Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Dieter Treutter

Deceased May 7, 2016

Associate Professor

Fruit Science

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Treutter’s (b. 1956) research explores bioactive substances and phenolic stress metabolites in plants and the development of high grade, disease-resistant fruit. The work involves developing sensitive and selective logs to detect defense-relevant substances in plants. This detection uses chemical-analytical and histochemical methods. The processes he develops are used to make fruit highly disease-resistant without compromising on quality.

Dieter Treutter studied horticultural science at TUM in Freising-Weihenstephan. He obtained 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 became an 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)

Key Publications

Treutter D: “Managing Phenol Contents in Crop Plants by Phytochemical Farming and Breeding - Visions and Constraints”.  Int J Mol Sci. 2010; 11: 807-857.


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: 6169


Treutter D: “Significance of flavonoids in plant resistance: a review”. Environ Chem Lett. 2006; 4: 147-157.


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.


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.