Working Group "Breeding Methodology in Maize and Rapeseed "

One focus of work was on the enlargement of the genetic variation of rapeseed (Brassica napus) through the use of wild and cultivated types of turnip rape (B. rapa) and cabbage (B. oleracea) and via release of mutants. A second focus was to support sustainable production of maize via breeding research. Both, research on basic methods and the development of basic material for breedingm were major objectives. The canola traits under study comprised seed quality, leaf glucosinolate content, nitrogen efficiency and heterosis of yield. Most projects were jointly carried out with the former working groups 'Genome Analysis and Application of Markers in Rapeseed' and 'Biotechnology and Quality Breeding in Rapeseed'.

Accomplished PhD theses (past decade):


  • Pathosystems wheat/fusarium; with JKI Quedlinburg (Caroline Breidenbach)

    • Mathias Starke: Breeding research on Silage beans plus corn mixtures

    • Stever, Mareile: Organic maize breeding research
    • Pfalsdorf, Luisa: Developing dual use maize (food and biogas)

    • Liu, Siyang: Marker-based grass breeding research
    • Brandes, Haiko: Insect tolerance of oilseed rape
    • Rudloff, Julia: High throughput penotyping of oilseed rape in field trials
    • Hoppe, Christopher: Maize for Zea-plus-Phaseolus mixtures

    • Moursi, Yasser: Salt tolerance of rape seed

    • Miersch, Sebastian: Untersuchungen zur Erhöhung der Stickstoff-Effizienz von Raps

    • Cleemput, Stijn: Breeding for a reduced glucosinolate content in the green mass of rapessed to improve its suitability for biogas production
    • Jesske, Tobias: Brassica Wildarten als neue genetische Ressource für die Rapszüchtung

    • Kahlmeyer, Maria: Genetische und agronomische Charakterisierung von Raps-Mutanten mit gesteigertem Ölsäuregehalt
    • Wespel, Franziska: Comparative QTL-mapping in diploid and alloploid Brassica species to analyze fixed heterosis

    Brassica hilarionis