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Agricultural institute of Slovenia
Hacquetova ulica 17
SI-1000 Ljubljana 

VAT number: SI23887729

Tel.: +386 1 28 05 262
Fax: +386 1 28 05 255 


Introduction -
Administration staff  
Crop and Seed Science +
Fruit and Vine Growing +
Animal Science +
Plant Protection +
Agricultural Engineering +
Agricultural Economics +
Library and INDOC +
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dr. Andrej Simončič
Tel.: +386 1 28 05 222
Fax: +386 1 28 05 255


Agricultural Institute of Slovenia is a public research institution founded in 1898. Its present founder is the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Its foundation rights are asserted through the representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment on the Governing Board. The founder must also agree about the appointment of Institute’s director, gives the final approval of annual work programme and other important documents.

The status of a public research institution implies a governmental non-profit making institution with defined activities in the sense of public service. In frame of its registered activity the Institute carries out the following tasks:  
  • Basic, applied and developmental investigations,
  • Expert projects defined by laws,
  • Advising, studies and laboratory service,
  • Supervision and verification of quality of agricultural products and products used for agriculture,
  • Publication of findings and results of research, expert and control work.

Its results are published in scientific and expert magazines, in reports to contracting partners or in its own publications issued in series entitled “Raziskave in studije” (Investigations and Studies), “Prikazi in informacije” (Presentations and Information) and “Tehnoloski list” (Technological Leaflet).

The number of persons employed at the Institute is 175, of whom 84 are researchers. Among them, approximately one half has completed one of the post-graduate studies abroad or at home (Masters of Science, Doctors of Science). The prevailing age group among the researchers ranges between 30 and 40 years.

The Agricultural Institute of Slovenia is organised in the following departments:

  • Crop Science Department,
  • Infrastructure Centre Jablje,
  • Plant Protection Department,
  • Department of Fruit Growing, Viticulture and Oenology,
  • Agricultural Economics Department,
  • Animal Production Department,
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering and Energetics ,
  • Department of Agroecology and Natural Resources,
  • Central Laboratories (agrochemistry and oenology).

Since January 1, 2103 a separate Service for Official Certification of Seed and Plant Propagation Material has been organized. The Institute has also a special library with more than 32.000 units which is linked with other libraries at home and abroad. Departments are managed by department chairs. Library, technical services and car pool belong to the administrative body of the Institute.

The prevailing part of the research and expert work is done in modern equipped laboratories and in experimental fields and plantations. The most important among them are: Experimental Farm for Field, Fodder and Vegetable Crops in Jablje near Trzin, Potato Selection Centre in Moste near Komenda, Experimental Orchard in Brdo near Lukovica and Test Station for Apiculture in Senično near Golnik. The breeding work is focussed on traditional Slovene products: potato, grasses, clovers and vegetables, among which there are several registered varieties owned by the Institute.

The structure of financial sources predetermined for specific purposes presents the following picture (average of the past few years): 

Foundation financing ........................................... 15-20 %
Research and expert work by contracts ................ 50-60 %
Selling goods and services .................................. 18-22 %

Investments in buildings, equipment and machinery are made by the Institute in accordance with founders using its own and governmental sources.


Central Database
of Cattle
Variety trials
Technology platform - Plants for the future
6th framework prog.- TRUEFOOD
7th framework prog.- CROPSUSTAIN
6th framework prog.- BIOGAS REGIONS
PPBA Workshop 2009
JCEA - Journal of Central European Agriculture