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Prof. Dr.

Andreas Graner

Year of election: 2001
Section: Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
City: Gatersleben
Country: Germany
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Research priorities: Plant genetics, breeding of crop plants, development and utilization of genetic diversity, structure and function of cereal genomes, gene bank for crop plants

Andreas Graner is a biochemist and plant geneticist. He researches the genome of cultivated plants. With his team he has developed the first gene map of barley. He has characterized resistance genes and thus provided important basic information for breeding disease-resistant barley varieties.

As plant biodiversity is increasingly endangered, genebanks prevent genetic resources from getting extinct and warrant unrestricted access for their utilization. For the informed use of these resources, we need to understand their ways of operation at the organismic, cellular and molecular level. Therefore, genetic and genomic approaches are being used to develop knowledge based strategies for an improved conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources. Genome analysis is performed at the structural and functional level to understand genome evolution and to identify genes that underlie agronomic traits such as seed quality and disease resistance.


  • since 2007 Managing Director, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
  • since 2000 Head of Genebank Department, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop PlantResearch (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
  • since 2000 Professor of Plant Genetic Resources , Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • 1997-2000 Scientific employee, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
  • 1987-1997 Scientific employee, Institute of Resistance Genetics, Grünbach, Germany
  • 1997 Habilitation, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • 1987 Ph.D., Technical University Munich, Germany
  • 1980-1984 Academic studies, Technical University, Munich-Weihenstephan, Germany
  • 1978-1980 Academic Studies, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany


  • since 2016 President, German Society for Plant Breeding (GPZ), Germany
  • since 2016 Board of Trustees, Gregor Mendel Foundation, Bonn
  • since 2015 Steering Committee, DivSeek International, Canada
  • since 2013 Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Germany
  • since 2008 Scientific Advisory Board Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI), Quedlinburg, Germany
  • 2008-2015 Governing Board CGIAR Generation Challenge Program, c/o CIMMYT, USA
  • since 2006 Editorial Board Theoretical and Applied Genetics
  • 2005-2016 Scientific Advisory Board Otto Warburg Centre, Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel
  • since 2004 Editorial Board Molecular Breeding
  • 2003-2011 Scientific Advisory Board Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
  • 2000-2007 Governing Board German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
  • 2000-2007 Scientific Advisory Board Scientific Coordinating Committee, research program “Genome Analysis in the Biological System Plant” (GABI)
  • 2000-2004 Appointed Referee of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 1993-2005 Editorial Board Euphytica


  • 2015-2019 DFG project “Evolution in a changing environment: the genetic architecture of adaptation outside centers of domestication of Phaseolus vulgaris and P. coccineus”
  • 2007-2011 DFG project “Genomics-Assisted Analysis and Exploitation of Barley Diversity (ERA-PG 061)”
  • 1998-2003 DFG project “Isolierung des Rph16 Zwergrost-Resistenzlocus und Erzeugung funktionaler Gen- und Signalketten-Mutanten”, subproject of SPP 1005 “Genetische und molekulare Aufklärung von Prozessen der Merkmalsausprägung bei Nutzpflanzen“
  • 1996-2003 DFG project “Molekulargenetische Feinkartierung multipler Resistenzen der Gerste gegen den Gelbmosaikvirus-Komplex (BaYMV/BaMMV)”, subproject of SPP 1005 “Genetische und molekulare Aufklärung von Prozessen der Merkmalsausprägung bei Nutzpflanzen”
  • 1996-2011 DFG projekt “Hochauflösende Kartierung und Markersättigung im Bereich des Rph13 Resistenzgens gegen Zwergrost (Puccinia hordei Otth.)”

Honours and Memberships

  • since 2020 Electeted Member of the Indian National Science Academy
  • since 2018 Elected Member of the Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2006 Honorary Fellow, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)
  • 2004 Gregor Mendel Innovation Award
  • since 2001 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1988 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • 1987 Kurt von Rümker Award




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