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Prof. Dr. Walter G. Berendsohn

Center for Biodiversity Informatics and Collection Data Integration
Project Staff
Associated Scientist
Walter G. Berendsohn
+49 30 838 50143
+49 30 838-4 50143
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8


  • Studies of Biology at the University of Hamburg, University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Freie Universität Berlin, in 1985 diploma in Biology (thesis on "Physiological, Morphological and Yield Characteristics of the Winged Bean, Psophocarpus tetragonolobus). 1983 to 1986 consultant, 1987 to 1990 research director of the Jardín Botánico La Laguna in El Salvador, C.A.  1990 doctorate from the FU Berlin ("The arboreal vegetation of the Laderas de La Laguna, a neotropical forest fragment in El Salvador - A computer aided study"). 1990 Curator; 1991 Senior Curator at the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Head, Electronic Data Processing and Documentation; 1998 Head, Dept. of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories, 2000 Director and Professor; 2012 Head, Dept. of Research and Biodiversity Informatics; 2022 Head, Dept. Biodiversity and Evolution. 1 Jan 2023 retired, joined project staff of TETTRIs project.


  • Biodiversity Informatics, particularly information modelling, networking, taxon concepts, and biological collections
  • Flora and vegetation of El Salvador, Central America (particularly dendroflora)
  • Workflows in integrative taxonomy

Beteiligungen an Kooperationsprojekten

  • Caryophyllales Network
  • Dendroflora of El Salvador 
  • EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy
  • Euro+Med PlantBase
  • Flora of Cuba
  • World Flora Online
  • eFloraMex

Mitgliedschaft in wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaften

International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)

Papers in peer reviewed journals (published and in press)

