Northern Research and Development

Northern Research and Development (Northern R&D) acts as a center for research and development of agricultural production in the northern region; it operates throughout the northern part of Israel – a climatically diverse region. Northern R&D deals with a range of fields, mostly among the various plant departments – deciduous orchards, subtropical species, wine grapes, citrus orchards, vegetables, field crops, flowers and edible mushrooms.
Northern R&D works in partnership with Migal – an institute of life sciences in Kiryat Shmona – with strong cooperation between researchers from Migal and from Northern R&D, to strengthen and develop agriculture in the north.

The number of researchers employed by Northern R&D allows operational flexibility and provision of high quality solutions for the needs of the entire northern region. Northern R&D works with full cooperation from the agricultural producers in the north, the Agricultural Extension Service, and agricultural research institutions, headed by the Volcani Center (Agricultural Research Organization – ARO).

Northern R&D’s activity creates an entire circle and integrates among developing high-level biotechnological knowledge, developing applicable protocols for farmers and implementing the knowledge in the region. This unique model operates as a partnership among the R&D centers and together with the farmers and sellers allows advancement of agriculture and maintenance of a competitive, high level for the long-term.

Development and Implementation


The role of Northern R&D is to develop growing protocols and applied knowledge for farmers, therefore the activities of Northern R&D are implementation-oriented and a central part of the activity is directed to implementation processes including model plots and assimilation of technologies in partnership with instructors from the Agricultural Extension Service. Implementation processes are conducted in various fields – environmentally-friendly management, orchard-growing technologies, increasing water-use efficiency and more.



At Northern R&D there are 12 researchers in applied research fields from different disciplines. Applied research is also conducted in partnership with Migal, the Volcani Center, universities and others. The research is conducted at a high scientific level. The scientific director of Northern R&D is a researcher from the Volcani Center. The research studies are scientifically reviewed and compete for highly-contested research grants.