Peter Morio Prize for vine researcher from Weincampus Neustadt: from left Prof. Dr. Reinhard Töpfer (head of JKI vine breeding), award winner Prof. Dr. Jochen Bogs and Dr. Andreas Kortekamp (2nd chairman, sponsors and friends of the Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof eV © J. Fuchs/JKI

Press release from the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) – Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants No. 10 from July 5th, 2022

The Friends of the JKI Institute for Vine Breeding honors the scientist for his outstanding research on disease-resistant grape varieties, among other things.

(Siebeldingen) Jochen Bogs was awarded the Peter Morio Prize 2022 for his outstanding scientific contribution to vine breeding. Prof. Bogs teaches at the wine campus in Neustadt, among other things, on the physiology and biochemistry of the vine and grapes, biotechnology, vine breeding and vine nutrition. His numerous publications speak for his excellent scientific networking in Germany and abroad. His expertise is valued worldwide. The prize is awarded by the community of sponsors and friends of the Geilweilerhof Institute for Vine Breeding. The Institute for Vine Breeding at the Geilweilerhof site in Siebeldingen belongs to the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), the Federal Research Institute for cultivated plants. The award was presented on June 3rd at the association's annual general meeting.

In his laudatory speech, the head of the JKI vine breeding and managing director of the association, Prof. Dr. Töpfer, Prof. Bogs for his achievements. Jochen Bogs is currently researching the mechanisms with which fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI) defend themselves against harmful fungi. Another focus of his research is the ingredients of the berries and their influence on the quality of the grapes. He is currently working with the vine breeders and vine protectors of the JKI in the VITIFIT project: "Healthy vines in organic viticulture through research, innovation and transfer" together. Further joint research projects have been applied for.

In recent years, the award winner has distinguished himself particularly through investigations of regulatory factors and their influence on stilbene synthesis (defenses of the vine) and the evaluation of the resistance mechanisms of new fungus-resistant grape varieties. This work brought an enormous gain in knowledge for vine breeding and includes, for example, the first practice-oriented, systematic studies on minimizing the use of pesticides in PIWIs.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Bogs gave the members of the association an exciting insight into his current work by showing that varieties with different Rpv resistances react differently to the pathogen of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) react.

For the Peter Morio Prize
The prize honors outstanding achievements in the field of vine breeding. It has been awarded every two years since 1994 by the community of sponsors and friends of the Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof eV. It is named after Peter Morio (1887-1960), who in 1926 founded the vine breeding branch of the Bavarian State Institute for Wine, Fruit and Horticulture in Würzburg on the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen. The grape varieties Bacchus, Morio Muscat, Optima and Domina emerged from his breeding work at the Geilweilerhof.
The list of past award winners can be found here: https://www.julius-kuehn.de/foerdervereine/.

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John Kaufman

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Information and publications Prof. Dr. Jochen Bogs