Dr Andreas Schedl


Research focus


My current research focuses on the identification of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from the cereal holobiont under different environmental stresses, accessed by thermo desorption - gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (TD-GC-MS). I am involved in the VolCorn project, which aims to deal with the effects of climate change in wheat. Climate changes include an increased frequency of weather extremes which eventually result in plant abiotic stress factors like drought and flooding, which can have an impact on global crop production. We use an interdisciplinary approach involving combined expertise of four different institutions of the Leibniz association (iDiv, IGZ, IPK, ZALF) to investigate interactions between wheat and its associated microbiota, especially arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), under the influence of induced drought and flooding events focusing around the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by the plant and the microbiota.

Due to my background in analytical chemistry and design of experiments, I also support method development and optimization for LC-QqQ-MS, LC-qTOF-MS and GC-QqQ-MS to investigate the multitrophic interactions associated with plants on a chemical level. Besides that I am investigating primary and secondary metabolites and degradation products contributing to ongoing research in the working group and multiple cooperation partners.



Method development, mass spectrometry, chromatography, design of experiments, carbohydrate analysis, chemometrics

Short CV



Post-Doc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in the group of Nicole van Dam


PhD student (Dr. rer. nat.) at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Doctoral dissertation in chemistry in the Division of Chemistry of Renewable Resourceson the topic

“Development of sensitive and enhanced mass spectrometric methods for analysis of degradation products from aged cellulose matrices”


Master thesis at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna in the Division of Chemistry of Renewable Resources on the topic “Analysis of wound exudates”


M.Sc. (Double degree program) Renewable Resources at Technische Universität München and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


Erasmus Exchange Semester at Technische Universität München

Erasmus scholarship and TOP scholarship from the government of lower Austria (NFB)


Bachelor Environmental and Bio resource Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Selected Publications


Ahn, K., Schedl, A., Zweckmair, T., Rosenau, T., & Potthast, A. (2018). Fire-induced structural changes and long-term stability of burned historical rag papers. Sci Rep, 8(1), 12036. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-30424-7

Korntner, P., Schedl, A., Sumerskii, I., Zweckmair, T., Mahler, A. K., Rosenau, T., & Potthast, A. (2018). Sulfonic Acid Group Determination in Lignosulfonates by Headspace Gas Chromatography. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6(5), 6240-6246. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00011

Lizasoain, J., Trulea, A., Gittinger, J., Kral, I., Piringer, G., Schedl, A., . . . Bauer, A. (2017). Corn stover for biogas production: Effect of steam explosion pretreatment on the gas yields and on the biodegradation kinetics of the primary structural compounds. Bioresource Technology, 244, 949-956. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2017.08.042

Schedl, A., Korntner, P., Zweckmair, T., Henniges, U., Rosenau, T., & Potthast, A. (2016). Detection of Cellulose-Derived Chromophores by Ambient Ionization-MS. Analytical Chemistry, 88(2), 1253-1258. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03646

Schedl, A., Zweckmair, T., Kikul, F., Bacher, M., Rosenau, T., & Potthast, A. (2018). Pushing the limits: Quantification of chromophores in real-world paper samples by GC-ECD and EI-GC-MS. Talanta, 179, 693-699. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2017.11.049

Schedl, A., Zweckmair, T., Kikul, F., Henniges, U., Rosenau, T., & Potthast, A. (2017). Aging of paper – Ultra-fast quantification of 2,5-dihydroxyacetophenone, as a key chromophore in cellulosics, by reactive paper spray-mass spectrometry. Talanta, 167, 672-680. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2017.02.053

iDiv publications


Burger, H. F., Hylander, K., Ayalew, B., van Dam, N. M., Mendesil, E., Schedl, A., Shimales, T., Zewdie, B., Tack, A. J. M.

(2022): Bottom-up and top-down drivers of herbivory on Arabica coffee along an environmental and management gradient. Basic and Applied Ecology

Volf, M., Volfová, T., Seifert, C. L., Ludwig, A., Engelmann, R. A., Jorge, L. R., Richter, R., Schedl, A., Weinhold, A., Wirth, C. and van Dam, N. M.

(2021): A mosaic of induced and non-induced branches promotes variation in leaf traits, predation and insect herbivore assemblages in canopy trees. Ecology Letters

Weinhold, A., Döll, S., Liu, M., Schedl, A., Pöschl, Y., Xu, X., Neumann, S. and van Dam, N. M.

(2021): Tree species richness differentially affects the chemical composition of leaves, roots and root exudates in four subtropical tree species. Journal of Ecology

Henao, J. M., Demers, L. E., Grosser, K., Schedl, A., van Dam, N. M., Bede, J. C.

(2020): Fertilizer Rate-Associated Increase in Foliar Jasmonate Burst Observed in Wounded Arabidopsis thaliana Leaves is Attenuated at eCO(2). Frontiers in Plant Science
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Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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