The Agricultural Research Organisation - Volcani Center at
Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development is the largest institution doing research in
agricultural technology. The centre was founded in 1921 and named after
prominent Israeli agronomist, writer and essayist Yitschak Avigdor Elazari-Volcani.
The main functions of the centre are to conduct research in agriculture and help Israelis in the agriculture industry. The centre employs 200 scientists with various degrees, 300 engineers and technicians and over 220 students and post-graduates.
The centre’s innovative agricultural projects are carried out in Israel and beyond. Mostly, they concern greenhouse agriculture, irrigation systems, growing vegetables and fruit in desert conditions, harvest storage, plant protection and developing new varieties of fruit, vegetables and decorative plants. Among the centre’s unique achievements are the development of cherry tomatoes and a plastic package material that keeps fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit for a long time.