  • Korotkova N., Aquino D., Arias S., Eggli U., Franck A., Gómez-Hinostrosa C., Guerrero P. C., Hernández H. M., Kohlbecker A., Köhler M., Luther K., Majure L. C., Müller A., Metzing D., Nyffeler R., Sánchez D., Schlumpberger B. & Berendsohn W. G. 2021: Cactaceae at – a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. – Willdenowia 51(2): 251-270.
  • Borsch T., Berendsohn W. G., Dalcin E., Delmas M., Demissew S., Elliott A., Fritsch P., Fuchs A., Geltman D., Güner A., Haevermans T., Knapp S., le Roux M. M., Loizeau P.‐A., Miller C., Miller J., Miller J. T., Palese R., Paton A., Parnell J., Pendry C., Qin H.‐N., Sosa V., Sosef M., von Raab‐Straube E., Ranwashe F., Raz L., Salimov R., Smets E., Thiers B., Thomas W., Tulig M., Ulate W., Ung V., Watson M., Jackson P. W. & Zamora N. 2020: World Flora Online: Placing taxonomists at the heart of a definitive and comprehensive global resource on the world's plants. TAXON 69: 1311-1341.
  • Borsch T., Stevens A.-D., Häffner E., Güntsch A., Berendsohn W. G., Appelhans M. S., Barilaro C., Beszteri B., Blattner F. R., Bossdorf O., Dalitz H., Dressler S., Duque-Thüs R., Esser H.-J., Franzke A., Goetze D., Grein M., Grünert U., Hellwig F., Hentschel J., Hörandl E., Janßen T., Jürgens N., Kadereit G., Karisch T., Koch M. A., Müller F., Müller J., Ober D., Porembski S., Poschlod P., Printzen C., Röser M., Sack P., Schlüter P., Schmidt M., Schnittler M., Scholler M., Schultz M., Seeber E., Simmel J., Stiller M., Thiv M., Thüs H., Tkach N., Triebel D., Warnke U., Weibulat T., Wesche K., Yurkov A., Zizka G. 2020: A complete digitization of German herbaria is possible, sensible and should be started now. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e50675.
  • Kirchhoff A., Bügel U., Santamaria E., Reimeier F., Röpert D., Tebbje A., Güntsch A., Chaves Salamanca F., Steinke K.-H. & Berendsohn W. G. 2018. Towards a service-based workflow for automated information extraction from herbarium specimens. Database (Oxford) 2018-0058.R1.…
  • Berendsohn W. G., Borsch T., Güntsch A., Kohlbecker A., Korotkova N., Luther K., Müller A., Plitzner P. & Mering S. von 2018. Using the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy to prepare and publish a treatment for the Caryophyllales Network: an online synthesis of the Nepenthaceae. – Willdenowia 48: 335 – 344. doi:
  • Henning, T., Plitzner, P., Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W.G., Müller, A., Kilian, N. 2018. Building compatible and dynamic character matrices – Current and future use of specimen-based character data. Botany Letters. DOI:10.1080/23818107.2018.1452791
  • Suhrbier, L., Kusber, W.-H., Tschöpe, O., Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W.G. 2017. AnnoSys - implementation of a generic annotation system for schema-based data using the example of biodiversity collection data. Database (Oxford) 2017; 2017 (1): bax018. doi: 10.1093/database/bax018
  • Berendsohn W.G., Gruber A.K., Rodríguez D. & Galán P. 2016: Nova Silva Cuscatlanica. Árboles nativos e introducidos de El Salvador. Parte 3: Angiospermae – Familias R a Z y Gymnospermae. Englera 29(3): 1-355.
  • Koureas D., Arvanitidis C., Belbin L., Berendsohn W.G., Damgaard C., Groom Q.J., Güntsch A., Hagedorn G., Hardisty A., Hobern D., Marcer A., Mietchen D., Morse D.R., Obst M., Penev L., Pettersson L.B., Sierra S., Smith V.S. & Vos R.A. 2016: Community engagement: The ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures. Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e9933 (20 Jul 2016).doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e9933.
  • Holetschek J., Baumann G., Koch, G. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2016. Natural History in Europeana - Accessing Scientific Collection Objects via LOD. Pp. 223-234 in: Metadata and Semantics Research. Communications in Computer and Information Science 672. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49157-8_20.
  • Droege, G., Barker, K., Seberg, O., Coddington, J., Benson, E., Berendsohn, W.G., Bunk, B., Butler, C., Cawsey, E.M., Deck, J., Döring, M., Flemons, P., Gemeinholzer, B., Güntsch, A., Hollowell, T., Kelbert, P., Kostadinov, I., Kottmann, R., Lawlor, R.T., Lyal, C., Mackenzie-Dodds, J., Meyer, C., Mulcahy, D., Nussbeck, S.Y., Ó Tuama, É., Orrell, T., Petersen, G., Robertson, T., Söhngen, C., Whitacre, J., Wieczorek, J., Yilmaz, P., Zetzsche, H., Zhang, Y., Zhou, X. (2016): The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) Data Standard specification. Database: baw125. doi: 10.1093/database/baw125
  • Kilian N., Henning T., Plitzner P., Müller A., Güntsch A., Stöver B. C., Müller K. F., Berendsohn W. G. & Borsch T. 2015: Sample data processing in an additive and reproducible taxonomic workflow by using character data persistently linked to preserved individual specimens. – Database 2015: bav094 http:/
