Welcome to the website of the Associate Professorship 'Biotechnology of horticultural crops'!

Horticulture is the science, art and industry of plant cultivation that is engaged with fruits, berries and nuts, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants as well as ornamentals such as flowers, trees and shrubs. Horticulture has a key role to play, in the global challenge to provide a growing world population with nutritious food, produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. In addition Horticulture produces ornamental plants, which are grown for aesthetic and functional value and play important roles in social events and leisure activities worldwide.

The production of horticultural crops is a large challenge since they must meet high quality standards both in terms of product safety and internal characteristics, as well as also, and more so than agricultural plant products, in terms of external characteristics. In Horticulture the precise control of flowering time, fruit set and of the overall plants architecture are of equal importance as plant nutrition and plant protection. Therefore the growth and development of plants is controlled by diverse measures, such as for example pruning, to improve external features as well as also to impact on biomass gain, yield and disease resistance.

Our institute uses cutting edge research technology in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology to improve our understanding of the biological mechanisms, which underlie growth regulation in plants, and make this knowledge applicable for the breeding and production of horticultural crops. We educate students in plant molecular biology and plant biotechnology and communicate our findings to an interested public.
If you have any questions about our work, please get in touch:

Biotechnology of Horticultural Crops
TU München - Weihenstephan
Liesel-Beckmann-Str. 1
D-85354 Freising

Tel.: +49 (8161) 71 3104
Fax: +49 (8161) 71 2105