Ökophysiologie der Pflanzen

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Bilger

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, R. 304
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Wolfgang Bilger


Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.)  Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany (1995)

Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Botanical Institute, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany (1987):

Thesis: Chlorophyll luminescence as an indicator of photosynthesis in heat-stressed chloroplasts and intact leaves. (summa cum laude)

Master degree (Dipl. Biol.) Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (1976-1978), Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany (1978‑1982): Botany (geobotany and ecophysiology), zoology (animal ecology), pharmaceutical biology, statistics.


Professor (C4) (2001- ongoing) Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. Plant ecophysiology.

Full professor (1998-2001) for plant physiology, Norwegian Agricultural University, Ås, Norway.

Associate professor (1997-1998) for plant physiology, Norwegian Agricultural University, Ås, Norway.

Scientific assistant (Akad. Rat) (1990‑1996). Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany

Postdoc (1988-1990). Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford, Calif., USA, with Prof. Dr. Olle Björkman.

Scientific assistant (Akad. Rat) (1987‑88). Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany

Research assistant (1982-1987) Botanical Institute, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany.

Prizes and awards

Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander-von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (1988-1990)

Fellowship of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (1988-1990)

Prize of the ”Unterfränkische Gedenkjahrsstiftung”, Würzburg, for PhD thesis (1988)

ISI highly cited researcher; h-Index 31

Functions in the scientific community

Communicating editor for the journal «Trees – Structure and Function» (2006 - ogoing)

Referee for various scientific journals (1987-ongoing): Planta, J. Exp. Bot., Physiol. Plant., Plant Journal, Photosynth. Res., Plant Physiol., Plant Biology, New Phytol., Ann. Bot., J. Photo­chem. Photobiol., J. Agric Food Chem, J. Microscopy, Mycol. Progr., Symbiosis, Oecologia, Trees, and more

Referee for applications to ational and international research foundations

Academic duties

«Vorsitzender des Prüfungsausschusses Biologie» (2012 – ongoing)

«Vorsitzender des Sektionsausschusses Biologie» (2010 - 2012)

«Geschäftsführender Direktor» of the Botanical Institute, Univ. Kiel (2005 - 2009)

Scientific leader of the plant physiology group at the Agricultural University of Norway (2001)

Leader of the teaching comittee, Dept. of Biology and Nature Conservation (1999-2001)


Some recent publications:


Jansen MAK, Bilger W, Hideg E, Strid A, Aphalo P, Brelsford C, Klem K, Matai A, Llorens L, Nezval J, Nybakken L, Ryan L, Sharma A, Schenke D, Solhaug KA, Spunda V, Verdaguer D, Yan Y, Urban O (2019) Interactive effects of UV-B radiation in a complex environment. Plant Physiol Biochem 134: 1-8

Krupinska K, Braun S, Saeid Nia M, Schäfer A, Hensel G, Bilger W (2019) The nucleoid-associated protein WHIRLY1 is required for the coordinate assembly of plastid and nucleus-encoded proteins during chloroplast development. Planta 249: 1337-1347

Pescheck F, Bilger W (2019) High impact of seasonal temperature changes on acclimation of photoprotection and radiation-induced damage in field grown Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol Biochem 134: 129-136

Schultze M, Bilger W (2019) Acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana to low temperature protects against damage of photosystem II caused by exposure to UV-B radiation at 9 °C. Plant Physiol Biochem 134: 73-80

Stelzner J, Roemhild R, Garibay-Hernandez A, Harbaum-Piayda B, Mock HP, Bilger W (2019) Hydroxycinnamic acids in sunflower leaves serve as UV-A screening pigments. Photochem Photobiol Sci 18: 1649-1659

Wieners PC, Göthlich L, Bilger W (2019) The influence of Zn and I on growth and desiccation-induced chlorophyll fluorescence quenching of Trebouxia asymmetrica. Environ Exp Bot 162: 496-503

Pescheck F, Bilger W (2018) Compensation of lack of UV screening by cellular tolerance in green macroalgae (Ulvophyceae) from the upper eulittoral. Mar Biol 165 (8)

Swida-Barteczka A, Krieger-Liszkay A, Bilger W, Voigt U, Hensel G, Szweykowska-Kulinska Z, Krupinska K (2018) The plastid-nucleus located DNA/RNA binding protein WHIRLY1 regulates microRNA-levels during stress in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). RNA Biology 15: 886-891

Wieners PC, Mudimu O, Bilger W (2018) Survey of the occurrence of desiccation-induced quenching of basal fluorescence in 28 species of green microalgae. Planta 248: 601-612

Wieners PC, Bilger W, Gauslaa Y (2018) Carbon-based secondary compounds in the lichen Hypogymnia physodes deter detrivorous woodlice. Fungal Ecology 31: 54-58

