLE) of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS)

  • Member of the expert group of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • Board member, Council for Agricultural Research in the Tropics and Subtropics e.V. (ATSAF) (2008-2011)

  • German Forum for Development Oriented Research (DFOR)

  • Representative of Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, University of Hannover (since 2002; DFOR is now part of ATSAF)

  • Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft

  • American Phytopathological Society (abeyant)

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • Project Leader, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, in collaboration with University of Göttingen, 1993-1999

  • Project Leader, EU Project, Leibniz University of Hannnover, 1999-2003

  • Professor (apl.) in Phytopathology, Leibniz University of Hannover, 2007

  • Managing Director, Centre for Agriculture and Forestry in the Tropics, University of Göttingen, 2009

  • Professor for Plant Production and Climate Change, University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, 2012

  • President of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, 2012

  • Experienced in project acquisition & research management; specialized in sustainable development, transdicispinary approaches in research & education institutions


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