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History of Baneasa Station

Part of the organizational structure of Romanian agricultural research, Research and Development Station for Fruit Tree Growing Baneasa, Bucharest is a public institution extra-budgetary financed, legal person. The Station carries on its activities based on Law no 290/2002 with subsequent changes and supplementations and Government Decision no 1180/2002 on approval of Statute of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences Academy "Gheorghe Ionescu Sisesti".

The Station is subordinated to "Gheorghe Ionescu Sisesti" Academy - the national scientific body in the field of agriculture, veterinary medicine, food industry, forestry and environment - and it is coordinated by Maracineni Fruit Tree Growing Research and Development Institute, Arges.

The management of Baneasa Station is performed by the Administration Board together with the Direction Committee. Scientific activity is guaranteed by Scientific Council formed of current researchers of the Station.
The Station carries on a wide range of activities including research, development, commercial activities, services, consulting.

The headquarters of the Station is in Bucharest , Ion Ionescu de la Brad Blvd no 4, 1 st District, in a historical building former residence of Marshal Ion Antonescu and headquarters of Council of Ministers during First World War.
The building is part of Romanian architectural patrimony its personality being in harmony with the specific character of the Station.

This building sheltered people of great value for Romanian culture and life such as> Nae Ionescu - well known Romanian historian and philosopher, the Marshal Ion Antonescu commander of Romanian Army Forces during First World War and the historian Mircea Vulcanescu. These are only a few names that sustain the value and historical character of the building.

Nae Ionescu is the spiritual father of the construction. It has been projected and built according to his vision by architect C. M. Cantacuzino in 1938.
At present the edifice belongs to Baneasa Station which renovated the building and tried to give it back its former splendour being in a complete symbiosis with the historical past of this monument.

Baneasa Fruit Tree Growing Research and Development Station conserves in the national collections the genetic stocks for apricot, peach and nectarine tree species from south area of Romania consisting of over 655 phenotypes of apricot trees and 950 phenotypes of peach and nectarine trees.

Based on a nucleus originated in the first Romanian Horticulture and Viticulture Research Institute which functioned in these places between 1957-1967 Baneasa Station reached in 2004 the beautiful age of 26 years.

All these years researchers, engineers, technicians and workers of the Station brought their contribution by creating new varieties of apricot tree (Dacia, Olimp, Rosii de Baneasa, Excelsior, Favorit, Comandor, Rares, Carmela, Viorica, Valeria, Nicusor, Adina), peach tree (Splendid, Flacara, Superba de Toamna, Triumf, Congres, Victoria, Alexia, Amalia, Antonia, Eugen, Dida), nectarine tree (Tina, Mihaela), new technologies for cultivation of trees in intensive or household system, of strawberries, fruit bushes and of ornamental bushes as well as for the production of trees and ornamental bushes planting material.

SCDP Baneasa Headquarters