Sunflowers are a very important oil crop in the south and south-east part of Europe. But extension is as well possible at moderate to warm climate conditions all over the world. Oil from sunflowers is very good for human nutrition and meal was used as valuable protein feet.
KWS has breeding and marketing activities for sunflowers in all important countries in south-east Europe, with the first aim to increase yield and oil content. But a specific resistance against regional plant pathogens like parasites, fungi or virus are necessary for new sunflower hybrids.