Molecular Biology

This laboratory investigates the genetic basis for breeding new varieties and for the development and prevention of plant diseases, e.g. apple proliferation. With the help of molecular biological, biochemical and bioinformatic methods, the experts determine factors that are involved in the development of plant diseases with the aim to develop innovative control strategies. New molecular technologies are applied during apple and grapevine breeding. With the help of molecular markers, seedlings with favourable genetic traits are identified and selected. Furthermore, the laboratory offers proof of identity for apple and grapevine varieties and rootstocks.