The Austrian scientist Dipl. Ing. Ferdinand Regner (born 1963) is a pioneering developer of genotypic characterization of grape varieties with the help of molecular Genetics, He enrolled at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Wien in 1981, where he enrolled in food and biotechnology. From 1988 he worked in the field of plant biotechnology at the Institute for Applied Microbiology with the topic "Resistance breeding with genetic engineering methods". His dissertation also included this topic, for which he received the Austrian Biotechnology Prize in 1992. Since 1993 he has been on the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitut, Department of Vine Breeding and established a molecular research unit. A database has been established containing microsatellite data from over 450 grape varieties and 1,200 individual genotypes.
For his research on variety identification he received in 1998 the German Peter Morio Prize and in 2000 the Rudolf Hermann's Foundation Prize (Institut Geisenheim ). He is in charge of a long-term project "Cross Breeding", with the goal mildew resistant Quality white wines. In the EU project "GenRes 081" Dr. Ing. Regner recorded the grape varieties and was already able to identify some new, previously unrecognized varieties. Among other things, he pointed by corresponding DNA analysis the high importance of the two groups of varieties Frankish and Heunisch ( Gouais blanc ) as a gene pool for many of today's European varieties. He determined the descent or the parenting of many grape varieties such. B. Green Valtellina. Morillon. Müller-Thurgau (Father places) Neuburger. Austro-White. Riesling. Sylvaner and Elbling,