Former Research Group until 2022
Much of the commercial production of vegetables increasingly relies on grafting with rootstocks to provide resistance to soil-borne diseases and abiotic stresses as well as to influence scion growth and performance.
The work of the research group came to an end after Dietmar Schwarz retired in 2022.
Grafting can also have negative repercussions on the plant, particularly related to quality characteristics of the harvestable product. So far, the control mechanisms of metabolism, growth and developmental processes underlying rootstock adaption to different soil environments and rootstock-conferred modifications of scion phenotypes are not well enough understood to leverage its full potential for a more sustainable horticulture.