Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection
- The Department
General research topics of the Department of Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection are developmental biology, the development of pest control systems and the evaluation and comparison of transgenic systems for the improvement of integrated pest management. Besides, we are interested in research on risk management and safety aspects, e.g., in the field of Gene Editing, Genome targeting, and Gene Drives.
The Professorship hosted two junior research groups. The first one, an Emmy-Noether-Group, funded by the German Research Foundation, dealt with the risk assessment and evaluation of transgenic insects at Justus-Liebig University Gießen. The second one, a »Fraunhofer Attract« group, was funded by the Fraunhofer Society and worked on the development of new pest control technologies for agriculture and against invasive insects like the cherry vinegar fly, Drosophila suzukii. The Department has developed several new techniques in the area of pest control and expression systems for optimized protein production in insects in the future. Our group has participated in two LOEWE centers, the LOEWE DRUID and the LOEWE ZIB, both funded by the Hessian Ministry of Education and the Arts, and has contributed significantly to the establishment of a new and independent research institute, the Fraunhofer IME, in Gießen between 2013 and 2019.
- Team Profile
Our 'Insect Pest and Vector Control' team consist of highly motivated colleagues from students to PI´s that are interested in biological questions on agricultural, veterinary, and medicine-related pest insects with the ultimate goal to protect the biodiversity of our planet and protect livestock, plants, and humans from severe diseases.
We promote the scientific work skills of researchers and students through participation in conferences and events related to their research topics and are interested in communicating our findings to the press. Organizing our scientific retreats and scientific writing workshops is something that lets us develop in many more ways than science and doing this as a group is very enjoyable.
We are actively engaged in the JLU Gießen community and help to shape career development in our group but also for others through mentoring and supervision by the PIs, organizing seminar series and networking activities, and are heading a section in the Giessen Graduate Centre for the Lifesciences (GGL) for Ph.D. and Postdoc development.
We do love basic research and applied projects together with industry partners and are thankful that the technologies we are developing are within the most environmentally friendly options and techniques that exist nowadays for controlling insect pest populations. In this respect, we are not only considering and are interested in the actual experiments, hypotheses, and the development of the systems but very much also in the cross-talk of scientific fields in terms of risk, safety, ethics as well as dual-use assessments.
In short, we are happy to have great partners and collaborators that work with us on large projects for many years already to bring science and technology forward together, and we are glad to hear from enthusiastic researchers that would like to join our team.
- Join us!
We always seek highly motivated PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
To apply, please send an e-mail to Marc Schetelig containing a motivation letter, a short CV with 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).
- 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:
Institut für Insektenbiotechnologie, Abteilung Insektenbiotechnologie im Pflanzenschutz, Winchesterstr. 2, 35394 Gießen
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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 (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 for more information.