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Julius Kühn Institute moves into new €28 million building

"With this new building, we are taking a big leap forward"

The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) researches the causes and control of diseases and pests in fruit growing at its site in the Bergstrasse community. Next year, the Institute for Biological Plant Protection (BI) from Darmstadt will move into the new building in Dossenheim, which consists of two quasi-identical parts aligned with each other, each with its own laboratories, offices, and functional areas for BI and OW. "This way, both institutes are under one roof while retaining their own areas," says Professor Dr. Wilhelm Jelkmann, head of the Julius Kühn Institute's (JKI) Institute of Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture (OW) in an interview with the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung.

"With this new building, we are making a great leap forward," Jelkmann is pleased to say, giving an example: In the laboratories, ventilation systems now exchange the air eight times per hour. "That is common practice today; previously, the only option was to open the window," the institute director says with a smile. The old building, which was built 50 years ago, was no longer energy efficient, no longer met fire safety requirements, and could not be renovated economically. Apparatuses could no longer be maintained. "In addition, the space requirements of the project groups have increased, and in research, work has shifted even more from plantations and greenhouses to the laboratory."

For more information:
Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Professor Dr. Wilhelm Jelkmann
- Bereich Obstbau -
Schwabenheimer Straße 101
69221 Dossenheim

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