Prof. Dr. Dieter Treutter

Verstorben am 7. Mai 2016


Fruit Science

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.


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.