Dr. rer. nat. habil. Silke Ruppel
Dr. rer. nat. habil.
033701 - 78 337
Head of RG MICRO.2
VolCorn – Volatilome of a Cereal Crop-Microbiota System under Drought and Flooding
Climate change challenges global crop production on different levels, e.g. by an increased frequency of weather extremes which eventually result in pl...
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...
|Head of Research group 2.2
Private docent of Microbial Ecology
Faculty of Agronomy
|Main research interest is the functional interaction between the plant and its microbiome. Native bacterial diversity and selected bacterial strains significantly impact plant nutrition and plant vitality. Functional interactions are analysed by complex omics techniques, from the plant and bacterial point of view, depending on the plant genetic composition and N- and P-fertilisation strategies. Additionally, the risk and pros of diverse bacterial community compositions are my focus of interest in respect of potential human pathogenic bacteria and probiotic acting bacteria. Advisory work is conducted for farmers applying bacterial preparations, and for politics in biodiversity. She has been involved in collaboration work and leading scientific projects with more than 12 countries on 4 continents. Her research work is published in more than 50 scientific articles and she supervised 11 PhDs and examined 8 theses in 6 countries.
|Since 1992||Scientist, Department Plant Nutrition, IGZ|
|1987–1992||Research group leader at the Institute of Soil Fertility, Müncheberg|
|1981–1987||Research Associate at the Institute of Soil Fertility, Müncheberg|
|2008||Habilitation and venia legendi in Microbiology at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg|
|1984–1987||PhD at the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the GDR|
|1976–1981||Studies of Plant Breeding, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg|
|Major engagements and other professional roles (selection)|
|Member of Advisory Group “Biodiversity” of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (since 2001)|
|Member of Advisory Group ‘Biodiversity ‘of the Leibniz-Association (since 2006)|
|Teaching and supervision|
|Courses in Ecotoxicology Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (2007)
Courses in Ecophysiology and soil quality, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2004–2009)
Guest lecturer at Bergen University (Norway) (2003, 2004)
Guest lecturer at Hisar University (India) 2000
Guest lecturer at Cairo University (Egypt) 2008
Guest lecturer Talca University (Chile) 2009 and 2014
Courses in Symbiosis in Plant Nutrition, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (since 2000)
Supervision of 11 PhD students (two ongoing) and of Master’s students
|TASPO award 2007|
|Award of DAAD 100 year anniversary in Cairo Egypt 2008|