ResearchCentresResearch and Development units

Research and Development units

The Agricultural Research and Development Unit of Caracal



The Agricultural Research and Development Unit of Caracal is a research unit established more than 100 years ago. It took over the Research and Development Unit of Studina which was founded in 1896 as a State-Owned Model Farm of the State and which, in 1904, became a Research and Development Unit focusing on bio-production (the Romanian maize of Studina; the Arnaut wheat of Studina; swine, sheep and horse breeding) and on agricultural technology advancement in relation to the plants cultivated in the region. Its main objective was bio-production as well as the transfer of knowledge to the farmers in the South East Oltenia. The unit was relocated in Caracal in 1962.


In 2005 the Agricultural Research and Development Unit of Caracal has been labelled a research unit, no longer subordinated to the “Gheorghe Ionescu-Şişeşti“ Academy of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, being taken over by
the University of Craiova.(click here)


The Fruit Growing Research and Development Unit of Vâlcea (SCDP Vâlcea)


Mission and objectives


SCDP Vâlcea is a Research and Development unit having the mission of reshaping and modernising the Romanian fruit growing industry, in general, and, more specifically, in the region of Oltenia, alongside meeting european standards, ensuring the international competitiveness of fruit and bioenergetic products, and environment protection.  The objective of SCDP Vâlcea is to provide the scientific, biological and technology infrastructure for the modernisation of the Romanian fruit growing industry and for the training of Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral students in the field.

Research areas

  1. Genetic variability and feature transmission to fruit trees;
  2. Genetic improvement of fruit trees and dendrological plants;
  3. Conservation of genetic resources in fruit trees;
  4. Sapling material production from higher biological categories;
  5. Systems of cultures and modern cost-effective technologies;
  6. Evaluation of parent stocks varieties for different cultivation areas;
  7. Evaluation and integrated control of diseases and pests;

Evaluation and effective use of environmental resources (click here)