The Hop Research Center Hüll is one of the research institutions focussing on advances in hop breeding, hop chemistry and hop harvesting. It is located in the Hallertau, it is known as the largest continuous hop-planting area in the world, in the German state of Bavaria. The institute is running by the German Hop Research Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hopfenforschung) and the Bavarian state. The Hop Research Society was founded in response to an endemic of downy mildew in Germany in 1926. It was provided with a land grant of 71 Ha in Hüll for the conduction of hop breeding experiments to generate mildew-resistant hop cultivars. In 1962, a research institute was built on the site.
Under its first research director, Hugo Hampp, the institute focussed on countering the Peronosporaceae infections of the hop plants, which were causing downy mildew, primarily by means of pesticides.
The Hop Research Center's third director, Johann Maier, expanded the field of research to hop chemistry and hop oils. Under his presidency, the Bavarian ministry of agriculture joined the Hop Research Society, and the Hop Research Center became a subsidiary of the Bavarian state. Today, the institute is run in public–private partnership between the Hop Research Society and the Bavarian state.
Main Fields of Research: 1. Breeding of Hew Hop Varieties applying traditional breeding by crossing supported by the latest biotechnological methods and by genome analysis, Environmentally-Friendly Hop Production, Development of Strategies to Control Pests and Diseases, Analysis of the Valuable Hop Constituents and Development of New Analytical Methods, Realization of the research results by providing the hop growers with competent, detailed advice. The main research projects are supported by The Bavarian State Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, The Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, The German Federal Foundation for the Environment, European Hop Research Council, Scientifi c Station of Munich Breweries, Research Funding of the German Breweries, industry in Germany and abroad The successfully practised hop research at Hüll is the result of a purposeful co-operation between the Society of Hop Research