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
Genetic analysis of storage root formation in sugar beet Genetic analysis of storage root formation in sugar beet
Cloning the Rhizomania Resistance Gene Rz2 from Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima Rhizomania

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

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New genetic variation for silique shatter resistance in rapeseed

Flowering Time Control in Rapeseed Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee
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 Picture Webpage Nirosha

 Root Lesion Nematode Resistance in Cereals

Genetic variation for Resistance
Flowering time regulation in Quinoa Quinoa

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


Improving feeding quality of rapeseed meal