Microbial Control / Insect Virology and Molecular Insect Pathology
apl. Prof. Dr. Johannes Jehle
Institute for Biological Control
Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)
Insect viruses are economically important microbial control agents of insect pests in horticulture, agriculture and forestry. Our work focuses on research on and different technology platforms for the identification and characterization of viral insect pathogens and the interaction with their insect hosts. We perform genome characterization, genomics and transcriptomics, identification of molecular factors involved in virulence, research on molecular host-virus-interaction, and development of methods for testing the activity of insect viruses in the laboratory, greenhouse and field.