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Healthy Soil – Healthy Plants – Healthy Food

The aim of the project is to improve soil fertility through measures to build up humus and increase biodiversity (BoGeDi). All information

Scientific study: Daily life in times of the corona virus

Together with the ISDC – International Security and Development Center, we launched a Citizen Science Initiative to investigate the effects of the corona crisis on our everyday life. > Here <you can find all information.

Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR)

The aim is to establish an international network to create and exchange knowledge in the field of home gardens. All information


F4F investigates innovations for a sustainable and healthy food production to provide healthy food for next generations. All information

VolCorn – Volatilome of a Cereal Crop-Microbiota System under Drought and Flooding

VolCorn examines the interactions between wheat and its associated microorganisms especially arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under the influence of drought and waterlogging. All information

Modulation of trehalose biosynthetic gene expression to improve stress tolerance of tomato

Objective of the project is to uncover how trehalose metabolism is involved in the tomato response to abiotic stresses.  All information

Joint Lab PhaSe – Researching together for a healthy diet!

How plant-based food and secondary metabolites influence our health and the development of diet-related diseases is therefore the research focus of the Joint Lab PhaSe. Here   you can find all information.

Identification and regulation of floret carotenoid metabolism in colored cauliflowers (Brassica oleracea L. ssp. botrytis) cultivars grown under different environmental conditions

The aim is to explore fundamental and applied aspects of carotenoid metabolism in cauliflower under different climate conditions. All information

Implementation of a webbased quality- and yield management tool for Asparagus production

Within this project we aim to develop a web based service which delivers site specific forecasts of soil temperature under the most important cover systems in German Asparagus production. All information

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:

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.

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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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Countries that the IGZ scientists visited for a research stay (2019)


Number of German Universities at which IGZ scientists are lecturing


(inter)national cooperation partners of IGZ from universities, research institutions and industry