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October 2021

After around ten years of breeding work, the Sorghum hybrid variety “Justus”, bred by the staff of the Plant Breeding group, received a European variety approval in 2020. Together with three other JLU varieties that were approved for the use of grains and energy in 2021, "Justus" is sold in Germany and Southeastern Europe by the company DSV Saaten. Several collaborative research projects explore the use of sorghum as insect-friendly alternative to maize for Central European agriculture.

"Justus" at the breeding station Gross Gerau (Photo: R. Snowdon).

For more information: Dr. Steffen Windpassinger, Dr. Benjamin Wittkop, Professur für Pflanzenzüchtung