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BBCH code

Abbreviation for "Federal Biological Research Centre, Federal Plant Variety Office and Chemical Industry". The BBCH code or the BBCH scale provides information on the morphological development stage in the vegetation cycle of a plant and is used in scientific communication on questions of plant development and the optimal or recommended time of application of fertilisation and plant protection measures in crop cultivation. Each of the ten main stages is divided into ten substadia. As early as 1977, Dr. K. W. Eichhorn and Dr. H. Lorenz developed a system that described the development of the vine from hibernation to leaf fall in 47 stages. This system was then transferred to the BBCH code in 1994. The ten main BBCH stages are (in brackets the grapevine)

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