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Agronomic Institute of Paraná (IAPAR) Brazil

IAPAR is the research and development centre of agriculture of the State of the Paraná. Its mission is to promote the development of farming by means of the generation of scientific and technological knowledge adjusted to the social and economic reality of the producers to allow for environmentally sound production of healthy food and high quality agricultural products. Besides the headquarters in Londrina IAPAR has two regional research centres (Curitiba and Ponta Grossa), 16 Experimental Stations, and 25 laboratories of different areas of speciality for research and service. IAPAR also runs a network of 23 Agrometeorologic Stations connected with 37 other stations covering the state of Paraná. There is also a training centre, quipped for Meetings at Londrina. Over 770 employees (> 110 researchers, majority with PhD) work in 15 research programmes on currently 225 research projects throughout the state. Field experiments are carried out in the experimental stations of APAR and in partnership with cooperatives, farmer´s associations, on-farm-research, universities, and other research centres.

Role in OSCAR: IAPAR will contribute to WP2 with assessments and data from the long-term-experiment, to the screening efforts in WP3, the development and testing of machinery in WP4, and to knowledge dissemination in WP8.


Key staff involved in OSCAR

Dr. Ademir Calegari is soil scientist with 33 years of experience in basic and applied research. He has been actively involved in a long-term experiment on living mulch based agricultural systems that has been established at IAPAR in 1986. His focus is on the influences of cover crops, crop rotation and no-till on soil attributes, infestations with weeds and their control. In addition, he is working on the establishment of plant genetic resources for technological development of the state of Paraná.

Dr. Augusto Guilherme de Araujo is agricultural engineer with 26 years of experience in design and evaluation of agricultural machinery with a focus on direct seeding technology and associated management issues for small and medium farmers. He is also working on modelling applications to mechanized systems and precision agriculture.