Our field trial department is accredited for Good Experimental Practice (GEP)-based experiments since 2012 and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)-based residue studies since 2016. Our well-equipped field stations in northern and southern Greece follow management systems for quality and occupational health and safety in conformance with the International Standards. Our team includes 10 permanently employed agronomists, all fully trained for GEP and GLP according to the Standard Operating Procedures and all with substantial knowledge of key pests, crops and practices in Greek agriculture. We are embedded in an extensive network of experienced growers and local agronomists providing us access to a broad variety of testing fields across Greece. We collaborate with established laboratories as well as university departments for specific analytical methods. Finally, we ensure excellent communication with authorities in issues regarding experimental design, reporting and registration. Our expertise spans nearly all crops cultivated in Greece including winter cereals, maize, sweet corn, sorghum, sunflower, beet, potatoes, pome fruits, stone fruits, strawberry, citrus fruits, olives, grapevines, cotton, bulb vegetables, leaf vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, melon, watermelon, tomato, pepper, eggplant and beans. We provide a wide range of services:
- Registration trials: GEP-based efficacy and selectivity trials as well as GLP-based residue studies for herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, acaricides, nematicides, plant growth regulators, adjuvants, molluscicides, biopesticides and semiochemicals for registration purposes.
- Demonstration trials: Tests for plant protection products, fertilizers and seeds for obtaining supporting data and for presentation to representative growers, expert scientists and officials.
- Positioning trials: Systematic testing of strategies against weeds, diseases and pests under real-world conditions for supporting companies and farmers.
- Plant variety testing: Comparative evaluation of new seed varieties and hybrids for a wide range of crops.
- Fertilizer testing: Assessment of the impact of fertilizers, soil conditioners, plant growth regulators and development stimulators on yield quantity and quality.
- Laboratory analyses: Soil-leaf-water analyses, residue analyses of plant protection products and measurements regarding quality parameters of harvested products done in collaboration with analytical laboratories
- Monitoring: Field monitoring of pest populations, including resistance to plant protection products.
- Special studies: Preliminary tests for determining the minimum effective dose of plant protection products; efficacy-evaluation for low-risk products; examination of adverse effects of plant protection products on adjacent field crops; large scale trials with mating disruption pheromones; evaluation of the effects of herbicides on crops grown as rotational or replacement crops; comparative evaluation of phytotoxicity of plant protection products applied on many crop varieties.