Kucharewicz W, Distelfeld A, Bilger W, Müller M, Munné-Bosch S, Hensel G, Krupinska K (2017) Acceleration of leaf senescence is slowed down in transgenic barley plants deficient in the DNA/RNA-binding protein WHIRLY1. J Exp Bot 68: 983-996

Nichelmann L, Bilger W (2017) Quantification of light screening by anthocyanins in leaves of Berberis thunbergii. Planta 246: 1069-1082

Mudimu O, Koopmann IK, Rybalka N, Friedl T, Schulz R, Bilger W (2017) Screening of microalgae and cyanobacteria strains for α-tocopherol content at different growth phasesand the influence of nitrate reduction on α-tocopherol production. J Appl Phycol 29: 2867-2875

Petridis A, Döll S, Nichelmann L, Bilger W, Mock HP (2016) Arabidopsis thaliana G2-LIKE FLAVONOID REGULATOR and BRASSINOSTEROID ENHANCED EXPRESSION1 are low-temperature regulators of flavanoid accumulation. New Phytologist 211: 912-925

Pescheck F, Campen H, Nichelmann L, Bilger W (2016) Relative sensitivity of DNA and photosystem II in Ulva intestinalis (Chlorophyta) under natural solar irradiation. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 555: 95-107

Nichelmann L, Schulze M, Herppich WB, Bilger W (2016) A simple indicator for non-destructive estimation of the violaxanthin cycle pigment content in leaves. Photosynth Res 128: 183-193

Bilger W (2014) Desiccation-induced quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence in cryptogams. In B Demmig-Adams, G Garab, WW Adams III, Govindjee, eds, Non-Photochemical Quenching and Energy Dissipation in Plants, Algae and Cyanobacteria Vol 40. Springer, Dordrecht, pp 409-420

Logan BA, Demmig-Adams B, Adams III WW, Bilger W (2014) Context, quantification, and measurement guide for non-photochemical quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence. In B Demmig-Adams, G Garab, WW Adams III, Govindjee, eds, Non-Photochemical Quenching and Energy Dissipation in Plants, Algae and Cyanobacteria Vol 40. Springer, Dordrecht, pp 187-201

Pescheck F, Lohbeck KT, Roleda MY, Bilger W (2014) UVB-induced DNA and photosystem II damage in two intertidal green macroalgae: Distinct survival strategies in UV-screening and non-screening Chlorophyta. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B-Biology 132: 85-93

Krupinska K, Mulisch M, Hollmann J, Tokarz K, Zschiesche W, Kage H, Humbeck K, Bilger W (2012) An alternative strategy of dismantling of the chloroplasts during leaf senescence observed in a high-yield variety of barley. Physiol Plant 144: 189-200

Sickel H, Bilger W, Ohlson M (2012) High Levels of alpha-tocopherol in Norwegian alpine grazing plants. J Agric Food Chem 60: 7573-7580

Wieners PC, Mudimu O, Bilger W (2012) Desiccation-induced non-radiative dissipation in isolated green lichen algae. Photosynth Res 113: 239-247

Harbaum-Piayda B, Walter B, Bengtsson GB, Hubbermann EM, Bilger W, Schwarz K (2010) Influence of pre-harvest UV-B irradiation and normal or controlled atmosphere storage on flavonoid and hydroxycinnamic acid contents of pak choi (Brassica campestris L. ssp chinensis var. communis). Postharvest Biol Technol 56: 202-208

Pescheck F, Bischof K, Bilger W (2010) Screening of ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B radiation in marine green macroalgae (chlorophyta). J Phycol 46: 444-455

Heber U, Bilger W, Türk R, Lange OL (2009) Photoprotection of reaction centres in photosynthetic organisms: mechanisms of thermal energy dissipation in desiccated thalli of the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria. New Phytol 185: 459-470

Bilger W, Rolland M, Nybakken L (2007) UV screening in higher plants induced by low temperature in the absence of UV-B radiation. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 6: 190-195

Hagen SF, Borge GIA, Bengtsson GB, Bilger W, Berge A, Haffner K, Solhaug KA (2007) Phenolic contents and other health and sensory related properties of apple fruit (Malus domestica Borkh., cv. Aroma): Effect of postharvest UV-B irradiation. Postharvest Biol Technol 45: 1-10

Nybakken L, Bilger W (2007) Effects of enhanced UV-B radiation and epidermal UV screening in arctic and alpine plants. In JB Ørbæk, R Kallenborn, I Tombre, EN Hegseth, S Falk-Petersen, AH Hoel, eds, Arctic Alpine Ecosystems and People in a Changing Environment. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 195-209