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Institut für Phytopathologie





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Teaching Award of the Student Council Summer Term 2018 to Dr. Holger Klink

(7 December 2018)



APS Excellence in Teaching Award 2014 to Prof. Joseph-Alexander Verreet


The "Excellence in Teaching Award 2014" of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) will be bestowed for the first time outside the USA, to Prof. Dr. Joseph-Alexander Verreet, Institute of Phytopathology of the CAU. „This prestigious award recognizes APS members for excellence in teaching plant pathology. You have been selected to receive this award in recognition of your brilliantly animated teaching videos on plant diseases of wheat, potatoes and sugar beets. Your contribution to bringing plant pathology and epidemiology alive for students internationally through use of these videos is particularly noteworthy and, together with your other numerous achievements, make you highly deserving of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients receive a plaque and a cash prize made possible by the Lucy Hastings de Gutiérrez Fund established in the APS Foundation by Lucy's family and friends. The formal awards presentation will be at this year's Annual APS Meeting that is being held August 9-13 in Minneapolis, MN.“

Additional information: CAU Press release 99/2014 from 9 April 2014 (9 April 2014) and

Video of the ceremony (2:33 min, 14.0 MB) (4 September 2014)

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Research Award 2014 of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Lebensmittel-, Veterinär- und Agrarwesen (ALVA) to Dr. Tim Birr

(31 March 2014)



Career Advancement Award 2014 of the Förderungsgemeinschaft der Kartoffelwirtschaft e. V. to B.Sc. Thilo Hahnkemeyer

(31 March 2014)



"Potato late blight " - Award for scientific film


The scientific film "Diseases and pests of the potato - potato late blight", produced by Professor Joseph-Alexander Verreet and Dr. Holger Klink, was awarded at the international festival AGROFILM of 2013 with the first prize. AGROFILM is an international festival of films and videos with priority issues of agriculture and rural development. It is organized by the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The blight is considered the potato disease par excellence. It may result in a catastrophic failure of the harvest, when the causative organism, the oomycete Phytophthora infestans, is not controlled. The film shows all the stages of the disease development in a mixture of real images, time lapse recording and elaborate computer animation. The focus is on the development of primary sites of infection, the epidemic spread through asexually formed zoospores and the infection of tubers. (29 November 2013)



Teaching Award of the Student Council Summer Term 2012 to Prof. Joseph-Alexander Verreet

(11 January 2013)



Technology transfer award for Kiel research projects


Eight scientists of the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (CAU) were on Monday, 26 November 2012, awarded the Technology Transfer Award of the Innovationsstiftung Schleswig-Holstein and the Gesellschaft für Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein. Honored so were the performances of the professors Rainer Adelung (Institute of Materials Science), Daguang Cai (Institute of Phytopathology), Bernd Clement (Institute of Pharmacy), Frederick W. Fox (Institute of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Wilhelm Hasselbring (Institute of Computer Science), Reinhard Koch (Institute of Computer Science), Carsten Schulz (Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry) and Karin Schwarz (Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science). A total of 21 scientists from Kiel, Flensburg and Luebeck received transfer rewards. With the transfer rewards scientists from Schleswig-Holstein are promoted that maintain diverse collaborations with companies that apply for patents and provide support for start-ups. Also practically relevant publications and activities in networks and training are considered in the summary of the panel of experts. The funding amount is 5,000 to 20,000 euros each and can be used freely by the working groups, for example, for the presentation of scientific results at conferences. (7 January 2013)



Micro-fungi à la Steven Spielberg


For the successful fight against ergot, mildew and toxic Fusarium species in the fields of the world, farmers must exactly know the biology of these harmful micro-fungi. The DVD series "The biology of fungal pathogens" imparts with sophisticated computer animations sound expertise in compact video clips for quality teaching and training on the subject. The multimedia product of the Institute of Phytopathology, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (CAU) has now been honoured by the Gesellschaft für Pädagogik und Information e. V. with the Comenius EduMedia seal. Dynamically animated, the fungi form long hairs, net structures and spores and throw them out explosively into the environment. Students capture by the captivating images in minutes, how the fungus appears on the plant, which stages it develops and how you can control it efficiently. The multimedia teaching series bears the full title "The Biology of Fungal Pathogens. 50 Video Clips of Fungal Diseases of Cereals"and focuses on the life cycles of microscopic fungi. From 1999 to 2008 scientists of the Institute of Phytopathology worked on the contents, which were then visually translated by the Stumm Film Dr. Rolf Stumm GmbH Ludwigsburg. Today, the DVDs are used worldwide in the agricultural sciences, in six languages in addition to German and English, including Russian. Since 2002, numerous films in the collection won awards, including two awards from the World Media Festival, three Comenius seals, and several prizes at the International Agricultural Film Festival. "We are proud of the award for the entire movie collection and hope to expand the film project in the future," says Professor Joseph-Alexander Verreet who founded and led the project for many years. He has particularly developing countries in mind. In many developing countries farmers can neither read nor write. With animated films the knowledge of plant diseases of the tropics and subtropics and their control can reach many people who suffer huge crop losses each year and consequently hunger. "For such a project we are looking to date both for international partner organizations and for financial support."

