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Prof. Dr. Stefan Vidal

Research Interests:

  • Multitrophic interactions between crops, pathogens, herbivorous insects and their natural enemies
  • Ecology of endophytic fungi-plant-insect relationships
  • Risk assessment of transgenic crop plants on non-target organisms
  • Integrated control of pests in winter wheat and winter oilseed rape
  • Long term monitoring of the population dynamics of cereal aphids
  • Influence of diversified cropping systems on the population dynamics of pest species

Research Projects

ATTRACAP | 14.07.17
Wireworm damage in potato production substantially increased within the last years, both in conventional and organic production systems. Farmers often... [+]

Population dynamics and integrated control of cabbage whitefly infesting vegetable cabbages | 24.08.16
... [+]

ATTRACT | 26.03.13
Wireworms are the larvae of click beetles and an important group of soil dwelling pests. They attack the subterranean parts of a wide range of crop pl... [+]

Does fungal infection influence the volatile profile of tomato plants and does this have an effect on tomato feeding aphids? | 02.02.13
Does fungal infection influence the volatile profile of tomato plants and does this have an effect on tomato feeding aphids? Tomato crops are widely... [+]

Further Research Projects



Veres A, Wyckhuys KAG, Kiss J, Tóth F, Burgio G, Pons X, Avilla C, Vidal S, [...] Furlan L (2020) | 08.06.20
An update of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) on systemic pesticides. Part 4: alternatives in major cropping systems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research:     DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-09279-x... [+]


Laurenz S, Hermann K, Humbert P, Patel A and Vidal S (2019) | 12.12.19
Optimierung einer Attract-&-Kill-Strategie gegen Drahtwürmer. Kartoffelbau 3/2019: pp. 18-19.... [+]

Askoul K, Richter E, Vidal S and Lusebrink I (2019) | 01.11.19
Life history parameters of Aleyrodes proletella (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) on different host plants. Journal of Economic Entomology 112(1): pp. 457-464.   DOI: 10.1093/jee/toy/335... [+]

Wemheuer F, Wemheuer B, Daniel R and Vidal S (2019) | 23.08.19
Deciphering bacterial and fungal endophyte communities in leaves of two maple trees with green islands. Scientific Reports 9: 14183.   doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50540-2... [+]

Ambele CF, Bisseleua HDB, Akutse KS, Olubukola BO, Humbert P, Patel A, Vidal S and Ekesi S (2019) | 23.08.19
Testing a co-formulation of CO2 releasing material with an entomopathogenic fungus for the management of subterranean termite pests. Mycological Progress 18: 1201-1211.   doi: 10.1007/s11557-019-01517-y... [+]

Gange AC, Koricheva J, Currie AF, Jaber LR and Vidal S (2019) | 15.04.19
Meta-analysis of the role of entomopathogenic and unspecialised fungal endophytes as plant bodyguards. New Phytologist 223(4): 2002-2010.   doi: 10.1111/nph.15859... [+]


Humbert P, Vemmer M, Mävers F, Schumann M, Vidal S and Patel A V (2018) | 19.12.18
Development of an attract-and-kill co-formulation containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae and neem extract attractive towards wireworms. Pest Management Science 74(7): pp. 1575-1585.   DOI: 10.1002/ps.4842... [+]

Poehlein A, Hollensteiner J, Granzow S, Wemheuer B, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2018) | 29.08.18
First insights into the draft genome sequence of the endophyte Paenibacillus amylolyticus strain GM1FR, isolated from Festuca rubra L. Genome Announcements 6(4):e01516-17.   DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.01516-17... [+]

Hollensteiner J, Poehlein A, Granzow S, Liesegang L, Liesegang H, Daniel R, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2018) | 29.08.18
Draft genome sequence of the endophyte Bacillus mycoides strain GM5LP isolated from Lolium perenne. Genome Announcements 6(4):e01517-17.   DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.01517-17... [+]

Krell V, Jakobs-Schoenwandt D, Vidal S and Patel AV (2018) | 31.07.18
Encapsulation of Metarhizium brunneum enhances endophytism in tomato plants. Biological Control. DOI:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.05.004... [+]

Krell V, Jakobs-Schoenwandt D, Vidal S and Patel A V (2018) | 18.04.18
Cellulase enhances endophytism of encapsulated Metarhizium brunneum in potato plants. Fungal Biology 122(5): pp. 373-378.   DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2018.03.002... [+]

Agatz A, Schumann MM, French BW, Brown CD and Vidal S (2018) | 21.03.18
Assessment of acute toxicity tests and rhizotron experiments to characterise lethal and sub-lethal control of soil-based pests. Pest Management Science 74(11): pp. 2450-2459.   DOI: 10.1002/ps.4922... [+]

Sann C, Wemheuer F, Beaurepaire A, Daniel R, Erler S and Vidal S (2018) | 09.02.18
Preliminary Investigation of Species Diversity of Rice Hopper Parasitoids in Southeast Asia. Insects 9(1), 19     doi:10.3390/insects9010019... [+]

Agboton C, Onzo A, Akohou H A, Goergen G, Vidal S and Tamo M (2018) | 19.01.18
Population dynamics of the cashew leafminer, Eteoryctis gemoniella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), and inventory of its parasitoids in cashew orchards of Northern Benin, West Africa. International Journal of Tropical Insect...... [+]


