The Institute carries out basic and applied research supporting the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental plants and the rational use of natural resources. Horticultural products should be of high quality, come from an environmentally friendly cultivation and must be affordable to the consumer. Vegetable plants are the basis of much valuable food. Vegetable based food can both taste well and be healthy. Ornamental plants affect the daily well-being of many people. The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) works on the scientific base of ecologically meaningful and also effective production of garden produce. Thereby we hope to help the environment, the competitiveness of the growers and the needs of the consumers. We work together with universities, other research institutes and producers, also beyond the borders of Germany and Europe. The currently most successful research areas of the Institute are vegetable production systems in the field and in glasshouses, as well as plant propagation and seed research of ornamentals.


Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops
Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1
14979 Großbeeren
T +49 33 701 78 - 131

Scientific Director:
Prof. Nicole van Dam

Head of Administration:
Markus Randig

Julia Vogt