Our expertise


We have collected a broad spectrum of expertise during decades of basic and applied research, carry out peer reviews for high ranking international journals and funding agencies, and are well linked into national and international research networks.

Selected publications of the group

  • Antonini S, Arias MA, Eichert T, Clemens J (2012): Greenhouse evaluation and environmental impact assessment of different urine-derived struvite fertilizers as phosphorus sources for plants. Chemosphere 89: 1202–1210
  • Berdugo CA, Mahlein, AK, Steiner U, Dehne HW, Oerke, EC (2013): Sensors and imaging techniques for the assessment of the delay of wheat senescence induced by fungicides. Functional Plant Biology 40 (7) 677-689
  • Berdugo CA, Steiner U, Dehne HW, Oerke, EC (2012): Effect of bixafen on senescence and yield formation of wheat. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 104 (3) 171-177.
  • Eichert T, Goldbach HE (2008): Equivalent pore radii of hydrophilic foliar uptake routes in stomatous and astomatous leaf surfaces – further evidence for a stomatal pathway. Physiol. Plant. 132: 491–502.
  • Eichert T, Goldbach HE (2010): Transpiration rate affects the mobility of foliar-applied boron in Ricinus communis L. cv. Impala. Plant Soil, 328: 165–174.
  • Eichert T, Kurtz A, Steiner U, Goldbach HE (2008): Size exclusion limits and lateral heterogeneity of the stomatal foliar uptake pathway for aqueous solutes and water-suspended nanoparticles. Physiol.Plant. 134: 151–160.
  • Eichert T, Peguero-Pina JJ, Gil-Pelegrín E, Heredia A, Fernández V (2010): Effects of iron chlorosis and iron resupply on leaf xylem architecture, water relations, gas exchange and stomatal performance of fi eld-grown peach (Prunus persica). Physiol.Plant. 138: 48–59.
  • Fallahi E, Eichert T (2013): Principles and practices of foliar nutrients with an emphasis on nitrogen and calcium sprays in apple. HortTechnology 23: 542–547.
  • Kuska M, Wahabzada M, Leucker M, Dehne HW, Kersting K, Oerke EC, Steiner U, Mahlein AK (2015): Hyperspectral phenotyping on the microscopic scale: towards automated
    characterization of plant-pathogen interactions. Plant Methods 11, Doi: 10.1186/s13007-015-0073-7.
  • Leucker M, Mahlein AK, Steiner U, Oerke EC (2016): Improvement of lesion phenotyping in Cercospora beticola-sugar beet interaction by hyperspectral imaging. Phytopathology 106 (2) 177-184.
  • Mahlein AK, Oerke EC, Steiner U, Dehne HW (2012): Recent advances in sensing plant diseases for precision crop protection. European Journal of Plant Pathology 133 (1) 197 – 209.
  • Mahlein AK, Rumpf T, Welke P, Dehne HW, Pluemer L, Steiner U, Oerke EC (2013): Development of spectral indices for detecting and identifying plant diseases. Remote Sensing of Environment 128, 21-30.
  • Oerke EC, Froehling P, Steiner U (2011): Thermographic assessment of scab disease on apple leaves. Precision Agriculture 12 (5) 699-715.
  • Oerke EC, Steiner U, Dehne HW, Lindenthal M (2006): Thermal imaging of cucumber leaves affected by downy mildew and environmental conditions. Journal of Experimental Botany 57 (9) 2121-2132.
  • Paulus S, Eichert T, Goldbach HE, Kuhlmann H. (2014): Limits of active laser triangulation as an instrument for high precision plant imaging. Sensors 14: 2489–2509.
  • Steiner U, Buerling K, Oerke, EC (2008): Sensor use in plant protection. Gesunde Pfl anzen 60 (4) 131-141.
  • Wimmer, MA, Lochnit G, Bassil E, Muehling KH, Goldbach HE (2009): Membrane-associated, boron interacting proteins isolated by boronate affi nity chromatography Plant Cell Physiol. 50: 1292–1304.