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Becker Helmut

Dr. Helmut Becker (1927-1990) studied at the university Mainz Natural Sciences and doctoral thesis on the biology of phylloxera, From 1952 to 1953 he was a research assistant at the State Viticulture Institute Freiburg, As successor of Dr. Heinrich Birk (1998-1973), he headed the Institute for Grapevine Breeding and Vine Finishing from 1964 to 1989 and from 1971 to 1975 the Department of Viticulture and Beverage Technology at the Research Institute Geisenheim in the Rheingau. Becker devoted himself especially to the breeding of noble grape varieties, the clone breeding as well as the security of the planting material supply by introduction of sanitary measures and creation of the legal regulations. Among other things come from him the new breeds bolero. Dakapo. Ehrenbreitsteiner. Primera. principal. Reichensteiner. rondo and Saphira, He also used Asian varieties, especially the species Vitis amurensis due to their resistance against frost, An important breeding goal was the resistance against both mildews and Botrytis,

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

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