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September 09-11, 2016
15th World Petunia Days
Venue: historic Leucorea in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

September 12-15, 2016
XIV Meeting of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group“Biological Control of Fungal and Bacterial Plant Pathogens“
Focus: Biocontrol and Microbial Ecology
Venue: Humboldt University Berlin

November 17-18, 2016
European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection
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News in brief:

Farmers could profit in the future from satellite pictures

Announcing the start of the joint research project AGRO-DE coordinated by the Julius-Kühn-Institute

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New JKI Institute for Bee Protection starts work

Commitment to the protection of honey bees, bumble bees and wild bees in an agricultural landscape

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Agricultural Biotechnology:

Risk/Safety Assessment, Impact Assessment and Importance for a Bio-Based Economy

June 22-24, 2016

Colloquium on the occasion of retirement of Prof. Dr. Joachim Schiemann, Head of the JKI-Institute for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology

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6th International Symposium Breeding Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (BREEDMAP 6) in Quedlinburg, Germany

June 19-23, 2016

This meeting continues a series of international symposia for Breeding Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, which started in 1996.

JKI contributes to BIOFACH Congress in Nuremberg

JKI scientists invite visitors of the BIOFACH Trade Fair for Organic Products on February 11th to a workshop on copper reduction in organic farming (4 p.m.) and a lecture on organic stored product protection (3 p.m.) both held in room “Prag” at the NCC East

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JKI chairs expert panel discussion at Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

Panel discussion 3, which is organized by the JKI on 14 January, will focus on visions for healthy food production in mega cities. It is part of the GFFA 2016 conference, which is held under the title “How to feed our cities? - Agriculture and rural areas in an era of urbanization" during the Green Week in Berlin from 14 – 16 January (CityCube Berlin, Level 3)

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Wheat Initiative launches its Strategic Research Agenda

The Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI) is the German partner of the global Wheat Initiative. As the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants the JKI represents the interests of the German Ministry for Agriculture in the network. On behalf of the central press relations office of the Wheat Initiative in France, JKI delivers the latest media release covering the launch of the Wheat Initiative’s Strategic Research Agenda to the G20-Agricultural Chief Scientists in Turkey.

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Fascination of Plants Day

The fascinating world of plants is once again in the spotlight on 18 May, the International Fascination of Plants Day. This initiative, launched by EPSO in 2012,  has meanwhile been adopted by 54 countries worldwide. In Germany, the Federal Ministers of Education and Research and of Food and Agriculture support the event by taking over the patronage of this special day.

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Winner of IPPC Photo Contest 2015

We congratulate our scientist, Dr. Thomas Schröder, of the JKI-Institute for National and International Plant Health in Braunschweig. He has won first prize in the inaugural Pests Without Borders photo contest organized by the Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

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Scientists seal agreement to boost adaptability of wheat to climate change

Breeding researchers of the Julius Kühn Institute weigh in their competence in stress  and heat resistance research

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New EU-Project on Phosphorus Recycling

JKI coordinates work package on fertilizers from recycled urban and agricultural sources.

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Indo-German workshop on microbial ecology

The first Indo-German Workshop on “Microbial Ecology and Application of Inoculants for Bio-control” starts April 7th, in New Delhi, India. It brings together scientist from both countries. Dr. Annapurna of the IARI and Professor Smalla of the JKI jointly succeeded to obtain funding for this workshop from the Indo-German Science and Technology Center (IGSTC).

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BIOCOMES: new biological control products for farmers and foresters

Under the name BIOCOMES, a project that shall provide farmers and foresters with new biological control products has just been launched. At the Julius Kühn Institute, the Institute for Biological Control at Darmstadt is in charge of research in combating plant diseases and pests by using their natural antagonists.  Receiving a grant of €550,000 from the EU co-financed project, JKI scientists are engaged in two working groups and four work packages, primarily focusing on tomato leaf miner and potato moths.  

For more details see BIOCOMES Press Release from 27-Jan-2014  or visit the project website

Memorandum of Understanding signed with INIA, Uruguay

On 11 Dec 2013, JKI President Dr. Georg F. Backhaus and INIA National Director José Silva signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Both institutions – the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), Uruguay and the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Germany – wish to encourage scientific cooperation with particular interest in an eco-intensification of agriculture.

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Wheat Initiative Research Committee elected new chairman

Professor Dr. Frank Ordon has been elected chairman of the Research Committee of the Wheat Initiative with effect from 01 January 2014. This global initiative was started by G-20 Ministers of Agriculture to help coordinate worldwide research efforts in the fields of wheat genetics, genomics, breeding, physiology and production.

