Estonian Crop Research Institute is a state research and development institute in area of governance of Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs.
The Institute has been formed after reorganisation of the Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture and the Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute on July 1, 2013.
Research and development activities of the Institute support increase of efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural production, mitigate negative impact of agricultural production on the environment and help in the maintenance of agrobiodiversity.
Applied and basic studies are carried out in following areas: development and upgrade of efficient and environmentally friendly agrotechnologies, dependence of yield and quality formation from used varieties and agrotechnologies, plant protection, plant health, agrochemistry, fertilisation, and agrometeorology.
For the purpose of maintenance agrobiodiversity, the main activities are: breeding new varieties of agricultural crops, ensuring maintenance breeding of registered varieties, preserving plant genetic resources as well as production and distribution of certified seeds of various agricultural crops.
Active national and international cooperation with research and development institutes and universities is directed towards increase of efficiency and scientific level of research.
The Institute provides scientific expertise for advisory system, state officials and development of legislation. Close collaboration with farmers and industry is prerequisite for implementation of research results into the practice.
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