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History of the IPG network

1953       Idea for the netzwork at the meeting of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology of the World Meteorological Organization
 Development of the concept by Fritz Schnelle (DWD) and Erik Volkert (University of Göttingen) and establishment of the mother garden for vegetative propagation in Großhansdorf, Germany
1957Official foundation of the IPG network
1959First phenological observation in Offenbach, Germany
seit 2011Propagation of the plants in Grafrath, Germany (LWF/AELF)
2024Integration of the GPM programme into the IPG network



Scientific coordination

1953-1973Fritz Schnelle (DWD) and Erik Volkert (University of Göttingen)
1973-1977Albert Baumgartner (Institute for Biometeorology und Applied Biometeorology, Technical University Munich)
1978-1995Helmuth Lieth (University of Osnabrück); development of the first database by Erika Freitag (DWD)
1996-2023Prof. Dr. Frank-M. Chmielewski, supported by Susanne Morryson and Stefan Heider (Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin)
since 2023Prof. Dr. Susanne Jochner-Oette, supported by Johanna Jetschni (Physical Geography / Lanscape Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystem Development, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)


Sources: Chmielewski et al. 2013, Renner & Chmielewski 2022


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