East Malling Research Station
An Orchard at East Malling
|Legal status||Private company (5019373) and registered charity (1102243)|
|Purpose||Horticulture research in the UK|
|Headquarters||East Malling Research Station|
|Prof Peter Gregory|
|East Malling Trust|
|Affiliations||East Malling Research Association|
East Malling Research is a horticultural and agricultural research institute at East Malling, Kent in England, with a specialism in fruit production. It is now[when?] a private company.
A research station was established on the East Malling site in 1913 on the impetus of local fruit growers. The original buildings are still in use today. Some of the finest and most important research on perennial crops has been conducted on the site, resulting in East Malling’s worldwide reputation. Some of the more well-known developments have been achieved in the areas of plant raising, fruit plant culture (especially the development of rootstocks), fruit breeding, ornamental breeding, fruit storage and the biology and control of pests and diseases.
In 2016, East Malling Research became part of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) group.
In 1912, Ronald Hatton initiated the work of classification, testing and standardisation of apple tree rootstocks. With the help of Dr Wellington, Hatton sorted out the incorrect naming and mixtures then widespread in apple rootstocks distributed throughout Europe. These verified and distinct apple rootstocks are called the "Malling series". The most widespread used was the M9 rootstock.
It is situated east of East Malling, and north of the Maidstone East Line. The western half of the site is in East Malling and Larkfield and the eastern half is in Ditton. It is just south of the A20, and between junctions 4 and 5 of the M20 motorway.
Today the Research Centre also acts as a business enterprise centre supported by leading local businesses including QTS Analytical and Network Computing Limited. The conference centre trades as East Malling Ltd, being incorporated on 17 February 2004.
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- Apples: British to the Core - BBC4 June 2011
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- Units and Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council
- East Malling Conference Centre
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