Michael Maixner obtained his PhD in Biology at the University of Mainz (Germany) for a study on insecticide resistance of predatory mites in viticulture. As a Postsdoc at Cornell University he started working with insect vectors of grapevine yellows. His research focuses on phytoplasma diseases of grapevine, their epidemiology and control. Additional aspects of his work are integrated control strategies for pests and diseases in viticulture.
Maixner is senior scientist of the German Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (Julius Kühn-Institute, JKI) where he works at the Institute for Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture at Bernkastel-Kues.
He first joined the IOBC-WPRS WG “Integrated Protection in Viticulture” in 1987 at Logrono.