|Dr. Rita Grosch
Head of Programme Area MICRO
Head of Research group MICRO.1
Principles of integrated pest Management
Phone +49 (0)33701 78207
Fax +49 (0)33701 55391
|Main research areas are plant – pathogen interactions with a particular emphasis on soil-borne pathogens such as Rhizoctonia solani and Verticillium spp.. Soil-borne pathogens are difficult to control and disease incidence and severity are affected by abiotic and biotic factors. The main goal of her research group is to determine how cultivation conditions affect the incidence and severity of soil-borne diseases (performance of monitoring) and how severity can be reduced by management practices. The group studies the impact of pathogens on plant responses at molecular and metabolomic level. RNA-seq analysis supports the improved understanding of plant and pathogen responses during the interaction process.
Several third-party funded projects have contributed to a better understanding of the development of biological control methods against diseases caused by soil-borne pathogens. Biocontrol agents to enhance plant health were studied at field scale considering the rhizosphere competence of such inoculants. Recently, the impact of long-term farming practice on soil and rhizosphere microbiome is studied within the frame of a third-party project.
|since 2017||Head of Programme Area 2, IGZ|
|2013-2016||Head of Department Plant Health, IGZ|
|2007–2012||Acting Head of Department Plant Health, IGZ|
|Since 1993||Scientist, Department Plant Health, IGZ|
|1990–1993||Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, Institute of Phytomedicine at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin|
|1982–1990||Scientist, Institute for Crop Production at the Academy of Agricultural Science, Paulinenaue|
|1985–1990||PhD in Phytopathology, Agriculture Faculty, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin|
|1977–1982||Studies of Biology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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Dr. rer. nat. Rita Grosch
Dr. rer. nat.
033701 - 78 207
Head of PA MICRO
Implications of soil management practices and application of biocontrol strains on soil disease suppressiveness for improved soil health and sustainab...
Elucidating plant-pathogen interactions at the protein level
Soil-borne pathogenic fungi cause severe losses in crop yield and quality. In Principle, they colonize the plant root surface in response to root exud...
Mass spectrometry-based exploration of plant-associated microbial communities
Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) is a unique tool for fast and high resolving character...
Spatial mapping of root metabolites
Plant roots secrete a wide range of compounds that govern the interaction with other organisms in the rhizosphere. In this project, the spatial distri...