Plant Pathology and Crop Protection

Plant Pathology and Crop Protection


Our research interests are focusing on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and integrated control of fungal diseases in oilseed rape, cereals and other crops (phytopathology, phytomedicine). We are also addressing abiotic disorders of plants induced by environmental stress and physiological effects of fungicides on plants. Our specific interests are on the disease epidemics of fungal pathogens in plant stands and crop production systems, resistance mechanisms in plants and phenotyping methods for resistance screening.


In the frame of lectures, practial courses, seminars and excursions comprehensive knowledge in the diverse subdiciplines of plant pathology and crop protection is transfered. Students of both BSc and MSc programs may choose 3 mandatory and 11 elective modules intended for providing solid knowlege in plant pathology and crop protection. Modules on concepts of integrated crop production, biology of plant pathogens, control mechanisms of pesticides and their use (including development and registration procedures) are treated. Concepts of biological control and examples are presented. Furthermore, host-parasite-interactions are in addressed in some modules, in order to deepen the understanding of phenomena of crop plant resistance and susceptibility.
Lectures, practical courses etc. are presented in German the BSc and regular MSc study programmes of Agricultural Sciences and in English language for the Crop Protection master study program which was established in winter term 2010/2011. Since 2016, we also offer a European joint master programme in "Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems" which is integrated in the regular MSc Crop Protection.

Further details of these study programmes are available by the following hyperlinks:

Obituary for Prof. Dr. Rudolf Heitefuß (1928 - 2020)

Heitefuß_kk     On October 3rd, 2020,
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Heitefuß,
for many years Director of the Institute of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection at the University of Göttingen, died.

To the obituary (in German)

...recently accepted or published papers

Surovy M Z, Islam T, von Tiedemann A (2023). Role of seed infection for the near and far distance dissemination of wheat blast caused by Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum. Front. Microbiol. (Sec. Microbe and Virus Interactions with Plants), Vol 14,

Sarenqimuge, S.; Rahman, S.; Wang, Y; von Tiedemann, A. (2022) . Dormancy and germination of microsclerotia of Verticillium longisporum in response to soil bacteria, nutrients and soil moisture levels. Frontiers in Microbiology,

Schiwek S.; Alhussein M.; Rodemann C.; Rathgeb A.; Budragchaa T.; Beule L.; von Tiedemann A.; Karlovsky P. (2022). Fusarium culmorum produces NX-2 toxin simultaneously with deoxynivalenol and 3-acetyl-deoxynivalenol or nivalenol. MDPI Toxins 2022, 14, 456.

Vega-Marin, M.; von Tiedemann, A. (2022). Biocontrol potential of the non-aggressive Verticillium longisporum lineage A1/D2 against the aggressive lineage A1/D1 in oilseed rape. BioControl, 67, pages 419–431;

Alnajar D, von Tiedemann A, Koopmann B (2022). Efficacy of blackleg major resistance genes in B. napus in Germany. Pathogens. 2022; 11(4): 461. .

Wang, Y; Koopmann, B; von Tiedemann, A (2022) Methods for assessment of viability and germination of Plasmodiophora brassicae resting spores. Front. Microbiol.

...further news

Pflanzenproduktion in D-200New publication of the Nova Acta Leopoldina on the topic of
"Pflanzenproduktion in Deutschland - Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven für die Zukunft" (Plant Production in Germany - Stocktaking and perspectives for the future)
Prof. Jung (Kiel),
Prof. Kage (Kiel),
Prof Niggli (Bern, CH) and
Prof. von Tiedemann (Göttingen).
ISBN: 978-3-8047-4248-2.
Phytomedizin 3. Auflage     The 3rd edition of the textbook
"Phytomedizin" (Hallmann J & von Tiedemann A)
was published in December 2019.
The publisher is UTB.
The book comes in a new design and consists of 380 pages.
ISBN: 9783825252618