The history of the establishment of the Department of Industrial and Medicinal Plants dates back to 1988, because on 31 March this year, when in Institute of Detailed Plant Cultivation, the Laboratory of Industrial and Medical Plants was established. In the following years, the number of people dealing with research issues in the field of industrial and medicinal plants increased, which was the basis for renaming (as of 30. 06. 1993) the Laboratory into the Sud-Department of the same name. In view of the great interest of students in the specialization represented by the Department and the needs of the Lublin region, which plays a leading role in the country in the cultivation and processing of raw material for industrial and herbal plants, the concept of establishing an independent teaching and scientific unit, which is the Department, was created. Both the Faculty of Agriculture Council and the University Senate gave a positive opinion on this proposal and the Rector decided to establish on 01. 01. 1997 the Department of Industrial and Medical Plants.
Research focuses on industrial plants (hops, tobacco, willow, oil and fibre plants) and herbal plants (over 30 species). Statutory studies assess the impact of habitat conditions (soil and climate) and various agrotechnical treatments on yields and their quality characteristics (mainly content and stability of biologically active compounds). Detailed research concerns: biology of growth and development, methods and ways of propagation and establishment of plantations, covering and mulching, irrigation and fertigation of organic and mineral fertilization, including foliar fertilization, plant protection, harvest date and method, assessment of raw material quality on the basis of sensory characteristics, biological value and content of biologically active substances of the introduction of certain species from the natural state into field cultivation, assessment of natural resources of medicinal plants.
The Department’s research achievements in recent years:
The Department’s staff conducts teaching classes at four Faculties: Agrobioengineering, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Animal Sciences and Bio-Economy, Food Sciences and Biotechnology. Every year, the Department provides master’s and engineer’s theses to 30-40 students from several fields of study.