Expertise of organization

The Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, is both a federal research institute and a higher federal authority. Its main office is located in Quedlinburg (Saxony- Anhalt). Currently, 1,200 staff members, of which 250 are scientists, work in 15 specialized institutes or in one of the service units, such as library, data processing or administration. JKI activities are centered on cultivated plants as such. The Institute does research in the fields of plant genetics, cultivation of crops, plant nutrition, soil science, plant protection and plant health. Its broad competence enables the JKI to develop holistic concepts for crop cultivation as a whole, ranging from crop production to plant care. JKI’s primary goal is to advise the federal government on all issues relating to cultivated plants. Furthermore, the Institute is in charge of diverse official duties conferred by law, such as contributing to the elaboration of national and international standards of plant health with the aim to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms. The JKI Nematode collection holds a comprehensive collection of over 5000 microscope slides covering approx 800 nematode species used as reference material.

Role in the project

JKI will participate in WP2 (Inventory), WP3 (Quality), WP4 (Access), WP5 (Info-portal), WP6 (Network reference collections) and WP7 (Dissemination).

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