Hightech meets handcraft

Artificial intelligence, robotics and genome analysis are important tools in modern sugar beet breeding. But the experience and craftsmanship of the breeders remain essential.

Since its foundation in 1856, KWS has pursued the goal of offering farmers increasingly better seeds and higher-performing varieties. The methods and tools have continuously developed: In addition to traditional crossing and selection, today robots, drones, artificial intelligence as well as marker technology and genome analysis are used.

But plant breeding is and always will be handcrafted: A labor-intensive, time-consuming process that breeders like Jens Lein carefully plan and accompany over many years.

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