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    World of Farming

    With vision and precision: What plant breeding can achieve for sustainable agriculture.

Our Company - Our Contribution – Our Stories

Rolf Sommer

Small crops, big impact

Catch crops such as oil radish, mustard and legumes make an important contribution to more sustainable agriculture.


Making storm for stable corn

KWS uses helicopters to test the standability of corn varieties.


Profit from pests

For testing and research activities, KWS's phytopathologists cultivate numerous pathogens and insects.


Bio? Logical!

KWS develops biological seed coatings for sugarbeet and other crops.


Spotlight on sorghum

Sorghum is developing into an interesting alternative for grain and silage corn and could become even more important in the course of climate change.


Big chance for small crops

KWS sees enormous potential for peas and other protein plants


From fiction to field

KWS is testing robotic systems for mechanical weed control in sugar beet


With organic to more sustainability

KWS develops organic varieties that will complement the established conventional portfolio in the future.


Fight against pathogens

Breeders at KWS are successfully working on the development of Cercospora-tolerant sugarbeet varieties that offer high yields.


Robots in the greenhouse

In researching the complex trait drought stress, KWS is using a sophisticated system for phenotyping corn and sugarbeet plants.

Pre-Breeder Klaus Oldach inspects the growth of the barley plants in the greenhouse.

Searching for resistance

The purpose of pre-breeding is to adapt the available breeding material in terms of resistance and yield to changing environmental conditions. To obtain the genetic diversity needed for this process, pre-breeders like Klaus Oldach cross exotic material, which comes from such sources as gene banks, with their own breeding material.

Arms crossed, farmer Marcu Răzvan stands before a dry corn field.

“When drought becomes the norm, we need to explore new paths”

Just like their colleagues in other countries throughout Southeastern Europe, Romania’s farmers have been frequently grappling with extreme periods of drought for years. The drought stress has been detrimental to the corn crop. Modern plant breeding is giving rise to hope.

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