Prof. Dr. Michael Rostás

Research Interests

• Chemo-ecological interactions between insects, microorganisms and crops (oilseed rape, sugar beet, maize, etc.)
• Genetic and induced resistance in crop plants against insects
• Beneficial (endophytic) fungi for crop protection
• Chemical ecology of soil insects
• Effects of abiotic and biotic stress interaction on plant-insect relationships


Cedden D, Güney G., Debaisieu X, Scholten S., Rostás M, Bucher G (2023): Effective target genes for RNA interference-based management of the cabbage stem flea beetle Insect Molecular Biology doi: 10.1111/imb.12942

Rahman S, Rostás M, Vosteen I (2024): Drought aggravates plant stress by favouring aphids and weakening indirect defense in a sugar beet tritrophic system Journal of Pest Science, doi:10.1007/s10340-024-01799-6

Ermio J.D.L, Peri E, Bella P, Rostás M, Sobhy I.S, Wenseleers T, Colazza S, Lievens B, Cusumano A (2024): The indirect effect of nectar‑inhabiting yeasts on olfactory
responses and longevity of two stink bug egg parasitoids.
BioControl doi: 10.1007/s10526-023-10237-y

Pfizer R, Rostás M, Häußermann P, Häuser T, Rinklef A, Detering J, Schrameyer K, Voegele R.T, Maier J, Varrelmann M (2024): Effects of succession crops and soil tillage on suppressing the syndrome ‘basses richesses’ vector Pentastiridius leporinus in sugar beet. Pest Management Science doi: 10.1002/ps.8041

Slonka M, Vosteen I, Mendoza-Mendoza A, Rostás M (2024): Ecological functions of fungal sesquiterpenes in the food preference and fitness of soil Collembola. Royal Society Open Science 11(2), doi: 10.1098/rsos.231549

Schiwek S, Slonka M, Alhussein M, Knierim D, Margaria Paolo, Rose Hanna, Richert-Pöggeler K.R, Rostás M, Karlovsky P (2024): Mycoviruses Increase the Attractiveness of Fusarium graminearum for Fungivores and Suppress production of the Mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol. toxins 16(3), 131 doi: 10.3390/toxins16030131

Zhu Y, Stahl Andreas, Rostás M, Will T (2023): Temporal and species-specific resistance of sugar beet to green peach aphid and black bean aphid: mechanisms and implications for breeding. Pest Management Science 80(2), 404-413 doi: 10.1002/ps.7770

Posada-Vergara C, Vidal S, Rostás M (2023): Local Competition and Enhanced Defense: How Metarhizium brunneum Inhibits Verticillium longisporum in Oilseed Rape Plants. J. Fungi 9(8), 796 doi: 10.3390/jof9080796

Hettiarachchi DK, Rostás M, Sullivan JJ, Jackman S, van Koten C, Cripps MG (2023): Plant phylogeny determines host selection and acceptance of the oligophagous leaf beetle Cassida rubiginosa. Pest Management Science doi: 10.1002/ps.7669

Surovy MZ, Rahman S, Rostás M, Islam T, von Tiedemann A (2023): Suppressive Effects of Volatile Compounds from Bacillus spp.on Magnaporthe oryzae Triticum (MoT) Pathotype, Causal Agent of Wheat Blast. microorganisms, doi:10.3390/microorganisms11051291

Cedden, D., Güney, G., Scholten, S., Rostás, M. (2023): Lethal and sublethal effects of orally delivered double-stranded RNA on the cabbage stem flea beetle, Psylliodes chrysocephala. Pest Management Science doi: 10.1002/ps.7494

Sana, S., Vollhardt, I., Kubon, K., Rostás, M., Scholten, S. (2023): De novo transcriptome assemblies of five major European oilseed rape insect pests. BMC Genom Data 24, 15.doi: s12863-023-01115-8

van Zijll de Jong E, Kandula J.; Rostás M, Kandula D, Hampton J, Mendoza-Mendoza A (2023): Fungistatic Activity Mediated by Volatile Organic Compounds Is Isolate-Dependent in Trichoderma sp. “atroviride B”. J. Fungi 9, 238. doi:jof9020238

