Infrastructural Background For Practical Training

Last modified: 2019. October 14.

Laboratory of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Institute for Viticulture and Enology
Fleischmann Rudolf Research Institute
Erdőtelek Arboretum
Tass-puszta Study Farm

About the Laboratory of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The legal predecessor of Laboratory of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was opened at the Károly Róbert College of Gyöngyös in 2014. The lab is located on the 3rd highway of introductory section next to Gyöngyös. The lab is well-equipped with modern tools and laboratory equipment, where take place educational and service activities. Considerable research is being conducted in the laboratory of renewable energy sources and municipal waste conversion of secondary raw material. It participates in national and international research cooperation and in the development of patents and new processes.

Main fields of research:

• Agricultural research: plant nutrition, soil science, investigation of biofertilization
• Environmental research: study of the possibilities of municipal waste management especially pyrolysis, researching the produce of bioethanol from woody species, investigation of the biogas production from agricultural wastes

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Contact person: habil. Dr. Nagy Péter Tamás PhD. head of laboratory, associate professor

About the Institute for Viticulture and Enology

The Institute for Viticulture and Enology of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences was established in 1896. In the past, the institute belonged to several state institutions and establishments of higher education. Since 1 July 2016 our institute has belonged to Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences. A vineyard of 25 hectares belongs to the institute, including close to 700 grapevine genotypes. The institute manages a gene bank with more than 500 grapevine varieties. This gene bank consists of several varieties from all parts of the world and resistant varieties as a result of an intense breeding activity of the institute in the past. Currently, there are 6 researchers (3 with PhD degrees, 2 PhD student, 1 with an MSc degree) working for the institute, out of a total of 20 employees.

Several laboratories are available for research activity ie. a laboratory for grape ripening and grapevine physiological experiments, an analytical laboratory for grape and wine analysis and laboratories for experiments in micro- and molecular biology. Furthermore, a computer controlled microvinification system can be used for making experimental wines. In addition, vine growing and wine making technology is available for quality wine making on industrial scale.
The institute also take part in the education of the Engineer of Viticulture and Oenology. The background for viticulture and oenological practice and student research activity is provided in the experimental vineyards and in the cellar.
The research activities of the institute cover several disciplines. In the past, the effect of biotic and abiotic stress on grapevine, terroir research, optimal harvest time and grape phenolic maturity, the oenological use of resistant grape varieties, and the fungal pathogens of grapevine were investigated.

Main research topics:

1. Comparative studies of different varieties and clones according to their viticultural and oenological parameters, rootstock effect on wine quality and style.
2. Canopy management and grape quality
3. Optimal harvest time, phenolic maturity, "terroir" and "vintage" effect on grape and wine quality
4. Use of alternative methods for the control of fungal infections.
5. Genetic backgrounds of black rot resistance

The Institute for Viticulture and Enology of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences
Mailbox 83, Kőlyuktető 3301 Eger, Hungary

Contact person: Dr. Zsolt Zsófi PhD. head of department, director of institute

About the Fleischmann Rudolf Research Institute

The Fleischmann Rudolf Research Institute is the most important breeding and research institute in the Northern Hungarian region. The institute was established in 1918 under the authority of Rudolf Fleischmann on behalf of Elemér Székács. The original name of the institute was Crop Breeding and Sales Depot. In the past, the institute belonged to several state institutions and establishments of higher education. Since 1 July 2016 our institute has belonged to Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences. Today, the institute carries on with its research activity in the fields of plant breeding, agricultural techniques, nutritients management and plant protection/pest control. Beyond these, new possibilities were opened up towards environmental management and sustainable agriculture.

