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Obermeier, Christian

Senior Scientist (Akademischer Rat)

Research overview

The focus of my research is disease resistance of crop plants, especially quantitatively inherited resistance against fungal pathogens of oilseed rape. My research covers classical and genomics-based genetic approaches for dissection of complex traits. I am interested in understanding the molecular and metabolic networks and biological functions involved in qualitative and quantitative disease resistance expression in crop plants.

Research Keywords

  • Fungal disease resistance in oilseed rape and wheat
  • Molecular marker development in oilseed rape, wheat, pea, common bean
  • Impact of structural genome variation on quantitatively inherited agronomic traits
  • Disease phenotyping
  • Genetics of complex traits in crop plants
  • Genomics-assisted breeding


Next generation sequencing, high-throughput genotyping, bioinformatics, analysis of transcriptome and genome variation, metabolomics, disease resistance, QTL mapping, TILLING, CrisprCas


Selected Publications 

Obermeier C, Mason AS, Meiners T, Petschenka G, Rostas M, Will T, Wittkop B, Austel N (2022) Perspectives for integrated insect pest protection in oilseed rape breeding. Theor Appl Genet, doi: 10.1007/s00122-022-04074-3

Vollrath P, Chawla HS, Alnajar D, Gabur I, Lee HT, Weber S, Ehrig L, Koopmann B, Snowdon RJ, Obermeier C (2021) Dissection of Quantitative Blackleg Resistance Reveals Novel Variants of Resistance Gene Rlm9 in Elite Brassica napus. Front Plant Sci 12: 749491. doi:10.3389/fpls.2021.749491

Vollrath P, Chawla HS, Schiessl SV, Gabur I, Lee HT, Snowdon RJ, Obermeier C (2021) A novel deletion in FLOWERING LOCUS T modulates flowering time in winter oilseed rape. Theor Appl Genet, 134: 1217–1231, doi: 10.1007/s00122-021-03768-4

Makhoul M, Rambla C, Voss-Fels KP, Hickey LT, Snowdon RJ, Obermeier C (2020) Overcoming polyploidy pitfalls: A user guide for effective SNP conversion into KASP markers in wheat. Theor Appl Genet 133: 2413–2430, doi: 10.1007/s00122-020-03608-x

Gabur I, Chawla HS, von Tiedemann A, Snowdon RJ, Obermeier C (2020) Gene presence-absence associates with quantitative Verticillium longisporum disease resistance in Brassica napus. Scientific Reports 10: 4131, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61228-3

Gabur I, Chawla H, Liu X, Kumar V, Faure S, Tiedemann A, Jestin C, Dyrszka E, Volkmann S, Breuer F, Delourme R, Snowdon R, Obermeier C (2018) Finding invisible quantitative trait loci with missing data. Plant Biotech J 16: 2102–2112, doi: 10.1111/pbi.12942

Obermeier C, Hossain MA, Snowdon R, Knüfer R, von Tiedemann A, Friedt W (2013) Genetic analysis of phenylpropanoid metabolites associated with resistance against Verticillium longisporum in Brassica napus. Mol Breeding 31: 347–361, doi: 10.1007/s11032-012-9794-8


Contact information

Dr. Christian Obermeier

Justus Liebig University

Department of Plant Breeding

IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32

35392 Giessen, Germany

Tel: +49 641 99 37426


Room B324