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Researcher: Thomas German

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Areas of Expertise
  • Analysis of replication and expression strategies of tomato spotted wilt virus (family Bunyaviridae, genus Tospovirus)
  • Study of tospovirus-insect vector relationships
  • Development of in planta transient expression systems using negative-sense RNA viruses
  • Detection of potato pathogens: Viral, bacterial, and fungal
Web Site
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 6,818,803 - Transgenic plants as an alternative source of lignocellulosic-degrading enzymes, issued November 2004.
  • 5,981,835 - Transgenic plants as an alternative source of lignocellulosic-degrading enzymes, issued November 1999.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20090106855 - Expression cassette for transformation comprising a modified viral sequence driven by a suitable promoter , published April 2009.
  • 20080300210 - Method of controlling insects and virus transmission, published December 2008.
  • 20080020371 - Reverse genetics system, published January 2008.
  • 20040045050 - Methods and materials for transformation, published March 2004.
  • 20030074677 - Improved materials and methods for transformation, published April 2003.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Plant pest destruction goes viral. Whitfield AE, Rotenberg D, German TL. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 January;32(1):65-66. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2787.
  • Disruption of vector transmission by a plant-expressed viral glycoprotein. Montero-Astúa M, Rotenberg D, Leach-Kieffaber A, Schneweis BA, Park S, Park JK, German TL, Whitfield AE. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014 March;27(3):296-304. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-09-13-0287-FI.
  • Variation in Tomato spotted wilt virus titer in Frankliniella occidentalis and its association with frequency of transmission. Rotenberg D, Krishna Kumar NK, Ullman DE, Montero-Astúa M, Willis DK, German TL, Whitfield AE. Phytopathology. 2009 April;99(4):404-410. doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-99-4-0404.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Kansas State University, Plant Pathology
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-1410
Current University UW–Madison
Department Entomology
Title Emeritus Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 Russell Laboratories
Address Line 2 1630 Linden Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
PhD Ph.D., UW–Madison, Plant Pathology
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Improved Methods and Materials for Transforming Plant Cells