Central Laboratory for Date Palm Research and Development

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Central Laboratory for Date Palm Research & Development

Current activities:Conducting a national survey to identify new seed trees for inclusion into the date palm development program; - On-going botanical and genetic studies; - Evaluation of date palm nursery plants at their growing areas; be them locally-produced or imported. - Employing tissue culture techniques to improve date palm propagation. - On-going studies on the impact of good agricultural practices on yield and fruit quality.
 Achievements:Designing and implementing a special protocol for propagating date palm through tissue culture techniques somatic embryos.  Producing by-products, which are being used in the pharmaceutical industry. Finalizing the genetic finger print of ten highly marketable varieties. Specifying the most adequate techniques for the long-term conservation of some date palm genetic resources. Conducting physiological studies on the various varieties and at different stages of growth.Designing a pollin duster device, which was manufactured by the Agricultural Engineering Research Institute to overcome the problem of labor scarcity. Selecting the best male trees at certain governorates for identification of potent pollinators. Producing and updating date palm extension materials (booklets and pamphlets).
Future activities:Use of biotechnology and cellular biology for the production of somatic embryos. Studying the impact of soil salinity on nursery plants and on or chard trees’ yield and quality. Comparative studies are also conducted under controlled circumstances. Conducting comprehensive entomological studies on pests infesting date palm trees. Studying date palm diseases and means of their control. Developing farm machinery and tools used at date palm groves.
Chief researchers: Abdel moneem Abdel wadood M. Elbanna Abeer hashem Abd elkarim EZZ EL DIN GADALLA HUSSEIN Mona Mohammed Hassan sayed bakr zeinab elsayed mohamed zaid DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY: Breeding and Biotechnology Research, Date Fruit processing and Marketing Research Date Palm Pests and Desises ,Horticulture Research, Technology transfer and training Research
Soil Conditioners Project [SCP] Carrying out the researches in the field of utilizing the organic soil conditioner manufactured from the different agricultural organic wastes 2. Studying the newly reclaimed soil to certain their existence problems to know how to solve them 3. Inclusion the technology of organic waste recycling in the production of organic fertilizers to decrease the pollution derived from the extension use of chemical fertilizers. 4. The establishment of the organic clean agriculture. 5. Holding training courses for farmers and extension engineers on the recycling the organic wastes to fertilizers and untraditional animal forage. 6. Carrying out for researches on the so-called organic fertilizers, transplanting media produced from organic and food wastes. 7-A construction of extension fields at Nubaria, East canal area, Soil of Quntra East, this is to help farmer of the newly reclaimed soil and the region of agricultural expansion