Sabine Telle


Dr. Sabine Telle


Downy mildew of the important crops maize (Zea mays), sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), and millets (Pennisetum glaucum, Setaria italica) is a serious threat to agriculture, especially in the subtropics and tropics. But little is known about their distribution and diversity, and also the taxonomic status of the species described is often unclear, making quarantine regulations hard to implement. Thus my research is centred on developing resources for molecular identification and elucidating the phylogeny of grass parasitic downy mildews of the genera Peronosclerospora, Sclerospora and Sclerophthora. In addition, I am aiming at clarifying the overall evolutionary history and diversification patterns of the Peronosporales.

Short CV

Since 2007 PhD project – Diversity and evolution of grass parasitic oomycetes. The project started at the University of Hohenheim and is now continued at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F).

In 2006 Diploma thesis in Biology (MSc equivalent) – Morphologische und Molekular-biologische Charakterisierung von Wild-Isolaten der Klasse Zygomycetes aus verschiedenen klimatischen Regionen und Untersuchungen zum Vorkommen von Endosymbionten in Pilzen. [Characterisation of natural isolates of the class Zygomycetes from different climatic areas and investigations into the presence of endosymbionts in fungi using morphology and molecular biology] (Supervisor PD Dr. Kerstin Voigt)

2000-2006 Studies in biology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.


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