In January 2019, a new horticultural science center was founded in Erfurt: the “Research Center for Horticultural Crops” (FGK). For many years, from 1991 to 2016, the IGZ had two locations: Großbeeren and Erfurt. The Erfurt site of the IGZ has contributed to the success of the institute for many years. Now IGZ, whose activities are now concentrated in the Großbeeren location, is looking forward to working with the new facility.
The new institution is organizationally based at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and works together with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. This creates institutional links both in basic research and in innovation-oriented, practice-oriented science.
The FGK works mainly in four subject areas:
- Management of development and growth in horticultural crops
- Molecular Genetic Foundations of Plant Breeding in Horticultural Cultures
- Plant-Microorganism Interactions in Sustainable Cultivation
- Epigenetic Processes in Horticulture
These topics complement each other very well with the focus of the activities of the IGZ. Research for sustainability and a livable environment is our common concern.
The Erfurt site of the IGZ has contributed to the success of the institute for many years. In 2016, the Senate of the Leibniz Association recommended concentrating the work of the IGZ on the Großbeeren site.
Prof Philipp Franken, formerly supervising IGZ site Erfurt, is now head of the new Institution.