Gabriele Berg obtained her diploma in biology (ecology) from the University of Rostock (Germany) in 1986 and her Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the same university. She got a Heisenberg grant from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and became Full Professor in environmental biotechnology at Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 2005. Her research interests are focused on plant-associated microorganisms, especially on understanding their structure, function, and interaction with plants and pathogens. Another focus is the translation of obtained results into new biotechnological concepts for our environment. For example, in cooperation with companies, she developed several products to control soil-borne diseases (e.g., RhizoStar, Salavida). She was involved in risk assessment studies for transgenic plants as well as for biocontrol agents. Results have been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and in several patents. She is a Member of the editorial board of FEMS Microbial Ecology and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.
Biography Updated on 10 January 2011