Abteilung Zuchtmethodik der Pflanze


Plant Breeding brings together Evolution, Agriculture, Genetics, Statistics, Computer Programming, Genomics, Data Science. A plant breeder's toolbox encompasses a wide spectrum of biological, statistical, and computational methods, and our primary objective in the Göttingen Division of Plant Breeding Methodology is to develop, improve upon, and identify the best combination of them. To understand how breeders may obtain maximum benefit from genetic resources, we develop and maintain specific panels of genotypes, conduct experiments that leverage field and greenhouse crossing, multi-environment and multi-continent field trials, high-throughput phenotyping, genotyping, sequencing, experimental evolution; we apply and develop quantitative genetics, selection theory, advanced simulation techniques, and more. Our primary crops currently being studied include cereals such as maize and sorghum, and pulses such as faba bean and pea. We constantly strive to expand our research to additional species and applications. Our theoretical and methodological research relies on utilization of evolutionary theory, probability theory, machine learning, and genomic selection/prediction. In our research projects we cooperate around the world with plant breeders, geneticists, and theoreticians representing universities, private industry, and non-profit organizations. Through teaching, our division provides a platform to students to explore the complexities and challenges of plant breeding and helps them to be educated and trained as the next generation of scientists for leadership roles in plant breeding in the public and private sectors.

The Division of Plant Breeding Methodology is headed by Tim Beissinger.


  • Abteilung Zuchtmethodik der Pflanze (Prof. Timothy Beissinger; Leitung)
    Quantitative Genetik und Populationsgenetik. Zum besseren Verständnis der Evolution von Nutzpflanzen und zur Nutzung solcher neuartiger Erkenntnisse für deren laufende und zukünftige genetische Verbesserung.

    Weitere Arbeitsgruppen in der Abteilung Zuchtmethodik der Pflanze
  • Züchtungsforschung Ackerbohne (apl. Prof. Wolfgang Link)
    Vorlaufzüchtung und Zuchtmethodik bei der Ackerbohne.

  • Genomanalyse und Markeranwendung (PD Dr. Wolfgang Ecke)
    Einsatz molekularer Marker für die Genomanalyse (Syntänie, LD) und die genetische Analyse quantitativer Merkmale beim Raps und bei der Ackerbohne.


    Ehemalige Arbeitsgruppen in der Abteilung Zuchtmethodik der Pflanze
  • Fachgruppe Genetische Ressourcen und Ökologische Pflanzenzüchtung( Dr. Bernd Horneburg)
    Seit Sommer 2019 Übergang zur Universität Kassel-Witzenhausen.

  • Zuchtmethodik bei Mais und Raps Prof. Heiko Becker
    Seit Oktober 2018 ist er im Ruhestand.