Anna Markheiser is a researcher at the Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture, Department of Epidemiology, in Germany. Her research interest is targeted on applied and fundamental aspects of plant-insect interactions. Her PhD in Environmental Science at the University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), Germany, was focused on the study of plant-specific stimuli affecting short-range attraction and oviposition of European grapevine moths in viticulture with the background to develop a novel tool for the integrated control of these pests.
Since 2017, her research focuses on insect vectors of phytoplasma diseases of grapevine and Xylella fastidiosa, their incidence in different landscape structures and epidemiology in vineyards. She has specialized on the vector-host plant interaction and feeding behaviour of spittlebugs and sharpshooters as vectors of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa in order to understand spreading mechanisms of the disease. Anna is actually working on efficient strategies to support vector monitoring of Flavescence dorée, Xylella fastidiosa (Auchenorrhyncha) and grapevine leafroll-associated viruses (scale insects and mealybugs) in fruit crops and viticulture.
Anna joined the IOBC Working Group of “Integrated Protection in Viticulture” in 2015 in Vienna.