The Crop Research Institute CRI, before 2007 Research Institute of Crop Production) was established in 1951 as the Central Research Institute of Crop Production. The basic aim of the CRI is the development of scientific knowledge in the fields of integrated crop production and production of hygienically-safe foodstuffs, and the creation of bases for sustainable development of agriculture and environment protection. During 60 years of its existence, CRI has been the leading research institution in the field of crop production in the Czech Republic. The mission of CRI is primarily strategic and applied research in the field of crop production, but includes also pure research. From this point of view, CRI fills the space between the basic research implemented at universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the specialised applied research implemented at private institutes and field stations.
The Crop Research Institute (CRI) with its 300 employees is the largest research institute devoted to crop production research under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. We are located in Prague-RuzynÄ, having smaller research centres in Olomouc, Liberec, JevíÄko, Slaný, Chomutov and Karlštejn, along with further field stations around the country.
The Institute conducts basic and applied research, ranging from traditional studies of genetics, plant breeding, plant nutrition, agroecology, plant health, and the safe storage of crops and agricultural produce, to the fast-developing fields of molecular biology, biotechnology, food and feed safety, and the use of biowastes and biomass for energy production. Moving to the forefront of CRI research are the issues of sustainable agriculture production and organic farming with the aim to maintain high soil fertility, support natural processes and biodiversity, reduce water pollution and overall minimise the negative impacts of agricultural production on the environment and human health.
Research from the university
-Laboratory diagnostic methods for checking the authenticity of poppy
-New technology for fumigation and eradication of invasive quarantine pest species disseminated materials in the Czech Republic and the EU
-Protect strawberry from plant pathogens Phytophthora Properties seeds - physical and chemical defense from invertebrate predators seeds
-Sustainable management of grasslands to support biodiversity