A Short Personal Account


Studied Organic Chemistry at University of Karlsruhe (today KIT)

Worked for over 30 years as manager in the Fine Chemical industry, still active




Late 1970s: "started" as butterfly collector and nature enthusiast

Early 1980s: Habitat conservation becomes focus of activities

              Green movement in Germany ("Naturschutzverb├Ąnde") grows exponentially

1980s:   Active in many conservation groups

              -> Mapping of species ("Kartierung") crucial for protection

              Broadening of focus from insects to plants

1984: First local "Flora and Fauna of Bruchsal area", new 1993 version with all groups covered

              Significant successes in initiating many major protected areas

1990 - 2000: Heading the conservation groups of the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg


since 2000: Ongoing activities in habitat conservation, protection and mapping (see www.agnus-bruchsal.com)

2004: Local "Flora of Karlsruhe" first published as CD

2004: World Orchid checklist published on website (CD plan abandoned)

2005: Website "Flora von Deutschland" started for picture database of Germany, the Alps etc.

2005-2020: Data and picture collection ongoing, World Plants database completed

2010: Data exchange and collaboration with Catalogue of Life started

2020: New refurbished websites published (flora-germanica.de and worldplants.de)

2022: Publication of the 2 main volumes of Flora Germanica as printed version