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.
Video: Pre-Breeding explained
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In pre-breeding Klaus Oldach works with wild barleys from the genebank to find effective resistances and integrate them into KWS breeding programs.
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The KWS pre-breeding for barley is located at the breeding station in Wohlde, Lower Saxony.
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Klaus Oldach inspects the growth of the barley plants in the greenhouse.
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In the greenhouse the barley plants develop under controlled conditions.
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The landraces and wild forms from the IPK genebank come from all over the world.
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The field trial will show whether the material from the genebank carries the desired resistance or not.
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Klaus Oldach and his colleagues are sowing the seeds from the genebank into the field.