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

Prof. Dr. Henryk Flachowsky (Acting Head)

Pillnitzer Platz 3a
01326 Dresden, Germany

Ms Martina Tanner
Tel: +49(0)394647 – 8001
+49(0)394647 – 8002
zo@  julius-kuehn.  de

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Dr. Andreas Peil

Senior scientist

Dr. Andreas  Peil
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47 8010
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47 8002

Julius Kühn-Institut
Pillnitzer Platz 3a
01326 Dresden / Pillnitz

Research objectives

  • Breeding of new apple cultivars combining resistance with excellent fruit quality and high and regular cropping that are suited for sustainable integrated and organic fruit production
  • Breeding of new pear cultivars with resistance to fire blight
  • Selection of red-flesh apple genotypes with good fruit quality
  • Investigation of the adaptation of flowering time in relation to climate change – late frost
  • Development of pre-breeding material – introgression of resistances from wild species
  • Pyramiding and combination of resistances for more durable resistance (fire blight, powdery mildew, scab)
  • Marker assisted selection (Smart breeding)
  • Investigating the inheritance of resistance to fire blight, mildew and scab of genetic resources of apple
  • Identification and functional characterization of genes associated with resistance to fire blight, mildew and scab


  • Saxon commission for apple fruit varieties
  • Expert commission for pome fruits – working group breeding
  • Working group performance test of fruit-growing
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

Publications in the Julius Kühn-Institut