Plant biotechnology and plant genome research. The Biotech-Campus Gatersleben is a cluster of cutting-edge international research. It’s where the ideas and companies of tomorrow grow.
Ambitious in their goals, the research institute and companies use the campus to learn from nature, preserve it, and develop future-oriented solutions. With Europe's oldest and largest ex situ gene bank, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) maintains a unique collection of what is currently around 150,000 crop specimens from approximately 3,000 plant species. Among other things, some 250 scientists from more than 30 countries focus their research on using biodiversity to attain an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, thus addressing global environmental challenges.
Cooperation between researchers and companies as well as joint projects are the key to its economic success. At the Biotech-Campus Gatersleben, company founders and investors encounter the scientific competence of research and development partners and benefit from on-site synergies.
Networks develop in an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional manner. For example, the Green Gatersleben (GGG) site initiative markets the location and its competences to the outside world and in addition aims to provide new companies with a fast connection to companies and scientific institutions on site.
In the Biotech Centre and the Biotech-Park Gatersleben, young, innovative companies find an ideal climate for growth. And the Grüne Labor (“Green Laboratory”), the only student laboratory in Germany that focuses on plant biotechnology, offers children and young people the opportunity, through in-house practical activities, to engage in discussions about modern technological developments in biology, genetic engineering and plant cultivation. The Grüne Labor thus contributes to generating new talent in mathematics, informatics, sciences and engineering.