At the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, part of HAO-Demeter, through conducting applied research, we produce and transfer knowledge aiming at the development of agricultural production and solving modern agricultural problems.
Main research targets include preservation, evaluation and exploitation of genetic resources (for example local varieties) and the development and promotion of new cultivars with improved yield, quality and adaptation.
Research is focused on crops of extensive area of cultivation, vegetables, deciduous fruit and nuts trees, aromatic medicinal plants and plants of the Greek flora.
Furthermore, research is also conducted in the areas of crop protection, sustainable and precision agriculture, aiming always at integrative crop production and optimization of use of inputs driven by the need of reducing production costs and protecting the environment.
The institute is in Thermi, surrounded by a 99-acre farm, at the outskirts of Thessaloniki, Greece. Departments of the institute are situated in different locations, the Department of Deciduous Fruit Trees in Naoussa (www.pomologyinstitute.gr) and the Department of Nut Trees in Vardates. The institute also includes the Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia, located in Pontokerasia, Kilkis (www.bbgk.gr).