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Abbreviation for "Federal Biological Research Center, Federal Plant Variety Office and Chemical Industry". The BBCH code or the BBCH scale provides information about the morphological Development stage in growth cycle a plant and is used in scientific communication to the questions of plant development and the optimal or recommended use of fertilizer and crop protection measures in crops. Each of the ten main stages is divided into ten subdivisions. As early as 1977 Dr. med. KW Eichhorn and dr. H. Lorenz developed a system that described the development of the grapevine from hibernation to leaf fall in 47 stages. This system was then converted into the BBCH code in 1994. Only the number code was changed, the levels were preserved. The ten BBCH main stages are (in brackets the grapevine ):

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