The Plant Pathology Research Institute Historical background:
? The agricultural research was started in Egypt in 1898 through the Royal Society of Agriculture that became the ministry of agriculture later on.
? The first published plant pathology research paper was conducted by the mycology branch on infection of banana by nematode (1901).
? Mr. Briton Jones was the first director of the Mycology branch (1919).
? Nowadays, the plant Pathology Research Institute consists of seventeen specialized research departments, a central laboratory for biotechnology and a specialized unit for plant disease diagnosis, identification of microorganisms and biological control.
* The vision:
A high agricultural production that is free of microbial and/or chemical contaminants to ensure healthy and safe human food, animal feed and environment.
* The Mission:
Developing and manipulating all the available human, technical resources, the biotechnological tools and instruments for accurate diagnosis and control of plans pathogens.
Using and upgrading all the approaches, methods and techniques to control and manage the plant disease problems focusing on the safe alternatives and biological pesticides in addition to developing disease-resistant plants.
Strategy steps for the institute Development:
Several approaches are taken in the Institute for a comprehensive development in the research and managenal areas through 2007-2012 plan:
1- In the infrastructure:
- A continuous development and remodeling are taking place in the Laboratories and the computer center.
- Upgrading and remodeling greenhouses in the different agricultural experimental stations.
- Establishing new specialized greenhouses for the wheat diseases molecular researches.
- Upgrading the buildings and Laboratories of wheat and barley diseases Departments.
- A continuous upgrading of the Central Laboratories of Biotechnology and providing it with all the necessary modern equipment and instruments.
2-In the research area:
- Activating and supporting the research advisory committee to help and react with researchers to determine problems and focus on solving them to make the research feasible.
- Focusing on and updating the applied research to solve plant disease problems and increase the good quality agricultural yield.
- Adopting biotechnology in plant disease diagnosis and developing disease – resistant plants.
- Establishing a research subject data bane for the previous studies to avoid redundence.
- Encouraging the use and manipulation of the scientific modern tools and instruments in plant pathology research such as:
• The Real-Time PCR
• The DNA- Sequencer
• Protein and DNA extraction and electrophoresis units
• HPLC and GC-mass
- Enhancing the English language and computer skills for the researchers.
- Training and helping the researchers in writing, submitting and research proposals to get fund for their research projects.
3- In Human Resources:
437 Research numbers and associates will be taken care of in:
- Enhancing their research skills.
- updating their promotion skills and abide the promotion rules with additional skills such as managerial, computer and language skills.
-Qualifying the researchers to publish their scientific research papers in the international journals and attend the national and international conferences and workshops.
4- Training and Extension :
Training and Extension programs should be designed on scientific bases:
- Training farmers and extension specialists, on dealing with and solving plant disease problems on their occurrence spots.
- Updating the extension and technology transfer tools.
- Training the administrative staff on the recent managerial, communication and computer skills to enhance and upgrad
5- In the production area:
- Encouraging researchers to produce biological pesticides (biocides ) and giving assistance to commercialize them.
- Establishing expertise offices to provide consultations, expertise and fesabilty studies to private sector and agricultural companies.
- Accrediting the plant disease diagnostic laboratories and obtaining the suitable Iso-certificates.
6- In the administration area:
- Determining and distributing the responsibilities in the different administrative sections.
- Automating the payrolls personnel data and stores inventory through being the suitable computer programs.
7- Work organizing:
- Establishing an advisory committee from producers, exporters companies and scientists to put rules and protocols for an exportable agricultural commodities.
- Forming multidisciplinary work teams to coordinate the research priorities and cooperation between our institute and the other institutes and universities.
- Encouraging forming of crop forums or societies from growers, producers, researchers and exporters to enhance marketable and exportable agricultural production.
- A continuous re-evaluation of the different activities based on the quality measures and in coordination with final users such as:
- How useful and beneficial is the results of the conducted research in solving problems.
- How effective is the training and extension system in helping farmers and extension specialists to deal with and solve plant disease problems.
- What is the economical return of the applied activities and what are the required changes and modifications to push forward the process for a successful agricultural policies.