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The Geilweilerhof Institute for Vine Breeding in Siebeldingen (Palatinate-Germany) emerged from two organisations that were founded independently of each other in the 1920s. In 1924, August Ludowici (1866-1945), the last private owner of Geilweilerhof, donated vineyard land to the Palatinate Winegrowers' Association free of charge. Two years later, the agricultural councillor Peter Morio (1887-1960) founded the "Vine Breeding" branch of the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture, Fruit Growing and Horticulture in Würzburg on this property.

Kaiser Wilhems Institute for Breeding Research

In the same year, the Kaiser Wilhems Institute for Breeding Research was founded in Müncheberg (Mark Brandenburg) by Dr Erwin Baur (1875-1933), with Dr Bernhard Husfeld (1900-1970) as head of the vine breeding department. Both Peter Morio and Bernhard Husfeld subsequently worked intensively on breeding grape varieties that were resistant to phylloxera and the two types of mildew.

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