Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
Gießen, Hesse Germany
Areas of Expertise:
RNA interference, pest control, insect immunity, miRNAs
Tribolium castaneum, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, Meligethes aeneus, Tenebrio molitor
I'm working on the identification and characterization genes involved in the insect development and immunity, analyzing the gene expression of several immune and stress-related genes by using quantitative real time PCR (RT-PCR).
Another research focus is the development of new long-lasting plant protection methods. A promising new strategy for environmentally-beneficial and highly specific pest control is the use of RNAi by targeting vital genes of pest insects with double stranded RNAs to induce a lethal response.