Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) is the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants in Germany and an autonomous superior federal authority in the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The JKI advises the BMEL and the Federal Government on all questions related to crops. It is also involved in the scientific assessment of various agricultural resources and production methods and their effects on the environment. In order to be successful in these areas and to contribute to mastering future challenges, the JKI conducts research along the entire plant production chain in the areas of plant genetics, plant breeding, plant protection, plant health, plant nutrition, and plant cultivation, with the aim of optimizing ecosystem services and developing sustainable agricultural systems. The 17 specialist institutes of the JKI and their joint facilities are located at ten locations in Germany. Based on its own research work and participation in national and international networks and research associations, it aims to develop resilient cultivation systems, to design crop production in a sustainable manner and to promote biological diversity.
Involvement in SmartProtect project
Coordinator of WP3, where the available innovative technologies for SMART IPM gathered in WP2 will be analysed using a SWOT analysis to select the best practices available to date.
1.Socio-economic, regulatory and technical bottlenecks hindering wide spread use of best practices will be identified by growers and expert interviews and questionnaires.
2.Techniques with the highest innovation potential for greenhouse and open field vegetable production will then undergo a practical testing phase in case studies, which will be accompanied and evaluated.