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Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Fachbereich Biologie, Abteilung Phytopathologie

As the sole technology and natural sciences university in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, the TU Kaiserslautern has acquired an impressive reputation since it was founded in 1970. With its current enrolment of some 14,200 students, TU Kaiserslautern has a manageable size that ensures close contacts to the professors and excellent guidance. Beyond this, the TU has modern equipment and an outstanding infrastructure ranging from libraries to laboratories and on to its own computer centre. All buildings of the university are located on an attractive campus, next to the Palatine forest at the sourthern rim of the city of Kaiserslautern.
The Department of Biology has presently 17 groups active in teaching and research with topics ranging from modern molecular areas to classical organism-based studies.
The research in the Plant Pathology group focuses on the grey mould fungus Botrytis cinerea, a major pathogen of many fruits, vegetables, ornamental flowers and other crop plants. By using molecular genetic, cytological and genomic/ transcriptomic approaches, we are studying the molecular tools that enable B. cinerea and related Botrytis spp. to colonize their host plants. Another focus is the investigation of fungicide resistance mechanisms and the problem of massive fungicide resistance development of B. cinerea in agricultural environments.


Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Fachbereich Biologie, Abteilung Phytopathologie
Gottlieb Daimler-Straße 56
67663 Kaiserslautern
Forschung & Entwicklung
Forschung & Lehre