With our research, we aim to uncover valuable trait variants like resistance against pathogens, drought tolerance, new growth types, grain quality and many more in so far unused plant genetic resources and make them accessible for the development of new varieties or even new crops. Thus, we contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy and crop diversity.
Examples for our research focuses are the genetic adaptation potential of narrow-leafed lupin, new genetic resources for resistant and healthy potatoes, Russian dandelion as a resource for natural rubber and disease resistance, as well as yield security in rye, wheat, oats, triticale, faba bean and soybean.
Since 1949, our institute is famous for its research on potatoes. Recently, the institute could also establish itself as a center for legume research through pioneering work on underutilized protein crops. This is based on over 15 years work on unlocking breeding development potentials of the agricultural used lupins narrow-leafed lupin (L. angustifolius), yellow lupine (L. luteus) and white lupine (L. albus) with regard to improving yield potential and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress factors.