Working Group "Breeding Research Faba Bean"

Vicia faba L. is a partially allogamous plant, with an intermediate level of cross- and of self-fertilization, realized by honey and bumble bees. With this reproductive behaviour, breeding methods appropriate for faba bean should be general solutions of which the methods for self-fertilizing and cross-fertilizing crops should be just extreme, marginal cases. This reasoning serves as entrance into our faba bean breeding research, an area that offers numerous challenges and promises due to the bean being a legume (pulse) crop, due to its seed being food and feed in temperate and semi-arid zones, due to it being a field and a garden crop and because winter and spring types exist.



Current projects:



Recently finished projects:


  • Research on faba bean drought and weed tolerance in Morocco. Cooperation with IAV Hassan II (Nora Aqtbouz)
  • Reproductive features and vicine content of faba bean (Winda Puspitasari)
  • Drought tolerance, marker application, faba bean (Dr. Mohamed Ali; AvH))
  • Drought stress tolerance of faba beans (Gregor Welna)
  • Frost tolerance of faba beans (Ahmed Sallam)


    Technical Assistant:
    Regina Martsch
    Sonja Yaman
    Tina Tietz



    An important tool: the isolation cage!

    Isohaus ALT


    These PhD theses on faba bean were carried out since 1995:

      • Awadallah Abdalla Abdelmula, 1999: Genetic improvement of drought tolerance in faba beans Vicia faba L. Cuvilier, Göttingen.

      • Hilke M. Riemer, 1999: Nmin nach Ernte: Genotypische Variation in aktiuellem Material von Ackerbohnen (Vicia faba L.) und Körnererbsen Pisum sativum L.). Cuvillier Göttingen.

      • Jens Christian Vaupel, 1999: Neue CMS-Systeme für die Produktion von Minor x Major-Hybridsorten bei Vicia faba L.: Genetische und züchterische Analyse. Cuvillier Göttingen.

      • Memen Surahman, 2001: Detailed genetic analysis of a wide faba bean (Vicia faba L. cross ?German x Moroccan?. Cuvillier Göttingen.

      • Anja Kramer, 2002: Untersuchungen zum biotechnologisch unterstützten Gentransfer bei der Ackerbohne Vicia faba L. Cuvillier Göttingen (betreut von C. Möllers)

      • Andi Wijaya, 2003: Towards interspecific hybridization in Vicia faba L. Cuvillier Göttingen (betreut von C. Möllers)

      • Mahmoud Mohamed Zeid, 2003: Analysis of genetic diversity based on molecular markers (AFLP) and of heterosis in faba bean (Vicia faba) L. Cuvillier Verlag Göttingen.

      • Seif Eldin Gasim, 2003: Winter-hardy faba bean: Applied genetic research on the reproductive mode of the European gene pool. Cuvillier Verlag Göttingen.

      • Mustapha Arbaoui, 2007: Detailed genetic analysis of faba bean
        (Vicia faba) winter-hardiness and related traits. Universität Göttingen.

      • Lamiae Ghaouti, 2007: Comparison of pure line cultivars with synthetic cultivars in local breeding of faba bean (Vicia faba) for organic farming. Universität Göttingen.

      • Susanne Dieckmann geb. Voges, 2007: Genetische Analyse von Heterosis im jüngsten Stadium einer Pflanze, als Embryo, am Beispiel der Fababohne (Vicia faba). Universität Göttingen.

      • Franziska Roth, 2010: Evaluierung von Winterackerbohnen als Zwischenfrucht für eine ökologische Biogasproduktion. Cuvillier Göttingen (in Zusammenarbeit mit Rolf Rauber).

      • Ahmed Sallam, 2014: Detailed genetic approach to improve frost tolerance of German winter faba beans. Universität Göttingen.

      • Gregor Welna, 2014: Genetische Analysen für eine markergestützte Verbesserung der Trockenstresstoleranz von Winterackerbohnen. Universität Göttingen.

      • Winda Puspitasari, 2017: Association analyses to genetically study reproduction and seed quality features of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) . Universität Göttingen.