Unit of Phytopathology

The Unit of Phytopathology conducts research on plant-pathogenous fungi, bacteria and viruses as well as chemically traceable indicators of plant stress (trees and shrubs) through biotic and abiotic factors. The BFW is cooperation partner of Phytophthora Research Centre.

Priority Areas of Work

  • Biology of plant pathogens
  • Causes for complex tree diseases - analysis of interactions between pathogenous agents, host plant, environment and climate
  • Risk assessment in relation to plant pathogens in endangered ecosystems
  • Biochemical investigations on stress in forest trees
  • Diagnosis of fungal diseases
  • Elaboration of curative and preventive control measures
  • Documentation of biotic damaging factors
  • Advisory services (damage diagnosis and information system online) and expert opinion in connection with plant health problems
  • Elaboration and adjustment of methods for stress diagnosis in woody plants.
  • Analysis of biochemical parameters, such as antioxidants and pigments, as early warning signals of stress, identification of their natural dynamics and range at different sites


Head of Unit +43-1-87838-1102 Schönbrunn, Room 43

Phytopathology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Nematode Identification und -Taxonomy, Herbar Phytopathology +43-1-87838-1148 Schönbrunn, Room 44

Katharina Schwanda
Project POnTE,
Laboratory Phytopathology,
Laboratory Molecular Genetic Diagnosis, Monitoring
+43-1-87838-1133 Schönbrunn, Room 41

xx Christine
Laboratory Phytopathology, Laboratory Molecular Genetic Diagnosis, Quarantine Laboratory Entomology (Insect breeding)
+43-1-87838-1145 Schönbrunn, Room 41

Biochemical Laboratory +43-1-87838-1219 Schönbrunn, Room 115


Unit of Phytopathology
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Vienna, Austria
Head of Unit Dr. Thomas Cech

Tel. +43-1-87838-1147, Fax: +43-1-87838-1250
email: thomas.cech*bfw.gv.at

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0

Autor: Cech T.

Quelle/URL: https://bfw.ac.at/rz/bfwcms.web?dok=5155