The Austrian scientist Dr. 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 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 Award in 1992. Since 1993 he has been at the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute, Department of Vine Breeding and set up a molecular research unit. A database has been established that contains microsatellite data from over 450 grape varieties and 1,200 individual genotypes.
He received the German Peter in 1998 for his research into variety identification Morio Prize and in 2000 the Rudolf Hermann's Foundation Prize (Institute Geisenheim ). He is in charge of a long-term project "Crossbreeding" with the aim mildew resistant Quality white wines. In the EU project "GenRes 081" Dr. Sprinkler recorded grape varieties and was able to identify some new, previously unrecognized varieties. Among other things, he pointed out by appropriate DNA analysis the great importance of the two varieties Frankish and Heunisch ( Gouais Blanc ) as a gene pool for many of today's European varieties. He determined the lineage or parenthood of many grape varieties such. B. Green Valtellina. Morillon. Müller-Thurgau (Father places) Neuburger. Austro-White. Riesling. Sylvaner and Elbling,