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Unit Of Agronomic Research And Variety Testing

Goal: To develop and adapt environmentally friendly horticultural crop cultivation systems and technologies to provide sectoral aid in order to ensure production efficiency.

Activity directions:

  • Horticultural crop technology research, development, and adaptation for fruit crops (fruits and berries) and vegetables, incl. fruit crop training, propagation, risk-reducing technologies, provisions of growth conditions (soil moisture regulation, irrigation, orchard maintenance, covering systems);
  • Fruit tree, berry and vegetable cultivar and fruit tree rootstock, cultivar rootstock combination evaluation;
  • Horticultural crop physiology research and solutions - to improve winter-hardiness, to provide photosynthesis efficiency, plant growth, and production regulation;
  • Plant provisioning (incl. nutrients and moisture), study of soil resource, influence of soil properties and sustainable soil usage for horticultural crops;
  • Sectoral aid - incl. consultations, seminars, training, practical lessons.

Research directions that the unit is taking part in: 

  •  Diversification and breeding of horticultural crop cultivars suitable for Baltic Sea Region;
  •  Environmentally-friendly horticultural production systems;
  •  Storage and processing technologies of horticultural crops;
  •  Basic biological research for horticulture science


  • Edgars Rubauskis, Dr. agr., head of unit, leading researcher
  • Daina Feldmane, Dr. agr., leading researcher
  • Ilze Grāvīte, Dr. agr., leading researcher
  • Jānis Lepsis, Dr. agr., leading researcher
  • Līga Lepse, Dr. agr., leading researcher
  • Valda Laugale, Dr. agr., researcher
  • Dzintra Dēķena, Dr. agr., researcher
  • Ieva Kalniņa, M. agr., researcher
  • Inese Drudze, M. agr., researcher
  • Solvita Zeipiņa, M. agr., researcher
  • Inese Deņisova, M. ed., assistant
  • Kitija Asmuse, laboratory technician
  • Ieva Lakševica, laboratory technician
  • Inta Gintere, laboratory technician
  • Sanita Dzieviaciena, laboratory technician
  • Ilze Baumane, laboratory technician
  • Andra Lemberga, laboratory technician
  • Indra Borisova, laboratory technician
  • Ieva Krūmiņa, laboratory technician

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