As a partner and looking for a coordinator and other partners
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
The Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) that is now one of the major research institutes of the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC).
• Fruit Departments: Botanic Garden, Breeding, Citrus, Deciduous, Flora & Phytotaxonomy, Forestry, Fruit Handling, Olive and semiarid zone fruits, Ornamental Plants and Landscape Gardening, Tropical Fruits, Viticulture
• Vegetables Departments: Breeding Vegetable Crops, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Cross Pollinated Vegetable Crops - Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Potato and Vegetative Propagated Vegetable - Self Pollinated Vegetable Crops - Vegetable Handling - Vegetable Seed Technology
• Central Labs: Biotechnology, Chemical Analysis, Micro Techniques, Palm Date, Tissue Culture.
• Production Units: 13 units.
• Research stations: Sixteen Research stations at five Governorates
• The main goal of HRI is to enhance the productivity of horticultural crops in quantity and quality to meet local and export demands with special attention to horticulture crops that are best suited to Egyptian climate.
• Selection of new improved horticultural varieties of higher yield and superior quality.
• Introducing new technologies of agricultural practices for horticultural crops improvement.
• Evaluation and testing of new varieties of vegetable crops and medicinal plants under Egyptian conditions.
• Germplasm preservation through:
Establishment of mother farms of local fruit trees’ strains.
Mass propagation of superior strains and production of virus-free seedlings.
Introducing biotechnology methods and training of qualified scientists.
Identifying fingerprints of horticultural crops.
Using tissue culture technique for the propagation of non- traditional fruit crops.
Production of high yield and quality seeds of vegetable crops to meet the demand of seed companies.
Introducing new varieties and germplasm of some horticultural crops.
• Periodic visits to different locations of horticultural crop farms to identify the Constraints to production to overcome them.
• Conducting researches for studying different factors pre and after harvest factors that affect fruit quality to minimize losses and improve the quality.
• Expanding cultivation and production of high-quality woody trees.
• Developing different herbarium groups for the Egyptian flora.
• Survey and evaluation of the distribution and density of the Egyptian flora.
• Organization of extension workshops and training programs for agriculturists and growers.
• Extension publications for horticultural crops.
• Coordinating the ties between the scientific research results and the grower, through the dissemination of researches’ findings.
The institute activities are conducted through 2 major functions.
1- Conduction of research and studies at the experiment stations and the growers of horticulture crops’ fields
II- Extension and training activities
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.