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Ziegler August

Dr. August Ziegler (1885-1937) studied agriculture and chemistry in Munich and specialized in plant breeding. From 1921 to 1927 he was head of the Bavarian Central Office for Vine Breeding and established vine breeding stations for selection, propagation and cloning testing. On his initiative, a high breeding register for vines was established at the DLG. Ziegler carried out cross-breeding according to plan with the aim of a shorter vegetation period and early wood ripening for yielding vines, as well as phylloxera resistance and location adaptation for rootstocks. He carried out interspecific crosses and tested the suitability of French direct carrier varieties and American rootstocks based on rootstocks from the Teleki vine breeding company. Among other things, he created the new Rieslaner breed. His scientific analyses covered frost behaviour, seed germination, flowering, the relationship between pruning and yield, the influence of fertilisation and the importance of phenology in viticulture.

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