Prof. Dr. Jochen Reif
Prof. Dr. Jochen Reif is the head of the Department of Breeding Research of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany. Reif was awarded a PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Hohenheim. Prior to his appointment as head of the Department of Breeding Research, he served as head of the State Plant Breeding Institute at the University of Hohenheim.
Reif manages a vigorous research program on basic and applied research to provide knowledge and enable new approaches to improve plant breeding in a sustainable manner. Reif coordinates the worldwide largest public-private partnership on establishing hybrid breeding in wheat. More than 6,000 wheat hybrids and their parental lines are currently evaluated using state-of-the-art genomic tools and their yield potential is assessed in comprehensive field trials. The data is used for a deeper understanding and improved valorization of heterosis for the selfing species wheat.