The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a nonprofit research institution and a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Association (WGL). The Institute is the initiator and center of the Biotech Campus Gatersleben in central Germany.
As an internationally renowned plant research center the IPK is working on the problems of modern biology in fundamental and applied research by focussing on cultivated plants.
The central concern of the research at the IPK is to study the genetic diversity of wild and cultivated plants with the aim to make the scientific findings, methods and plant material available for more effective and expanded use of plants in the agricultural sector, but also to be a supplier of new and improved biomaterials especially for pharmacy.
The Institute draws its strength from the use of the enormous biological diversity preserved, analyzed and used in its world-famous crop Bank, known as Genebank. In addition to this unique biological material the Researcher are provided with modern techniques of gene and genome research for research and analysis of important processes of evolution, development and expression of crops.
The IPK works on research fields that contribute to a deeper understanding of the molecular genetic and physiological bases of plant characteristic value and plant performance. An annula planning exercise is conducted to determine and refine the institute's strategy and research programme. The four programmes map on to the departments, essentially mirroring each of the centre's research mandates and reflecting the departments competencies:
Management, analysis and evolution of plant genetic resources
Cellular and molecular genomic analysis
Molecular and developmental physiology
Applied physiology and cell biology
The largely disciplinary oriented programmes address current biological topics in the form of five overarching inter-departemental and inter-disciplinary projects: