The Service Centres for Rural Areas (DLR) in Rhineland-Palatinate integrate activities of rural development, rural land regulation and settlement, agricultural vocational training schools, extension services, experimentation, nutrition advice, applied research in viticulture, plant pathology and other viticultural, horticultural and agricultural topics. The different Service Centres for Rural Areas address these functions with a different focus. The DLR Rheinpfalz, which is KoGa’s partner, has its focus in the areas of practice-oriented experimentation in pome- and stone fruit and on extension and training.
Jülich Research Centre is one of Europe’s largest research centres. Based on key competencies physics and supercomputing, it carries out interdisciplinary research in the areas of health, energy and environment, and information technology. Partner in KoGa is the Institute for Plant Sciences (IBG-2), which strengthens the cooperation with its competencies in basic and applied research about plant physiology, phenotyping (sensors, technologies and application) and sustainable bio-economy.
The Chamber of Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia (LWK-NRW) has the mandate for enhancing and supporting agriculture and horticulture and those working in these fields and thus to strengthen the rural areas. The Chamber of Agriculture NRW contributes to KoGa by making available its horticultural research infrastructure and with specific project collaboration. Its specific focus is on praxis-oriented experimentation in the areas of vegetables, berry fruits, ornamentals and tree nurseries and in extension and training.
Bonn University, founded in 1818, has nearly 32,000 students, 550 professors and 5,500 staff. It is a modern research university with an international reputation. Bonn University contributes to
KoGa with the infrastructure and staff of the Faculty of Agriculture and the Botanical Gardens. Here, its key competencies lie in basic and applied research in the areas of biodiversity,
efficient and sustainable resource use and protection, stress physiology, product and process quality, as well as tertiary education and training.