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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.

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 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.


Scientists at our institute are involved in a wide range of very interesting research projects of scientific and practical relevance. Projects are assigned to Research Groups (RG) which belong to Programme Areas. These Programme Areas (PA) are: FUNCT Functional Plant Biology (1); MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems (2); QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security (3) and HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems (4).


Home countries of research institutions cooperating with IGZ


Presentations given by our scientists worldwide (2015)


Cooperation agreements with universities and applied universities (Germany, Europe and beyond)


Project with Third-party funding