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M.Sc. Dinesh Kafle

Dinesh Kafle

Institut für Biologie


Funktionelle Biodiversität

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3
Raum K031
14195 Berlin

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)


  • 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".


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


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)



  • 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