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Presentation of the ARI experimental station at Zygi
  • 1. Agricultural Research Institute

2. Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) Established in 1962 as a cooperative project between thegovernment of Cyprus and the UNDP, with FAO acting as theexecutive agency, and was entrusted to the government ofCyprus in 1967. In 2000 it was selected by the EU as a Centre of Excellence inAgriculture and the Environment 3. ARI undertakes research within the wider domain of plant andanimal production Its mission is to provide high quality scientific research withthe objective of achieving a secure supply of safe, good qualityfood produced by methods financially, environmentally andsocially sustainable. It develops or adapts and evaluates, under local conditions,scientific findings and technology. 4. The results of ARI are published: ARIs publication series :- Biennial Review- Cyprus Agricultural Research Report- Miscellaneous reports- Newsletter International peer-reviewed journals ConferencesFarmers are informed about the research resultsthrough the radio, television, newspapers, periodicaljournals, meetings and training at ARI and by theextensions officers of the Department of Agriculture. 5. Organizational Chart Registry Accounts office DIRECTORStore D. Chimonidou Library Variety ExaminationCentre . Mina (Cultivars) Experimental StationsPRODUCTION DIVISIONSCIENTIFIC SUPPORT DIVISIONFADN(EU)P. Plycarpu . arkuVegetable and Fruit Trees andAnimal RuralPlant ImprovementSoil SciencePlant ProtectionAgrbiotechnology Ornamental Crops ViticultureProductionDevelopmentS. Gregoriou. yriaku S. Savvides V. VasilliuD. ekleus Th. apari G. damides. oannides(Potatoes)(Postharvest Tech.) (Viticulture) (Entomology)(Plant Nutrition)(Plant Pathology)(Computer Sc.) (Molecular Biology)D. FasoulaG. Soteriu S. oanniduG. HadjipavluP. talias . Seraphides. Stylianu Chr. Pitta(Gen. Breeding) (Vegetables)(Fruit Trees) (Genetics/(Soil Science) (Entomology) (gr. Economics) (Chemistry)Physiology). Pallides L. Vasilliu. mmanuilidu. ChristuL. Papayiannis G. Papadavid . miru(Gen. (Ornamentals) (Olive Trees/ D. Sparaggis(Irrigation) (Molecular Plant (gr. Economics) (Agr. Microbiology)Improvement)Citrus) (Animal Nutrition) Pathology) Gr. aratheftis. yratzis(Food Technology)(GeneBank/Herbarium). Stavridu(Aromatic/Medicinal plants)Agricultural Research Institute 6. Kyrenia Nicosia Famagusta Larnaka Experimental StationsPafos AthalassaLimassol Achelia (2) Zygi 200 hectares Xylotymbou Polis Saittas 7. Established on 1982 as a part of the Vasilikos Pendaskinos projectIt covers an area of 11 hectares 8. GreenhousesScreenhousesMobile unit forDesalinization unitMeteorological Stationatmospheric monitoring 9. Effects of cultivars and coco-substrates on soilless strawberry production(D. Neocleous)Productive potential of basil, mint, thyme and melissa in soilless culture(D. Neocleous) 10. Impact of harvest date on quality and nutritive value of grafted watermelon cultivars(G. Soteriou, M. Kyriacou)Leafy vegetables production systems: Yield, quality and postharvest storage inresponse to nitrogen application strategies (G. Soteriou, M. Kyriacou) 11. Ex situ characterization and evaluation of indigenous pomegranate (Punicagranatum L.) clones (M. Kyriacou, S. Ioannidou, N. Seraphides, L. Papayiannis)Evaluation of different clones of the Local olive variety (M. Emmanouelidou) 12. Impact of deficit irrigation on spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) biomass production,oil yield and oil quality (C. Stavridou, M. Omirou, G. Maratheftis)Prospect of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) cultivation in Cyprus (C. Stavridou, A. Stylianou) 13. Molecular breeding of barley, cowpea, alfalfa (D. Fasoula)Effect of salinity on hydroponic production of Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) (L. Vassiliou) 14. Pesticides Bioremediation system (Biobed) (M. Omirou, I. Ioannides)Truffle (Tuber aestivum) cultivation on olive trees (S. Gregoriou) 15. Production, maintenance and distribution of healthy citrus, stone-fruit andgrapevine material. Pre-basic plantations (Th. Kapari-Isaia, L. Papayiannis)Development of an automated warning system for monitoring theMediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae). (N. Seraphides) 16. Adaptation of agricultural production to climate change using geothermal energy(P. Polycarpou, D. Neocleous)Pest management in greenhouse-grown vegetable crops (N. Seraphides) 17. Rearing/production/release of beneficial insects (N. Seraphides)- Macrolophus caliginosus, Nesidiocoris tenuis, Chrysoperla carnea- Diglyphus isaea 18. Common in the Mediterranean regionTarget Pests:Whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, thrips and moth eggsSlow development (five nymphal stages take 19 days at25 C or 58 days at 15 C)Adults suck empty 40 to 50 whitefly eggs per dayApplication:Release 5-10 Macrolophus/m in the first whitefly hotspotsPerforms most effectively at temperatures above 25 CMacrolophus caliginosus (Hemiptera: Miridae) 19. Common in the Mediterranean region Target Pests: Eggs and larvae of Tuta absoluta, whiteflies, spider mites, moth eggs and thrips Slow development when prey levels are low Application: Introduce an average of 0.5 Nesidiocoris/m. Introduction rate should not exceed 1-1.5 Nesidiocoris/m Nesidiocoris can cause crop damage (poor fruit setting, flower drop, feeding spots etc.) when prey is absent or when there is a large population of Nesidiocoris in the cropNesidiocoris tenuis (Hemiptera: Miridae) 20. Common in the Mediterranean region Target Pests: Aphids, whiteflies, scales, thrips, mites, beetles and lepidopteran eggs Adult feeds on nectar and pollen, larva can eat up to 50 aphids/day Application: Release one lacewing/10 aphids, 10 eggs/plant or 5 larvae/m Effective at temperatures 12-35 CChrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) 21. Ectoparasitoid of Leaf miners Adults also feed with leaf miner larvae Females are bigger than males and can be recognized by the yellow stripe on the hind legs Fast population build-up (rapid development) Application: At high pest densities three weekly introductions of 0.1 Diglyphus/mDiglyphus isaea (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) 22. Training Centre 23. Informative and training sessions of students, extension officers and farmers 24. Contact DetailsTelephone: +357 22403100 Fax: +357 22316770 Email: [email protected] Website: http:// www.ari.gov.cyThank you for your attention!!!

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