In 1898 Theodorus van Waveren bought 2 pieces of farm land – 12 ha each –
in Weissenfels, Sachsen-Anhalt, to build warehouses and offices for
breeding, storage and seed processing.
Gustav Schramm, the breeder in charge at the time (1866-1934), was considered the foremost authority for pea varieties during his lifetime. His successor was Erwin Loerke (1910-1985) who established a world wide collection of varieties that originated from Persia, Afghanistan, Abessinia and other regions. He was the breeder of many varieties still well known today, among them the pea variety “Puttie”, the parent variety and likely the ancestress of all known wrinkled pea varieties of small sieve size.
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