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Birk Heinrich

Dr. Heinrich Birk (1898-1973) received his doctorate in philosophy in 1929 in Gießen. In 1927 he became a specialist for vine processing and later head of the new grape breeding station at the Viticulture Institute Geisenheim in the Rheingau. The professors title was awarded to him in 1955. He was particularly concerned with a maturing Riesling, his "Geisenheim Riesling clones" are still recognized root seed. Birk created the new breeds Arnsburger. Breidecker. Ehrenfelser. hibernal. Multaner. Osteiner. Rabaner. Reichensteiner. Rotberger. Schönburger and Witberger, Furthermore, he tried to improve the rootstocks of the vinery Teleki, The technique of paraffining the Pfropfreben was inspired by him. In 1956 he became a corresponding member of the "Accademia Italiana delle Vite e del Vino" in Siena. His successor as head of the Rebsuchtstation was 1963 Dr. Helmut Becker (1927-1990).

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