CSIC Unit in La Palma
The relationship between the Cabildo de La Palma (Island Council) and the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología (IPNA) is reflected in more than 50 years of bilateral collaboration. The beginning of the current agreement between IPNA and the "Juan José Bravo Rodríguez" Agrobiology Laboratory located in Miraflores (Santa Cruz de La Palma, its capital) dates back to 1960. In an agreement reached by the Island Council, it was decided to set up a Soil Science Laboratory dependent on the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Later, at the end of 1963, a section of the CSIC was created on the island, whose activities would be regulated by a permanent agreement signed by both institutions which was maintained for three decades.
The purpose of this agreement was to put the scientific-technological capacities of the IPNA at the service of the island's agro-horticultural sector, which is closely linked to the territory. The institute plays a fundamental role in ecological, economic and landscape aspects in particular.
A second phase of relations between the IPNA and the Cabildo de La Palma arose in the year 2000 through a new collaboration agreement, which led principally to the creation of new facilities for the Island Agrobiology Laboratory in Miraflores. Its purpose was to establish an agricultural research group on the island dependent on the IPNA. Currently, the laboratory offers the following services:
- Physical and chemical analysis of soils, nematodes and water for agricultural use.
- Analysis of musts and wines.
- Foliar (leaf) analysis.
All these services can be applied to samples collected by agricultural extension agents, commercial suppliers and cooperatives, and the general public.
Thanks to the collaboration between the two entities, it has also been possible to train new post-doctorate researchers in such important issues for La Palma as soil sustainability, agrodiversity and tropical crops. Some of these scientists are officially linked to the Laboratory itself, to continue their activity there. These research lines have served to establish a soil sustainability plan and protea cultivation on the island.