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Institute of

FG Forest Genetics

Dr. Birte Pakull

Institute of Forest Genetics

Sieker Landstraße 2
22927 Großhansdorf
+49 4102 696 140
+49 4102 696 200

1998-2005 Academic studies, Biology, University of Hamburg

Diploma thesis: Molecular characterization of phytosulfokine-precursor homologous genes (ZmPSK) in maize (Zea mays L.)

2007-2010 phD thesis, TI-Institute of Forest Genetics, Genetic mapping and sex determination in aspen (Populus tremula L./Populus tremuloides Michx.)

2011-2015: Employee, TI-Institute of Forest Genetics, “Genome Research“  

Since 2015: Employee: TI-Institute of Forest Genetics, “Center of Compentence on the Origin of Timber“ 


Marker for sex in aspen:



  • DNA Timber
  • Analyses: origin of timber samples


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    Pakull B, Wojacki J, Eusemann P, Fussi B, Ahnert D, Liesebach H (2023) Sexual reproduction in two mixed stands of coastal and interior Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) in Germany. Eur J Forest Res 142(1):175-182, DOI:10.1007/s10342-022-01514-z

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    Pakull B, Eusemann P, Wojacki J, Ahnert D, Liesebach H (2021) Genetic diversity of seeds from four German Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) seed orchards. Eur J Forest Res 140:1543-1557, DOI:10.1007/s10342-021-01419-3

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    Benavides R, Carvalho B, Bastias CC, López-Quiroga D, Mas A, Cavers S, Gray A, Albet A, Alia R, Ambrosio O, Aravanopoulos FA, Aunon F, Avanzi C, Avramidou EV, Bagnoli F, Ballesteros E, Barbas E, Liesebach M, Pakull B, Schneck V, et al (2021) The GenTree Leaf Collection: Inter- and intraspecific leaf variation in seven forest tree species in Europe. Global Ecol Biogeogr 30:590-597, DOI:10.1111/geb.13239

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    Opgenoorth L, Dauphin B, Benavides R, Heer K, Alizoti P, Martínez-Sancho E, Alia R, Ambrosio O, Audrey A, Aunon F, Avanzi C, Avramidou EV, Bagnoli F, Barbas E, Bastias CC, Bastien C, Ballesteros E, Liesebach M, Pakull B, Schneck V, et al (2021) The GenTree Platform: growth traits and tree-level environmental data in 12 European forest tree species. GigaSci 10(3):1-13, DOI:10.1093/gigascience/giab010

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    Müller NA, Kersten B, Leite Montalvao AP, Mähler N, Bernhardsson C, Bräutigam K, Carracedo Lorenzo Z, Hönicka H, Kumar V, Mader M, Pakull B, Robinson KM, Sabatti M, Vettori C, Ingvarsson PK, Cronk Q, Street NR, Fladung M (2020) A single gene underlies the dynamic evolution of poplar sex determination. Nat Plants 6:630-637, DOI:10.1038/s41477-020-0672-9

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    Müller NA, Kersten B, Leite Montalvao AP, Hönicka H, Mader M, Pakull B, Fladung M (2020) A single gene underlies the dynamic evolution of poplar sex determination [Datenpublikation] [online]. , zu finden in <> [zitiert am 05.08.2020]

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    Pakull B, Schindler L, Mader M, Kersten B, Blanc-Jolivet C, Paulini M, Lemes MR, Ward S, Navarro CM, Cavers S, Sebbenn AM, Dio Odi, Guichoux E, Degen B (2020) Development of nuclear SNP markers for Mahogany (Swietenia spp.). Conserv Genet Resources 12:585-587, DOI:10.1007/s12686-020-01162-8

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    Liesebach H, Wojacki J, Pakull B, Eusemann P (2020) Genetische Diversität von Douglasiensaatgut aus zugelassenen Erntebeständen und Samenplantagen - Schlussfolgerungen für die Praxis. Thünen Rep 76:246-259

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    Martínez-Sancho E, Slámová L, Morganti S, Grefen C, Carvalho B, Dauphin B, Rellstab C, Gugerli F, Opgenoorth L, Heer K, Knutzen F, Arx G von, Valladares F, Cavers S, Fady B, Alia R, Aravanopoulos FA, Avanzi C, Liesebach M, Pakull B, et al (2020) The GenTree Dendroecological Collection, tree-ring and wood density data from seven tree species across Europe. Sci Data 7:1, DOI:10.1038/s41597-019-0340-y

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    Leite Montalvao AP, Müller NA, Kersten B, Schiffthaler B, Bräutigam K-R, Pakull B, Hönicka H, Vettori C, Cronk Q, Ingvarsson P, Sabatti M, Street N, Fladung M (2019) A single gene is underlying the dynamic evolution of sex determination in poplars. In: Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (ed) Botanikertagung 2019 : international plant science conference ; 15.-19. September, Rostock. Rostock: Univ Rostock, p 98

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    Pakull B, Ekue MRM, Bouka Dipelet UG, Doumenge C, McKey DB, Loumeto JJ, Opuni-Frimpong E, Yorou SN, Nacoulma BMY, Guelly KA, Ramamonjisoa L, Thomas D, Guichoux E, Loo J, Degen B (2019) Genetic diversity and differentiation among the species of African mahogany (Khaya spp.) based on a large SNP array. Conserv Genet(20):1035-1044, DOI:10.1007/s10592-019-01191-3

