Activities of the National Agricultural Research Foundation
The objectives of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF) per field of research are as follows:
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT
- Improvement of tools for increasing farm income and reducing the production and marketing risks facing producers.
- Financial and social impacts of agricultural policy, environmental sustainability and the requirements for safe/quality products in agricultural, fiber and food supply chains.
- Organization, financing and competitiveness of the agricultural, fiber and food supply chains.
- Management of technology and innovations, and business opportunities.
- Financial and social ties between the food production, tourism and rural areas.
- Fish stock assessment and management.
- Artificial reefs.
- Impact of pollution in the marine environment and the exploited populations.
- Management of coastal ecosystems.
- Study of pelagic and estuarine migratory species.
- Study of the North Aegean Sea ecosystem in relation to the Black Sea.
- Marine Biodiversity.
- Preservation and processing of fishery products.
- Traceability and authenticity of seafood and fishery products.
- Fisheries exploitation of lagoïns and lakes.
- Enrichment of inland waters fish populations.
- Inland waters fish fauna biodiversity.
- Restoration of wetlands fish fauna.
- Ecological Quality of surface waters.
- Åcotïpe Ìapping & Restoration.
- Phytoremediation technologies with Algae.
- Environmental and fishery monitoring and modeling of inland aquatic systems.
- Nutrition in well-being, growth and pathology of farmed marine species.
- Closed and semi-closed aquaculture systems.
- Development and improvement of mechanical systems and automation: Introduction of renewable energy sources.
- Introduction of new species in Greek fin-fish aquaculture.
- Production of invertebrate marine organisms (e.g. shell-fish, cephalopods, crustacean).
FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND NATURAL ENVIROMENTAL
- Functions and dynamics of forest ecosystems (change of climate, carbon sequestration, biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, plant ecophysiology, phytosociology).
- Silvicultural treatments, forest site classification, regeneration, reforestations, nursery and seed operation.
- Forest sustainable management (forest inventory and management methods, forest growth and yield, multifunctionality).
- Rangeland ecology and management (understanding of the ecological process by which rangelands and grazed ecosystems are sustained and produce a wide variety of goods and services desired by society).
- Ecology and management of wildlife, with an emphasis on mammals and birds -Related human activities.
- Forest genetics and breeding of forest and rangeland species.
- Conservation and enhancement of landscape biodiversity.
- Protection of forest ecosystems against abiotic and biotic agents.
- Watershed management (understanding of forest and rangeland management effects and related human distributions on watersheds).
- Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded and disturbed areas - Natural landscapes, protected areas, recreational forests and urban forestry.
- Forest plantations (fast growing species, valuable broadleaved species and energy-producing woody plants).
- Utilization and technology of forest products – Ergonomics and human health.
- Socioeconomic dimension of forestry ecosystems.
- Soil degradation and restoration.
- Sustainable soil management.
- Water resources management.
- Protection and restoration of water resources.
- Waste management.
- Biodiversity management and protection.
- Atmospheric pollution.
- Management of renewable sources of energy.
- Development of conventional breeding methods and promotion of alternative organic systems.
- Management of breeding operations.
- Assessment and development of yield control systems.
- Promotion and utilization of local breeds of farmed animals for ensuring the sustainable production of quality products.
- Modern systems used for breeding game Animals.
- Modern systems used for breeding rabbits and fur animals.
- Beekeeping – Sericulture.
- Adaptability of raised breeds.
- Genetic improvement schemes for farmed animals.
- Animal farming constructions and well-being of farm animals.
- Physiology of Reproduction.
- Biotechnology in Reproduction – Gene technology.
- Milk production physiology (hormone processes, mammary gland, milking, mechanical milking).
- Farmed animal feeding physiology.
- Comparative feeding of farmed animals raised based on conventional or organic animal farming methods.
- Utilization of aromatic plants for improving the characteristics of animal products.
- Assessment of the nutritional value of locally produced protein-containing raw materials used in animal feed.
- Effect of oil-containing seeds on the characteristics of animal products and especially on the profile of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (ù3, ù6 in eggs and CLA in sheep and goat milk).
