Johannes A. Jehle

Johannes A. Jehle (born 1961, Illertissen, Germany) is a German scientist for insect virology, and plant protection. The focus of his research is the use of microorganisms and viruses for biological control of insect pests and the development of sustainable methods for plant protection. He heads the Institute for Biological Plant Control of the Julius Kühn-Institut in Darmstadt and is an adjunct Professor at the Technical University Darmstadt. He was President of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology in 2016/2018.[1][2]


Jehle attended secondary school Kolleg der Schulbrueder in Illertissen, from where he graduated in 1980. After studying biology at universities in Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Goettingen University with an emphasis on botany, phytopathology, and statistics he undertook a six-month field study on indigenous medicinal plants and healing methods in West Africa. From 1989 to 1993, he completed postgraduate studies in plant protection at Goettingen University and worked on his thesis "Safety Aspects of geneic Engineering: the Relationships and Variability of the Genomes of Cryptophlebia leucotrata granulovirus and des Cydia pomonella granulovirus" at the Centre for Agriculture and Forestry in Braunschweig. He obtained the doctoral degree Dr. rer. nat. in 1994 from the Technical University of Braunschweig.


From 1994 to 1996 he was Marie-Curie Fellow at the Department of Virology of Wageningen University (the Netherlands) working with Prof. J. M. Vlak, before he moved to the plant protection service of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. From 1997 to 2009 he headed the research group Biotechnological Plant Protection at the Agricultural Service Centre in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, where he addressed safety issues related to genetic engineering of maize and grapes and improved methods for biological plant protection using microorganisms and insect viruses. Since 2010 he is director of the Institute for Biological Control of the Julius Kuehn Institute in Darmstadt. In 2006, he obtained a postdoctoral degree (Dr. habil.) of Genetics at the University of Mainz, and since 2012 he is adjunct Professor at the TU Darmstadt.

Jehle‘s scientific work aims to investigate, develop, and evaluate methods of biological control for organic and integrated farming. His research focus is on insect viruses, their classification and phylogeny, their use as biological plant protection agents, and research into baculovirus resistance. In 2008 he was honored for this work by the Society of Invertebrate Pathology with the Founders´ Lecturer Award. The results of this research culminated in over 200 scientific papers and book contributions.

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  • JEHLE, J. A., NICKEL, A., VLAK, J.M., BACKHAUS, H. (1998). Horizontal escape of the novel Tc1-like lepidopteran transposon TCp3.2 into Cydia pomonella granulovirus. Journal of Molecular Evolution 46, 215–224.
  • LANGE, M. JEHLE, J. A. (2003). The genome of Cryptophlebia leucotrata granulovirus (CrleGV). Virology 317, 220–236.
  • JEHLE, J. A., LANGE, M., WANG, H., HU, Z.-H., WANG, Y., HAUSCHILD, R. (2006). Molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis of baculoviruses of Lepidoptera. Virology 346, 180–196.
  • JEHLE, J. A., BLISSARD, G. W., BONNING, B. C., CORY, J. HERNIOU, E. A., ROHRMANN, G. F., THEILMANN, D. A., THIEM, S. M., VLAK, J. M. (2006). On the classification and nomenclature of baculoviruses: A proposal for revision. Archives of Virology 151, 1257–1266.
  • ASSER-KAISER, S., FRITSCH, E., UNDORF-SPAHN, K., KIENZLE, J., EBERLE, K. E., GUND, N. A., REINEKE, A., ZEBITZ, C. P. W., HECKEL, D. G., HUBER, J., JEHLE, J. A. (2007). Rapid emergence of baculovirus resistance in codling moth due to dominant, sex-linked inheritance. Science 318, 1916–1918.
  • NGUYEN THU, H., JEHLE, J. A. (2007). Seasonal and tissue-specific expression of Cry1Ab in Bt corn. Journal of Plant Disease and Protection 114, 82–87.
  • WANG, Y., BININDA-EMONDS, O. R. P., VAN OERS, M. M., VLAK, J. M., JEHLE, J. A. (2011). The genome of Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus provides novel provides novel insights into the evolution of nuclear arthropod-specific large circular double-stranded DNA viruses. Virus Genes 42, 444–456.
  • EBERLE, K. E., WENNMANN, J. T., KLEESPIES, R. G., JEHLE, J. A. (2012). Methods in Insect Virology in: Manual of Techniques Insect Pathology (2nd edit.), Editor: L. Lacey. Elsevier.
  • GEBHARDT, M., EBERLE, K.E., RADTKE, P., JEHLE, J. A. (2014). Baculovirus resistance in codling moth is virus-isolate dependent and the consequence of a mutation in viral gene pe38. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 111 (44), 15711–15716.
  • SAUER, A., FRITSCH, E., UNDORF-SPAHN, K., NGUYEN, P., MAREC, F., HECKEL, D., JEHLE, J. A. (2017). Novel resistance to Cydia pomonella granulovirus (CpGV) in codling moth shows autosomal and dominant inheritance and confers cross-resistance to different CpGV genome groups. PLOS ONE : 1–17.


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