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Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants

Head
Dr. Martin Hommes

Address
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig, Germany

Office
Ms Kerstin Hansmann and
Ms Karin Schröder-Rose
Tel: +49(0)531 299-4402/-4401
Fax: +49(0)531 299-3009
E-mail: gf@  julius-kuehn.  de

Branch offices

in Münster
Toppheideweg 88
48161 Münster, Germany
Office: Tanja Dallmann
Tel: +49(0)251 87106-10
Fax: +49(0)251 87106-33 

in Kleinmachnow
Stahnsdorfer Damm 81
14532 Kleinmachnow, Germany
Tel: +49(0)33203 48-0
Fax: +49(0)33203 48-425

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Plant protection matters - whether in a small vegetable patch or a complex forest ecosystems

The Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forests combines research, policy advice and statutory tasks in the context of authorising plant protection products. We are dealing with harmful organisms in a wide range of cultures: in horticulture, forests, urban green and home gardening. Our studies include the biology of pests, the pathogenesis of plant diseases and vertebrate research in cropping systems to foster and develop targeted, integrated and sustainable plant protection approaches.

One important aspect of our duties is departmental research for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). This includes extensive investigations on the biology and the spread of harmful organisms as well as their integrated control on horticultural crops (vegetables, ornamentals, nursery crops, spices and herbs) and forests.

Another important task is the evaluation of the efficacy of plant protection products. Special challenges are the diversity of crop species and varieties in horticulture, including many minor crops, that are typically grown on a small scale. In collaboration with the working group on minor uses and various research facilities, chemical and alternative plant protection methods are examined for their suitability to close gaps in pest control in horticulture and woodlands.

Our Institute cooperates closely with extension services of the German federal states, universities and other research facilities. Furthermore we are active in national and international boards.

To ensure research quality, laboratory accreditation is in process.