The German biologist and agronomist Professor Dr. Dr. Bernhard Husfeld (1900-1970) studied at the Berlin Agricultural University. In 1923 he became assistant to Dr. Erwin Baur (1875-1933) at the latter's Institute of Heredity Research. Baur assigned him the task of translating the findings of heredity theory into vine breeding. In 1928 Baur founded the Department of Grapevine Breeding in Müncheberg (Mark Brandenburg) as a branch of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Breeding Research (KWI). Baur introduced resistance breeding and entrusted his assistant with this task. Husfeld received his doctorate in 1932 with a thesis on the breeding of plasmopararesistant vines (downy mildew). After Baur's death, Husfeld became interim head of the institute in 1933 and, after the appointment of Dr. Wilhelm Rudorf (1891-1969) in 1936, his deputy. He initiated an extensive breeding programme with the aim of creating an "ideal vine".
In 1942, the former Department of Grapevine Breeding was separated from the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute and continued as an independent institution for grapevine breeding research under the direction of Husfeld. Husfeld's breeding work resulted in the Aris, Castor, Pollux and Siegfriedrebe varieties, which were important in terms of fungal resistance. After the end of the war, resistance breeding in Müncheberg had to be largely discontinued in 1945 and Husfeld succeeded in transferring his breeding material from Müncheberg to the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz. The "Research Society for Grapevine Breeding" he founded leased the Geilweilerhof and founded the "Research Institute for Grapevine Breeding". He also drafted a widely accepted order for the taxonomy (descent) of the vines. After Husfeld's death in 1970, Dr. Gerhardt Erich Alleweldt (1927-2005) took over as his successor.