Professor Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dr. François Buscot

Head of the department

Contact / Address:

francois.buscot@ufz.de
Tel.: +49 345-5585-221
Fax: +49 345-5585-449

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Soil Ecology
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4
D-06120 Halle/Saale

François Buscot

Formation

1975-1979

Chemical biology, University of Lille (F) - undergraduate

1979-1981

Botany, plant physiology and ecology, University of Strasbourg (F) - graduate

1981-1982

Military service

1982-1983

Diploma (DEA) in cell and molecular biology, Universities of Besançon, Strasbourg and Nancy (F)

1983-1987

Doctoral thesis in plant biology, University of Strasbourg

1988-1989

Postdoctoral fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, stage at the Department of Botany and Mycology of the University of Tübingen (D)

1996

Habilitation in soil biology, technical university of Braunschweig (D)

Positions

1990-1991

Research scientist at the Department of Botany and Mycology of the University of Tübingen (D), investigation of recognition mechanisms in ectomycorrhizal symbioses

1991-1996

Senior scientist at the Institute of Soil Biology of the Federal Research Centre of Agriculture of Braunschweig (D), leader of the research group on soil fungi and mycorrhizas

1996-1997

Research scientist at the Institute for Soil Ecology of the GSF- Research Centre for Environment and Health of München-Neuherberg (D)

1997-2003

Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Jena (D)

2003-2005

Professor and Head of the Department of Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Leipzig (D)

since 2005

Head of the Department of Soil Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Research interests


My main interest in research is the ecology of soil fungi and mycorrhizas. In the frame of my doctoral thesis and of my habilitation, I tried to elucidate the biological and ecological strategies of higher ascomycetes and in particular of the morels. Therefore, I used a broad range of field and laboratory techniques like light and transmission electron microscopy, analyses of metabolites, isoenzymes and DNA (PCR) and also cultivation models in pure culture or in association with higher plants.

I used this expertise to develop projects dealing with:

  • the microbial decontamination of polluted soils
  • the significance of stuctural and functional diversity of soil microorganisms and mycorrhizas in natural and man disturbed ecosystems
  • the significance of mycorrhiza for restoration of ancient mining or industrial sites (Verena Blanke + Carsten Renker)
  • the influence of arbuscular mycorrhiza on plant biodiversity (Stephan König + Stefan Hempel + Carsten Renker)
  • the mycorrhizal interactions of transgenic aspens (Michael Kaldorf)
  • the recognition mechanisms and regulation of ectomycorrhizal symbioses between oaks and fungi with diverse strategies (Sylvie Herrmann, Patrick Frettinger)
  • the role of soil fungi for mineralisation and stabilization of organic soil matter (Harald Kellner + Stephan König)

My teaching activity

  • I am full professor for terestrial Ecology at the Institute for Biology I at the University of Leipzig
  • Lectures, seminars, practical courses and excursions with emphasis on general ecology, soil ecology, human ecology and molecular ecology
  • Special lectures and seminars on symbioses and mycorrhizas

Honors

1984

Prize of the "Foundation of France"

1988-1989

Humboldt Fellow

2000

Offer of two full professor positions for Botany and Plant Ecology at the Universities of Nancy and Strasbourg (F)

2003-2005

Member of the evaluation board mathematics and natural sciences by the German institute for accreditation and certification of university curricula (ACQUIN)

since 2004

Member and vice chairman of the evaluation college for plant sciences by the German Science Foundation (DFG)

2005

Offer of two full professor positions for Ecology and Geobotany at the Universities of Bielefeld and Trier (Germany)

since 2006

Member of the Editorial Board of Mycological progress

Complete Publications

Thesis

Buscot F. (1996)
Untersuchung der Zusammenhänge zwischen biologischen Merkmalen und ökologischen Strategien der Pilz-Gattung Morchella unter variierenden Biotopbedingungen
Habilitation thesis.

Buscot F. (1987)
Contribution à l'étude d'une espèce de morille de la forêt rhénane, Morchella rotunda (Pers.) Boudier, perspectives de domestication
Doctoral thesis.

Buscot F. (1983)
Multiplication végétative de Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata subvar. spherica f. alba.
Diploma thesis.

Buscot F., Cheviron D. & Gorget J.F. (1981)
Concurence inter- et intraspécifique entre trois espèces aquatiques, Lemna minor, Azolla filiculoides, et Salvinia natans.
Master Thesis.

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