Johannes Jehle is director of the Institute for Biological Control of the Federal Research Center for Cultivates Plants (Julius Kuehn Institute) in Darmstadt, Germany (https://www.julius-kuehn.de/en/bi).The institute develops methods and strategies for biological control of plant pests and plant diseases for organic and integrated production systems. The aim of Johannes´ scientific work is to improve the application of insect viruses and micro-organisms as biological control agents of pest insects. He studied Biology and Plant Pathology at the Universities of Munich and Göttingen, received his PhD from University of Braunschweig and performed a Postdoc at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, before becoming a group leader at the Agricultural Service Center Palatinate (DLR Rheinpfalz) from 1997-2010. He has coordinated numerous national and international research projects and review panels, and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of General Virology, Virology, Journal of Insect Pathology, Viruses, DNA Sequences and Patents, and Journal of Cultivated Plants. He has authored more than 115 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. In 2008, he was awarded the Founder´s Lecturer Award of the Society of invertebrate Pathology, for which he also served as President from 2016 to 2018.
In 1991, as a PhD student, he became acquainted with the IOBC-WPRS Working Group “Microbial and Nematode Control of Invertebrate Pests”. Later, he joined this working group as an active member and served as its convenor from 2011 to 2017. He always appreciated the superb scientific environment of the IOBC community as well as the co-operation and exchange with many members. In 2021 he was elected as IOBC-WPRS Vice-President.