Julius Kühn Institute – Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants

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Julius Kühn-Institute
Abbreviation JKI
Type Governmental research organization
Founded 1. Jan. 2008
Headquarters Quedlinburg, Germany
On Wikipedia Julius Kühn-Institut (de)
Website www.jki.bund.de (en)

The Julius-Kühn Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen (JKI) is both a Federal Authority in its own right, and a Research Centre German Federal government. It is part of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).

It was formed in January 2008 when three BMELV research centres, Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (BBA), the Bundesanstalt für Züchtungsforschung (BAfZ) and parts of the FAL were merged. The major locations of the JKI are in Quedlinburg, Brunswick (German: Braunschweig), and Kleinmachnow/Berlin-Dahlem. Further institutes and outstations are located in various parts of Germany.

Within the JKI, the Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics focuses on investigations into the diagnoses and causes of diseases and damages, and the occurrence and spread of pathogens and pests, e. g., nematodes, viruses, bacteria, or fungi. For the diagnostic work, the sharing of identification tools and data is therefore in the interest of the institution.

Within the EU-project, the partner is leader of “WP4 - Addressing access, use and searchability of secondary data and items” and data provider for metadata on media data and identification data sets. It also provides expertise in DELTA (Description Language for Taxonomy), SDD (Structure of Descriptive Data) and TDWG data standards.


The German language site "Offene Naturführer" (Open Nature Guides) was founded during the Key to Nature project by the the two German KeyToNature Partners (JKI and FIM Erlangen) together with several German partners.


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