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Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr.phil. Margit Laimer

Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Muthgasse 18, 1190 Wien
Tel: +43 1 47654-79010


ORCID: 0000-0002-6796-8126

Curr. Vitae

2004 - 2010 Deputy Head of Department of Biotechnology at BOKU
1996 - 2nd Habilitation in Plant Virology (Univ. Lisbon)
1993 - 1st Habilitation in Plant Biotechnology (Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna)
1987 - 2025 Leader of the Plant Biotechnology Unit (PBU), DBT, BOKU
1985 - Doctoral degree in Botany and Zoology at the University of Vienna

Statistik Austria, science classification

biology, botany, zoology; molecular biology; plant physiology; phytotechnology; biological engineering; genetic engineering; hygiene, medical microbiology; allergy research; plant protection; plant breeding; horticulture, fruit production; fruit production; viticulture;


Plant Biotechnology for Fruit Trees and Grapevine; Detection of viruses and phytoplasmas in tissue cultures ; Pathogen elimination in fruit trees ; Transformation of woody crop plants; Molecular Characterization of cultivars and Genotypes; Identification of tissue specific regulatory sequences; Identification of developmentally regulated genes; Study of Allergens from Fruits; Plant tissue culture; Fruit tree genebank in vitro ; Languages: German, Italian, English, Frech, Portuguese, Spanish;


1998 Bodenkulturpreis der Wirtschaftskammer Wien
1998 Rudolf Hermann Preis in Wein- und Obstbau
1993 Young South Tyrolean Scientists Abroad
1992 ÖGBT-Förderungspreis

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2012 -2022 EPSO
corresponding member
2009 -2022 PRRI Public Research and Regulation Initiative
2005 -2022 Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbiotechnologie e.V.
extended member of the managing board
2004 -2022 Haberlandt Prize Foundation
2002 -2025 Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik
corresponding member
2002 -2006 Austrian Society of Biotechnology
extended member of the managing board
2000 -2022 American Society of Horticultural Sciences ASHS
member of the commisson
2000 -2022 Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft
full member
2000 -2022 International Society for Plant Molecular Biology
full member
2000 -2022 International Society for Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction ISMPMI
full member
2000 -2022 International Society for Plant-Microbe Interaction
full member
1995 -2025 International Society of Horticultural Sciences ISHS
full member
1990 -2022 International Association for Plant Biotechnology
corresponding member
1990 -2022 International Council for the Study of Viruses and Virus Diseases of the Grapevine
full member

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2015 - Biotechnology Journal:
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2010 - Journal of Berry Research:
Editorial Board Member
2008 - Plant Molecular Biology Reporter:
Editorial Board Member
2006 - Journal of Biotechnology:
1st level below top level (Associate Editor)

Reviewer for scientific journals

2019 -2020 Scientific Reports
2015 - Food and agricultural Immunology
2015 - Maejo International Journal of Science and Technology
2014 - BMC Plant Biology
2014 - PLoS One
2012 - GM Crops & Food
2010 - Journal of Berry Research
2008 - Euphytica
2007 - Annals of Applied Biology
2007 - Journal of agricultural and Food Chemistry
2006 - Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture
2000 - Acta Horticulturae
2000 - Plant Cell Reports
2000 - Virus Genes

Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

2019 -2021 EU - European Union
2019 -2020 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland - Germany
2016 -2021 STW, Technologiestichting STW - Netherlands
2015 -2021 OeAD-Österreichischer Austauschdienst - Austria
2008 -2021 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - International Organization
2007 -2009 EU Southeast European Era-Net (SEE-ERA.NET) - European Union
2007 -2010 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Switzerland
2006 -2010 Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD), USA - Israel - Multinational
2005 -2021 Europäische Kommission - European Union
1996 -2000 FCT-Fund for Science and Technology - Biological Sciences- Molecular and Structural Biology - Portugal

Reviewer/Expert organization

2015 Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague
CIGA Project Evaluation
2012 Kind Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Evaluator of Phytopathological Projects
2010 "AGER -Agroalimentare e ricerca", Milan, Italy
Agrobiotechnological Projects
2006 Secretariat d´Etat à l´education et à la recherche SER Bern
2006 CRC Press, Boca Ratoon, Florida
2003 EU

Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

2008 VI IVCHB Symposium 2020 Vision for in vitro horticultural breeding. Brisbane, Australia
Member of the Organisation Committee
2008 Genetic control of plant viruses and their vectors: towards new resistance strategies. Cadiz, Spain
Member of the Organisation Committee
2008 Workshop “Transgenic plants in Europe: public acceptance and regulatory bottleneck”
2006 Regionale wissenschaftliche Konferenz Pflanzenbiotechnologie
2005 60-Jahrfeier
Member of the Organisation Committee
2005 GMOs worldwide: science and its public perception
2005 Developments in the field of plant cell and tissue culture
Member of the Organisation Committee
2004 IVCHB Symposium: In vitro culture and horticultural breeding. Debrecen
Member of the Organisation Committee
2003 Workshop “Plant food allergies: field to table strategies to reduce their incidence in Europe”
2001 Life Sciences
Member of the Organisation Committee
1998 Haberlandt-Symposium
1998 Risk Assessment Workshop: Marker Genes and Pathogen Mediated Virus Resistance in Fruit Trees
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