  • Hernández-Ledesma P., Berendsohn W. G., Borsch T., Mering S. von, Akhani H., Arias S., Castañeda-Noa I., Eggli U., Eriksson R., Flores-Olvera H., Fuentes-Bazán S., Kadereit G., Klak C., Korotkova N., Nyffeler R., Ocampo G., Ochoterena H., Oxelman B., Rabeler R. K., Sanchez A., Schlumpberger B. O. & Uotila P. 2015: A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales - Willdenowia 45: 281 – 384.
  • de Jong Y., von Raab-Straube E., Güntsch A., Geoffroy M., Müller A., Kohlbecker A., Berendsohn W. G. & al. 2015. PESI - a taxonomic backbone for Europe. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5848. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5848.
  • Borsch T., Hernández-Ledesma P., Berendsohn W. G.,  Flore-Olvera H., Ochoterena H., Zuloaga F. O., Mehring, S. von & Kilian N. 2015: An integrative and dynamic approach for monographing species-rich plant groups – building the global synthesis of the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. – Perspectives Pl. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 17: 284–300.
  • Costello M. J., Appeltans W., Bailly N., Berendsohn W. G., de Jong Y., Edwards M., Froese R., Huettmann F., Los W., Mees J., Segers H. & Bisby F. A. 2014. Strategies for the sustainability of online open-access biodiversity databases. Biological Conservation 173:
  • Tschöpe O., Macklin J. A., Morris R. A., Suhrbier L. & Berendsohn W. G. 2013. Annotating Biodiversity Data via the Internet. Taxon 62(6): 1248-1258.
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Gruber, A. K. & Monterrosa Salomón, J. 2012. Nova Silva Cuscatlanica. Árboles nativos e introducidos de El Salvador. Parte 2: Angiospermae - Familias M a P y Pteridophyta. Englera 29(2): 1-300.
  • Holetschek J., Dröge G., Güntsch A. & Berendsohn W. G. 2012. The ABCD of rich data access to Natural History Collections. Plant Biosystems 146(4): 771-779. DOI:10.1080/11263504.2012.740085.
  • Güntsch A., Fichtmüller D., Kirchhoff A. & Berendsohn W. G. 2012. Efficient rescue of threatened biodiversity data using reBiND-workflows. Plant Biosystems 146(4): 752-755. DOI:10.1080/11263504.2012.740086.
  • Dengler J., Berendsohn W. G., Bergmeier E., Chytrý M., Danihelka J., Jansen F., Kusber W.-H., Landucci F., Müller A., Panfili E., Schaminée J. H. J., Venanzoni R. & von Raab-Straube E. 2012. The need for and the requirements of EuroSL, an electronic taxonomic reference list of all Euro-pean plants. In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K. & Schaminée, J.H.J. (Ed.), Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 15-24. DOI:10.7809/b-e.00056 []
  • Berendsohn W. G. & Güntsch A. 2012. OpenUp! Creating a cross-domain pipeline for natural history data. In: Blagoderov V, Smith VS (Ed) No specimen left behind: mass digitization of natural history collections. ZooKeys 209: 47–54. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.209.3179
  • Berendsohn W. G., Güntsch A., Hoffmann N., Kohlbecker A., Luther K. & Müller A. 2011. Biodiversity information platforms: From standards to interoperability. In: Smith, V. & Penev, L. (Ed.) e-Infrastructures for data publishing in biodiversity science. ZooKeys 150: 71–87, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2166.
  • Hagedorn G., Mietchen D., Morris R. A., Agosti D., Penev L., Berendsohn W. G. & Hobern D. 2011. Creative Commons licenses and the non-commercial condition: Implications for the re-use of biodiversity information. In: Smith, V. & Penev, L. (Ed.) e-Infrastructures for data publishing in biodiversity science. ZooKeys 150: 127–149. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2189.
  • Roos M. C., Berendsohn W. G., Dessein S., Hamann T., Hoffmann N., Hovenkamp P., Janssen T., Kirkup D., de Kok R., Sierra S. E. C., Smets E., Webb C. & van Welzen P. C. 2011: e-Flora Malesiana: state of the art and perspectives. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 63(1 & 2): 189–195.
  • Gemeinholzer B., Dröge G., Zetzsche H., Haszprunar G., Klenk H.-P., Güntsch A., Berendsohn W. G. & Wägele J.-W. 2011. The DNA Bank Network: The start from a German initiative. Biopreservation and Biobanking 9(1): 51-55.
  • Zarse, K., Bossecker, A., Müller-Kuhrt, L., Siems, K., Hernandez, M. A., Berendsohn, W. G., Birringer, M. & Ristow, M. 2011. The Phytochemical Glaucarubinone Promotes Mitochondrial Metabolism, Reduces Body Fat, and Extends Lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. Hormone and metabolic research 43(4): 241-3.
  • Berendsohn, W. G. & Seltmann, P. 2010. Using geographical and taxonomic metadata to set priorities in specimen digitization. J. Biodiversity Informatics 7: 53-62.
