Welcome to the research group Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics at the University of Hohenheim, which has been established as the F. W. Schnell Endowed Chair sponsored by KWS SAAT AG and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The group is led by Prof. Karl Schmid.
We are part of the Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics in the Faculty of Agriculture.
Our research focuses on analyzing genetic variation in wild relatives, land races and modern varieties of crop plants. We also develop strategies to utilize genetic variation in modern plant breeding programs. The main goal of our research is to understand how plants adapt to their environment and to identify genes that are responsible for adaptation. To this end, we use evolutionary and genetic approaches to detect natural selection in wild plant species and artificial selection by humans in crop plants.
We are involved in national as well as in international research networks that include academic partners as well as plant biotechnology and plant breeding companies.
Another focus is teaching. The Competence Center of Plant Breeding at the University of Hohenheim is commited to provide excellent training for students in the area of plant breeding. We contribute to teaching in Bachelor programs, Master programs (in particular the Crop Science master) and Ph.D. level students. Course include 'Methods of scientific working', 'Population and Quantitative Genetics' as well as 'Plant genetic resources'.