The Institute for Olive Tree and Subtropical Plants of Chania is one of the Institutes of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF), located at Chania, Crete, Greece.
The research activities of the Institute are supported by modern facilities, including fully equipped laboratories, glasshouses, 50 ha of experimental fields and collections of genetic material for olive, citrus, subtropical plants and grapevines.
The Institute for Olive Tree and Subtropical Plants in Chania, Crete has become a leader in research and education for the olive oil sector in Greece.
In the last five years the Institute has achieved International Olive Council (IOC) funding seven times, while receiving the equivalent number of grants. These grants have co-funded technical and promotional projects including cutting-edge research, seminars and conferences, inviting journalists from key import countries to Crete, training producers and other stakeholders to improve quality and educating consumers on the nutritional value and the culture of olive oil.
The basic aim of the Institute is the development of research concerning the main problems of the agricultural production in Crete. Furthermore, extra activities include services and know-how transfer to local farmers, demonstration and pilot-scale activities within the framework of EU and National-funded projects and cooperation with international organizations (FAO, IOC, etc.), aiming on the production of high quality agricultural products through the sustainable management of natural resources and cultural practices, using the latest of available technology.
The Institute has 40 people as permanent staff and about 10 people (depending on seasonal needs) as contracted staff.
The research activities of Food Technology department are focused on the following areas:
The study on the changes in qualitative and organoleptic characteristics of olive oil, regarding the variety, the olive fruit’s stage of ripeness, the environmental conditions, the harvest and storage conditions of the fruits and olive oil as well as the study of new methodologies for the quality and purity of olive oil.
The study and evaluation of innovations in olive oil extraction systems or their distributive equipment.
The study of different olive crushing methods as well as of other treatments in the intermediate phases of olive processing on the quality of olive oil.
The study of new technologies for the minimization and exploitation of olive oil mills by-products.
The study of new technologies for the treatment and recycling of washing-machine waters of oil mill.
The creation of a new, modern, fully equipped laboratory of olive oil accredited in several analyses, for the support of the authenticity of the Greek olive oil, the rendering of services and the protection of the consumers.
NAGREF – Institute for Olive Tree and Subtropical Plants of Chania
Agrokipio, 73100, Chania
Tel: +30 28210 – 83410
Fax: +30 28210 – 93963
Website : www.nagref-cha.gr/