Beatrice Berger

Beatrice Berger
Julius Kühn-Institut · Institute for Plant Protection in Field Crops and Grassland

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January 2021 - present
Julius Kühn-Institut
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September 2017 - December 2020
Julius Kühn-Institut
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September 2009 - May 2017

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This mini-review aims at raising the interest in contractile phage tail-like particles (CPTPs) of bacteria as an efficient and pest-specific alternative to conventional chemical pesticides in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. CPTPs are used by various bacteria in diverse environments for interbacterial competition or for manipulation of eukar...
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As a severe danger to potato plants, potato cyst nematodes (PCNs) are regulated quarantine pests in many countries. Adhering soils to potato or other tuber crops provoke the uncontrolled spread of the pest after their industrial processing. The disinfection of soil tares to inactivate PCNs is therefore compulsory. In the present study, we test whet...
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Zusammenfassung Das Klima und die Witterung sind prägende Faktoren für den Pflanzenschutz. Bereits vor 100 Jahren haben sich Wissenschaftler im Nachrichtenblatt für den Deutschen Pflanzenschutzdienst dieser Thematik gewidmet. Die Aus-wirkungen des Klimawandels sind ambivalent und es wird insgesamt zu einer Veränderung des Schaderreger-spektrums kom...
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Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky 1853) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), the Asian Longhorned Beetle, is native to temperate and subtropical areas of China and the Korean peninsula. Due to its wide range of host plants, it is considered among the most economically important invasive plant pests. The morphological identification of A. glabripennis la...
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Soil-borne pathogenic organisms can have severe detrimental effects on crop growth and yield production and represent a serious threat to food security [...]
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Plants are often challenged by multiple abiotic stresses simultaneously. The inoculation of beneficial bacteria is known to enhance plant growth under these stresses, such as phosphorus starvation or salt stress. Here, for the first time, we assessed the efficiency of selected beneficial bacterial strains in improving tomato plant growth to better...
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Plants are often challenged by multiple abiotic stresses simultaneously. The inoculation of beneficial bacteria is known to enhance plant growth under these stresses, such as phosphorus starvation or salt stress. Here, for the first time, we assessed the efficiency of selected beneficial bacterial strains in improving tomato plant growth to better...
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Potato cyst nematodes, Globodera pallida and G. rostochien-sis, as well as Synchytrium endobioticum, causing potatoward disease, are severe pests of potato crops. Due to theirmassive yield impact, all three species are considered inva-sive and thus are listed as quarantine pests in Germany. Dis-semination of soil tares, which derive from the indust...
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Non-invasive diagnosis of harmful wood-inhabiting organisms is of great importance in order to minimize interventions in valuable wood products and living trees. Here we present two methods, an acoustical and a molecular one, which enable gentle detection of insect larvae in wood and wood products. In parts, both methods have been successfully appl...
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Salinity and phosphorus (P) deficiency are among the most serious soil factors constraining crop productivity. A proposed strategy for alleviating these stresses is supporting plants by inoculation with growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). Here, a comparison of the ability of two maize composite and two F1 hybrid varieties to tolerate a P deficie...
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Type VI secretion systems and tailocins, two bacterial phage tail-like particles, have been reported to foster interbacterial competition. Both nanostructures enable their producer to kill other bacteria competing for the same ecological niche. Previously, type VI secretion systems and particularly R-type tailocins were considered highly specific,...
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Main conclusion This study demonstrates that the application of the PGPB strain, Kosakonia radicincitans enhances a plant’s resistance against phloem-feeding and chewing insects in Arabidopsis thaliana. The plant growth-promoting bacterial strain K. radicincitans DSM 16656 applied to A. thaliana reduced the number of phloem-feeding insects of both...
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The recent worldwide discovery of plant growth-promoting (PGP) Kosakonia radicincitans in a large variety of crop plants suggests that this species confers significant influence on plants, both in terms of yield increase and product quality improvement. We provide a comparative genome analysis which helps to unravel the genetic basis for K. radicin...
