Activities

I. Research in the field of fruit growing

II. Preservation of fruit tree, small fruit and lilac genetic resources

III. Cooperation with interest groups in the field of agriculture and with individual fruit-growing and food processing enterprises

IV. Activities not linked directly with research


International conference Sustainable Fruit Growing: From Plant to Product”

August 22-24, 2012


COST 873
Annual WG and MC Meeting

13-15 September 2010, Jūrmala, Latvia

Abstract book

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International conference Sustainable Fruit Growing: From Plant to Product”

The Conference Proceedings are
available
here.


 

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About us

Now we are Institute of Horticulture, Latvia University of Agriculture.

The beginnings of the Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing can be traced back to 1956, when plant breeder Peteris Upitis started planting a experimental orchards in this place. He was talented and erudite scientist and breeder. He worked here till the end of his life, 1976; and left a rich heritage of fruit trees and ornamentals for further breeding.

Over the years, the experimental orchard has changed its name and owners several times.

The independent Experimental Station of Fruit-Growing was founded in 1995, when 35 ha of the orchard was separated from the 6000 ha large Soviet type collective farm.

The Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing was founded on 2nd of May, 2006 by reorganizing  the Experimental Station. LSIFG is supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture. All buildings and the land on which the buildings and field trials are located, is the property of the Institute.

Location:  The Institute   is located 70 km from Riga close by the town of Dobele, where the East Kurzeme highlands meet the plains of Zemgale. The climate in this region is suitable for fruit growing, making possible to grow fruit crops and cultivars which would not grow well in all regions of Latvia – pears, sweet cherries, apricots, peaches etc. The average annual rainfall is 560 mm, which is less than in many other places in Latvia. The annual sum of active temperatures (over 5C) is 2423C, the absolute minimum is -36C; yet such low temperatures are observed only each 5-10 years. The highest precipitation during the growth season is in July, while May and August are the driest months. The annual sum of sunshine hours is 1922 h. The orchard soils are neutral or slightly basic (pH 6.7 – 7.4) sandy loam.

Our Institute is the leading fruit-growing research institution in Latvia. It has formed into the centre of the horticultural science in Latvia, performing topical and priority research in the field. The results of research regularly are passed on to Latvian commercial fruit growers and the fruit processing industry as recommendations, innovative products and technologies. It is done through close cooperation with the Latvian Fruit Growers Association (LAA), by publishing research results in special magazines and books.

At present (01.06.2015.) the Institute’s regular staff are 62 people, of which 50 are full-time researchers and technicians, including:
• doctors of sciences – 18 (incl. 3 foreign scientists)
• masters of sciences – 12 (incl. 8 PhD students)

Activities

Since the establishment as an independent research institution, during a 11 year period the activities of the Institute have developed and are continued along the following lines:

I. Research in the field of fruit growing, providing expertise for the development policy in fruit growing and the scientific background of its implementation, as well as facilitating integrated development of horticultural science and education

II. Preservation of fruit tree, small fruit and lilac genetic resources

III. Cooperation with interest groups in the field of agriculture and with individual fruit-growing and food processing enterprises

IV. Activities not linked directly with research

The different activities of the Institute are closely linked and complete each other.

 

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