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Horticulture Research

The mission of INIA´s National Horticulture Research Program is to create and transfer knowledge at a global scale generating innovation and improving competitiveness in the fresh vegetables sector, semi-produced and industrialized.

The objective of the program is to perform genetic improvements in prioritized species, adapt horticultural species to different climatic conditions of the country be they intensive or forced cultivation, prepare technology packages for crops prioritized by region with emphasis on correct use of agrochemicals and Good Agricultural Practices, release reproductive materials free of pests and diseases, and perform studies of functional compounds in vegetables. It also uses integrated management of pests and diseases as a cultural way of protecting the biodiversity of the ecosystem, ensuring environmental sustainability.

Lines of Research

The lines of horticultural research are included in the framework of INIA´s strategic corporate objectives. This National Program relies on the following lines of research:

  1. Genetic improvement of prioritized horticultural species.
  2. Health and welfare, identification and optimization of the concentration of functional compounds by means of biotechnology and technology package uses.
  3. Propagation of reproductive materials free of disease.
  4. Technology package for crops prioritized by region with emphasis on correct use of agrochemicals and Good Agricultural Practices.
  5. Integrated management of pests and diseases for an Agriculture that uses less agrochemicals and translates into a key element of differentiation within domestic and international markets.

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