Plant Breeding Institute

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, sinapine, glucosinolates and phytic acid
  • regulation of oil content and pod shattering resistance in rapeseed 


The following crops have been investigated in the past years:

  • sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.)
  • oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)
  • barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
  • wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
  • quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)



Genetic analysis of leaf spot resistance in species of the genus Beta

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

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 Oilseed rape

 Genetics of root lesion nematode resistance in cereals

Flowering time regulation in quinoa Quinoa

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


Functional analysis and mutagenesis of glucosinolate synthesis genes for breeding oilseed rape (B. napus) with lower glucosinolate content

Genome wide association mapping in quinoa Quinoa
Improving oilseed rape by Cas9-mediated genome editing (OILCAS)

Zielgerichtete Züchtung von Raps (Brassica napus) mit einem nicht-transgenen, sequenzspezifischen Mutagenese-System


Etablierung neuer Züchtungstechnologien in der Kulturart Zuckerrübe (Beta vulgaris L.) zur Genom-Editierung