The Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, is both a federal research institute and a higher federal authority. Its main office is located in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt). Currently, 1,200 staff members, of which 250 are scientists, work in 16 specialized institutes or in one of the service units, such as library, data processing or administration.
Apart from the institutes based in Quedlinburg, the JKI provides research facilities in Braunschweig, Berlin, Darmstadt, Dresden-Pillnitz, Dossenheim, Groß Lüsewitz, Kleinmachnow, Münster and Siebeldingen.
JKI activities are centred on cultivated plants as such. The Institute does research in the fields of plant genetics, cultivation of crops, plant nutrition, soil science, plant protection and plant health. Its broad competence enables the JKI to develop holistic concepts for crop cultivation as a whole, ranging from crop production to plant care.