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The "Federal Research Station for Fruit, Wine and Horticulture" in the town of the same name on Lake Zurich in the Swiss canton Zurich was founded in 1890. The main event was the through phylloxera and mildew caused huge damage in viticulture. Today, she is primarily responsible for German-speaking Switzerland. The Institute also manages some vineyards on Lake Zurich. The first director of the institute was Professor DDr. Hermann Müller-Thurgau (1850-1927), who here in Geisenheim (Rheingau) begun work on the new breed named after him Müller-Thurgau finished. The main tasks are consulting, training and research and development. The well-known biologist Dr. Otto Schneider-Orelli (1880-1965) was involved in the study of plant physiological, entomological (insect) and mycological (fungi) problems at the beginning of the 20th century.

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