Short CV of Heidrun Vogt

Heidrun Vogt is a Research Scientist in entomology at the "Institute for Plant Protection In Fruit Crops and Viticulture" of the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) - Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants" in Dossenheim, Germany ( She is an expert in research on side-effects of pesticides on beneficial arthropods, including the development and validation of test methods. She works on the development and improvement of new and selective control methods for key pests in orchards and on techniques to enhance the beneficial fauna, e.g. by habitat management. Furthermore, she works on the biology and phenology of invasive species (e.g. Rhagoletis cingulata, Rhagoletis completa, Harmonia axyridis), their relevance as pest insects and on solutions how to control them. Altogether her main objectives are to develop selective and environmentally safe methods for plant protection in orchards. Since 2002, a major research area has been in alternative control methods for the cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi), using two distinct approaches (biological control with entomopathogenic nematodes and bait sprays). In addition to research, an important part of her work concerns policy support and technical advice to the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMELV) on issues of plant protection, and in orchards.

In 1986, she joined the IOBC wprs WG "Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms" and was Convenor of this WG from 1998 to 2007. She is also an active member of the IOBC wprs WG on "Integrated protection of fruit crops" and regularly joins the meetings of the IOBC wprs WG “Pheromones and other Semiochemiacls in Integrated Production” due to her experience in mating disruption and her current involvement in host fruit orientation of cherry fruit flies. Since 2005 she is Vice-president in the Executive Committee of the IOBC wprs.