Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Treutter’s (1956 - 2016) research explored bioactive substances and phenolic stress metabolites in plants and the development of high grade, disease-resistant fruit varieties. The work involved developing sensitive and selective procedures to detect defense-relevant substances in plants using chemical-analytical and histochemical methods. The processes he developed are used to make fruit highly disease-resistant without compromising quality.
Dieter Treutter studied horticultural science at TUM in Freising-Weihenstephan, earning his doctorate in 1985. After obtaining his lecturer qualification in fruit science and an extended research stay at the University of Salamanca in Spain, he was appointed associate professor at TUM. For eight years, he served as Chairman of the German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods (DGQ). He was also a member of the board of the international Groupe Polyphénols.
- Groupe Polyphénols Award for Research on Polyphenols (2004)
- Paul Howe Shepard Award of the American Pomological Society (1995)
- “Thurn- und Taxis” - award for contribution to progress in agriculture (1992)
Treutter D: “Managing Phenol Contents in Crop Plants by Phytochemical Farming and Breeding - Visions and Constraints”. Int J Mol Sci. 2010; 11: 807-857.Abstract
Regos I, Treutter D: “Optimization of a high-performance liquid chromatography method for the analysis of complex polyphenol mixtures and application for sainfoin extracts (Onobrychis viciifolia)”. J Chromatography A. 2010; 1217: 6169Abstract
Treutter D: “Significance of flavonoids in plant resistance: a review”. Environ Chem Lett. 2006; 4: 147-157.Abstract
Leser C, Treutter D: “Effects of nitrogen supply on growth, contents of phenolic compounts and pathogen (scab) resistance of apple trees”. Physiologia Plantarum. 2005; 123: 49-56.Abstract
Roemmelt S, Zimmermann N, Rademacher W, Treutter D: “Formation of novel flavonoids in apple (Malus x domestica) treated with the 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase inhibitor prohexadione-Ca”. Phytochemistry. 2003; 64: 709 - 716.Abstract