Who We Are

Alata Horticulture Research Institute was first established in 1944 as the ‘Alata Technical Gardening School’ with the approval of authority at 02.11.1967 and served as ‘Local Grapevine and Horticulture Research Institute’.  In 1972 the school and the institute were combined under the name of ‘Local Agriculture Research Institute and Agriculture Technical School’. In 1974 the institute and the school were seperated. The name of the institute was changed into ‘Horticulture Research and Education Center’ at 09.04.1974. In 1981 the technical school was closed, the staff members and assests of the foundation were transferred to research institute. In 1985 the ‘Education and Recreational Facility’, located in the area of institute, was opened. At the date; 26.02.1998 the name of the facility has finally changed as  ‘Alata Horticultural Research Institute’.

In 2011, another research center named ‘Tarsus Soil and Water Sources Research Center ‘ (located in Tarsus) was officially incorporated into Alata Horticultural Research Center. The Research Center in Tarsus has also a long- standing past. The facility has began working as an agricultural water management center in 1956. The name of the facility has changed into ‘Tarsus Research Center’ in 1971 and in 1985 worked under Directorate of Rural Services connected to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. Since 2011 these two Research centers are working in cooperation, aiming to support the agricultural developments in Turkey.​

Station’s research land view

Alata Horticultural Research Station established in 1967 however its history goes far back. As an organisation, Alata has been carrying out training, research and production activities with different names and organisational structures according to changing national and national situations under the authorities of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs since 1944. The Institute established on 400 hectare land 35 km. to Mersin and adjacent to Erdemli districts of Mersin where fertile land is scarce and concentrated in the narrow coastal strip.

In Mersin Province-East Mediterranean Turkey rapid and unplanned expansion of high-rise building development along ecologically sensitive coastal zone into agricultural land and natural habitat resulted in:

* Irreversible loss of prime agricultural land.

* Shift of agricultural activities into marginal areas

* Loss of biodiversity 

* Marine pollution

* Accelerating rate of immigration

* Social breakdown

* Financial cost

So there is urgent need incorporate environmental, social economic and organizational issues into agricultural research activities to answer the specific problems of the area and to maintain its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.

Area of Specialization

* Citrus genetics and breeding,

* Other subtropical fruits breeding,

* Vegetable breeding,

* Plant nutrition,

* Plant Physiology,

* Greenhouse technology,

* Post harvest physiology,

* Molecular Breeding,

* Tissue Culture Applications,

* Apiculture and Bee Breeding,

* Agricultural Management,

* Agricultural Politics

From Mersin to Erdemli Alata Horticultural Research Institute is the last place where its manipulated and natural ecosystems are in balance. The station deserves attention not only from agricultural research perspective but also as a whole system. Almost half of the station area are covered by pine trees and maquis vegetation. Alata provides a good habitat for great diversity of flora and fauna including vulnerable, rare, threatened and endangered species. Along some 3500 m. Mediterranean coastline turtles nest and richly vegetated sand dunes are situated. Central Taurus belt on the north contributes its physical and biologic properties.

125 ha. agricultural land maintain cultivated biodiversity of citrus, subtropical horticultural crops, temperate zone fruits, viticulture, floriculture, medicinal plants and forage crops. There is apiculture activities and research as well.

Alata Horticultural Research Station declared as an I. degree natural side in 09.01.2000. In her future development station aims integration of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use practices into the agricultural research activities.