Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Prof Dr Nikolaus Koeniger

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Prof Dr Nikolaus Koeniger




Research Interests

  • Honey bee behaviour, brood care, defence, reproduction and phylogeny of Apis.
  • Special emphasis on tropical honey bees, Apis andreniformis, Apis cerana, Apis dorsata, Apis florea, Apis koshevnikovi, Apis nuluensis and African subspecies of Apis mellifera.
  • Research on biology of parasitic honey bee mites (Varroa spec., Euvarroa spec., Tropilaelaps spec.); new control methods and medications.
  • Together with Dr. Gudrun Koeniger since 2011 development of a device (Varroa-Gate) to control horizontal transfer of Varroa destructor in co-operation with Bayer Animal Health.

Curriculum vitae

Personal Information

  • born 08.05.1941 in Berlin

Academic Career and Professional Experience

  • 1968: Dr. phil. nat. (Biology) at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität
  • 1978: Privat Dozent (Biology) at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (Habilitation)


  • 1969-1970: Scholarship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 1970-1972: Research Assistant: Fachbereich Biologie, Univ. Frankfurt
  • 1972-1979: Lecturer: Fachbereich Biologie, Univ. Frankfurt
  • 1979-1980: Research Associate: Landesanstalt für Bienenkunde, Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart
  • 1980-1981: Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Biology, Ontario Agricultural College; Univers. of Guelph; Ontario, Canada
  • 1981-2007: Professor and Director, Institut für Bienenkunde, (Polytechnische Gesellschaft)
    Fachbereich Biowissenschaften der Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a. M, Oberursel, GERMANY
  • 2007: Retired
  • 2007-2014: Research Associate Institut für Bienenkunde
  • 2014-now: Currently at Molecular Ecology (MLU)


  • More than 150 scientific articles and several chapters in scientific textbooks.


  • Nikolaus Koeniger, Gudrun Koeniger and Salim Tingek (2010): Honey Bees of Borneo- Exploring the Centre of Apis Diversity. Natural History Publications Borneo, pp. 262.
  • Gudrun Koeniger, Nikolaus Koeniger und Friedrich-Karl Tiesler (2014): Paarungsbiologie und Paarungskontrolle der Honigbiene. Buschhausen Druck-&Verlaghaus2013 pp. 383 (in German)
  • Gudrun Koeniger, Nikolaus Koeniger, Jamie Ellis and Lawrence Connor (2014): Mating Biology of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). Wicwas Press pp.155.