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Morio Peter

The German agronomist and vines breeder Peter Morio (1887-1960) studied agriculture at the Technical University in Munich. In the period 1921 to 1948 he was an assessor at the teaching and research institute Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Pfalz). In 1926 he founded the branch office vine breeding of the Bavarian State Institute for Wine, Fruit and Horticulture in Würzburg on the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz and planted the first seedlings. In 1928, 8,000 vines were planted and established the extensive vine breeding of today's institute. At the beginning of his work his main focus was in the clone selection (eg the Riesling clone 90) and the breeding fungus resistant varieties between EU citizens, and American vines,

From 1937 he then put the focus of his work on the crossing between European varieties and created, among other things, the new breeds Bacchus. Domina. Forta. Morio Muscat. Noblessa and Optima, From 1928 to 1934 he was in Landau (Palatinate) and viticulture expert for the area Oberhaardt (today Southern Wine Route). The "Community of Sponsors and Friends of the Institute Geilweilerhof eV" awards the Peter Morio Prize for special services to the vine breeding. It was first awarded in 1993 and since 1994 in biennial rhythms.

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