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M.Sc. Dinesh Kafle

Dinesh Kafle

PhD Candidate

Address Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3
Room K031
14195 Berlin
Telephone ++49 +30 838 56997
Email dinesh.kafle@fu-berlin.de

Areas of Interest

  • Plant-insect interaction and their ecological consequences
  • Insect behavioral and chemical ecology
  • Biological control and Integrated Pest Management

Curriculum vitae

2012 - date

PhD researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin in the group of Prof. Dr. Susanne Wurst (Functional biodiversity) in the project “Priming of plant defense by below- and aboveground herbivores”.

2011 - 2012

Agriculture/Program Officer at Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension & Development (CEAPRED) (www.ceapred.org.np)

Projects:

  • Food Security Initiatives (FSI) Project in Nepal
  • Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project (ANEP)

2008- 2010

M. Sc. Ag. (Plant Protection) at The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel 

Thesis: “Effects of secondary compounds on host plant preference by the phloem-feeding insect, Bemisia tabaci and predatory omnivorous insect, Orius laevigatus”.

Research exercise: "Achieving flowering during summer in passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) by manipulating levels of gibberellic acid and cytokinins".

2007-2008

'Diploma Program in Advanced Agricultural Studies for Agronomist’ at Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT), Arava, Israel.

2003-2007

B. Sc. Agriculture at Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University (T.U.), Rampur Campus, Chitwan, Nepal.

Current Project

Project B3 "Priming of plant defense by below-and aboveground herbivores" which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to the Collaborative Research Centres (SFB 973)

http://www.sfb973.de/

Publications

  • Kafle D, Hänel A, Lortzing T, Steppuhn A, Wurst S (in press) Sequential above- and belowground herbivory modifies plant responses depending on herbivore identity. BMC Ecology
  • Kafle D, Krämer A, Naumann A, Wurst S (2014). Genetic variation of the host plant species matters for interactions with above- and belowground herbivores. Insects 5(3): 651-667

  • Markovitch O, Kafle D, Elbaz M, Malitsky S, Aharoni A, Schwartzkopf A, Gershenzon J, Morin S (2013). Arabidopsis thaliana plants with different levels of Aliphatic- and Indolyl-Glucosinolates affect host selection and performance of Bemisia tabaciJournal of Chemical Ecology doi:10.1007/s10886-013-0358-0

  • Sobol S, Chayut N, Nave N, Kafle D, Hegele M, Kaminetsky R, Wünsche JN, Samach A (2013). Genetic variation in yield under hot ambient temperatures spotlights a role for cytokinin in protection of developing floral primordia. Plant, Cell & Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12184