Ilse Kranner

“My main interest is in plant stress physiology, with a focus on redox metabolism. Models used to study oxidative signaling include plants in extreme environments, seed and lichens, with the aim to unravel molecular mechanisms that underpin plant stress tolerance, seed longevity and ageing, and the molecular cross-talk between the lichen symbionts. Our basic research is relevant for agriculture and the seed trade, especially in the context of climate change. I enjoy supervising Bachelor, Master and PhD students (>50 so far), and mentoring of early career scientists and women scientists.”


Selected Publications

  • Pichler G., Muggia L., Carniel F.C., Grube M. and Kranner I. (2023). How to build a lichen: from metabolite release to symbiotic interplay. New Phytologist 238: 1362-1378. DOI: 10.1111/nph.18780
  • Nagel M, Alqudah AM, Bailly M, Rajjou L, Pistrick S, Matzig G, Börner A, Kranner I. 2019. Novel loci and a role for nitric oxide for seed dormancy and pre‐harvest sprouting in barley. Plant Cell and Environment 42: 1318-1327. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13483
  • Kranner I, Kastberger G, Hartbauer M, Pritchard HW. 2010. Non-invasive diagnosis of seed viability using infrared thermography. PNAS 107: 3912-3917. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0914197107
  • Kranner I, Minibayeva FV, Beckett RP, Seal CE. 2010. Tansley review: What is stress? Concepts, definitions and applications in seed science. New Phytologist 188: 655-673. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03461.x
  • Kranner I, Cram WJ, Zorn M, Wornik S, Yoshimura I, Stabentheiner E, Pfeifhofer HW. 2005. Antioxidants and photoprotection in a lichen as compared with its isolated symbiotic partners. PNAS 102: 3141-3146. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0407716102

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Additional research achievements

Community services

  • 2014 to 2023: Board member of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) for the science discipline "Biology"
  • 2014 to 2018: President of the Austrian Society of Plant Biology (ATSPB) and representative of Austria on the Council of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB)


  • 1997 to 2000: APART fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW)
  • 2012 and 2013: Visiting Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain and University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, respectively
  • Highly Cited Author according to Baas J, KW Boyack, JPA Ioannidis (2021) “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators

All Research achievements


  • Plant physiology
  • Plant biochemistry


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