Division of Plant Breeding Methodology


Plant Breeding is one of the cutting-edge areas of agricultural research. With a tool box encompassing a wide spectrum of modern methods, our objective at Göttingen is to identify optimum combinations among them. To obtain maximum benefit from our genetic resources we thus employ both classical approaches (interspecific crosses, release of mutations, quantitative genetics and selection theory, high-throughput methods of quality assessment, field trials running under conventional, low-input and under organic conditions) and biotechnological approaches (production of haploids, molecular markers, genome analyses, genetic engineering).
The Division of Plant Breeding Methodology is headed by Tim Beissinger.


  • Plant Breeding Methodology (Prof. Timothy Beissinger; Head of Division)
    Plant Quantitative and Population Genetics. To better understand plants' evolution and to exploit such novel insight for current and future genetic improvement.

    Additional working groups in the division
  • Breeding Research in Faba Bean (apl. Prof. Wolfgang Link)
    Pre-Beeding and Breeding Methodology in faba bean.

  • Genome Analysis and Application of Markers (PD Dr. Wolfgang Ecke)
    Application of Molecular Markers for Genome Analysis (Synteny, LD) and genetic analysis of quantitative traits in rapeseed and faba bean.


    Former working groups in the division
  • Organic plant breeding (Dr. Bernd Horneburg)
    Now at the University Kassel-Witzenhausen.

  • Breeding Methodology in Maize and Rapeseed (Prof. Heiko Becker)
    In October 2018, Prof. Becker went into retirement.