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Kalle Kogel
Professor at University Gießen


Kalle Kogel studied biology and social sciences at the RWTH Aachen University from 1975 to 1981. In 1983, he conducted research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. In 1986 he received his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University with a PhD in biology. In 1996 he accepted a call from the University of Giessen to a professorship in crop protection and plant pathology. He has been coordinator of several DFG-funded research groups in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering with a focus on cereal crops. From 2006 to 2009 Kogel was Vice President of the University of Giessen. Since 2014, he has also been head of the TransMIT Center for Innovative Crop Protection.

Kogel focuses on fungal endophytes and their symbioses with cereals as well as their use in agriculture to control plant diseases. Since 2013, Kogel has been researching the role of RNAs, such as double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) and small non-coding RNA (siRNA, miRNA) in the development and control of cereal diseases. In addition, Kogel dealt in the biosafety research with the impact of transgenic cereals on the environment (green genetic engineering).

Agenda Sessions

  • Plant Protection by non-coding RNAs: Promises and setbacks