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    Wojacki J, Eusemann P, Ahnert D, Pakull B, Liesebach H (2019) Genetic diversity in seeds produced in artificial Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) stands of different size. Forest Ecol Manag 438:18-24, DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2019.02.012

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    Chaves CL, Degen B, Pakull B, Mader M, Honorio E, Ruas P, Tysklind N, Sebbenn AM (2018) Assessing the ability of chloroplast and nuclear DNA gene markers to verify the geographic origin of Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril L.) timber. J Heredity 109(5):543-552, DOI:10.1093/jhered/esy017

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    Mader M, Pakull B, Blanc-Jolivet C, Paulini-Drewes M, Bouda ZH-N, Degen B, Small I, Kersten B (2018) Complete chloroplast genome sequences of four Meliaceae species and comparative analyses. Int J Mol Sci 19(3):701, DOI:10.3390/ijms19030701

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    Kersten B, Mader M, Müller NA, Schröder H, Pakull B, Blanc-Jolivet C, Liesebach H, Liesebach M, Degen B, Fladung M (2017) Application of NGS to develop molecular markers for monitoring and selection purposes in the context of climate change. In: International Union of Forest Research Organizations (ed) IUFRO 125th anniversary congress 2017 : 18-22 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany.

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    Kersten B, Pakull B, Fladung M (2017) Genomics of sex determination in dioecious trees and woody plants. Trees 31:1113-1125, DOI:10.1007/s00468-017-1525-7

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    Mader M, Kersten B, Pakull B, Blanc-Jolivet C, Degen B (2016) Assembly of tropical tree chloroplast genomes from NGS genome skimming data. In: 4th Plant Genomics Congress : Poster Presentation Abstract ; London, UK ; 9.5.2016-10.5.2016. London, p 21

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    Pakull B, Mader M, Kersten B, Ekue MRM, Bouka Dipelet UG, Paulini M, Bouda ZH-N, Degen B (2016) Development of nuclear, chloroplast and mitochondrial SNP markers for Khaya sp.. Conserv Genet Resources 8(3):293-297, DOI:10.1007/s12686-016-0557-4

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    Pakull B, Kersten B, Lüneburg J, Fladung M (2015) A simple PCR-based marker to determine sex in aspen. Plant Biol 17(1):256-261, DOI:10.1111/plb.12217

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    Schmitt U, Koch G, Meier D, Erasmy N, Pakull B, Fladung M (2015) Lignin distribution in secondary xylem walls of genetically Modified Poplar Trees. In: 5th International Scientific Conference on Hartwood Processing 2015 : International Academy of Wood Science - Annual Meeting ; Proceedings ; September 15-17, 2015 ; Quebec City, Canada. pp 182-189

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    Kersten B, Pakull B, Vettori C, Fladung M (2015) TOZ19 is a Y haplotype-specific gene in aspen. In: Vettori C, Vendramin GG, Paffetti D, Travaglini D (eds) IUFRO Tree Biotechnology 2015 Conference : "Forests: the importance to the planet and society" ; 8-12 June 2015, Florence, Italy ; Proceedings. Florenz: IUFRO, pp 236-237

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    Pakull B, Kersten B, Lüneburg J, Fladung M (2015) TreeForJoules Improving eucalyptus and poplar wood properties for bioenergy - genetics. In: Conference documents Plant 2040 Status Seminar, March 4 - 6, 2015 in Potsdam. pp 171-172

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    Kersten B, Pakull B, Fladung M (2014) The sex-linked region in P. tremuloides corresponds to a pericentromeric region of about 2 Mio bp on P. trichocarpa chromosome 19. In: Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Genome Research Working Group of the GPZ, 11-13/2/2014, Cologne. pp 21-22

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    Kersten B, Pakull B, Groppe K, Lüneburg J, Fladung M (2014) The sex-linked region in Populus tremuloides Turesson 141 corresponds to a pericentromeric region of about two million base pairs on P. trichocarpa chromosome 19. Plant Biol 16(2):411-418, DOI:10.1111/plb.12048

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    Kersten B, Pakull B, Fladung M (2012) Mapping of the sex trait and sequence analysis of two linked genomic regions in Populus tremuloides. ScienceMed 3(3):203-210

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    Pakull B, Schröder H, Fladung M (2012) TREEFORJOULES - Verbesserung der Holzeigenschaften von Eukalyptus und Pappel für die Bioenergiegewinnung. Beitr Nordwestdt Forstl Versuchsanst 8: 408

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    Pakull B, Groppe K, Mecucci F, Gaudet M, Sabatti M, Fladung M (2011) Genetic mapping of linkage group XIX and identification of sex-linked SSR markers in a Populus tremula X Populus tremuloides cross. Can J Forest Res 41(2):245-253

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    Pakull B, Groppe K, Meyer M, Markussen T, Fladung M (2009) Genetic linkage mapping in aspen (Populus tremula L. and Populus tremuloides Michx.). Tree Genetics Genomes 5(3):505-515, DOI:10.1007/s11295-009-0204-2

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    Markussen T, Pakull B, Fladung M (2007) Positioning of sex-correlated markers for Populus in a AFLP- and SSR-marker based genetic map of Populus tremula x tremuloides. Silvae Genetica 56(3-4):180-184, DOI:10.1515/sg-2007-0027

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