- Biotechnology in animal feeding.
- Optimization of grazing as part of farmed animal feeding.
- The economic and social dimension of farming animals.
- Development and improvement of mechanical systems and automations.
TECHNOLOGY, QUALITY AND SAFETY OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND FOODS
- Food quality (food hygiene, food safety, nutritional value, etc.).
- Development and improvement of preservation methods used for fresh agricultural products and foods.
- Development and improvement of processing – transforming methods used for agricultural products and foods.
- Food biotechnology.
- Methods used for utilizing food industry byproducts.
- Environmental technology of agricultural industry.
- Development of functional foods.
ANIMAL HEALTH – ZOONOSES
- Animal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. in food producing animals.
- Development of epidemiological models to ensure a reasonabl disease approach and management to improve animal breading.
- Development of improved new, sensitive and reliable diagnostic methods to ensure safer diagnosis of infectious and parasitic diseases.
- Production of high biotechnological products, such as vaccines, autovaccines, anticerums, toxins and diagnostic systems to prevent and manage of animal infectious diseases.
- System development, monitoring and supervision for identifying new and recurrent pathogenic microorganisms.
- Genetic technology and animal health.
- Management toxic and chemicals, pharmaceutical, and environmental pollutants in animals and food of animal origin.
- Reproduction pathology.
- Reproduction biotechnology.
- Epidemiology and management of diseases transmitted from animals to humans.
- Identification and comparison, of pathogenic agents transmitted from animals to humans using of molecular techniques.
- Forage plants breeding for resistance to abiotic stresses and for low input agriculture.
- Abiotic factors and cultivation techniques affecting quality and yield of forage plants.
- New cultivated forage plant species.
- Development of new energy crop varieties.
- Adaptation, protection and cultivation techniques of energy crops.
- Adaptation and composition of aromatic and pharmaceutical plants.
- Protection and cultivation techniques of aromatic and pharmaceutical plants.
- Abiotic and biotic factors affecting quality and yield of table and wine-producing grapevine varieties.
- Restructuring of grapevine varieties for increased competitiveness.
- New vegetable varieties better suited to evolving consumer demands.
- New vegetable species and varieties.
- Assess efficiency of employing self-sown plants as decorative.
- Assess efficiency of cultivating floriculture plants for import reduction.
- Assess efficiency of hydroponic cultures for reduced environmental effects.
- Promotion of light greenhouse structures featuring automation systems.
- Cotton breeding for resistance to abiotic stress compatible with low input agriculture.
- Development of new cotton varieties based on quality and yield.
- Cereal breeding for human food supplements.
- Development of new cereal varieties for resistance to abiotic stress to ensure quality and yield.
- Restructuring of fruit-trees to improve the competitiveness of produced products.
- Factors affecting products of fruit-trees.
- Olive tree protection.
- Quality of olive oil and table olives.
- Application of biotechnology and molecular marker approaches for plant breeding.
- Coexistence of genetically engineered with conventional crops. Control of genetically engineered organisms.
- Integrated Pest Management of cultivated plants.
- Fate of Agrochemicals.
- Certified agricultural production systems (organic farming, integrated production management).
- Plant genetic resources; study - protection of self-sown progentitors of cultivated plants.
- Development and improvement of mechanical systems and automations.
- Identification of unique varieties of tobacco (Basmades and Katerini).
- Analyses of soil, water and plant tissue samples.
- Experimenting and assessment of plant protective preparations and fertilizers.
- Assessment of varieties and hybrids.
- Microbiological and other laboratory tests on dairy products, flours and other foods of plant and animal origin.
- Production and distribution of healthy reproduction material from varieties and hybrids owned by NAGREF.
- Assessment of new machinery and equipment in the farming field and performance of tests.
- Microbiological tests on the discharges of waste processing plants.
- Research on the fertility of soil and the nutritional state of orchards. Provision of instructions on the rational use of fertilizers.
- Performance of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide tests on cigarettes available in the Greek market.
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