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Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection

Prof. Dr. Marc F. Schetelig




Prof. Dr. Marc F. Schetelig

Office: TIG / 2.41

Tel.: +49 641/99-35900

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The Department

Looking for groundbreaking research in eco-friendly and biological pest control? Look no further than our Department of Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection, where we focus on developmental biology, transgenic systems, and risk management, including gene editing and genome targeting. As the coordinator of the EU project REACT, we're at the forefront of driving sustainable solutions in pest control.

Our team specializes in developing new pest control technologies for agriculture and combating invasive insects like the cherry vinegar fly, Drosophila suzukii, and the Mediterranean fruit fly. We've also optimized insect protein production and are exploring novel molecular techniques to stay ahead of the curve.

If you're an agency, member of the public, news outlet, or ministry seeking expert advice on cutting-edge pest control research, feel free to contact our department. We'd be happy to discuss and share our risk assessment results and strategies, as well as our development of tailored insect control solutions to meet your needs.

Team Profile

The Insect Pest and Vector Control team at our institute is a vibrant and dynamic group, spearheading innovative research at the intersection of agriculture, veterinary science, and medicine. Our team, ranging from enthusiastic students to experienced principal investigators, is dedicated to advancing our understanding of pest insects and their impact on biodiversity, agriculture, and human health.

Our commitment extends beyond research; we actively disseminate knowledge through conferences, media engagement, and interactive workshops. These platforms not only showcase our scientific rigour but also foster personal and professional growth among our members.

Within the JLU Gießen community, our team plays a pivotal role in shaping career paths through mentorship, supervision, and networking opportunities. We contribute significantly to the Giessen Graduate Centre for the Lifesciences (GGL), focusing on developing PhD and Postdoctoral researchers.

Our passion lies in balancing fundamental research with practical applications, often in collaboration with industry partners. We pride ourselves on developing cutting-edge, eco-friendly technologies for insect pest management, always mindful of the broader implications in terms of risk, safety, ethics, and dual-use considerations.

In summary, our team is not just a hub of scientific excellence; it's a collaborative, forward-thinking community. We welcome contact from like-minded researchers and partners who are eager to join us in pushing the boundaries of science and technology for the better.

Bachelor and Master Programs of our Department

Bachelor Studiengang "Nachwachsende Rohstoffe & Bioressourcen"


Die Weltbevölkerung wächst immer schneller. Natürliche Ressourcen, wie Boden, Wasser und Luft werden immer knapper. Hinzu kommen die Folgen des Klimawandels. Zukunftsweisende Konzepte zur nachhaltigen Umnutzung vorhandener Ressourcen und der Erschließung neuartiger Rohstoffvorkommen sind gefragter denn je. Der Bachelorstudiengang „Nachwachsende Rohstoffe und Bioressourcen“ vermittelt den Studierenden ein breites forschungs- und anwendungsbezogenes fachliches Grundlagenwissen sowie praxisorientierte Kenntnisse in den Bereichen Bioressourcen und nachwachsende Rohstoffe. Die Studierenden verstehen den Wert natürlicher Ressourcen (Boden, Wasser, Pflanzen, Tiere), kennen deren Bedeutung für eine bioökonomische Gesellschaft und können ihr Nutzungspotential erforschen und in der Praxis im Rahmen einer nachhaltigen Bioökonomie umsetzen.


Studienfachberatung und Koordination: 

Prof. Dr. Marc F. Schetelig

Institut für Insektenbiotechnologie, Abteilung Insektenbiotechnologie im Pflanzenschutz, Winchesterstr. 2, 35394 Gießen

Tel.: 0641 - 99 35901
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Master program "Insect Biotechnology & Bioresources"


Since 2017, our new master's program has been launched in cooperation with the JLU Gießen faculties 'Biology & Chemistry' (FB08), the 'Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management' (FB09), and the THM University of Applied Sciences.

The English master program will combine profession-oriented training and scientific research in the fields of agriculture, natural product research, food technology, and bioprocess engineering. Students will learn about the entomology and ecology of insects as well as various methodical and practical research approaches to investigate insects and their associated organisms as a new resource for food, enzymes, and bioactive natural products. Press here for more information.




Open Positions:

Currently, there are no open positions. We always seek highly motivated PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. 

To get in contact, please send an e-mail to Marc Schetelig containing a motivation letter, a short CV with a list of publications and other achievements, as well as the names and e-mail addresses of 2 to 4 mentors who agreed to provide a short letter of recommendation on your behalf (as one single PDF).