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Dr Michael Blanke

Scientific Research Focus

  • Plant and ecophysiology of horticultural fruit crops

  • Source-sink relationship in fruit crops, thinning and alternate bearing 

  • Climate change effects on horticultural crops, phenology and chilling

  • Non-invasive techniques for surface detection

  • h-factor: 22, ca. 230 refereed publications, 6, 100 views, 2020 citations, 170 lectures w/w


Academic Education

  • 1974 - 1979

    Diploma in Agricultural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1980 - 1984
    PhD, University of Bristol, UK and University of Bonn, Germany


Professional Career

  • 1980

    Tropical Fruit Crops Research Station, Outspan, Nelspruit, Südafrika

  • 1985 - 2004

    Postdoctoral Researcher at Long Ashton, University of Bristol, UK

  • 1991 - 1993

    Research fellow, University of California Riverside (UCR), USA  


  • 2010

    Prize for Innovation in Horticulture, Sir Michael Heseltime, Oxford

  • 2013 and 2015

    Referee of Excellence, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture


  • since 2004

    ‘Visiting fellow in plant physiology’, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK 


Selected Publications

  1. Blanke, M.M.; Lenz, F. (1989). Fruit photosynthesis- a revew. Plant, Cell and Environment, 13, 13-21.

  2. Blanke, M.M.; Belcher, A. N. v. (1989). Stomata of apple leaves cultured in vitro. Plant Organ & Tissue Culture, 19, 85-89.

  3. Tartachnyk, I.; Blanke, M.M. (2004). Effect of delayed harvest on photosynthesis, transpiration and nutrient remobilisation in apple. New Phytologist, 164, 442-450.

  4. Blanke, M.M.; Cooke D.A. (2004).Effects of water stress on transpiration and water channel activity of strawberry leaves and stolons. Plant Growth Regulation, 42, 153-160.

  5. Blanke, M.M.; Burdick, B. (2007). Food (miles) for thought- energy balance for locally grown versus imported apples from New Zealand. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 12, 125-127.

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