Milestones

  • 1984

    Establishment of the Saaten-Union Resistenzlabor oHG by the seven partners of the Saaten-Union GmbH. 1984 the laboratory in Leopoldshöhe-Hovedissen at the breeding station of W. von Borries-Eckendorf is set up. Establishment of the tissue culture (barley tissue culture, canola anthere culture).

  • 1985

    Since 1985 the double haploid (DH)-technology is applied to facilitate a faster and more efficient selection of traits like pathogen resistance in barley, canola, rye, wheat, triticale and durum.

  • 1992

    Flow cytometry (FCM): With this special method, the ploidy level of plants can be measured and double haploid (DH) plants can be selected.

  • 1993-1996

    A molecular-genetic laboratory was established besides the DH technology in barley, rape seed, rye, wheat, triticale and durum. Molecular markers are now available to provide breeders faster with reliable information about the genetics of their plants.

  • 1998

    Development of the CrushExpress for crushing plant material for the flow cytometry (legal protection of registered design in 1999). With the CrushExpress 96 samples (plants, seeds, food samples) can be crushed simultaneously in regular deep well plates.

  • 1999-2000

    Entry of the DSV (Deutsche Saatveredelung AG) as partner in 1999. BMBF sponsors the project NAPUS 2000, development of the transformation laboratory.

  • 2004

    Upgrading of the greenhouses.

  • 2006

    Building of a second business premise, the subsidiary in Gatersleben.

  • 2009

    On 27.4. 2009: Celebration of the companie’s 25 year anniversary. Breeders and Scientists as well as members of politics and press participate in a presentation of the development and collaboration success story of the laboratory and the resulting new varieties. Rebranding to “Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH” to adjust to more internationally focussed R&D projects.

  • 2010

    Again, additional greenhouse space became necessary to accomodate the growing demand. At this stage, more than 40 people work at Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH.

  • 2011-2012

    Entry of Solana Research GmbH as a partner. Completion of the greenhouse extensions in 2012.

  • 2015

    More than 75 colleagues are employed at Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH. A scientific focus is on the progress and development of new breeding technologies.

  • 2017

    New logo, consistently good quality

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