Sann C, Theodorou P, Heong K L, Villareal S, Vidal S and Westphal C (2017) | 29.11.17
Hopper parasitoids do not significantly benefit from non-crop habitats in rice production landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 254, pp. 224-232.     DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.11.035... [+]

Humbert P, Przyklenk M, Vemmer M, Schumann M, Vidal S and Patel AV (2017) | 18.09.17
Technical scale production of encapsulated Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Metarhizium brunneum attractive to wireworms. Biocontrol Science and Technology 27: pp. 1049-1070. DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2017.1380164... [+]

Mwaura P, Niere B and Vidal S (2017) | 31.08.17
Application of an entomopathogenic fungus (Beauveria bassiana) increases potato nematodes reproduction and potato tubers damage caused by Ditylenchus destructor and D. dipsaci. Biological Control 115: pp. 23-29. DOI:...... [+]

Wemheuer F, Hollenstein J, Poehlein A, Granzow S, Daniel R, Vidal S and Wemheuer B (2017) | 25.07.17
Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas putida strain GM4FR, an endophytic bacterium isolated from Festuca rubra L. Genome Announcements 5. DOI:10.1128/genomeA.00086-17... [+]

Schaefer H L, Brandes H, Ulber B, Becker H C and Vidal S (2017) | 25.07.17
Evaluation of nine genotypes of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) for larval infestation and performance of rape stem weevil (Ceutorhynchus napi Gyll.). PLoS ONE 12:e0180807. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180807 ... [+]

Hollenstein J, Poehlein A, Daniel R, Liesegang H, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2017) | 25.07.17
Draft genome sequence of Bacillus pumilus strain GM3FR, an endophyte isolated from aerial plant tissue of Festuca rubra L. Genome Announcements 5. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00085-17 ... [+]

Granzow S, Kaiser K, Wemheuer B, Pfeiffer B, Daniel R, Vidal S and Wemheuer F (2017) | 25.07.17
The effects of cropping regimes on fungal and bacterial communities of wheat and faba bean in a greenhouse pot experiment differ between plant species and compartment. Frontiers in Microbiology 8. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00902 ... [+]

Bisseleua, D H B, Begoude D, Tonnang H and Vidal S (2017) | 25.07.17
Ant-mediated ecosystem services and disservices on marketable yield in cocoa agroforestry systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 247: pp. 409-417. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.07.004... [+]

Agboton C, Onzo A, Korie S, Tamo M, Vidal S (2017) | 25.07.17
Spatial and temporal infestation rates of Apate terebrans (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) in cashew orchards in Benin, West Africa. African Entomology 25: pp. 24-36. DOI: 10.4001/003.025.0024 ... [+]

Wemheuer F, Kaiser K, Karlovsky P, Danie R, Vidal S and Wemheuer B (2017) | 30.01.17
Bacterial endophyte communities of three agricultural important grass species differ in their response towards management regimes, Scientific Reports 7. DOI: 10.1038/srep40914... [+]

Brandl MA, Schumann M, Przyklenk M, Patel A and Vidal S (2017) | 16.12.16
Wireworm damage reduction in potatoes with an attract-and-kill strategy using Metarhizium brunneum. Journal of Pest Science 90: pp. 479-493 DOI: 10.1007/s10340-016-0824-x ... [+]

Schumann M, Tappe B, French W and Vidal S (2017) | 16.12.16
Semi field trials to evaluate undersowings in maize for management of western corn rootworm larvae. Bulletin of Insectology 70: pp. 63-68.... [+]

Further publications

Curriculum vitae

since 2004 Co-Editor in chief of “Journal of Applied Entomology”, Blackwell-Publisher
since 2000 Member of the German Commission for Biological Security of genetically engineered organisms (“ZKBS”)
1999 - 2004 Director of the Institute for Plant Pathology and Plant Protection; GAU
2000 - 2003 Coordinator of the EU-Project “Threat to European maize production by the invasive quarantine pest, Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera): a new sustainable crop management approach”
1999 - 2018 C3-Professor at the Georg-August-University (GAU) Goettingen, chair for agricultural entomology
1997 C3-Professor at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Chair for applied ecology and stored product research
1996 Habilitation at the Department of Horticulture, University of Hanover
1992 - 1996 Assistant professor at the Institute for Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, University of Hanover; research topics: Impact of endophytic fungi on their host plants and herbivorous insects; intercropping management in field vegetables, pathogen-herbivorous insect-parasitoid-interactions
1987 - 1992 Scientific employee at the Department of Biology, University of Hamburg
1988 Ph.D. at the same institution (Population dynamics of the leafmining weevil Rhynchaenus populi [Fabricius, 1792] [Coleoptera, Curculionidae]: Impact of hostplant, intraspecific competition, parasitoids and predators)
1982 degree dissertation on host- parasitoid-complexes of leafminers on willows
1975 study of biology at the Phillips‑University Marburg
1.6.1950 born in Hamburg, Germany;


Prof. Dr. Stefan Vidal

Professor (retired)

Georg-August University Goettingen
Department for Crop Sciences
Agricultural Entomology

Grisebachstrasse 6
D-37077 Goettingen
Phone:   +49 (0)551 39 23732
Fax:         +49 (0)551 39 12105