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Institute of

FG Forest Genetics

PD Dr. Matthias Fladung

Institute of Forest Genetics

Sieker Landstraße 2
22927 Großhansdorf

Head of the Section Genome Research and
Deputy Head of the Institute

  • Study of Biology at the Universities Konstanz and Kiel
  • 1983: Diploma thesis at Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, on the larger foraminifer Herterostegina depressa (Prof. Dr. R. Röttger)
  • 1987: PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, and University of Cologne. PhD –thesis: C3-, C3-C4- and C4-Photosynthesis in different Panicum-species (Prof. Dr. F. Salamini, Prof. Dr. J. Willenbrink)
  • 1999: Habilitation and venia legendi in „Botany“ at the University of Hamburg
  • Since 1993: Research Assistant at the Institute of Forest Genetics, Großhansdorf
  • Since 2004: Head of the section Genome Research
  • Since 2009: Deputy Director of the Institute of Forest Genetics, Großhansdorf
  • March 2010: Appointment as Director and Professor
  • 2010-2014 Stellvertretende Leiter der EU-Cost Action FP0905 “Biosafety of forest transgenic trees: improving the scientific basis for safe tree development and implementation of EU policy directives”

Project-Leader or Co-working in Projects (selected)

TreeHarm: Development of diagnostic and treatment methods for the identification and protection of native trees against regulated and new harmful organisms
Duration 2021-2024

aProPop: Development of a DNA-free genome editing system in poplar by transient Cas9/gRNA plasmid and ribonucleinprotein transfer into protoplasts and germinating pollen
Duration 2018-2021

ChitoPop: Improvement of poplar pathogen response und mycorrhization by modification of LysM proteins Duration 2016-2020

Birch-MeSA: Methyl salicylate in Birches
Duration 2017-2020

MaRussiA (Marker for Russian Aspen): Raising the Productivity, Resistance and Adaptability in Poplar - Gene Markers for Aspen in Russia
Duration 2015-2018

FastWood III: Breeding, genetic characterisation, and capacity assessment of Populus-poplar and black locust
Duration 2015-2018

Activation tagging II: Molecular Analysis of activation-tagged Aspen-Populus Variants II,
Duration 2014-2017

PopMass: Development and use of novel gene technologies to increase biomass yield in the woody perennial Populus spec
Duration 2012-2017

Biosafety: Biosafety of transgenic trees: improving the scientific basis for safe tree development and implementation of EU policy directives (EU-Cost Action)
Duration 2010-2014

Establishment and scientific supervision of the first (1996-2001) and second field release (2000-2003) with transgenic aspen in Germany


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