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Dr Christa Lankes

Scientific Focus in Research and Teaching

    • Tree fruit and small fruit viruses

    • Virus elimination by heat therapy and meristem culture

    • In vitro culture of horticultural species

    • Propagation techniques and quality of propagation plants in horticultural species

    • Selection and phenotyping in Malus and Prunus

    • Soil fatigue and specific apple replant disease

    • Yield and quality formation in tree fruit


    Academic Education

    • 1977 - 1981

      Diploma in Agricultural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany (Prof. Dr. F. Lenz)

    • 1982 - 1985

      PhD, thesis: “CO2 gas exchange, transpiration, and stomatal behavior of apple trees, leaves, and fruits during vegetation and dormancy", University of Bonn, Germany (Prof. Dr. F. Lenz)


    Professional Career

    • 1985 - 1988

      Postdoc, project: virus elimination in fruit species with special focus on the development of a meristem culture technique suitable for the elimination of viruses from Ribes species; Department of Horticultural Science, University of Bonn, Germany

    • 1987

      Postdoc, project: characterization of viruses in Rubus species; Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK

    • 1998

      Postdoc, project: development of an in vitro culture technique suitable for investigations of water relations in apple tissue; USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, MD, USA

    • since 1998

      Senior scientist, duties in research, teaching and administration; Department of Horticultural Science, University of Bonn

    • since 2016

      Scientific Chief Executive of the "Dienstleistungsplattform für Pflanzenversuche“ (i. e. service unit of the Faculty of Agriculture providing support in research and teaching in the area of modern crop science) 


    Selected Publications

    1. Lankes, C. (2011). GiSelA® Cherry Rootstocks Compared for Virus Tolerance and Field Performance. Acta Horticulturae, 903, 521-527.

    2. Lankes, C.; Baab, G. (2011). Screening of Apple Rootstocks for Response to Apple Proliferation Disease. Acta Horticulturae, 903, 379-383.

    3. Mohamed, R. R.; Dunemann, F.; Peil, A.; Lankes, C.; Noga, G.; Léon, J. (2012). A saturated SSR-DArT linkage map of apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.) 2nd Symposium on Horticulture in Europe, Angers, France.

    4. Müller, V.; Lankes, C.; Zimmermann, B. F.; Noga, G.; Hunsche, M. (2013). Centelloside accumulation in leaves of Centella asiatica is determined by resource partitioning between primary and secondary metabolism while influenced by supply levels of either nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium.   Journal of Plant Physiology, 170, 165-1175. []

    5. Müller, V.; Lankes, C.; Schmitz-Eiberger, M.; Noga, G.; Hunsche, M. (2013). Estimation of flavonoid and centelloside accumulation in leaves of Centella asiatica L. Urban by multiparametric fluorescence measurements. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 93, 27-34. []

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