Welcome to the research group Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics at the University of Hohenheim.

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 and phenotypic variation in wild relatives, land races and modern varieties of crop plants. We also develop strategies to utilize genetic variation in 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, genetic and bioinformatic 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. Karl Schmid coordinates the DFG-funded Priority Program SPP1819 "Rapid evolutionary adaptation: Potential and constraints".

The Competence Unit 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'. Further information about our courses can be found here: Teaching

Where are we?

The University of Hohenheim is located to the south of the city of Stuttgart, directly beside the airport and the new trade fair centre. The university is ca. 10 minutes away from the Stuttgart city centre and can be reached within 30 minutes by means of public transport.

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