Stefan Meldau
  • Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Research fields
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Biochemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, 2012

Current position

Research Scientist, KWS SAAT AG, Grimsehlstraße 31, 37555 Einbeck, Germany (since 11/2013)


  1. Schafer, M., Meza-Canales, I. D., Navarro-Quezada, A., Brutting, C., Vankova, R., Baldwin, I. T. and Meldau, S. (2014). Cytokinin levels and signaling respond to wounding and the perception of herbivore elicitors in Nicotiana attenuata. J Integr Plant Biol.
  2. Falk, K. L., Kastner, J., Bodenhausen, N., Schramm, K., Paetz, C., Vassao, D. G., Reichelt, M., von Knorre, D., Bergelson, J., Erb, M., Gershenzon, J. and Meldau, S. (2014). The role of glucosinolates and the jasmonic acid pathway in resistance of Arabidopsis thaliana against molluscan herbivores. Mol Ecol 23(5): 1188-1203.
  3. Kastner, J., von Knorre, D., Himanshu, H., Erb, M., Baldwin, I. T. and Meldau, S. (2014). Salicylic acid, a plant defense hormone, is specifically secreted by a molluscan herbivore. PLoS One 9(1): e86500.
  4. Meldau, D. G., Meldau, S., Hoang, L. H., Underberg, S., Wunsche, H. and Baldwin, I. T. (2013). Dimethyl disulfide produced by the naturally associated bacterium bacillus sp B55 promotes Nicotiana attenuata growth by enhancing sulfur nutrition. Plant Cell 25(7): 2731-2747.
  5. Baldwin, I. T. and Meldau, S. (2013). Just in time: circadian defense patterns and the optimal defense hypothesis. Plant Signal Behav 8(6): e24410.
  6. Schafer, M., Brutting, C., Gase, K., Reichelt, M., Baldwin, I. and Meldau, S. (2013). 'Real time' genetic manipulation: a new tool for ecological field studies. Plant J 76(3): 506-518.
  7. Erb, M., Meldau, S. and Howe, G. A. (2012). Role of phytohormones in insect-specific plant reactions. Trends Plant Sci 17(5): 250-259.
  8. Meldau, S., Erb, M. and Baldwin, I. T. (2012). Defence on demand: mechanisms behind optimal defence patterns. Ann Bot 110(8): 1503-1514.
  9. Meldau, S., Ullman-Zeunert, L., Govind, G., Bartram, S. and Baldwin, I. T. (2012). MAPK-dependent JA and SA signalling in Nicotiana attenuata affects plant growth and fitness during competition with conspecifics. BMC Plant Biol 12: 213.
  10. Meldau, S., Baldwin, I. T. and Wu, J. (2011). For security and stability: SGT1 in plant defense and development. Plant Signal Behav 6(10): 1479-1482.
  11. Meldau, S., Baldwin, I. T. and Wu, J. (2011). SGT1 regulates wounding- and herbivory-induced jasmonic acid accumulation and Nicotiana attenuata's resistance to the specialist lepidopteran herbivore Manduca sexta. New Phytol 189(4): 1143-1156.
  12. Schafer, M., Fischer, C., Baldwin, I. T. and Meldau, S. (2011). Grasshopper oral secretions increase salicylic acid and abscisic acid levels in wounded leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Signal Behav 6(9): 1256-1258.
  13. Schafer, M., Fischer, C., Meldau, S., Seebald, E., Oelmuller, R. and Baldwin, I. T. (2011). Lipase activity in insect oral secretions mediates defense responses in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 156(3): 1520-1534.
  14. Ibanez, A. J., Scharte, J., Bones, P., Pirkl, A., Meldau, S., Baldwin, I. T., Hillenkamp, F., Weis, E. and Dreisewerd, K. (2010). Rapid metabolic profiling of Nicotiana tabacum defence responses against Phytophthora nicotianae using direct infrared laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and principal component analysis. Plant Methods 6: 14.
  15. Meldau, S., Wu, J. and Baldwin, I. T. (2009). Silencing two herbivory-activated MAP kinases, SIPK and WIPK, does not increase Nicotiana attenuata's susceptibility to herbivores in the glasshouse and in nature. New Phytol 181(1): 161-173.
  16. Wu, J., Hettenhausen, C., Meldau, S. and Baldwin, I. T. (2007). Herbivory rapidly activates MAPK signaling in attacked and unattacked leaf regions but not between leaves of Nicotiana attenuata. Plant Cell 19(3): 1096-1122.
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