Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen
Securing tomorrow's resourcesThe Julius Kühn-Institute, JKI in short, is the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants. We work in the fields of plant genetics, plant protection, soil science and breeding research. JKIs research facilities are currently located in Quedlinburg, Braunschweig, Berlin, Kleinmachnow, Dresden, Darmstadt, Dossenheim, Muenster, Siebeldingen and in Groß Luesewitz. JKI is affiliated to the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture and gives policy advise.
Research at the JKI is dedicated to plant health and to maintaining and improving high performance in cultivated plants. The specially targeted breeding research by the JKI for instance is fundamental for improving the resistance of our crops against pathogens and pests as well as enhancing their tolerance towards abiotic stress. Also high on the agenda are efforts to achieve a better adaptation of the cultivated plants and cropping systems in general to climate change. The 17 specialized Institutes under the roof of the JKI encompass in their research a wide range of crops from agricultural and horticultural crops, fruit crops, grapevines, forest plants and urban greenery.