Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben (IPK)

Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a non-university research centre associated with the Leibniz Gemeinschaft. The Institute draws its strength from the integration of various scientific disciplines and the use of the extensive biological diversity conserved within its internationally renowned genebank. State-of-the-art technology in gene and genome research is used to define and analyse the important processes driving the evolution of crop plants. Major opportunities are currently opening up for more intensive and novel uses of our crop plants, especially in combination with the unique biological material housed in the genebank.

The Institute is the initiator and centre of the Gatersleben Biotech Campus, employing over 500 staff, of which about 180 are scientists. Many of the latter are international from about 20 countries. Driven by its science, the IPK has continuously upgraded its stock of equipment and the quality of its greenhouses, renovated its buildings, and markedly improved the infrastructure both at its headquarters in Gatersleben and at its various branches. Thanks to these many improvements, IPK now ranks among the leading research institutes in the field of crop plant research. This is reflected in its many publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and the four spin-off businesses which have grown out of the Institute's research activity.
With the central ex situ genebank, IPK possesses a unique collection of plant genetic resources from more than 2,700 botanical species of about 800 different genera. Stocks currently total approximately 150,000 accessions, representing the largest collection of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) within the EU.

PD Dr. Andreas Börner (lead partner)
Dr. Manuela Nagel
Dr. Ulrike Lohwasser