The institute has enjoyed a long scientific tradition: it was founded in 1943 as Institute for Research on Cultivated Plants of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancements of Sciences. Later, it was integrated into the GDR's Academy of Science, then re-established in 1992 as the IPK. Over more than 75 years, the institute has developed into one of the world’s leading centres for plant research, employing some 250 scientists from more than 30 countries.
|Founded near Vienna as Institute for Research on Cultivated Plants of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society for the Advancement of Sciences. |
Founding Director: Prof Dr Hans Stubbe
|Relocation of seed collections to the village of Stecklenberg/ Harz and building up the institute after October in Gatersleben|
|Integration into the German Academy for Sciences in Berlin, since 1970 as Central Institute of Genetics and Crop Plant Research|
|Refounded as Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)|
|Flooding in Gatersleben followed by a comprehensive restoration and modernisation programme|
|Federal ex situ Genebank for Crop Plants.|
|Renamed in Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK).|
|75 years crop plant research|
Literature about the history of the institute can be found here!