The IPK is an internationally leading scientific institution in the fields of plant genetics and crop science. In four scientific departments and five independent research groups, the IPK focuses on revealing the underlying principles of evolution, development and adaptation of important crops. On this basis, it seeks innovative solutions in the fields of scientifically-based crop plant germplasm conservation and exploitation, aiming to improve resource use efficiency and enhance the sustainability of plant-based production.
A unique feature of the institute is the close relationship between its interdisciplinary and internationally focused research teams working within an ultramodern research infrastructure and the genetic diversity conservation activity carried out in one of the world’s longest established and largest ex situ gene banks. Scientific excellence, innovation and social relevance are brought together under the topic “Biodiversity and Performance of crops". The IPK supports solutions for food security and the evelopment of more sustainable production processes – the establishment of a bioeconomy.