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Chavan, V. & Macklin, J. A.  2010: Recommendations of theGBIF Task Group on the Global Strategy and Action Plan for the Mobilisation of Natural History Collections Data. J. Biodiversity Informatics 7: 1-5.
  • Holetschek, J., Kelbert, P., Müller, A., Ciardelli, P., Güntsch, A. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2009: International networking of large amounts of primary biodiversity data. Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) 154: 552-564.
  • Ciardelli, P., Kelbert, P., Kohlbecker, A., Hoffmann, N., Güntsch, A. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2009: The EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy and the taxonomic workflow: selected Components. Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) 154: 625-638.
  • Güntsch, A., Hoffmann, N., Kelbert, P. & Berendsohn, W. G.. 2009: Effectively searching specimen and observation data with TOQE, the Thesaurus Optimized Query Expander. Biodiversity Informatics 6: 53-58. []
  • Kusber, W.-H., Zippel, E., Kelbert, P., Holetschek, J., Güntsch, A. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2009: From cleaning the valves to cleaning the data: Case studies using diatom biodiversity data on the Internet (GBIF, BioCASE). Studi Trent. Sci. Nat. 84: 111-122.
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Gruber, A. K. & Monterrosa Salomón, J. 2009: Nova Silva Cuscatlanica. Árboles nativos e introducidos de El Salvador. Parte 1: Angiospermae – Familias A a L. – Englera 29(1): 1-438.
  • Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W. G., Ciardelli, P., Hahn, A., Kusber, W.-H. & Li, J. 2009: Adding content to content – a generic annotation system for biodiversity data. Studi Trent. Sci. Nat. 84: 123-128.
  • Güntsch, A., Mergen, P. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2007 - The BioCASE Project - a Biological Collections Access Service for Europe. Ferrantia 51: 103-108.
  • Froelich, S., Siems, K., Hernández, M. A., Ibarra, R. A., Berendsohn, W. G. & Jenett-Siems, K. 2006: Phenolic glycosides from Exostema mexicanum leaves. Pharmazie 61(7): 641-644.
  • Domina, G., Berendsohn, W. G. & Raimondo, F. M. 2005: Progetto SYNTHESYS, primi risultati: integrazione di esperienze sulle banche dati tra l’Herbarium Mediterraneum Panormitanum (PAL) e l’Herbarium Berolinense (B). Quad. Bot. Ambientale Appl. 15: 165-168.
  • Köhler, I, Jenett-Siems, K., Siems, K., Hernández, M.A., Ibarra, R.A., Berendsohn, W.G., Bienzle, U. & Eich, E. 2002: In vitro antiplasmodial investigation of medicinal plants from El Salvador. Z. Naturforsch. 57c: 277-281.
  • Berendsohn, W.G. & Güntsch, A.. 2001: Resource Identification for a Biological Collection Information Service in Europe (BioCISE). - [In: Mazzola, P., Moret, J., Raimondo, F.M. (ed.), Proceedings of  the IX OPTIMA meeting, Paris, 11-17 May 1998]. - Bocconea 13: 257-260.
  • Köhler, I., Jenett-Siems, K., Mockenhaupt, F. P., Siems, K., Jakupovic, J, González, J. C., Hernández, M. A., Ibarra, R. A., Berendsohn, W. G., Bienzle, U. & Eich, E. 2001: In vitro antiplasmodial activity of 4-phenolcoumarins from Exostema mexicanum. - Planta Med. 67: 89-91.
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Anagnostopoulos, A., Hagedorn, G., Jakupovic, J., Nimis, P. L., Valdés, B., Güntsch, A., Pankhurst, R. J. & White, R. J. 1999:  A comprehensive reference model for biological collections and surveys. Taxon 48: 511-562. [Reprint: ]
  • Jakupovic, J., Feske, F., Morgenstern, T., Tsichritzis, F, Marco, J. A. & Berendsohn, W. G. 1998: Diterpernes from Euphorbia segetalis. Phytochemistry 47: 1583-1600.
  • Jakupovic, J., Morgenstern, T., Marco, J. A. & Berendsohn, W. G. 1998: Diterpernes from Euphorbia paralias. Phytochemistry 47: 1611-1619.
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Anagnostopoulos, A., Jakupovic, J., Nimis, P. L. & Valdés, B. 1997: A Framework for Biological Information Models. [In: Valdés, B. & Silvestre, S. (ed.), Proceedings of the VIII OPTIMA meeting.] Lagascalia 19(1-2): 667-672. [Preprint under ]
  • Berendsohn, W. G., Greilhuber, J., Anagnostopoulos, A., Bedini, G., Jakupovic, J., Nimis, P.L. & Valdés, B. 1997: A comprehensive datamodel for karyological databases. - Plant Syst. Evol. 205: 85-98.
  • Berendsohn, W. G. 1997: A taxonomic information model for botanical databases: The IOPI Model. - Taxon 46: 283-309. [Reprint:]
  • Berendsohn, W. G. 1995: The concept of "potential taxa" in databases. - Taxon 44: 207-212. [Reprint: ]
  • Jeske, F., Jakupovic, J., & Berendsohn, W. G. 1995: Diterpenes from Euphorbia seguieriana. Phytochemistry 40: 1743-1750.

Book chapters and monographs (published and in press)

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Journals, not peer reviewed

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Other publications

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