Research in Istrița over time has had a broad topic area that has evolved into the needs of fruit growing in its various stages of development.
In the first years after its establishment, a rich collection of varieties of almost all species of fruit trees and shrubs was made. The varieties of the collections, the most valuable ones at that time, were recommended in the first rationing and micororioning of the varieties. At the same time, there were also concerns about different forms of leadership, very prevalent in Europe at the time.
In the nursery sector, parallel to the production activity, the researchers who worked here also had concerns about the creation and multiplication of the most valuable varieties of rootstocks, as well as the establishment of the most suitable pepper farming agrotechnics.
Specialists who worked in Istrița in this period have gained valuable research results, which can be structured in two major directions:
In 1958 there were 154 varieties in Istrița, of almost all species of fruit trees, the predominant species being plum with over 50 varieties.
After 1964, the orchards existing here were used exclusively for production purposes. Treated, varieties after varieties have been extinct, being replaced by orchards organized according to the principles of increased productivity in ha., The last collection of apple varieties being grubbed out during the period 1977-1978.
The Pepiniera Istrița continued its production, ensuring the planting material for Buzău County and the neighboring areas.
The research activity in Istrița was resumed in 1977, with the establishment of the Pomace Research Station in Buzău , and focused on the issue of tree propagation.
With permanent attention to the characteristics of the fruit-growing area of the Bend Subcarpathian, the research was subordinated to the following themes:
Considering the richness of spontaneous flora and cultivated in local biotypes and varieties that are interested in the process of improving the plum rootstocks, the concerns have been focused on this species.
It has thus been concluded that the ecological area of the Curved Sub-Carpathians, through the natural germplasm fund for the Prunus genus, is a valuable genetic material and an important source of genes for the works of plum rootstock melioration.
Based on HG 2155/2004, the Istriţa farm was taken over from 01.01.2005 by the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, becoming its subsidiary.
The research activity was carried out both on the basis of contracts with different sources of financing and through own research without direct financing.
Among the research projects carried out during this period can be mentioned the researches regarding the implementation of modern techniques in the nursery practice, in order to increase the efficiency and the competitiveness in the production and exploitation of the fruit and dendrological planting material:
The research activity is carried out by integrating the team from Istriţa into the research projects of the Department of Fruit Growing, respectively of the Research Center for Integrated Fruit Growing.