The Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) is a federal research institution and an independent higher federal authority based in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). The institute, named in honour of the agricultural scientist and reformer of agricultural theory Julius Kühn (1825-1910), was created in 2008 from a merger of the former Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, the Federal Centre for Breeding Research on Cultivated Plants and two institutes of the Federal Agricultural Research Centre. The JKI is responsible for the protection of cultivated plants in their entirety. This responsibility includes the areas of plant genetics, plant cultivation, plant nutrition and soil science as well as plant protection and plant health. There are several field offices in Berlin, Bernkastel-Kues, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Dossenheim, Dresden-Pillnitz, Elsdorf, Groß Lüsewitz, Kleinmachnow, Münster and Siebeldingen. The Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen (Palatinate) is responsible for breeding new grapevine varieties with resistance to pests and other stress factors. The international grapevine variety database VIVC is maintained here. See also a list under Viticultural Institutions.
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