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Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)
The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) is member of the Leibniz association. The IGZ conducts basic plant research with a view to possible uses for vegetable and ornamental plants and the use of plant biodiversity.
Advances in basic science have resulted in exciting research questions and new analytical techniques for advancing the understanding of plants and their interactions with the environment. IGZ contributes to these advancements and uses them to help designing sustainable management systems in horticulture. IGZ strives for excellence in horticulture research and related areas and thus operates at the interface between plant biology and environmental sciences with the principles of plant utilization. IGZ has its focus on fundamental aspects of plant health and nutrition in horticulture, plant composition and quality, analysis of plant production systems, and the contribution of plants to food security and human nutrition.
Through our work, we also hope to promote sustainable development of the basic necessities of life in countries and regions defined by low incomes and insecure living conditions. Our work is interdisciplinary, international, and substantially characterized by third-party funding for projects.
The institute is organized by Programme Areas and Research Groups. We are involved with currently four primary topics:
- Functional Plant Biology (PA FUNCT)
- Plant-Microbe Systems (PA MICRO)
- Plant Quality and Food Security (PA QUALITY)
- Next-Generation Horticultural Systems (PA HORTSYS)
Please take a look at our website for an overview of our research and do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in certain topics or would like to visit us.
Scientists at our institute are involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary and future-looking research projects of scientific and practical relevance. These Projects are performed in cooperation with Partner institutions in Germany, Europe and around the globe. Each IGZ Project is assigned to one or more Research Groups (RG) belonging to the five Programme Areas (PA): FUNCT; MICRO; BIOINF; QUALITY and HORTSYS.
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