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Bacteria, which establish positive interactions with plant roots, play a key role in agricultural environments and are promising for their potential use in sustainable agriculture. Many of these mutualistic bacteria provide benefits to plant hosts by facilitating soil mineral nutrient uptake, protecting plants from biotic and abiotic stresses and p...
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Exploiting native plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) in Cameroonian agro-ecosystems provides a means to improve plant–microbe interactions that may enhance ecosystem sustainability and agricultural productivity in an environmentally eco-friendly way. Consequently, we aimed to investigate the community structure and functional PGPR diversit...
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The global market for biosupplements is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2014 and 2019 as a consequence of the proven benefits of biosupplements on crop yields, soil fertility, and fertilizer efficiency. One important segment of biosupplements is plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB). Although many potential PGPB have been discovered, suitab...
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Aims Plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) affect host physiological processes in various ways. This study aims at elucidating the dependence of bacterial-induced growth promotion on the plant genotype and characterizing plant metabolic adaptations to PGPB. Methods Eighteen Arabidopsis thaliana accessions were inoculated with the PGPB strain Kosa...
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Background: Production and the quality of tomato fruits have a strong economic relevance. Microorganisms such as the plant growth-promoting bacteria Kosakonia radicincitans (DSM 16656) were demonstrated to improve shoot and root growth of young tomato plants, but data on yield increase and fruit quality by K. radicincitans are lacking. Results:...
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Conserving arable soils is a major challenge in agronomy. Using beneficial native microorganisms such as plant growth-promoting bacteria contributes to sustainability in agricultural systems and helps maintain stable yields and product quality. However, the growth-promoting effects of candidate strains observed in pot trials often disappear under f...
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Aim The use of plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) to reduce requirements for mineral nitrogen fertilization in sustainable agriculture is an important issue. We studied how reduced nitrogen fertilization affects the growth-promoting capacity of Enterobacter radicincitans, the bacteria’s root colonization behavior, and the regulation of nitrogen...
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Plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) affect plant cellular processes in various ways. The endophytic bacterial strain Enterobacter radicincitans DSM 16656 has been shown to improve plant growth and yield in various agricultural and vegetable crops. Besides its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, produce phytohormones, and solubilize phosphate co...
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We identified 11 17-hydroxygeranyllinalool diterpene glycosides (HGL-DTGs) that occur in concentrations equivalent to starch (mg/g fresh mass) in aboveground tissues of coyote tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) and differ in their sugar moieties and malonyl sugar esters (0-2). Concentrations of HGL-DTGs, particularly malonylated compounds, are highest i...
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Systemins and their hydroxyproline-rich glycopeptide systemin (ppHS) subfamily members are known to mediate antiherbivore defenses in some solanaceous taxa but not others; functions other than in defense remain largely unexplored. Nicotiana attenuata's ppHS is known not to function in herbivore defense. NappHS transcripts are abundant in flowers, p...
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To determine whether the Nicotiana tabacum preproHypSys homolog in Nicotiana attenuata (NapreproHypSys) mediates anti-herbivore responses, we silenced (IRsys) and ectopically over-expressed (OVsys) NapreproHypSys in N. attenuata. Neither herbivore simulation nor methyl jasmonate (MeJA) application increased transcripts in wild-type (WT) or transfor...
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Genotypes of Nicotiana attenuata collected from Utah and Arizona were transformed with 17 different vectors (14 unpublished vectors based on 3 new backbone vectors) using an Agrobacterium-mediated procedure to functionally analyze genes important for plant-insect interactions. None of the 51 T1-T3 transgenic Utah lines analyzed by the flow cytometr...

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This Special Issue is intended to provide an insight into plant–microbe interactions presenting new results (in the form of scientific research articles, short communications, and reviews) on phenotypic, molecular, and metabolite level changes of crop plants during the interaction with symbionts and pathogens. We also welcome contributions describing innovative technical approaches for detecting microbial and plant-derived signals or metabolites that help deciphering the microbial impact on plants. Guest Editors Dr. Beatrice Berger (Julius Kühn Institut (JKI)) Dr. Matthias Becker (Julius Kühn Institut (JKI)) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agriculture/special_issues/Crop_Bacteria_Fungi