Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)
The Julius-Kühn Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen (JKI) is both a Federal Authority in its own right, and a Research Centre German Federal government. It is part of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).
It was formed in January 2008 when three BMELV research centres, Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (BBA), the Bundesanstalt für Züchtungsforschung (BAfZ) and parts of the FAL were merged. The major locations of the JKI are in Quedlinburg, Brunswick (German: Braunschweig), and Kleinmachnow/Berlin-Dahlem. Further institutes and outstations are located in various parts of Germany.
Within the JKI, the Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics focuses on investigations into the diagnoses and causes of diseases and damages, and the occurrence and spread of pathogens and pests, e. g., nematodes, viruses, bacteria, or fungi. For the diagnostic work, the sharing of identification tools and data is therefore in the interest of the institution.
The JKI is a partner in the ViBRANT EU FP7 project supporting the biowikifarm.
See www.julius-kuehn.de for further information.