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POL-EKO-APARATURA equipment is very often used for non-standard applications. Therefore, we have decided to share with you our knowledge in this field by publishing a series of articles.

The first one concerns a climatic chamber KK 750 TOP+ INOX/G with phytotron system (with lamps installed in the door) delivered to The Department of Export Agriculture (DEA) in Sri Lanka, which is a main government institution under The Ministry of Minor Export Crops Promotion.

The DEA is responsible for the Research and Development by means of productivity, production and quality improvements of a group of perennial, Export Agricultural crops (EAC) namely Cinnamon, Pepper, Cardamom, Clove, Nutmeg, Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, Betel, Citronella, Lemon grass, Arecanut and traditionally grown in Sri Lanka.

The mission of the Cinnamon Research Station is to plan and implement an appropriate Research and Development programs to enhance productivity and quality of Cinnamon and Citronella.

Current research programs carried out on our climatic chambers:

  • Development of high yielding cinnamon selections / varieties
  • Studies on plant spacing and density on Cinnamon bark yield
  • Collection and characterization of species in Genus Cinnamomum
  • Fertilizer studies on growth, yield and quality of cinnamon
  • Vegetative propagation and in vitro propagation of high yielding cinnamon selections
  • Identification and standardization of sulphur level in fumigated cinnamon quills
  • Study on flushing intervals on cinnamon peeling
  • Studies on factors affecting cinnamon leaf and bark oil quantity and quality
  • Floral biology, pollination and fruit set of selected Cinnamon accessions and wild relatives
  • Development of pheromone based IPM system for “Cinnamon Wood Boring Moth”
  • Studies of bio pesticides on insects and diseases for cinnamon plants at the nursery stage
  • Studies on leaf blight, white root and rough bark diseases in cinnamon cultivations
  • Studies on stem cracks damage in Cinnamon