Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schwab

Associate Professor

Biotechnology of Natural Products

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

As part of his research, Prof. Schwab (b. 1961) isolates and identifies secondary plant substances and investigates their biosynthesis and metabolism. The goal is biotechnological production of natural products which, due to their technological or physiological effect, determine the quality of foodstuffs (e.g. as additives for “functional foods”).

Prof. Schwab studied food chemistry at the University of Würzburg and did his doctorate in 1989. Following a postdoctoral stay at Washington State University, he spent three years working in Hoechst AG’s agriculture division. He returned to the University of Würzburg to complete his lecturer qualification in 1999. He worked in research after that, notably at Plant Research International in Wageningen (the Netherlands) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Seville (Spain). In 2003, he accepted a position at TUM. Prof. Schwab is a member of the BfR Committee for Genetically Modified Food and Feed.

Awards

  • Schormüller-Preis der GdCh (1999)
  • Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (1995)
  • Preis der Unterfränkischen Gedenkjahresstiftung für Wissenschaft (1990)

Key Publications

Munoz C, Hoffmann T, Medina Escobar N, Ludemann F, Botella MA, Valpuesta V, Schwab W: “The strawberry fruit Fra a allergen functions in flavonoid biosynthesis“. Molecular Plant. 2010; 3: 113-124.

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Hoffmann T, Kalinowski G, Schwab W: “RNAi-induced silencing of gene expression in strawberry fruit (Fragaria x ananassa) by agroinfiltration: a rapid assay for gene function analysis”. Plant Journal. 2006; 48: 818-826.

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Raab T, López-Ráez JA, Klein D, Caballero JL, Moyano E, Schwab W, Muñoz-Blanco J: “FaQR, required for the biosynthesis of the strawberry flavor compound 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethyl-3(2H)-furanone, encodes an enone oxidoreductase”. Plant Cell. 2006; 18: 1023-1037.

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Raab T, López-Ráez JA, Klein D, Caballero JL, Moyano E, Schwab W, Muñoz-Blanco J: “FaQR, required for the biosynthesis of the strawberry flavor compound 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethyl-3(2H)-furanone, encodes an enone oxidoreductase”. Plant Cell. 2006; 18: 1023-1037.

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Schmidt H, Kurtzer R, Eisenreich W, Schwab W: “The carotenase ATCCD1 from Arabidopsis thaliana is a dioxygenase”. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2006; 281: 9845-9851.

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