The Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry is a State research institute operating as a budgetary institution. The Centre’s strategic objective is to conduct R&D in the fields of agronomy, forestry, as well as related fields of ecology and environmental sciences, biology, biophysics, botany and zoology.
In 2017 Centras employed a total staff of 582, including 183 researchers and 399 other employees; had 45 doctoral students.
Research, various scientific programs and projects are carried out at the Centre. Researchers are involved in national (funded by the Lithuanian Research Council, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy and other state authorities) and international projects (funded from HORIZON 2020, European Territorial Cooperation and other EU funds).
There are conducted programmes of the selection of main garden, field crops, seed fruit, pit fruit and berry fruit. More than 470 varieties of outdoor, garden and vegetable plants have been developed since the beginning of plant breeding in Lithuania (1922). Most of them are successfully used in Lithuania, neighbouring and other countries.