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 priorities through its research agenda and related activities.
Exotic crops such as Carambola, Surinam cherry, White sapote, Annona and Jaboticaba
Fruit enhancement and improvement
Integrated control of quarantine pests
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.
Mrs Estelle Nieuwenhuis
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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:
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
Contact: +27(0)13 752-4247
ARC-ITSCPrivate Bag X11208Mbombela1200
Tel: +27 (0)13 753 7000
Fax: +27 (0)13 752 3854
ARC-ITSCCorner of Bosch Street and Kanyamazane Rd R2296Mbombela
25 27 04.6 S
30 58 09.1 E