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Research Programmes


PLANT IMPROVEMENT

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CROP PROTECTION

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DISEASE MANAGEMENT

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SOIL SCIENCE

​The Tropical and Subtropical Crops Division provides sustainable and appropriate technologies for production and post-harvest handling of citrus and subtropical crops in order to enhance food security and nutrition, global competitiveness and wealth creation by addressing national priori​ties through its research agenda and related activities.

Mandate crops

Research and Development

Avocado  

Banana   

Citrus      

Coffee​    

Ginger

Granadillas

Guavas 

Herbs 

Litchi

Macadamia nuts

Mango

Papaya​​

Pecan nuts

Exotic crops such as Carambola, Surinam cherry, White sapote, Annona and Jaboticaba



ARC-ITSC Book​ Catalogue

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All books and manuals are suitable for subtropical fruit and nut farmers, horticulturists, students, consultants, extension officers and anyone who is interested in the subtropical fruit industry.

For more information contact:

Mrs Estelle Nieuwenhuis


Download Catalogue
Download Literature Order Form

Facilitites to rent

 

Conference/Boardrooms, Lecture Rooms

and Recreation halls [View]

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ARC-ITSC Products

Plant Material

The nursery at the ARC-ITSC propagates plant material, seed and seedling trees of a variety of tropical and subtropical crops including avocado, citrus, guava, litchi, mango, macadamia, pecan nut and some other exotic crops.

In the search for new cultivars, the nursery plays an intricate role in multiplying trees for research purposes. The nursery is also responsible for training on a national as well as international scale on propagating techniques on tropical and subtropical crops. Limited amount of plants are for sale on commercial basis as the focus is on research and training. Some research is currently being done on the propagation of indigenous fruit.

 Contact: Oscar Maphanga; Tel: +27(0)13 753 7000;
Fax: +27(0)13 752 3854; E-mail: infoitsc@arc.agric.za 

Timbali flower technology incubator

The ARC-ITSC played the leading role in the establishment of the first  agricultural technology incubator called TIMBALI TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR. The ARC-ITSC assists the technology incubator in the marketing and sales as well as co-ordination of training and post-harvest flower research. 

For more information about Timbali please visit their website at www.timbali.co.za

Contact: +27(0)13 752-4247

​ ​ARC-ITSC Services

Diagnostic services

  • DNA fingerprinting (comparison of mother culture and off spring)
  • Soil, water, plant material
  • Insect, plant disease and nematode diagnostic services

Laboratory services

  • Pesticide analysis, Avocado Sunblotch Viroid (ASBV) indexing
  • Citrus Improvement Program (including shoot tip grafting,
    virus free material etc)

Post-Harvest Biology

  • Post-harvest biology
  • Basic fruit physiology and post-harvest quality management
  • Optimum storage conditions for fresh produce
  • Controlled atmosphere storage of fresh produce
    (CA evaluation of CA Storage facilities)
  • Evaluation of post-harvest protocols
  • Maturity indexing and fruit ripening
  • Identification and control of physiological
    post-harvest disorders of fruit
  • Evaluation of chemicals for registration

 

Analytical Services

  • Soil, water, plant leaf, growth medium

Consultation/Advisory services

  • Citrus, tropical and subtropical crops (Production, orchard management, pests and diseases)

Processing Technology

  • Processing technology, production of fruit juices/sun-dried and dehydrated products
  • Processing of fruit, value-adding on-farm consultation visits

Library Services

  • Render a library service to ARC researches and the farming community.
  • Document delivery – photocopies/scans are provided from our own collection.
  • Performing information searches.
  • Collection development.
  • Current awareness service (Table of Contents) per journal issue. This is done electronically by e-mail where every table of contents of the latest journals is sent to each researcher of the ARC-ITSC.
  • Professional liaison with suppliers and colleagues.

Postal
Address
General
Enquiries
Physical
Address
GPS
Coordinates

ARC-ITSC
Private Bag X11208
Mbombela
1200

​Tel: +27 (0)13 753 7000

Fax: +27 (0)13 752 3854

E-Mail: infoitsc@arc.agric.za

ARC-ITSC
Corner of Bosch Street and Kanyamazane Rd R2296
Mbombela

25 27 04.6 S

30 58 09.1 E​

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