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Prof. Dr. Michael Rostás

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Research Projects

Effect of global change on multitrophic interactions in sugarbeet | 31.03.20
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The role of sesquiterpene volatiles emitted by plant-symbiotic Trichoderma virens in plant-herbivore interactions | 04.07.19
Trichoderma spp. are widely applied as biocontrol agents to protect crops from plant pathogens. Many of these strains are opportunistic endophytes th... [+]



Conti E, [...] Rostás M, Roversi PF, Sforza RFH, Tavella L and Wajnberg E (2020) | 28.09.20
Biological control of invasive stink bugs: review of global state and future prospects. <i>Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata</i>. DOI: 10.1111/eea.12967... [+]

Rivas-Franco F, Hampton JG, Narciso J, Rostás M, Wessman P, Saville DJ, Jackson TA and Glare TR (2020) | 29.06.20
Effects of a maize root pest and fungal pathogen on entomopathogenic fungal rhizosphere colonization, endophytism and induction of plant hormones. Biological Control 150: 104347.   DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2020.104347... [+]

Atijegbe SR, Mansfield S, Ferguson CM, Worner SP and Rostás M (2020) | 08.06.20
Host range expansion of an endemic insect herbivore is associated with high nitrogen and low fibre content in exotic pasture plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology     DOI: 10.1007/s10886-020-01183-5 ... [+]

Atijegbe SR, Mansfield S, Rostás M, Ferguson CM and Worner S (2020) | 08.06.20
The remarkable locomotory ability of Wiseana (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) pupae: an adaptation to predation and environmental conditions? The Wētā 54:pp. 19-31.... [+]

Cheong PCH, Glare TR, Rostás M, Haines S, Brookes JJ and Ford S (2020) | 31.01.20
Lack of involvement of chitinase in direct toxicity of Beauveria bassiana cultures to the aphid Myzus persicae. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 169, 107276.   DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2019.107276... [+]


Han P, Becker C, Sentis A, Rostás M, Desneux N and Lavoir A-V (2019) | 13.05.19
Global change-driven modulation of bottom-up forces and cascading effects on biocontrol services. Current Opinion in Insect Science: in press.   DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2019.05.005... [+]

Rivas-Franco F, Hampton JG, Morán-Diez ME, Narciso J, Rostás M, Wessman P, Jackson TA and Glare TR (2019) | 10.05.19
Effect of coating maize seed with entomopathogenic fungi on plant growth and resistance against Fusarium graminearum and Costelytra giveni. Biocontrol Science and Technology.   DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2019.1611736 ... [+]

Nielsen M-C, Sansom CE, Larsen L, Worner SP, Rostás M, Chapman RB, Butler RC, de Kogel WJ, Davidson MM, Perry NB and Teulon DAJ (2019) | 02.05.19
Volatile compounds as insect lures: factors affecting release from passive dispenser systems. New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science.   DOI: 10.1080/01140671.2019.1604554 ... [+]

Raad M, Glare TR, Brochero HL, Müller C and Rostás M (2019) | 03.04.19
Transcriptional reprogramming of Arabidopsis thaliana defence pathways by the entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana correlates with resistance against a fungal pathogen but not against insects. Frontiers in Microbiology 10.   doi:...... [+]

Nixon LJ, Tabb A, Morrison WR, Rice KB, Brockerhoff EG, Leskey TC, van Koten C, Goldson S and Rostás M (2019) | 07.02.19
Volatile release, mobility, and mortality of diapausing Halyomorpha halys during simulated shipping movements and temperature changes. Journal of Pest Science.   doi: 10.1007/s10340-019-01084-x... [+]

Cruz-Magalhăes V, Nieto-Jacobo MF, van Zijll de Jong E, Rostás M, Padilla-Arizmendi F, Kandula D, Kandula J, Hampton J, Herrera-Estrella A, Steyaert JM, Stewart A, Loguercio LL and Mendoza-Mendoza A (2019) | 24.01.19
The NADPH Oxidases Nox1 and Nox2 Differentially Regulate Volatile Organic Compounds, Fungistatic Activity, Plant Growth Promotion and Nutrient Assimilation in Trichoderma atroviride. Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 3271. doi:...... [+]