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Prestigious award for JKI nematologist

For his achievements in nematology, JKI scientist Dr Andreas Westphal received high recognition when the Society of Nematologists granted him the 2013 ”Award for Excellence in Research in the Field of Nematology”.

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IUFRO Pine Wilt Disease Conference 2013

15 - 18 October 2013, in Braunschweig

Aim of the Conference is to communicate and exchange on research progress of recent years in the management of the pine wood nematode and its vector beetle.

Scientific Meeting of IUFRO unit 7.02.10, Julius Kühn Institute and FP 7 EU Research

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Common Ragweed Conference in Berlin in September

The JKI is organizing a conference on how to bring a further spread of Ambrosia  in Germany to a halt. Experts studying the common ragweed plant will meet at Berlin from 10 to 12 September 2013. Conference language is German.

The JKI also co-ordinates the international EU-project called “Halt Ambrosia” (

Memorandum of Unterstanding signed in China

The Julius Kühn Institute and the Chinese Academy  of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) wish to intensify their scientific collaboration  and signed a cooperation agreement on 05 June 2013 during the international GLAST Forum 2013 in Beijing.

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Effective control of oak processionary moths for the protection of humans is possible

Experts discussed control strategies at a status seminar organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the Julius Kühn Institute in February 2013

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U.S. Ambassador visits JKI

When U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Philip D. Murphy, visited the town of Quedlinburg on April 11, his schedule also included a presentation of the Julius Kühn Institute.  Ambassador Murphy was accompanied by his wife Tammy and Consul General Mark J. Powell.

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Food security - how does research contribute?

This question is one of the topics to be discussed during an expert meeting at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). 

GFFA unites politics, science and industry for exchanging on topical agricultural issues. The title chosen for the 2013 event is "Responsible investment in the food and agriculture sectors – A key factor for food security and rural development".

JKI scientists are participating in the discussion round focussing on food security. Where and when? Friday, 18th January 2013, 12:30 - 14:30 hrs, ICC Berlin, Hall 6

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Julius Kühn Institute unveiled bust in honour of Gustav Gassner (1881-1955)

A Gustav Gassner bust was unveiled in Braunschweig on Tuesday (18 Dec 2012). Thus, the JKI pays tribute to a leading representative of agricultural and botanical research, who also became an important supporter and patron of sciences in Braunschweig after World War II.
President Dr. Georg F. Backhaus (pictured) unveiled the bust in the presence of representatives from institutes and societies that Gassner had once directed or founded. So he was rector and professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig, but also made  major contributions to establishing the predecessors of today’s Julius Kühn Institute and Thünen Institute in Braunschweig.

North Korean delegation visits JKI

A delegation from the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) visited three sites of the JKI. The visitors are working on a North Korean project committed to improving the nationwide crop genetic resources management and to effectively utilizing  genetic resources.  Special aim of this project is to adapt crop production to changing agro-climatic conditions driven by climate change, diversify crop cultivation and seek sustainable growth in agricultural production.

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Best poster award for JKI at legume congress (ICLGG) in Hyderabad (India)

Dr. Brigitte Ruge-Wehling from the JKI Institute for Breeding Research on Agricultural Crops was honoured with a Best Poster Award at the VI International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics (ICLGG) taking place in Hyderabad, India, from 2 - 7 October 2012.
Her poster entitled "Anthracnose Resistance in Lupins – Increasing Yield Stability and Promoting Growth of Homegrown Legumes“ was among the six best poster presentations at the conference.  However, she further distinguished herself in a one-minute talk, a time given to poster presenters to highlight their work in the plenary session, and really made the best use of her 60 sec.

European Society of Nematologists (ESN): best poster winner is PhD student at JKI

Mohamed Baklawa won the best poster award at the 31st ESN International Symposium in Adana (Turkey) in September 2012. The Egyptian scientist (in the picture on the right) is working on his dissertation at the JKI Institute for National and International Plant Health. 

Detailaufnahme einer Ambrosiablüte

First International Ragweed Day (IRD) on June 23rd

The General Assembly of the International Ragweed Society (IRS) (held in Ascona, Switzerland on October 6, 2011) proclaimed the first Saturday of the summer each year the “International Ragweed Day (IRD)” (See:

The Julius Kühn Institute co-operates with the IRS and informs public as well as national stakeholders about ragweed in Germany. Furthermore it co-ordinates the international EU-project called “Halt Ambrosia” (

Joining forces in the fight against oak processionary moths

The processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) continues its spread through Germany. The Julius Kühn Institute recently published updated maps of infestation areas (JKI Press Release, 20 April 2012).

