Institute of Agri-Sciences and Environmental Management

Last modified: 2019. October 14.

The Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Environmental Management was founded in 2016 after merging of Károly Robert College (Gyöngyös), Eszterházy Károly College (Eger) and Jászberény College (Jászberény) to establish Eszterházy Károly University.
Agricultural education was established in Gyöngyös in the 1970's. The agricultural engineering major was launched in the academic year of 1991/1992, with specialisations in horticulture, crop production and animal husbandry. In 1993 the scope of the major was expanded. New specialisations were added, including forestry, game management, environmental management and rural development.

Nowadays the main tasks of the institute are teaching, curriculum development and education organization of the following majors:

• Agricultural Engineer at ISCED level 5 (higher-education vocational training) and 6 (bachelor of science)
• Agricultural Engineer in Environmental Management at ISCED level 5 and 6
• Horticultural Engineer at ISCED level 5 and 6

Majors for international students:

Agricultural Engineering (bachelor of science)
Agricultural Engineering in Environmental Management (bachelor of science)

The institute is committed to ensure qualified higher education, furthermore to insure competitive degree for students.
During educational activities the institute closely cooperate with other departments, institutes and faculties of the university, moreover research institutes of Research and Innovation Centre. Due to the research potencial of these latter institutes we can help the education, thesis writing and scientific activity of students.

Research activity of the institute's staff cover the main fields of environmental friendly agricultural production

• improvement of biological basics of agriculture
• integrated plant protection technologies
• precision crop production
• organic farming
• sustainable land use
• environmental-friendly manuring methods
• integrated weed control
• ecolophysiological basis of plant stress tolerance
• expansion of forage basis by using new products
• analysis of the possibilities of the agricultural environmental management of sensitive nature conservation areas
• examination of the possible use of plant by-products and green fertilisers
• examination of the effects of production increasing agents allowed in eco-production

The professional (practical) base of the agricultural programs is the Experimental Farm in Tass-puszta (Atkár); the laboratory of agriculture and environmental sciences (Tass-puszta); Rudolf Fleischmann Research Institute (Kompolt) and Erdőtelek Arboretum.

The territory of the experimental farm is 374 ha, including 256 ha of field (28.5 Golden Crown - GC), 37 ha grapeyard (42 GC), 4 ha orchard (42 GC), 37 ha meadow/pasture (25 GC), 5 ha forest (8 GC) and 7 ha fish pond and a site of 30 ha has been taken out of agricultural production. Among field cereals, mainly autumn wheat, corn, industrial oil plants (sunflower, rapeseed) and energy plants (poplars, black locust, willow e.t.c.) are grown here.

The laboratory of agriculture and environmental sciences enable modern research and educational facilities by chemical and soil laboratory, micro-biological laboratory, environment analytical laboratory, food analytical laboratory, botanical and zoological laboratoryThe equipment of the laboratories is of high standard (photo-meters, sampling tools and measuring devices, AAS, AES, GC, GC-MS, HPLC, ICP, etc), which contributes to the outstanding level of the subjects.

An integral part of the University is the Rudolf Fleischmann Research Institute (Kompolt). It is the most important breeding and research institute in the Northern Hungarian region. 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. The most intensively examined crops are winter and spring barley, but papilionoids and winter wheat are also bred here.

There is a plant collection (more than 1200 species) 6 hectares, and a tree nursery, furthermore a 25.5 hectares of nature conservation area (since 1984) in the territory of the Erdőtelek Arboretum. Nursery activity of the arboretum provides professional practice opportunities for Horticultural engineering students.


Institute of Agri-Sciences and Environmental Management
H-3200 Gyöngyös, Mátrai út 36.

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