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Becker Helmut

Dr. Helmut Becker (1927-1990) studied at the university Mainz Natural Sciences and PhD in Biology from the phylloxera, From 1952 to 1953 he was a research assistant at the State Wine Institute Freiburg, As successor to Dr. Heinrich Birk (1998-1973) from 1964 to 1989 he headed the Institute for Vine Breeding and Vine Refinement and from 1971 to 1975 the Department of Viticulture and Beverage Technology at the research institute Geisenheim in the Rheingau. Becker particularly devoted himself to that breeding of noble grape varieties, cloning and securing the supply of seedlings by introducing sanitary measures and creating legal regulations. Among other things, the new varieties come from him bolero. Dakapo. Ehrenbreitsteiner. Primera. principal. Reichensteiner. rondo and Saphira, He also used Asian varieties, especially the species Vitis amurensis because of their resistance to frost, An important breeding goal was the resistance against both mildews and Botrytis,

He was also extremely successful in the cultivation of rootstocks, whereby he was completely resistant to the phylloxera aimed. He created on the basis of the breeder Dr. Carl Börner (1880-1953) discovered wild vine Vitis cinerea who named after this discoverer document - the first with a complete resistance to phylloxera, that is tuberosities and Nodositäten, His studies on the finishing led to important improvements and new techniques in propagation. It is also worth mentioning that it is the historically significant and almost extinct variety Orleans newly selected and revived. Becker worked at several universities, worked with scientists from all over the world and participated in numerous conferences. Studies and lectures took him all over the world, and he also worked as a visiting scientist in Australia and New Zealand for a few months. In 1982 he received the Federal Cross of Merit and in 1986 he was appointed Honorary Professor. See also under Viticulture personalities,

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