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NEW: WIPS.de 2.0

Based on the successful network WIPs.de we were asked by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation to submit a continuation project, WIPs.de 2.0, where additional species will be protected in a national campaign using our concept of combined propagation in Botanical Gardens and Resettlement in the wild.  The new project is expected to start mid 2018.


Conservation Programme ASP: Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe. more
Gene Bank Soutwest:
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung. more
Bundesanstalt für Naturschutz. more
European Wild Grape:
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung. more
Wild Grape and Black Rot Resistance:
Bundesprogramm Ökologische Landwirtschaft. more
EU-Interreg. more


Protect and Make Use of it

Diversity is precious - also for application. For the example of grapevine we try to demonstrate that protection and use are not contradictions. more...

We are not the only in this endeavour - in cumbersome work Andreas Jung has succeeded to trace and reanimate medieval grapevine varieties that had been believed to be extinct . more...

Conservation - Arche Noah or Toolbox?

Diversity is the source of all breeding. When diversity disappears, this is not reversible.
Vitis sylvestris
Our collection of the European Wild Grape - meanwhile a popular genetic resource.


Why we should go for conservation

Our technical civilisation eliminates numerous animals and plants. Although generally known, but also generally accepted: Who cares? The Spotted Orchid extinct - well, who even knew about its existence?

It was in 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, when biodiversity was redefined also as economic resource. Conservation changed from a hobby of spleeny conservationists into a value to be protected by the whole Society. Because biodiversity provides the raw material for evolution. And without biodiversity life on this planet looses ist ability to adjust to the changing Environment.

However, there is also a quite pragmatic aspect of biodiversity: With respect to crop plants the genetic diversity of their ancestors and relatives (so called Crop Wild Relatives) have to be conserved for breeding. The Convention on Biological Diversity, since Rio signed by 150 states, made it clear, for the first time, that biodiversity is a highly political issue.

What we do

In addition to classical conservation projects, where plants at the verge of extinction are rescued in a kind of contemporary Arche Noah, and later, after propagation, are brought back to nature. we want to demonstrate that biodiversity is a precious resource. Our race horse is the worldwide unique collection of the European Wild Grape that started as conservation project, but meanwhile has developed into a genetic resource for sustainable viticulture that is used by numerous cooperation Partners.