Not only for reasons of forest protection, the pests must be controlled. The caterpillars are also posing a high health hazard to humans.

The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) organized a conference and discussed measures to be taken to fight the pest. The conference took place in Berlin from 6 to 7 March 2012.

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Fasination of Plants Day

May 18, 2012

On May 18, the Fascination of Plants Day will take place in 33 countries. The Julius Kühn Institute invites everybody fascinated by plants and interested in plant sciences to Quedlinburg. From 4 to 10 p.m., scientists and staff  invite the public to explore the fantastic and exciting world of plant sciences.


RYE SELECT accelerates breeding process

The Julius Kühn Institute is partner in a national project that paves the way for genome-based precision breeding in rye. Aim of the RYE SELECT project is to accelerate the genomic selection for traits of agronomic relevance.


JKI hosted international OECD workshop on integrated pest management

In October (16 - 19 Oct 2011), more than 90 participants from 19 countries met at the Julius Kühn Institute in Berlin for discussing achievements and perspectives of an integrated pest management (IPM). This workshop was a follow-up to the OECD workshop of 1998 held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It reviewed the development since 1998 and regarded IMP requirements in the light of new legislation and new technical developments.


Honorary Doctor for Prof. Kornelia Smalla at SLU Uppsala

At October 8, 2011, Prof.  Smalla received one of the honorary doctors from the four faculties at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Uppsala. She gave her lecture titled “Effects of Veterinary Medicines on Soil Bacteria” on October 7, 2011.
The conferment ceremony took place on October 8, 2011, at SLU in Uppsala. Prof. Dr. Smalla is  head of a research group at the Julius Kühn Institute and a professor at the University of Braunschweig in Germany. She is one of the leading figures in ecological microbiology. Her research brings together environmental, medical, and plant-production issues.

The lectures of the Honorary Doctors were recorded and will be available via SLU:s website within a week.

Working Group of Bacteriology of Prof. Dr. Smalla


Innovative crop protection: start of the EU project PURE

From 2014 onwards, a new EU pesticides legislation making integrated pest management mandatory will be in force (EU directive 2009/128/EU). To facilitate its implementation and to open new roads for an integrated plant protection, the European Commission supports a new project with a 9 Mio. grant.
The project title  PURE is short for Pesticide Use-and-risk Reduction in European farming systems with Integrated Pest Management.  The four-year project is coordinated by INRA, France, and associates 23 partners from 11 European countries - the Julius Kühn Institute being one of them.

Start of the EU project "HALT AMBROSIA"

The overall aim of the 3-year lasting project is to contribute to the reduction of the prevalence of the invasive alien plant Ambrosia artemisiifolia in European countries in order to reduce the burden on public health, agriculture and biodiversity. In cooperation with institutes in Denmark, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia, strategies to control and eradicate Ambrosia will be developed.

JKI scientists revise and update Organic Farming Portal

Internet portal extended with state-of-the-art research on plant protection in organic farming: JKI scientists updated information on pests and beneficial organisms and added a new chapter on medical and herbal plants.

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Start of research project: Improvement of drought tolerance in faba bean

With climate change and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, winter faba beans are gaining importance as an alternative to the spring type.

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JKI raised funds for horticultural research

The Julius Kühn Institute contributes four work packages to a competence network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). A total of €6.1 million is spent on optimizing horticultural production processes; the JKI receives €470,000. Funding is granted for a period of five years, ending in July 2015. Aim of the initiative is enhancing resource efficiency, and quality assurance or improvement in horticultural production.

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Lupins let region blossom

07 Dec 2010: Due to light soils, the north-east region in Germany is ideal for lupin cultivation. The Mecklenburg region is a genuine regional cluster as regards indigenous protein crops and corresponding industries.  Over the next three years, the region will benefit from a €4.2 million grant allocated to the PlantsProFood initiative. Partners in PlantsProFood are looking for new food ingredients from lupin. Here, researchers of the Julius Kühn Institute are able to make a worthwhile contribution to the program due to their competence in the breeding of grain legumes.

Integrated pest management in Europe

24 November 2010: In Paris, the partners of the ENDURE Network of Excellence  signed an agreement that regulates their future co-operation in the field of integrated pest management in Europe.

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