Molecular Ecosystem Sciences B. Sc.

Bernhard Weißbecker

Bernhard Weißbecker is lecturer in the section Forest Zoology and Forest Protection, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology. His main interests are in the fields of (i) analysis of volatile compounds, (ii) electrophysiology, and (iii) chemical ecology of forest insects.

Key expertise:
• Sampling techniques for volatiles in air
• Analytical techniques (GC-MS, GC-FID)
• Electrophysiological techniques (EAG, GC-EAG)
• Chemical communication of insects

Selected publications:
Paczkowski S, Weißbecker B, Schöning MJ, Schütz S (2010) Biosensors on the Basis of Insect Olfaction. In: Vilcinskas A (Hg.) Insect Biotechnology. Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, 225-240.
Weißbecker B, Schröder T, Schütz S (2009) Odour perception of Monochamus galloprovincialis: detection of volatiles related to infestation with Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. Mitteilungen Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, 17: 185-188.
Thakeow P, Angeli S, Weißbecker B, Schütz S (2008) Antennal and behavioural responses of the fungivorous insect Cis boleti to volatiles of its host fungus. Chemical Senses 33: 379-387.
Weißbecker B, Schröder T, Apel KH, Schütz S (2006) Perception of host odours by forest pests: comparison of a wood breeding beetle (Monochamus galloprovincialis) and a bark breeding beetle (Phaenops cyanea). Mitteilungen Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, 15: 235-238.
Weißbecker B, Holighaus G, Schütz S (2004) Gas chromatography with mass spectrometric and electroantennographic detection: –analysis of wood odour by direct coupling of insect olfaction and mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A 1056: 209-216.
Weißbecker B, Schütz S, Klein A, Hummel HE (1997) Analysis of Volatiles Emitted by Potato Plants by Means of a Colorado Beetle Electroantennographic Detector. Talanta 44:2217-2224.

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Bernhard Weißbecker teaches the following courses:
Chemical Ecology
Laboratory techniques