Additional information: CAU press release no. 207/2012 from 2012-07-09. (9 July 2012)



„Little World in the Apple Tree “ - Award for documentary and nature film


The prize for the best "Children's and Youth Film 2012" goes to "Little World in the Apple Tree." The 43-minute documentary is a product of the Lübeck screenwriter Thomas Willke, animal and nature filmmaker Joachim Hinz (Aukrug) and entomologist Professor Urs Wyss of the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (CAU). Of the 120 submissions, the film received on this year's Festival of environmental and nature films in Brandenburg one of five awards. The film presents with the latest technology the world of small animals that are active in, on or under a fruit tree can. Because: the apple tree as it is is like the Serengeti. Vast herds move to the rhythm of the seasons through the trees. Dangerous predators lurking on them, chase and kill them. Large and small animals taste its buds, leaves, flowers and of course its fruits. Tiny insects such as aphids, codling moth and apple blossom weevil populate the tree as well as mice, starlings, and owls, which use the caves in the trunk. But on the ground: Moles hunt earthworms, feed on fallen leaves. Hedgehogs hunt the snails that eat the fallen fruit, and do not despise the fermented fruits. Here, interested parties can get a taste: (23 April 2012)



Karl Escherich Medal 2011 awarded to Prof. Urs Wyss


The Karl Escherich Medal was awarded to Prof. Wyss by the Society for General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE) at the Entomologentagung held in Berlin from 21-24 March 2011 "on one hand for his pioneering studies on multitrophic interactions between aphids and parasitoids under special consideration of learning processes and signalling molecules in these complex relationships, and, on the other, for his incomparable film documents about development cycles and behaviour patterns of various species of insects. Notably, he has contributed to knowledge about useful parasites and predators, thus promoting acceptance and progress of biological control". The Karl Escherich-medal is awarded by the DGaaE since 1954 in memory of the founder of applied entomology in Germany, Dr. Dr. h. c. Leopold Karl Escherich for outstanding contributions to applied entomology: Escherich Medal 2011. (14 April 2011)



„Pythium root rot of cereals “ - Award for scientific film


The scientific film "Pythium root rot of cereals," edited by Prof. Joseph-Alexander Verreet and Dr. Holger Klink, Institute for Phytopathology, University of Kiel, received the first prize in the category "Scientific and Popular Film" at the 26th International Film Festival AGROFILM in Nitra, Slovakia (28 September - 2 October 2009). Organisers of the festival are the Ministry of Land Management of the Slovak Republic and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The excellent scientific training film is part of a series that is used worldwide in phytopathological education. (14 April 2011)



Julius Kühn Prize 2008 awarded to Dr. Marco Beyer


The studies of Dr. Beyer cover the pre-harvest and postharvest fields. In the pre-harvest field factors are being identified and quantified which could contribute to reducing the mycotoxin content of wheat. The investigations include the effect of environmental factors on physiological processes of Fusarium species, the influence of agronomic measures on the composition of the Fusarium complex, quantification of sensitivity declines of Fusarium species to fungicides and the development of biological control methods. The post-harvest investigations were carried out in the interdisciplinary research group QUASI that deals with the quality and safety of food. It examines the influence of established and experimental food processing methods on the mycotoxin content of the final product. In addition to his mycotoxin studies, Dr. Beyer dealt with the epidemiology of Septoria tritici in wheat and the evaluation of hemp as a source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. The German Phytomedical Society (DPG) recognizes the work of Dr. Beyer that can in a trend-setting way contribute to an ecologically and economically oriented plant protection. The award ceremony took place at the 56th German Plant Protection Conference (22-25 September 2008) in Kiel. (14 April 2011)


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