Güney G, Rüde D, Beran F, Ulber B, Cook SM, Rostás M (2022): Insights into the aestivation in cabbage stem flea beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala). Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops IOBC-WPRS Bulletin Vol. 157, p. 108

Posada-Vergara C, Lohaus K, Alhussein M, Vidal S, Rostás M (2022): Root Colonization by Fungal Entomopathogen Systemically Primes Belowground Plant Defense against Cabbage Root Fly. Journal of Fungi 8(9):969 doi:10.3390/jof8090969

Zoclanclounon YAB, Rostás M, Chung N-J, Mo Y, Karlovsky P, Dossa K (2022): Characterization of peroxidase and laccase gene families and in silico identification of potential genes involved in upstream steps of lignan formation in sesame. Life 12: 1200. doi:10.3390/life12081200

Cusumano A, Bella P, Peri E, Rostás M, Guarino S, Lievens B & Colazza S (2022): Nectar-Inhabiting Bacteria Affect Olfactory Responses of an Insect Parasitoid by Altering Nectar Odors. Microbial Ecologydoi:10.1007/s00248-022-02078-6

Pfitzer R, Varrelmann M, Schrameyer K and Rostás M (2022): Life history traits and a method for continuous mass rearing of the planthopper Pentastiridius leporinus, a vector of the causal agent of syndrome “basses richesses” in sugar beet. Pest Management Science. doi:10.1002/ps.7090

Muskat LC, Jiang L, Brikmann J, Rostás M and Patel AV (2022): Development of a self-adhesive oleogel formulation designed for the slow release of semiochemicals. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. doi:10.1002/mame.202200276

Cruz-Magalhães V, Nieto-Jacobo MF, Rostás M, Echaide-Aquino JF, Naranjo UE, Stewart A, Loguercio LL, Mendoza-Mendoza A (2022): Histidine kinase two-component response regulators Ssk1, Skn7 and Rim15 differentially control growth, developmental and volatile organic compounds emissions as stress responses in Trichoderma atroviride. Current Research in Microbial Sciences in press. doi:10.1016/j.crmicr.2022.100139

Atijegbe SR, Mansfield S, Ferguson CM, Rostás M, Worner SP (2022): Thermal requirements for egg development of two endemic Wiseana pest species (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of economic importance. Journal of Applied Entomology doi:10.1111/jen.13002

Obermeier C, Mason AS, Meiners T, Petschenka G, Rostás M, Will T, Wittkop B, Austel N (2022): Perspectives for integrated insect pest protection in oilseed rape breeding . Theoretical and Applied Genetics doi:10.1007/s00122-022-04074-3

Nixon L, Morrison WR, Rice KB, Goldson S, Brockerhoff EG, Khrimian A, Rostás M, Leskey TC (2021): Behavioural responses of diapausing Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to conspecific volatile organic compounds. Journal of Applied Entomology 00: 1-9. doi: 10.1111/jen.12955

Hausmann J, Heimbach U, Rostás M , Brandes M (2021): The effect of insecticide application by dropleg sprayers on pollen beetle parasitism in oilseed rape. BioControl , doi:10.1007/s10526-021-10111-9

Hennessy LM, Popay AJ, Glare TR, Finch SC, Cave VM and Rostás M (2021): Olfactory responses of Argentine stem weevil to herbivory and endophyte-colonisation in perennial ryegrass. Journal of Pest Science doi: 10.1007/s10340-021-01375-2

All publications by Prof. Dr. Michael Rostás

Positions Held

since 2018 Professor (Full), Head of Agricultural Entomology Division, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Göttingen, Germany
2012 - 2018 Senior lecturer in Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Bio-Protection Research Centre (100%), Lincoln University, New Zealand
2010 - 2012 Lecturer in Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Bio-Protection Research Centre (70%) and Department of Ecology (30%), Lincoln University, New Zealand
2003 - 2010 Research Group Leader (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, C1), Department of Botany II, University of Würzburg, Germany
2002 - 2003 Postdoctoral researcher, Fundamental and Applied Chemical Ecology, Institute of Zoology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


2013 Dr. habil. (Habilitation = German professorial thesis) in Ecology, University of Würzburg, Germany
2001 Dr. rer. nat. in Biology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
1997 Diploma (≈ M.Sc.) in Biology, Free University of Berlin, Germany