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).
- Breeding Methodology in Maize and Rapeseed (Prof. Heiko Becker)
Widening of the genepool of rapeseed via interspecific crosses, to increase heterosis and improve quality
Support of sustainable production of maize by breeding research
- Biotechnological Applications and Genetic Analyses of Trait Variation in Rapeseed (Dr. Christian Möllers)
Application of biotechnology and quality-analytical tools to improve seed quality in rapeseed
- Genome Analysis and Application of Markers in Rapeseed (PD Dr. Wolfgang Ecke)
Application of molecular markers for genome analysis (Synteny, LD) and genetic analysis of quantitative traits in rapeseed
- Breeding Research in Faba Bean (Prof. Wolfgang Link)
Prebreeding and breeding method in faba bean
- Section of Genetic Resources and Organic Breeding (Dr. Bernd Horneburg)
Investigation of the use of genotype x environment interactions. Development of methods in organic breeding.