Plant breeding


ORCID : 0000-0002-0748-2351

Professor – Austria

Institute of Biotechnology in Plant Production  & Institute of Plant Breeding

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 20
3430 Tulln an der Donau



My research has a focus on crop improvement with the aim to contribute to sustainable crop production. Topics of special interest in my team are: cereal genetics and breeding, with a focus on genetics of disease resistance in wheat. Mapping of disease resistance loci, agronomic, and quality traits. High resolution mapping and gene cloning, use of mutant populations, gene expression, marker assisted breeding, and genomic selection.

Main responsibilities and qualifications: Professor for plant breeding, research and teaching, competitive grant funded research projects. Principal investigator in an FWF (Austrian Science Fund) funded special research project: Fusarium.

Selected publications

  1. Ollier M, Talle V, Brisset AL, Le Bihan Z, Duerr S, Lemmens M, Goudemand E, Robert O, Hilbert JL, Buerstmayr H. 2019. Whitened kernel surface: A fast and reliable method for assessing Fusarium severity on cereal grains by digital picture analysis. Plant Breeding 138:69-81. doi:10.1111/pbr.12667
  2. Michel S, Kummer C, Gallee M, Hellinger J, Ametz C, Akgol B, Epure D, Gungor H, Loschenberger F, Buerstmayr H. 2018. Improving the baking quality of bread wheat by genomic selection in early generations. Theoretical applied genetic 131: 477-493. doi:10.1007/s00122-017-2998-x
  3. Buerstmayr M, Steiner B, Wagner C, Schwarz P, Brugger K, Barabaschi D, Volante A, Vale G, Cattivelli L, Buerstmayr H. 2018. High-resolution mapping of the pericentromeric region on wheat chromosome arm 5AS harbouring the Fusarium head blight resistance QTL Qfhs.ifa-5A. PlantBiotechnology Journal 16: 1046-1056. doi:10.1111/pbi.12850
  4. Steiner B, Buerstmayr M, Michel S, Schweiger W, Lemmens M, Buerstmayr H. 2017. Breeding strategies and advances in line selection for Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat. Tropical Plant Pathology 42: 165-174. doi:10.1007/s40858-017-0127-7
  5. Samad-Zamini M, Schweiger W, Nussbaumer T, Mayer KFX, Buerstmayr H. 2017. Time-course expression QTL-atlas of the global transcriptional response of wheat to Fusarium graminearum. Plant Biotechnology Journal 15: 1453-1464. doi:10.1111/pbi.12729