Research at the Institute is focused on the causal agents and control of diseases and pests of fruit crops and viticulture. A broad spectrum of state-of-the-art methods is applied to studies on damaging microorganisms, insects, and other pests. Utilizing a combination of laboratory, greenhouse and field research, we strive to develop innovative and sustainable solutions both for integrated and organic fruit production and viticulture. With this mandate, the Institute advises the German government in all relevant issues related to plant protection in fruit crops and viticulture.
Both the fruit-growing and viticulture industries are confronted with ongoing challenges. Climatic change is having a significant impact on the distribution and pathogenicity of domestic pests, at the same time creating permissive environments for invasive species to become established in our agricultural areas. Increasing international trade enhances the risk of importing and spreading disease agents and pests to Germany and Central Europe. It is critically important that specific diagnostic tests be developed to these invasive organisms, that data be generated on epidemiology and damage potential to develop risk assessments, prevent entry and establishment, and/or develop control methods.
Changes in cultivation techniques, distinct structural change in agriculture, and an enhanced environmental awareness, all lead to new fields of research. Reduced, sustainable pesticide use in combination with the protection and promotion of biodiversity requires smart control strategies. A primary focus is the improvement of disease prognosis. For instance, with respect to apple scab, environmentally friendly measures are promoted both for integrated and organic apple production. Ultimately, the goal of our research is the preservation of German vineyards and orchards, and protect and promote the domestic cultivation of healthy fruits and grapes.
Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI) - Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants
Institute for Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture
Adress field fruit growing
Schwabenheimer Straße 101
Acting Head of Institute: Dr. Michael Maixner
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 - 4700
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 - 4805
Tel: 03946 47-4609