Lehrstuhl für Pflanzenzüchtung

Research projects

The research projects at the Plant Breeding Institute belong to three major research areas:

  • mapping and cloning of genes with agricultural importance
  • functional characterization of genes with agricultural importance
  • exploiting and broadening the genetic basis of major crop species


The targets of research are:

  • regulation of flowering time in crop plants
  • interaction between crop plants and their root parasitic nematodes
  • synthesis of secondary plant compounds such as tocopherols or sinapins


The following crops have been investigated in the past years:

  • sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.)
  • oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)
  • barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
  • asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.)



Flowering time regulation in Beta species

Flowering time in Beta species

Mutant screening in rapeseed: New genetic variation for low sinapine content

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New genetic variation for silique shatter resistance in rapeseed


Strategies for breeding winter beets

Winter beet

Unraveling the Genetic Mechanisms of Flowering Time Control in Rapeseed

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Unravelling a mechanism for floral transition control in annual, biennial, and perennial Beta species


Identification and characterization of mutations in the phytic acid biosynthesis pathway genes in oilseed rape


Functional analysis and mutagenesis of GDSL genes for breeding oilseed rape (B. napus) with higher oil content

Fine mapping of the Rhizomania Gene Rz2 in Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima


Root Lesion Nematode Resistance in Cereals

Genetic variation for Resistance

Cloning of genes from the tocopherol pathway in oilseed rape


Genetic analysis of storage root formation in sugar beet

Genetic analysis of storage root formation in sugar beet

Cloning of a beet cyst nematode resistance gene from the wild beet Patellifolia procumbens