Karlovsky lab: Molecular Phytopathology and 
        Mycotoxin Research
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Who we are

We are an international group studying secondary metabolites in interactions of fungi with plants, other fungi and invertebrates. Our focus is on mycotoxins and selected plant metabolites; we rely on tools of molecular genetics and analytical chemistry. As part of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences we balance projects pursued solely for the sake of academic curiosity with applied topics related to plant diseases and food safety.

Mycotoxin Workshop 2014

took place in Göttingen, Germany. Download proceedings: www.mycotoxin-workshop.de

Recent publications

Splivallo R, Deveau A, Valdez N, Kirchhoff N, Frey-Klett P, Karlovsky P (2014): Bacteria associated with truffle fruiting bodies contribute to truffle aroma. Env Microbiol, electronic version ahead of print.

Lukas S, Abbas SJ, Karlovsky P, Potthoff M, Joergensen RG (2014): Substrate use and survival of fungal plant pathogens on maize residues at winter temperatures around freezing point. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 77:141.

Guo Z, Döll K, Dastjerdi R, Karlovsky P, Dehne H-W, Altincicek B (2014): Effect of fungal colonization of wheat grains with Fusarium spp. on food choice, weight gain and mortality of meal beetle larvae (Tenebrio molitor). PLoS ONE 9:e100112. OPEN ACCESS

Becker E-M, Herrfurth C, Irmisch S, Köllner TG, Feussner I, Karlovsky P, Splivallo R (2014): Infection of corn ears by Fusarium spp. induces the emission of volatile sesquiterpenes. J Agric Food Chem 62:5226.

Häffner E, Karlovsky P, Splivallo R, Traczewska A, Diederichsen E (2014): ERECTA, salicylic acid, abscisic acid and jasmonic acid modulate quantitative disease resistance of Arabidopsis thaliana to Verticillium longisporum. BMC Plant Biology 14:85 OPEN ACCESS.

Abbas SJ, Ahmad B, Karlovsky P (2014): Real-time PCR (qPCR) assay for Rhizoctonia solani anastomoses group AG2-2IIIb . Pak J Bot 46:353. OPEN ACCESS

König S, Feussner K, Kaever A, Landesfeind M, Thurow C, Karlovsky P, Gatz C, Polle A, Feussner I (2014): Soluble phenylpropanoids are involved in the defense response of Arabidopsis against Verticillium longisporum. New Phytologist 202:823.

Jousset A, Becker J, Chatterjee S, Karlovsky P, Scheu S, Eisenhauer N (2014): Biodiversity and species identity drive antifungal activity of bacterial communities. Ecology 95:1184.

Ammar GA, Tryono R, Döll K, Karlovsky K, Deising HB, Wirsel SGR (2013): Identification of ABC transporter genes of Fusarium graminearum with roles in azole tolerance and/or virulence. PLoS ONE 8:e79042 OPEN ACCESS

Döll K, Chatterjee S, Scheu S, Karlovsky P, Rohlfs M (2013): Fungal metabolic plasticity and sexual development mediate induced resistance to arthropod fungivory. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280:20131219.

Winter M, Koopmann B, Döll K, Karlovsky P, Kropf U, Schlüter K, von Tiedemann A (2013): Mechanisms regulating grain contamination with trichothecenes translocated from the stem base of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) infected with Fusarium culmorum. Phytopathology 103:682.OPEN ACCESS

Valdez N, Karlovsky P, Dobrindt L, Hoque MI, Sarker RH, Tantau H, Mühlbach H-P (2013): Role of bacteria in dieback disease of Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. Bangladesh Journal of Botany 42:1.OPEN ACCESS

Danielsen L, Lohaus G, Sirrenberg A, Karlovsky P, Bastien C, Pilate G, Polle A (2013): Ectomycorrhizal colonization and diversity in relation to tree biomass and nutrition in a plantation of transgenic poplars with modified lignin biosynthesis. PLoS ONE 8:e59207 OPEN ACCESS

Alkadri D, Nipoti P, Döll K, Karlovsky P, Prodi A, Pisi A (2013): Study of fungal colonization of wheat kernels in Syria with a focus on Fusarium species. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 14:5938. OPEN ACCESS

Montis V, Pasquali M, Visentin I, Karlovsky P, Cardinale F (2013): Identification of a cis-acting factor modulating the transcription of FUM1, a key fumonisin-biosynthetic gene in the fungal maize pathogen Fusarium verticillioides. Fungal Genetics and Biology 51:42.

Berthiller F, Crews C, Dall'Asta C, De Saeger S, Haesaert G, Karlovsky P, Oswald IP, Seefelder W, Speijers G, Stroka J (2013): Masked Mycotoxins: A Review. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research 57:165. OPEN ACCESS

Splivallo R, Rittersma R, Valdez N, Chevalier G, Molinier V, Wipf D, Karlovsky P (2012): Is climate change altering the geographic distribution of truffles? Front Ecol Environ 10:461.

König S, Feussner K, Schwarz M, Kaever A, Iven T, Ternes P, Karlovsky P, Lipka V, Feussner, I (2012): Arabidopsis mutants of sphingolipid fatty acid a-hydroxylases accumulate free trihydroxylated long chain bases and ceramides. New Phytologist 196:1086. OPEN ACCESS

Becker E-M, Splivallo R, Karlovsky P (2012): Patent application "Volatile biomarkers of fungal infection". Read in Google patents, or download pdf OPEN ACCESS (ca. 1 MB).

Visentin I, Montis V, Döll K, Alabouvette C, Tamietti G, Karlovsky P, Cardinale F (2012): Transcription of genes in the biosynthetic pathway for fumonisin mycotoxins is epigenetically and differentially regulated in Fusarium verticillioides. Eukaryotic Cell 11:252. OPEN ACCESS

Splivallo R, Valdez N, Kirchhoff N, Ona MC, Schmidt JP, Feussner I, Karlovsky P (2012): Intraspecific genotypic variability determines concentrations of key truffle volatiles. New Phytologist 194:823. OPEN ACCESS

Khorassani R, Hettwer Z, Ratzinger R, Steingrobe S, Karlovsky P, Claassen N (2011): Citramalic acid and salicylic acid in sugar beet root exudates solubilize soil phosphorus. BMC Plant Biology 11:111 OPEN ACCESS.

Karlovsky P (2011): Biological detoxification of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol and its use in genetically engineered crops and feed additives. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 91:491. OPEN ACCESS.

Nutz S, Döll K, Karlovsky P (2011): Determination of the LOQ in real-time PCR by receiver operating characteristic curve analysis: application to qPCR assays for Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 401:717. OPEN ACCESS.

Splivallo R, Ottonello S, Mello A, Karlovsky P (2011): Truffle Volatiles: from chemical ecology to aroma biosynthesis. New Phytologist 189:688. OPEN ACCESS.

Ikunaga Y, Sato I, Grond S, Numaziri N, Yoshida S, Yamaya H, Hiradate S, Hasegawa M, Toshima H, Koitabashi M, Ito M, Karlovsky P, Tsushima S (2011): Nocardioides sp. strain WSN05-2, isolated from a wheat field, degrades deoxynivalenol, producing the novel intermediate 3-epi-deoxynivalenol. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 89:419. OPEN ACCESS.