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

Dr. Andreas Stahl

Erwin-Baur-Str. 27
06484 Quedlinburg, Germany

Ms Sarah Stehr
Tel: +49(0)3946 47-3601
Fax: +49(0)3946 47-3602
rs@  julius-kuehn.  de

Institute booklet

Research of the Institute for Resistance Research and Stress Tolerance aims at the genetic improvement  of resistance and tolerance of crop plants to biotic and abiotic stress.Today, these two research areas are of vital importance in the light of climate change, consumer protection, protection of natural resources (soil, water, biodiversity), along with safeguarding a highly productive and environmentally sound plant production.

Resistant crops have to be considered as the most cost effective and environmental as well as consumer friendly way of plant protection and are therefore an integral part of sustainable plant production systems. Genetic adaptation of crop plants to climate change - resulting in rising or changing abiotic stress conditions (drought, higher temperatures etc.) - with respect to yield and yield stability, nutrient use efficiency and quality traits, is of prime importance today and in the future. Besides this, interactions between climate change and the incidence of pathogens have to be taken into account. Therefore, research aims at the genetic improvement of crop plants concerning the traits mentioned above in order to ensure a highly productive as well as an environmentally sound and consumer protecting plant production against the backdrop of climate change.

To achieve these goals the institute is subdivided into the divisions “Biotic stress” and “Abiotic stress” which are spanned by the group “Molecular analyses and markers”. In detail, research focuses on the following topics:

  • Development of efficient screening methods for the detection of resistance or tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress
  • Evaluation of plant genetic resources with respect to biotic and abiotic stress as a prerequisite for improving resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress and broadening the genetic base
  • Genetic analyses of resistance or tolerance and development of molecular markers for qualitatively or quantitatively inherited traits
  • Structural and functional analyses of resistance/tolerance at the genome level
  • Development of strategies and methods for a sustainable use of respective resistances or tolerances in plant breeding  

Based on this procedure research on diverse topics with respect to improving resistance/tolerance to biotic/abiotic stress of agricultural and horticultural crops is conducted.