LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Merle Bartling


PhD student

Phone: +49 641 99-37644

Email: Merle.T.Bartling@agrar.uni-giessen.de

Room: B331

Building: IFZ


since 2017

PhD student in the working group of Dr. Kwang-Zin Lee, Justus Liebig University, Giessen

  • Attempts to learn the behavior of the Western Honeybee Apis mellifera
  • Dissection of the digestive tract of A. mellifera
  • Real-time quantitative PCR
  • fluorescence microscopy
  • Performing of Survivals

Research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME (project group Bioressoucen), Gießen

  • insect breed (Drosophila suzukii)
  • Dissection of the digestive tract of D. suzukii
  • Feeding assays followed by antibody staining of the digestive tract of D. suzukii
  • fluorescence microscopy

Studies: Master of Science, Biology at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

Degree: External Master of Science, Master Thesis in FB09- Agricultural Science, Ecotrophology and Environmental Management, Institute of Insect Biotechnology JLU Gießen: "The effect of abiotic factors on the learning ability and the use of bio-sensory abilities of the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) "

Studies: Bachelor of Science, Biology at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor Thesis in FB08 - Institute of Animal Ecology and Special Zoology JLU Gießen: "Impact of the diversification on the trophic development of soil mesofauna in rice and maize fields on the Philippines


Hiebert N, Carrau T, Bartling M, Vilcinskas A, Lee KZ (2020) Identification of entomopathogenic bacteria associated with the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii in infested areas of Germany. Journal of invertebrate pathology, 173 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2020.107389