Division of Plant Breeding

Division of Plant Breeding

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 plant breeding division is since 1995 headed by Heiko Becker. Our division is currently made up of five research groups working in close cooperation (see below).