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KMETIJSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE
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Hacquetova ulica 17
SI-1000 Ljubljana 
Slovenia

VAT number: SI23887729

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

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EXPERIMENTAL ORCHARD BRDO NEAR LUKOVICA
 


HEAD OF EXPERIMENTAL ORCHARD BRDO:
Roman Mavec
Tel.: +386 1 72 36 733
Fax: +386 1 28 05 255
e-mail: Roman.Mavec@kis.si


The Experimental Orchard Brdo near Lukovica covers 16.7 ha, of which 14.93 ha are covered by apple plantations. It was designed for carrying out expert projects in fruit growing and protection of plants from diseases and pests, basic research projects and testing of new technological measures in fruit growing. In addition to all that the orchard treasures an important collection of more than 400 different varieties of apples, pears, nashi, cherries, plums, shell-fruits and small fruits. The collection, according to the number of collected fruit plants the largest in Slovenia, is used for conducting experiments in frame of expert projects in fruit growing, and it is a valuable collection in frame of the national program of gene bank of agricultural fruit plants. 

In the experimental orchard Brdo near Lukovica, various fruit growing expert meetings are organised occasionally, it is regularly visited by agricultural advisers, fruit growing experts, students of Biotechnical Faculty (who pursue field training, obligatory practice and diploma theses there), organised expert trips of fruit growing associations and several groups of school children who spend their so called natural science day at the orchard assisted by fruit growing experts. In 2003 a notable "day of open door" was organised and it welcomed about 500 visitors (local fruit growing associations). They all appreciate valuable experience of the experts who are doing their best to maintain an environmental friendly fruit growing, the result of which is the regular membership in the association SIPS (Slovenian integrated fruit growing). 


Experimental orchard Brdo near Lukovica. Part of the orchard devoted to testing of new apple varieties.