Prof. i. R. Dr. Stefan Vidal

Research Interests

• Multitrophic interactions between crops, pathogens, herbivorous insects and their natural enemies
• Ecology of endophytic fungi-plant-insect relationships
• Risk assessment of transgenic crop plants on non-target organisms
• Integrated control of pests in winter wheat and winter oilseed rape
• Long term monitoring of the population dynamics of cereal aphids
• Influence of diversified cropping systems on the population dynamics of pest species

Current Research Projects

Evaluierung der Umwelteinflüsse auf die Wirkung von ATTRACAP®, einem biologischen Bodeninsektizid zur Drahtwurmbekämpfung, und anschließende Stabilisierung des Wirkungsgrades


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

Vidal S, Müller J, Schmidt S (2022): Critical checklist of the Chalcidoidea and Mymarommatoidea (Insecta, Hymenoptera) of Germany. Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e85582. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.10.e85582

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

Gvozdenac S, Milovac Z, Vidal S, Lozanov Crvenković Z, Štajner Papuga I, Franeta F, Ovuka J, Cvejić S (2022): Comparison of Chemical and Biological Wireworm Control Options in Serbian Sunflower Fields and a Proposition for a Refined Wireworm Damage Assessment. MDPI Agronomy (in press)

Piesik D, Lemańczyk G, Bocianowski J, Buszewski B, Vidal S, Mayhew CA (2022): Induction of volatile organic compounds in Triticum aestivum (wheat) plants following infection by different Rhizoctonia pathogens is species specific. Phytochemistry (in press)

Veres A, Wyckhuys KAG, Kiss J, Tóth F, Burgio G, Pons X, Avilla C, Vidal S, Razinger J, Bazok R, Matyjaszczyk E, Milosavljević I, Le XV, Zhou W, Zhu Z-R, Tarno H, Hadi B, Lundgren J, Bonmatin J-M, Bijleveld van Lexmond M, Aebi A, Rauf A and Furlan L (2020): An update of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) on systemic pesticides. Part 4: alternatives in major cropping systems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27: pp. 29867-29899.

Laurenz S, Hermann K, Humbert P, Patel A and Vidal S (2019): Optimierung einer Attract-&-Kill-Strategie gegen Drahtwürmer. Kartoffelbau 3/2019: pp. 18-19.

Askoul K, Richter E, Vidal S and Lusebrink I (2019): Life history parameters of Aleyrodes proletella (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) on different host plants. Journal of Economic Entomology 112(1): pp. 457-464.

Wemheuer F, Wemheuer B, Daniel R and Vidal S (2019): Deciphering bacterial and fungal endophyte communities in leaves of two maple trees with green islands. Scientific Reports 9: 14183.

Ambele CF, Bisseleua HDB, Akutse KS, Olubukola BO, Humbert P, Patel A, Vidal S and Ekesi S (2019): Testing a co-formulation of CO2 releasing material with an entomopathogenic fungus for the management of subterranean termite pests. Mycological Progress 18: 1201-1211.

Gange AC, Koricheva J, Currie AF, Jaber LR and Vidal S (2019): Meta-analysis of the role of entomopathogenic and unspecialised fungal endophytes as plant bodyguards. New Phytologist 223(4): 2002-2010.

Humbert P, Vemmer M, Mävers F, Schumann M, Vidal S and Patel A V (2018): Development of an attract-and-kill co-formulation containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae and neem extract attractive towards wireworms. Pest Management Science 74(7): pp. 1575-1585.

Poehlein A, Hollensteiner J, Granzow S, Wemheuer B, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2018): First insights into the draft genome sequence of the endophyte Paenibacillus amylolyticus strain GM1FR, isolated from Festuca rubra L. Genome Announcements 6(4):e01516-17.

Hollensteiner J, Poehlein A, Granzow S, Liesegang L, Liesegang H, Daniel R, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2018): Draft genome sequence of the endophyte Bacillus mycoides strain GM5LP isolated from Lolium perenne. Genome Announcements 6(4):e01517-17.

Krell V, Jakobs-Schoenwandt D, Vidal S and Patel AV (2018): Encapsulation of Metarhizium brunneum enhances endophytism in tomato plants. Biological Control 116: pp. 62-73.

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Curriculum Vitae

since 2004 Co-Editor in chief of “Journal of Applied Entomology”, Blackwell-Publisher
since 2000 Member of the German Commission for Biological Security of genetically engineered organisms (“ZKBS”)
1999 - 2004 Director of the Institute for Plant Pathology and Plant Protection; GAU
2000 - 2003 Coordinator of the EU-Project “Threat to European maize production by the invasive quarantine pest, Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera): a new sustainable crop management approach”
1999 - 2018 C3-Professor at the Georg-August-University (GAU) Goettingen, chair for agricultural entomology
1997 C3-Professor at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Chair for applied ecology and stored product research
1996 Habilitation at the Department of Horticulture, University of Hanover
1992 - 1996 Assistant professor at the Institute for Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, University of Hanover; research topics: Impact of endophytic fungi on their host plants and herbivorous insects; intercropping management in field vegetables, pathogen-herbivorous insect-parasitoid-interactions
1987 - 1992 Scientific employee at the Department of Biology, University of Hamburg
1988 Ph.D. at the same institution (Population dynamics of the leafmining weevil Rhynchaenus populi [Fabricius, 1792] [Coleoptera, Curculionidae]: Impact of hostplant, intraspecific competition, parasitoids and predators)
1982 degree dissertation on host- parasitoid-complexes of leafminers on willows
1975 study of biology at the Phillips‑University Marburg
1.6.1950 born in Hamburg, Germany;