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IGZ at the re:publica 22

The projects zirkulierBAR und Agricultural systems of the future are (re)present(ed) at the re:publica 22 in Berlin > all infos <

Eclipse report on the potential of macroalgae cultivation published

“State of knowledge regarding the potential of macroalgae cultivation in providing climate-related and other ecosystem services” with co-author Dr. Anna Fricke (food4future) > more info <

That was our Potsdam Day of Science

We had a great time, greeting you all at our booth! > Some impressions <

Research Minister Stark-Watzinger at “Agricultural Systems of the Future”

At the Open Day at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on August 20, Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger visited the stand of the BMBF funding line “Agricultural Systems of the Future” > more info <

Agriculture in Brandenburg in 2050

Live recording of the querFELDein podcast with agricultural systems of the future

> Alle Info <

In the newspaper “Berliner Zeitung”: The pee-project

Berlin gardeners water their tomatoes with urine.
> more info <

IGZ wins the Hochschulwettbewerb

Back into the cycle: Human urine becomes recycled fertilizer for Berlin community gardens – Citizen Science project “Urban Cycles” made possible by award in university competition “Hochschulwettbewerb”

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Future vision for the agricultural industry: Result of the vision process now published

“Agricultural Systems of the Future” has published a vision of the future for the agricultural economy, which serves as a guideline for the further design of the transformation process of agricultural systems. More Info <

zirkulierBAR – Intercommunal acceptance for sustainable value creation from sanitary by-product streams

We want to recover nutrients from consumed food and return them to agriculture in the sense of a sustainable regional circular economy.> More Info <

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

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


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


Publications published (2019)


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