Plant Pathology and Crop Protection

Plant Pathology and Crop Protection


Our research interests are focusing on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and integrated control of fungal diseases in oilseed rape, cereals and other crops (phytopathology, phytomedicine). We are also addressing abiotic disorders of plants induced by environmental stress and physiological effects of fungicides on plants. Our specific interests are on the disease epidemics of fungal pathogens in plant stands and crop production systems, resistance mechanisms in plants and phenotyping methods for resistance screening.


In the frame of lectures, practial courses, seminars and excursions comprehensive knowledge in the diverse subdiciplines of plant pathology and crop protection is transfered. Students of both BSc and MSc programs may choose 3 mandatory and 11 elective modules intended for providing solid knowlege in plant pathology and crop protection. Modules on concepts of integrated crop production, biology of plant pathogens, control mechanisms of pesticides and their use (including development and registration procedures) are treated. Concepts of biological control and examples are presented. Furthermore, host-parasite-interactions are in addressed in some modules, in order to deepen the understanding of phenomena of crop plant resistance and susceptibility.
Lectures, practical courses etc. are presented in German the BSc and regular MSc study programmes of Agricultural Sciences and in English language for the Crop Protection master study program which was established in winter term 2010/2011. Since 2016, we also offer a European joint master programme in "Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems" which is integrated in the regular MSc Crop Protection.

Further details of these study programmes are available by the following hyperlinks:

Obituary for Prof. Dr. Rudolf Heitefuß (1928 - 2020)

Heitefuß_kk     On October 3rd, 2020,
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Heitefuß,
for many years Director of the Institute of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection at the University of Göttingen, died.

To the obituary (in German)

...recently published papers

Faridi R, Koopmann B, Schierholt A, Ali MB, Apel S, Link W (2021). Genetic study of the resistance of faba bean (Vicia faba) against the fungus Ascochyta fabae through a genome‐wide association analysis. Plant Breeding.

Zamani-Noor N, Krohne I, Koopmann B (2021). Greenhouse evaluation of clubroot resistant-Brassica napus cv. Mendel and its efficacy concerning virulence and soil inoculum levels of Plasmodiophora brassicae. Pathogens, 10, 151.

Navarro BL, Romero LR, Kistner MB, Iglesias J, von Tiedemann A (2021). Monitoring of physiological races of Exserohilum turcicum isolates from maize in Argentina and Brazil. Tropical Plant Pathology,

Navarro B, Campos RA, Gasparoto MCG, von Tiedemann A (2021). In vitro and in planta studies on temperature adaptation of Exserohilum turcicum isolates from maize in Europe and South America. Pathogens 10,154,

...further news

Phytomedizin 3. Auflage     The 3rd edition of the textbook "Phytomedizin" (Hallmann J & von Tiedemann A) was published in December 2019. The publisher is UTB. The book comes in a new design and consists of 380 pages. ISBN: 9783825252618