Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Institute for Breeding Research on Agricultural Crops

The Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) is the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants in Germany and a superior federal authority of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Through research on the sustainable handling of natural resources - plants, soil and water - JKI promotes the protection of tomorrow’s resources and contributes to the efficiency of German and European agriculture as well as to securing food supplies worldwide.

The Institute for Breeding Research on Agricultural Crops conducts research on agrobiodiversity with regard to protecting, maintaining and utilizing plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, to describing their genetic diversity, as well as to supporting neglected or potentially novel crop species which offer interesting perspectives for agriculture yet requiring further genetic adaptation to agronomic requirements. The Institute’s research is also dedicated to the genetic adaptation of established crop plants to future environmental conditions, yield and quality requirements and novel types of use. Enriching genetic diversity and broadening the spectrum of crop species provide the prerequisites for maintaining agrobiodiversity, the latter of which is essential for versatility as well as sustainability in agricultural production.

Besides research in the fields of in situ and on farm management and in genetic characterization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), the Institute’s Plant Genetic Resources group has a long-standing experience also in PGRFA data management and information system development.

Dr. Lothar Frese is the deputy head of the Institute for Breeding Research on Agricultural Crops and head of the Institute’s plant genetic resources group.

Dr. Lorenz Bülow is biotechnologist with a focus on plant genetics and bioinformatics, and he is responsible for the design of the information system and the management of field trials.

Stefan Unger is computer scientist with experience in databases and web applications, and he is in charge of the implementation of the information system.