In cooperation with the College's objectives, researches on energetic woody plants are also under process in the research centre. The most intensively examined crops are winter and spring barley, but papilionoids and winter wheat are also bred here. The convenient characteristics of the landscape and local climate offer an excellent base for research, as well as the institute's decades-long experience in researching. Successful tendering, the introduction of micro malting and continuous inspection of plant quality also contribute to the efficiency of the institute's work. Research results are continuously used during the development of new technologies. The institute also participates in agricultural developments and consultancy platforms. The research centre promotes the utilization of its research results through scientific events and conferences. Those working in the agricultural sector can have a direct insight into the research processes of the institute.

Address: Fleischmann Rudolf Research Institute
4 Fleischmann Street, 3356 Kompolt, Hungary

Contact person: Dr. Szilárd Tóth PhD. associate professor, director of institute

About the Erdőtelek Arboretum

The arboretum is located in Heves County, at the edge of Plein (Alföld) in Hungary. The founders of the garden are Dr. József Kovács professor and his son Dr. József Kovács Jr. They formed the castle garden and established a rich collection of wood. They have created an area of 3 ha that has become world-famous collection. The doctor's main merit is the created arboretum, which is the hottest and driest parts of the Plains and it is a rich in evergreen plants. It is caused a stir abroad in professional circles.

There is a plant collection (more than 1200 species) on 6 hectares, a tree nursery and 25,5 hectares of protected area (since 1984) in the territory of the arboretum. Nursery activity of the arboretum provides professional practice opportunities for Horticultural engineering students.

The garden vegetation: ornamental trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, water plants and ground cover, of course. Here you will find the country's largest, three-foot sugar loaf spruce (Picea glauca) and full-flowered horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumanii'), Torreya (Torreya californica), silver-trunked pine (Pinus bungeana), the largest domestic copy yew (Taxus baccata 'Lutea'), winter green oak (Quercus Turner), elm leaf rubber tree (Eucommia ulmoides), Saághy spruce (Picea Saagh). The doctor was keeping friends with domestic and foreign botanists therefore with many rare plants, the news has been to his property.

There is also rich the maple trees of the garden, large selection of collections of organs (Syringa), barberry (Berberis), cotoneaster (Cotoneaster) and species of versions. The collection of varieties of plant in the Erdőtelek Arboretum is valuable in geographical aspects.

Address: Erdőtelek Arboretum
129 Fő Road, 3358 Erdőtelek, Hungary

Contact person: Tamás Zöllei coordinator

Tass-puszta Study Farm

The professional base for programmes is the Tass-puszta Study Farm operated by the University. The study farm centre houses the machinery court and workshop, a granary and crop dryer, an accredited plant and soil testing laboratory, the student laboratories, a greenhouse, a biomass heating plant, buildings where animals are kept, as well as the Centre for Research and Development. The study farm cultivates 374 hectares of land, including 256 hectares of plough-land, 37 hectares of vineyard, 4 hectares of orchard, 37 hectares of meadow/pasture, 5 hectares of woodland and 7 hectares of fish ponds, as well as 30 hectares of land not subject to agricultural cultivation. The key field crops grown for generating revenue are winter wheat, maize and industrial oil crops (sunflower, rape).

The 37 hectares of vineyard are mainly used for research (grape variety collection, technology research). The entire grape harvest is processed in the automated winery using controlled fermentation technology. The total storage capacity of the cellars is 2500 hl. The wines are also available commercially.

The study farm includes an important production and service facility in the form of a computer-controlled 2000 m2 foil greenhouse, which is suitable for hydroponic farming and is heated by the farm's 1MW biomass heating plant. The foil greenhouse is used for forcing pepper and tomato.

With respect to technical training and practice, a well-equipped machinery workshop as well as motorised machinery of various capacity (MTZ, John Deer, Fiat tractors), agricultural equipment (ploughs, cultivators, soil looseners, seedbed preparation tools, rolls, sowing machines, fertiliser sprayers, sprayers etc.), means of transport, granary machinery (seed cleaner, dryer) ensure the quality of training.

Address: Tass-Puszta Study Farm
3213 Atkár, Hungary



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