Phytowelt GreenTechnologies - serving the plant biotech sector
Phytowelt GreenTechnologies is a worldwide operating company whose core business is agricultural science and plant biotechnology.
Our tissue culture and genetic engineering know-how assists our clients' plant improvement R&D. For example, we can modify the amount, the quality or the composition of different compounds in a plant for sustained production of renewable primary products or alter other features like the morphology or the colour of flowers. Especially, our core technology - phytodiversity (PDF) - is used to generate improved plants for conventional variety registration.
Phytowelt GreenTechnologies has mastered key biotechnologies such as in vitro cultivation of plants, cell fusion (somatic hybridisation), cryopreservation, transformation technologies as well as plant analysis and molecular marker assisted breeding (ISTR).
Our approach to link plant science and industrial biotechnology is reflected in our newly created department “Plantdustrial Services” (see also our technology descriptions) which supports the chemical industry. For example, through phytomining (pdf), we identify, isolate and express genes encoding plant enzymes to be introduced into microorganisms to provide new enzyme activities for fermentation processes.
Another core competency involves the transfer of knowledge and technology. We provide plant biotechnology studies and scientific consultancy, assist our clients in finding appropriate partners for their projects and, as an external partner, offer services in project coordination and in the organisation of plant biotechnology congresses and exhibitions.
Phytowelt GreenTechnologies was founded in January 2006 as a merger of Phytowelt GmbH and GreenTec GmbH, which originated as a spin-off company from the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne in 1997. The head office is based in Nettetal, whereas the R&D facilities are located in the premises of the Biocampus biotechnology park, Cologne. CEO is Dr. Peter Welters, shareholders of Phytowelt GreenTechnologies are the directors and leading scientists of the institute.
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Phytowelt ranks among the finalists for the German Economy Prize for Innovation thanks to Eppendorf technology
The company Phytowelt Green Tech-nologies GmbH from Nettetal, Germany, is among the finalists competing for the German Economy Prize for Innovation 2012/2013 in the category “Midsize Companies”. The platform technology “phytodiversity” enables the fusion of plant cells for the purpose of accelerating the breeding process so that selected traits which would be difficult to obtain by other breeding methods may be transferred into plants – without the need for gene technology.
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Phytowelt GreenTechnologies has been nominated for the Innovation Award of German Economy.
phytodiversity, our platform technology, facilitates the fusion of plant cells without using genetic engineering in order to introgress new properties from wild type plants into cultivars, especially those difficult to obtain by conventional breeding methods.
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