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Becker Helmut

Dr Helmut Becker (1927-1990) studied natural sciences at the University of Mainz and completed his doctorate on the biology of phylloxera. From 1952 to 1953, he was a research assistant at the State Viticulture Institute in Freiburg. As successor to Dr Heinrich Birk (1998-1973), he headed the Institute for Vine Breeding and Vine Refinement from 1964 to 1989 and the Department of Viticulture and Beverage Technology at the Geisenheim Research Institute in Rheingau from 1971 to 1975. Becker was particularly dedicated to the breeding of noble grape varieties, clone breeding and securing the supply of planting material by introducing sanitary measures and creating legal regulations. His new varieties include Bolero, Dakapo, Ehrenbreitsteiner, Primera, Prinzipal, Reichensteiner, Rondo and Saphira. He also used Asian varieties, especially the species Vitis amurensis due to its resistance to frost. An important breeding goal was resistance (ability to resist) to powdery and downy mildew and botrytis.

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