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Plant breeding

Extract from the mission-statement of the Assoziation biologisch-dynamischer Pflanzenzüchter e.V:

To breed varieties appropriate to human nutritional needs.
To develop plant breeding directly linked to local conditions thereby enhancing regional diversity.
Using the insights of the biodynamic approach we wish to breed varieties suited to organic growing conditions.
Under the concept of „intervention through plant breeding,” we understand such selection and creation of variation as is brought about through natural crossing and transformation of the environment.
We intend to bring about mutual development between human beings, the earth and plant life.

Breeding methods
The purpose of the applied breeding methods is to retain and strengthen the vital organism of the plant through diversification and regional adaptation.
Methods which result in weakening or damaging the plants life forces are avoided.
The breeding methods used involve selection out of a developing diversity, classical cross breeding and methods evolved from the foundations of biodynamic agriculture.
These breeding methods are supported through comparative analysis, morphological analysis through comparative phenomenological observations and an imaginative appreciation of the plant.
These skills can only be developed by the breeder out of individual initiative.
Breeding methods also have consequences in relation to the social surroundings. It must be possible for varieties to be grown on by others. For this however appropriate rules and conditions are need to ensure that further plant breeding takes place.



The ear plot method, for example, has been developed by breeders. More information:

  • Irion, E. (2004) Das Ährenbeet mit Weizen - eine methodische Untersuchung. Lebendige Erde 3/2004; 42-45
  • Franzke, H. (2004) Zur Tauglichkeit des Ährenbeetes. Zum Beitrag von E. Irion in LE 3/2004. Lebendige Erde 4/2004; 68


Dietrich Bauer, a biodynamic vegetable breeder, gives four realization means for breeding:
1. The goetheanistic method,
2. Sensory tests,
3. The picture creating methods,
4. The imaginative investigation of formative forces according to Dorian Schmidt.
Source: Bauer, D. (2004) Biologisch-dynamische Züchtung - warum? Lebendige Erde 4/2004; 6-7


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