NARDI Fundulea is located in the eastern part of the Romanian Plain, in the transition area between Vlasiei Plain and South Baragan one, along the Mostistea river.
Research and development activity includes breeding cereals (common wheat, durum wheat, rye, triticale, malting and feed barley, rice, maize and sorghum), grain legumes (soybeans, beans, peas), oil crops (sunflower, linseed), fiber crops (fiber flax, hemp) and forage crops (annual and perennial legumes, annual and perennial grasses, succulent crops); seed multiplication of superior biological categories; research in genetics (classical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics), biotechnology, biochemistry and physiology.
On the development side, NARDI is focused on improvement of crop management practices in the context of sustainable farming, taking into account the specific characteristics of agricultural regions and the biological requirements of the genotypes; improvement and use of conventional genetics, biotechnology, molecular genetics, physiology, biochemistry and informatics methods, to ensure future genetic progress in cereals, legumes, forage and industrial crops; breeding new cultivars and hybrids, adapted to the diverse environmental conditions of Romania with improved input-use efficiency, yield stability and quality, in cereals, grain legumes, forage and industrial crops; developing non-polluting technologies in plant biochemistry and physiology, soil physics, chemistry and biology; improvement of crop management practices for field crops, according to the natural, technical, social and economical conditions.
The role of the ICDA in Legume Futures is the provision of site data and a case study in Work Package 1 and contributions to WP 2,3,4,5,6. NARDI has a special role in Legume Futures due to expertise in improving soy.
Dr Ion Toncea leads the Legume Futures work at ICDA. He has expertise on soy production in organic farming systems, particularly under dry conditions. He has previously worked for AgriculturalBucharestUniversity and Research Institute for Cereals and Industrial Crops (ICCPT), Fundulea, Calarasi
Toncea Ion, 2007 – Jubilee-research in ecological agriculture at NARDI Fundulea; Annals of NARDI. Jubilee Tome LXXV: 357-370;
TonceaI., Veronica Hebean , Georgeta Nitu Ionită, Marilena Codreanu, 2006 – Experimental results regarding importance and biological and technological characteristics of camelina (false flax). probl.agrofit.teor.aplic., XXVIII (2): 37-47;
Toncea, I., Chirita Nela, Dinu C., Miritescu M. 2005 – Seven weeds problem in Mostistea Plain – Biology and Control. Total Publishing – Bucharest; 43 pp.
Toncea, I. (2005) – The compost – pure and simply. Total Publishing – Bucharest; 43 pp.
Toncea, I. and I., N. Alecu. 2004 – Farming Systems Engineering. Ceres – Bucharest; 85 pp.
Toncea, I. and R. Stoianov. 2002 – Ecological Methods of Plant Protection, Agricultural Sciences, Bucharest, 191 pp.
Toncea, I. 2002 – Practical Guide of Ecological Agriculture, ACADEMICPRES, Cluj, Napoca; 200 pp.
Toncea, I. 2000 – Charasteristics of the ecological agriculture. Agris – Bucharest; 391 - 395
Toncea, I. 2000 – Description of the main Romanian agricultural regions. Agris – Bucharest; 7 - 13
Toncea, I. and I., N., Alecu, 1999 – Farming Systems Engineering. Ceres – Bucharest; 85 pp.
Toncea, I., 1999 – Ecological agriculture in sustainable agriculture context. Scientific symposium – ASAS Bucharest; 51 - 60
TonceaI., 1997 – A mathematical prototype of sustainable agriculture. International conference – Karcag – Hungary; 76 - 78
TonceaI., 1996 – Weed control; Farmer, nr. 4; 38
TonceaI. and C. Rotaru, 1995 – Agroforestry windbreaks; Nature journal, nr. 10; 7