Hettiarachchi D, Cripps M, Jackman S, van Koten C, Sullivan J and Rostás M (2018) | 24.01.18
Impact of the biocontrol beetle, Cassida rubiginosa, on the secondary weed target, marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre). New Zealand Plant Protection 71: pp. 66-71. doi: 10.30843/nzpp.2018.71.145... [+]

Rostás M, Bollmann F, Saville D and Riedel M (2018) | 13.11.18
Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb. PeerJ 6:e4369.     DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4369.... [+]

Nixon LJ, Morrison WR, Rice KB, Brockerhoff EG, Leskey TC, Guzman F, Khrimian A, Goldson S and Rostás M (2018) | 13.11.18
Identification of volatiles released by diapausing brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). PLOS ONE 13:e0191223. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191223.... [+]

Foti MC, Peri E, Wajnberg E, Colazza S and Rostás M (2018) | 13.11.18
Contrasting olfactory responses of two egg parasitoids to buckwheat floral scent are reflected in field parasitism rates. Journal of Pest Science. DOI: 10.1007/s10340-018-1045-2.... [+]

Dumin W, Rostás M and Winefield C (2018) | 13.11.18
Identification and functional characterisation of an allene oxide synthase from grapevine (Vitis vinifera L Sauvignon blanc). Molecular Biology Reports 45: pp. 263-277. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-018-4159-y.... [+]


Atijegbe SR , Mansfield S, Rostás M, Ferguson CM and Worner S (2017) | 13.11.17
Laboratory handling and rearing of early instar porina larvae from eggs. New Zealand Plant Protection 70: pp. 250-254.... [+]

Foti MC, Rostás M, Peri E, Park KC, Slimani T, Wratten SD and Colazza S (2017) | 13.11.17
Chemical ecology meets conservation biological control: identifying plant volatiles as predictors of floral resource suitability for an egg parasitoid of stink bugs. Journal of Pest Science 90: pp. 299-310. DOI:...... [+]

Nieto-Jacobo MF, Steyaert JM, Salazar-Badillo FB, Nguyen DV, Rostás M, Braithwaite M, De Souza JT, Jimenez-Bremont JF, Ohkura M, Stewart A and Mendoza-Mendoza A (2017) | 13.11.17
Environmental growth conditions of Trichoderma spp. affects indole acetic acid derivatives, volatile organic compounds, and plant growth promotion. Frontiers in Plant Science 8. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00102.... [+]

Rostás M and Hiltpold I (2017) | 13.11.17
Editorial: Grassland-Invertebrate Interactions: Plant Productivity, Resilience and Community Dynamics. Frontiers in Plant Science 8. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01413.... [+]

Further publications

Curriculum vitae

Positions held

since 2018 Professor (Full), Head of Agricultural Entomology Division, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Göttingen, Germany
2012 - 2018 Senior lecturer in Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Bio-Protection Research Centre (100%), Lincoln University, New Zealand
2010 - 2012 Lecturer in Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Bio-Protection Research Centre (70%) and Department of Ecology (30%), Lincoln University, New Zealand
2003 - 2010 Research Group Leader (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, C1), Department of Botany II, University of Würzburg, Germany
2002 - 2003 Postdoctoral researcher, Fundamental and Applied Chemical Ecology, Institute of Zoology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


2013 Dr. habil. (Habilitation = German professorial thesis) in Ecology, University of Würzburg, Germany
2001 Dr. rer. nat. in Biology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
1997 Diploma (≈ M.Sc.) in Biology, Free University of Berlin, Germany


Prof. Dr. Michael Rostás

Head of Section

Georg-August University Goettingen
Department for Crop Sciences
Agricultural Entomology

Grisebachstrasse 6
D-37077 Goettingen
Phone:   +49 (0)551 - 39 29744
Fax:         +49 (0)551 - 39 12105