Institute for Breeding Research on Horticultural Crops
Head: Dr. Günter Schumann
The research of the Institute is aimed at the improvement of horticultural crops grouped in vegetables, ornamentals and medicinal and aromatic plants. In particular, the results are a valuable contribution to promoting agricultural policies focused on ecologically sound farming and a sustainable horticultural production of high-quality plants.
The Institute examines and utilizes the genetic diversity of plant genetic resources for food and horticulture. Wild species, landraces and old cultivars are analyzed for their value-giving properties. Based on this, methods and strategies are developed to combine these features and to increase the diversity of the horticultural species.
Due to its well established methodological working fields and the plant species investigated, the Institute has two outstanding competence priorities:
- Our key competence 'Apiaceae' represents the comprehensive expertise on species of the Umbelliferae family.
- In the methodological area, the key competence lies on 'Interspecific and intergeneric hybridization'. Here it is especially the expertise in the complex areas of sexual and somatic hybridization. The Institute pools the know-how to develop prebreeding material from genome-wide new combinations for different horticultural crops.