The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a non-profit research institution and a member of the Leibniz Association. IPK is one of the world’s leading institutions in the field of plant genetics and crop science. Its research programme and services contribute very substantially to conserving, exploring and exploiting crop diversity.
Its research goals are driven by the need to ensure efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly supply of food, feed, raw materials and energy, thereby addressing major global challenges. The work of IPK’s four scientific departments is focused on revealing the underlying principles of evolution, development, performance, and adaptation in crop plants. On this basis, it seeks innovative solutions in the fields of scientifically-based crop plant germplasm conservation and exploitation, aiming to improve productivity and resource use efficiency and to enhance the sustainability of plant-based production.
A unique feature of the institute is the close relationship enjoyed between its interdisciplinary and internationally focused research teams working within an ultramodern research infrastructure, especially in terms of automated high throughput plant phenotyping and IT infrastructure, and the genetic diversity conservation activity carried out in one of the world’s longest established and largest ex-situ gene banks.